Volunteer World International and our Guide Training Academy at Shamwari Private Game Reserve have had the privilege of hosting  Trainee Guide Oscar on his journey towards becoming a qualified field guide.

Joining us from the beautiful South African City of Cape Town, Oscars knowledge of the bush and natural world has grown in leaps and bounds since he joined us – a promising and passionate new field guide is certainly in the making.  Adeptly adapting to all challenges put before him, Oscars enthusiasm and enquiring mind has made him a popular student around our Esengeni Bush Campus.

In between his game drives, study time (and relaxation!), we chatted to Oscar regarding his time with us and his future plans…

Q & A with Game Ranger in training: Oscar

What has been your favourite sighting so far?  

Definitely being so close to and seeing lions on a hunt – they nearly caught a zebra just a few meters away from the vehicle before disappearing into the bush.

What has been the biggest challenge for you?

There are new challenges every day – the course certainly keeps you busy.  Learning to identify all of the birds and their songs has probably been the biggest challenge – there’s just so many to learn!

What are your hopes after graduation?

To gain more experience and begin a career as a field guide – my time spent on the course has shown just how amazing life is for field guides – different every day and always exciting!

Do you have any recommendations for new or potential students to the program?

Don’t hesitate – just do it!  Come prepared to work hard and learn as there’s a lot to take in – the overall experience though is out of this world!

Quote on the VWI Field Guide Academy and course so far?

Awesome.  Great people and great experiences – time flies so quickly though!

To find out more about Oscars experiences on the course and the day to day lives of our trainee guides, check out the video below as Oscar takes us out on a drive into the bush – its a must watch!

A day in the life of our trainee guides - Oscar

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As we make our way into the official Lock-Down period here in South Africa, our thoughts and best wishes go out to one and all for safe transition through these uncertain times.

Our core team at VWI head office continue to operate remotely to answer any questions or queries you may have – please visit our website for specific contact information: https://www.volunteerworldintl.com/contact-us/

Be assured that all of our volunteer programs, our very own Field Guide Training Program at Shamwari and the support we are able to offer to and create in South Africa as a result will resume as soon as it is safe to do so.

Owing to the current spread of Covid-19, we have taken the difficult but correct decision to suspend the May start date of our Field Guide Training Program at Shamwari – our next course will resume on August 3rd and we look forward to welcoming students back into the stunning South African bush at this time!

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