Welcome to our exciting new ‘Ranger Diaries’ section – following the daily experiences of trainee guides at VWIs brand new Guide Training Academy.

Ranger Diaries

Your info hub direct from our Guide Academy at world famous Shamwari Private Game Reserve!

Volunteer World International have long believed in and admired the amazing work undertaken by Field Guides across the world – for very good reason.  It is this very belief that bought about the realisation of a dream for us – the development of our very own, in house, specialised and leading Guide Training Academy to match the very best in South Africa.

In this exciting new feature, we follow the daily lives and experiences of the trainee guides taking their first steps with us towards gaining their internationally recognised, FGASA endorsed NQF2 Guiding qualifications.

From bringing you news and views of their ‘Big 5’ sightings and additional training in rifle competency and 4×4 driving, we follow our students progress through weekly interviews, profiles and video/photo logs of their daily interactions at our Academy onsite at world famous Shamwari Private Game Reserve.

For a real insight into the daily lives of our students training with us, read more below:

What do you gain at the VWI Guide Academy?

  • Fully FGASA Endorsed Syllabus and Training
  • Internationally recognised NQF2 Qualification
  • Additional training in First Aid, Rifle Competency, Snake Handling and 4×4 Driving!
  • The chance to become part of a dynamic team and make friendships to last a lifetime!


Social isolation the 'wildebeest way'... 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...
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Ranger Diaries: July 2019 Course Wrap

We take a look back at the week that’s just come to pass for our current students on site at our Guide Training Academy at world famous Shamwari Private Game Reserve – amazing sightings, experiences and...
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VWI Guide Academy Photo Gallery

An amazing location at Shamwari Private Game Reserve + amazing, talented and enthusiastic students = some of the most life changing experiences imaginable! Check out our gallery below to catch up on just a few of the highlights!