project review

WORKING TOWARDS A CAREER CHANGE UP

Review submitted by Annie Hay
Review date 13 Aug 2018

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It had always been a childhood dream of mine to visit a reserve in South Africa, but I could never have imagined actually working within one!  Despite intentions to work in conservation with animals (I’d done a few work experience stints at our local zoo), my life took a completely different turn and I landed a job in retail after university. Several years later I decided it wasn’t for me and started to look into conservation once again. 

When I stumbled across the field guide course I couldn’t believe how ideal it was to my situation. I chose the project to gain experience and a recognised qualification that would help my career change into wildlife conservation and voluntourism. It was very hands on and everyone who I shadowed or learnt from were incredibly patient. Even when I asked the same things over and over! Along with the practical side, I picked up a lot on the ethics of why field guiding is important too. I will say, it takes a lot of dedication, the days are long and you have to be flexible and ready to do any tasks that may need doing that day.  But it’s an experience that I couldn’t have got from just visiting South Africa, and it’s one I hope will literally be life changing.

Highly recommended, if not for the once in a life time chance (which, come on, it definitely is!), then for the unfailing hospitality of the people!

For information on projects in South Africa, and more opportunities to vounteer abroad, please visit the Frontier website.