Community Training

Our nation’s future relies on a well-educated public to be wise stewards of the very environment that sustains us, our families and communities, and future generations. It is environmental education that can best help us as individuals make the complex, conceptual connections between economic prosperity, benefits to society, environmental health and our own wellbeing.

There is a generation of people in South Africa that is unfortunately not in touch with the importance of protecting and enjoying our natural heritage. They don’t have the privilege of experiencing the physical, sensory, psychological, health and long-term commercial merits of being in harmony and connected to nature. They also don’t have the privilege to cherish our natural heritage because of social, economic and historic factors. This generation of young South Africans will heavily influence the government, commercial and business environments in the years to come.

This will have a direct influence on all functions of society, not limited to conservation. We need to share the realisation that everything from food security to national job creation and health is directly influenced by our protection of, and connection to, the natural environment.

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South Africa

EcoTraining has worked with many communities bordering the Greater Kruger National Park by training guides and trackers into the industry.

GABON

In 2008, EcoTraining was contracted by the Zoological Society of London to provide training for eco-guides in the Lope National Park in Gabon.

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Guides learning the uses of plants as an alternative to deforestation

Kenya Maasai trainees at the Koiyaki Guiding School, Masai Mara, Kenya

EcoTraining was the consultant to the Koiyaki Guiding School (a UN project) based in the Masai Mara Game Reserve. KGS plays an important role in providing training for people from the Masai community and EcoTraining played a major role here in raising the standard of instructing and also contributing to some direct training of future guides. This is among many projects conducted in Kenya.

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Maasai trainees at the Koiyaki Guiding School, Masai Mara, Kenya

ZAMBIA

EcoTraining conducted a training programme to upskill guides, originally from the surrounding Chiawa area and now working in the Lower Zambezi National Park.

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Boat guide training, Zambezi River, Lower Zambezi N.P. Zambia

BOTSWANA

EcoTraining, through corporate funding, provides training for people from local communities in Botswana and Namibia. Each year a group of candidates are chosen through a thorough selection process to attend EcoTraining programmes, run at our Mashatu Camp in Botswana and camps in Namibia. This is among many projects conducted in Botswana.

JORDAN

EcoTraining was approached by an international business consulting company to assist in the development of nature guiding in Jordan. Four young trainees were chosen through a rigorous selection process and then sent out to attend an intensive one-year training course at EcoTraining’s camps in Botswana and South Africa.

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Four Jordanian graduates ready to take their skills back to Jordan

AUSTRALIA

From 2008 EcoTraining trained over 300 local Aboriginal rangers on a number of four-week programs where their natural skills were “converted” into guiding skills. Compared to previous programs of a similar nature, this program was a huge success.

The program was highly commended by the Northern Territory government, and actually mentioned in Federal Parliament in 2010 as a successful model for further indigenous education initiatives.

EcoTraining realises that the key to the success of this project is to transfer acquired knowledge and responsibility for environmental conservation to all those who live in close proximity to wildlife areas.