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Gap Year Wildlife & Conservation Program

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Whether you are a school leaver trying to decide on the right path to pursue for your future or simply passionate about nature, step into a world of adventure with our wildlife gap year program. With so many animals and habitats facing extinction, the need for environmentally conscious global citizens passionate about the planet has never been higher. This is why conservation gap year programs like those offered by EcoTraining are the perfect way for you to play a vital part in helping to preserve our planet for future generations.


If helping to protect the planet, learning valuable skills and knowledge, and exploring the diverse landscapes of Africa while having a unique adventure appeals to you, sign up for the EcoTraining Wildlife Conservation program today.

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Elephant encounter at Karongwe – Photograph © Cameron Clements

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Let the African Bush Be Your Teacher

What is the Wildlife & Conservation Program & Why enrol?

The EcoTraining Wildlife & Conservation Program provides people with an interest or passion for the environment the perfect opportunity to become guardians of nature and to protect our beautiful planet for future generations. Over a year, the Professional Safari Guide Course will expose learners to diverse ecological and geological terrains, landscapes, species, and much more. As you navigate remote wilderness camps teeming with wildlife, you will be equipped with the skills and knowledge to become a guardian of nature by learning from our highly-qualified team of experienced, expert nature instructors.

Whether it’s after school or taking a break from your career, a gap year offers an opportunity to redefine yourself, learn about the world, engage in personal development, and set plans for the future. Gap-year volunteering programs like the ones offered by EcoTraining present the perfect opportunity for individuals to discover their passions, develop new skills, and make a difference in the world. Through exploring the unique terrains of Africa, learn more about yourself and the wonderful world around you with the African bush as your guide.
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Professional Field Guide students enjoying the beautiful view, Makuleke – Photograph © Cameron Clements

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Currently, a significant number of wildlife species and habitats are in danger of extinction, which has resulted in a need for people equipped with the expertise to protect and conserve our wildlife. As such, the EcoTraining Gap Year Conservation program offers participants the chance to transform into Eco-guardians who can play a vital role in securing the future of our magnificent wildlife. The unique, immersive wildlife experience gives anyone, from school leavers to nature enthusiasts, an opportunity to connect with nature through safari activities and adventures while developing the knowledge and skills to protect and care for the environment.
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Walk on the Wild Side With the Wildlife & Conservation Program

Explore and learn more about yourself and nature as you enjoy epic African sunsets, breathtaking sunrises and majestic wildlife up close in the magnificent landscapes of the African bush. Engage with a community of like-minded nature lovers from across the globe with the EcoTraining gap year wildlife & conservation program. The unfenced wilderness camps are situated in prime wildlife areas to allow learners unparalleled access to diverse species and habitats to make it a gap year experience like no other.
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Rhino in the wild – Photograph © Marno de Klerk

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As you explore the vast and abundant African continent’s landscapes, make a difference in the world as you discover yourself and the planet through the one-of-a-kind practical experiences the EcoTraining gap year volunteering program provides. Forge lifelong friendships and gain unique skills that will enable you to make a career where you can make a difference. Advocate and guide as you explore the African bush. If learning about biomimicry, animal tracking, animal habitats, and birdlife interests you, explore our EcoTraining Wildlife & Conservation gap year programs today and gain the skills to become a world-class safari guide or natural guardian.

There’s much to learn, see, explore, experience, and do through the EcoTraining Wildlife Conservation Gap Year program. So don’t hesitate – to connect with nature as you conserve the environment for future generations and change the world as you explore it with the immersive, world-class EcoTraining Gap Year program.
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How to become a Field Guide?

The African bush is calling you! Will you answer the call? Would you like to know more about the EcoTraining Professional Field Guide Course?

Here is your chance to learn more and get an in-depth idea of your year with EcoTraining.

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