What to expect from EcoTraining’s Placement Program

Imagine the butterflies in your stomach as you prepare for your first game drive with guests. But imagine the exhilaration of being able to allow those guests their very first encounter with an elephant. On EcoTraining’s Placement Program, you will experience many ‘firsts’ as you navigate a beautiful introduction into the guiding World. 

What is the Placement Program?

EcoTraining developed a Placement Program to allow students to further their skills and knowledge while working in the field and being mentored as trainee guides. It forms the second part of the 1-year Professional Field Guide Course.

Jaclyn Marx, EcoTraining‘s student support, visits and engages with the students regularly throughout their first months of training and monitors their progress. Once students complete the theoretical and practical sections of the course, she matches you to an establishment where you will work for 5-6 months with other qualified guides, staff, and managers at the property.

The Program offers our learners a chance to gain valuable industry-related work experience by immersing them in all operational areas. It provides guidance and an opportunity to enhance soft skills and gain exposure to various departments within the organization. It is the beginning of building your network in the industry and getting your foot in the door.

What to expect?

Each establishment has different requirements and a variety of tasks that they will expect from learners. You assist the guides with general duties, such as preparing for activities and doing vehicle checks before game drives. You will also help host guests and assist with general maintenance, housekeeping, reception duties, conservation work, and bush clearing.
Photograph © Evelyne Buttet

Where will I work during the Program?  

EcoTraining has an extensive database of Placement Partners in South Africa and Namibia, ranging from safari lodges, game reserves, animal rehabilitation centres, conservation research projects, and more.

Photograph © Hugh Mdlalose

Placement Partners

Some of our Program Partners include Return Africa, Kevin Richardson Foundation, Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center, Ndaka Safari Lodge, Parsons Hilltop and Horizon Horseback Safaris. Students who have completed all components of the EcoTraining Course and Placement Program are in high demand among establishments in the industry. 

You will have butterflies as you prepare for your first game drive with guests. But trust us, it will all be over in a heartbeat. After seeing your guests’ faces light up upon having their first encounter with an elephant, you will know you’re doing the right thing.

What others say:

“I can’t express how happy I am about my daily tasks and general time here. From helping guides, assisting with the front of the house, doing kid’s activities and going on game drives, I feel like I’m living my dream! I want to thank you for making this possible, Jaclyn. Your support means the world to me, and I’m so grateful for everything you’ve done.” – Evelyne Buttet.

Photograph © Yvette Anderson

Suppose you want to participate in significant initiatives like this and aspire to become a Professional Field Guide. In that case, you will need courage, a free spirit, a love for nature, biodiversity, and all it has to offer. 

Immerse yourself in the African wilderness, expand your knowledge, and embark on a transformative learning experience with EcoTraining.

Sign up for the 1-year Professional Field Guide course today! 🌿🐘🦋🦁

For more information on our Professional Field Guide course contact [email protected] or call +27 (0)13 7522532

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