Yuka Ota: from Tokyo to the African bush
A passion for wild animals led Yuka to many different countries to participate in various conservation projects until she signed up for a Professional Field Guide course with EcoTraining. The rest is history...
It was such a great experience to study with other students who have a common passion for wildlife and learn from the inspirational instructors at EcoTraining. I was not very confident to speak English in front of people when I started the course, but the instructors not only vastly increased my knowledge but also helped me gain the confidence. Thanks to them, I could successfully finish my course with obtaining the necessary qualifications to be a guide.
After the course, I went back to the university in Japan. While I was in Japan I just couldn’t stop thinking about the bush, which made me want to go back to Africa and pursue my dream of becoming a guide as soon as I finished my degree in tourism at the university.
Now my goal is to work as a guide with a work visa instead of guiding as an intern with only a student visa. It’s not going to be easy as I am a foreigner, but I never want to give up on this as long as there is a possibility. I would love to bring more Japanese people into this spectacular natural environment and play the role of a bridge between the African wilderness and Japan in the future”.
In this video Yuka managed to shoot better than all the guys on the same course. It was taken during the Advanced Rifle Handling training in preparation for the Trails Guide course.