Join our international team in the spectacular city of Cape Town and work with children from the local townships while developing teaching experience and qualifications on...
Play a hands-on role in the long-term conservation of African wildlife on this expedition. Enjoy first-class wildlife viewing and live on a game reserve in the heart of Southern...
Discover the world of marine conservation in Mexico's crystal Caribbean waters of the Yucatan Peninsula. Group members will earn their PADI Open Water diving qualification...
Set foot in the culturally rich country of India and contribute to our sustainable community development projects. Volunteers will assist in the local community of Kerala...
Submitted by Ross Kettles - - | July 21, 2017
The knowledge and experience Nick gained during his course with Bushwise has been a great advantage for him on his placement as reserve assistant at the GMPGR and a great benefit to our organisation. We have been so impressed with Nick’s performance that we have decided to employ him for a further 3 years. We will definitely receive more Bushwise graduates in the future.
Warden: The Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve
We will definitely continue to use Bushwise
Submitted by Sabrina Columbo - - | July 21, 2017
LEO Africa was founded in 2005 as a volunteer monitoring programme to specifically gather and analyse data on the lion population of the Selati Game Reserve; throughout the years, the programme has developed a lot and is now in charge of monitoring black and white rhinos, elephants, hyenas, leopards, elephant, cheetah and collect data on mammals and birds of interest for the Selati Game Reserve.
The staff has always consisted of some “senior” members and Bushwise students, forming a great team. During these years we have really appreciated the preparation and skills of the Bushwise interns, not only during the game drives entirely dedicated to the research, but also at base while conducting some research, creating ID kits for the key species monitored, writing reports and demonstrating a high level of theoretical knowledge the bush, giving to the volunteers a lot of information related to conservation.
For our project we are always looking for high quality, committed, passionate and serious staff members/interns. Bushwise has always been able to provide us with good students (some of them were offered a job after the 6 months of internship), competent, serious and driven by the passion of conservation. We will definitely continue to use Bushwise as an opportunity to hire quality field guides for the future.
LEO Africa Wildlife research
My time at Bushwise truly was life-changing
Submitted by Ashley Files - - | July 21, 2017
My time at Bushwise truly was life-changing. Everything was catered for and I felt right at home. The game drives were incredible. The trainers were inspiring. I gained an understanding of the African bush and wildlife beyond anything I could have imagined. It was amazing fun and I made lifelong friends.
The training enabled me to work for LEO at the Selati Game Reserve, monitoring the reserve’s lions and other Big 5 animals. Thanks also to my FGASA qualification and the folks at Bushwise, I was engaged by African Parks at Akagera National Park in Rwanda to train their guides in interpretative guiding and game drive techniques.
Coming to Bushwise was one of the best decisions I ever made and one of the best years of my life! I am now working Akagera National Park in Rwanda where there are permanent park guides and a group of community freelance guides, who work with the park but are hired on-site and paid for by tourists as they come through. I'm taking all of them through a basic field guide course, with daily game drives and classes, to help them build on their knowledge, as well as develop the sort of interpretative guiding techniques that we are familiar with in South Africa. There's no government accreditation system here, so on the job training is how they learn.
Submitted by Brent Scott - - | July 21, 2017
I have found the Bushwise students to be highly professional in their approach to both guests and the environment and in addition it is always a pleasure that the students have an above average knowledge of not only the larger mammals species but a broad base on everything important within a wildlife environment.
This changed the course of not only my career but my entire life
Submitted by Ben Tupper - - | July 21, 2017
Signing up and completing Bushwise has changed the course of not only my career but my entire life. I now get to wake up every morning to the sounds of baboons and hyenas and end each day with the setting African sun; none of this would have been possible without undergoing the Bushwise course
-former Bushwise student, now GVI SANParks Internship Coordinator