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Teaching & Community Development Internship in South Africa

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...

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South Africa

Wildlife Research Expedition in South Africa

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...

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Laos

Volunteer with Buddhist Novice Monks in Laos

Renowned for friendly people and a relaxed pace, Laos is a perfect place to visit for volunteer travel, and teaching monks could be a great and rewarding way to spend your...

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Thailand

Volunteer with Elephants in Thailand

Thailand's Chiang Mai Province is home to the local Karen community and GVI volunteers get to work and live in this interesting village. The local community have worked with...

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Seychelles

Marine Conservation Expedition in the Seychelles

Join critical conservation efforts on this marine expedition and be an active member of Global Vision International's Marine Research team in the Indian Ocean, just off the...

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Costa Rica

Wildlife Expedition in Costa Rica

Take part in this wildlife conservation expedition and be an active member of GVI's research team in the Costa Rican rainforest. Work on a variety of long-term terrestrial,...

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South Africa

Volunteer Teaching in Cape Town, South

Get involved in a progressive educational program in a township primary school situated just outside Stellenbosch and 35 minutes from Cape Town. This exciting new volunteer...

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South Africa

Safari Field Guide Course in South Africa

Travel to South Africa’s Lowveld region in Mahlahla in the Limpopo province and join us on a Safari Field Guide Course. Where better to train to become a qualified field...

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Fiji

Community Development Expedition in Fiji

Volunteers will live and work in a wonderful beach location and travel to indigenous communities to help improve the infrastructure that supports village life. Volunteers...

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Greece

Volunteer with Turtles in Greece

Volunteers will engage in daily morning surveys to record nesting activity and protect turtle nests against inundation by sea water and predation by mammals. Volunteers will...

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Fiji

Volunteer with Children in Fiji

Volunteers joining this project will assist teachers in island communities in the Caqalai Island chain in Fiji. Volunteers will work alongside local teachers working with...

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Mexico

Mexico Marine Awareness Service Learning for Groups

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...

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India

India Community Development Service Learning for Groups

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...

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Thailand

Volunteer with Children in Thailand

For those with little time to spare, but who still want to volunteer, this is a great opportunity to make a real difference while traveling in Thailand. You can volunteer...

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Impressed

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.


Ross Kettles
Warden: The Greater Makalali Private Game Reserve

Program: Safari Field Guide Course in South Africa

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We will definitely continue to use Bushwise

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.

Sabrina Columbo
Manager
LEO Africa Wildlife research

Program: Safari Field Guide Course in South Africa

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10 / 10

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My time at Bushwise truly was life-changing

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.

Program: Safari Field Guide Course in South Africa

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Highly professional

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.

Program: Safari Field Guide Course in South Africa

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This changed the course of not only my career but my entire life

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

Program: Safari Field Guide Course in South Africa

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