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With over ten years experience training top field guides in South Africa, we know the bush and we know safety. Working with our highly qualified team and leaders in conservation, natural and biological sciences we are well placed to offer educational programs to schools and universities.
We offer both standard and customisable programs to meet your requirements.
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The Field College
The Field College offers the unique opportunity to gain vital field skills to enhance your theoretical knowledge in a safe environment, learning from experts as you conduct practical research, see conservation first hand and better prepare yourself for life as an Environmental Scientist in the field. Our study abroad programs focus on Conservation in Action and ensure you gain the practical experience and skills needed to become a well rounded field researcher.
We can offer:
- Logistical support
- Highly trained guides
- Access to world class research facilities
- Access to a broad range of industry leading guest lecturers from a number if organisations and institutions, covering a broad range of topics
- Training in various field research techniques
Why The Field College?
The Field College works in partnership with sister company Bushwise, the number one field guide trainer in the South African bush for the past 10 years.Bushwise has years of experience in working with students in “big 5” and dangerous game reserves.
In addition to Bushwise we have partnered with and work with a number of professors, universities and institutions who are renowned in their field to enable us to offer a unique, highly regarded study abroad program that offers students the opportunity to learn from those with years of field research experience, by spending time in the field with those who know it best.
The Field College tailors our high quality study abroad programs to the needs of universities and students to ensure that we provide them with the practical experience and skills necessary to pursue their careers in conservation, biology and research.
Practical Field Research Skills
South Africa is a diverse and beautiful country, both ecologically and culturally. The Limpopo province, the far north east of the country shares borders with Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. The Bapedi, the Tsongo people, Venda, Afrikaans and smaller populations of English speakers and Asian communities, populate the area. Tourism, alongside mining and agribusiness, is one of the pillars of Limpopo’s economy. Renowned for its wildlife, both the private and public sectors are investing in the development of wildlife tourism in the area and thus increasing sustainable economic growth.
The Field College is surrounded by wildlife and natural resources and located in the hub of wilderness created by farmland being returned to wildlife and linked to the world famous Kruger National Park, established in 1898 as the then Sabie Game Reserve. It is also in the heart of the Kruger to Canyons Biosphere (K2C Biosphere). Stretching from the Kruger National Park to the Drakensburg Escarpment, the K to C Biosphere contains a diversity of landscapes and ecosystems and is an ideal location to understand the conservation issues of South Africa.
The Kruger to Canyons Biosphere was proclaimed a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve in October 2011, due to the internationally important ecosystems and protected areas adjacent to human settlements and the need to improve the relationship between people and their environment.
There are currently six Biosphere Regions established within South Africa, of which the Kruger to Canyons is the largest (and currently the 3rd largest in the world), encompassing savannahs, grasslands and forests. It covers around 4.8 million hectares of land bordering South Africa and Mozambique, including the Transfrontier and escapement protected areas and is home to over 1.5 million people. The Man and Biosphere Program (MAB) combines the natural and social sciences, economics and education to improve human livelihoods and the equitable sharing of benefits, and to safeguard natural and managed ecosystems, thus promoting innovative approaches to economic development that are socially and culturally appropriate, and environmentally sustainable.
We offer customised programs to school groups looking to gain hands on and practical experience in the fields of conservation and field research in the South African bush veld.
Our courses cover, the following topics:
- The Basics of Field Research
- Conservation in Action
- Communities and Conservation
- Identification of Fauna and Flora
- Camp craft
Our trainers have many years of experience working in the African bush veld and have a passion for sharing their knowledge and expertise. In addition to this we work with and have access to leading professors, researchers, organisations and institutions in the field of Natural, Biological and Conservation sciences.
Safety is our primary concern for our students and with over ten years of operating in ‘Big 5’ game areas we have built up both the experience and the reputation to ensure we provide a safe and secure environment for all of our students.
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