These courses are designed to educate and increase awareness of the importance of conservation and best reserve management practice. The course has been designed to develop highly skilled professionals in the area of field guiding and lodge management, and ensure that we focus on sustainable conservation, and maintaining an awareness of crucial environmental issues and the importance of the need for the integration of local communities.
FGASA is the governing body for field guiding in South Africa. To ensure visitors to South Africa's wilderness area's are getting a high level of expertise, all guides must have FGASA Level 1 before they can work at a lodge. It's a guide's job to share relevant and interesting information about the reserve or park they are in, to increase a guest's awareness and knowledge of the natural environment, and help to make all park stakeholders, native communities, professionals, and guests take ownership for the way parks, as a unique natural resource, are accessed in South Africa.
The owner of this company did a gap year trip in the early 90s which involved building a bandstand for a small village in Patagonia. While he was there, he realised the project was only helpful in developing the Western traveller as the village didnít want a bandstand and only argued about who owned it. And so he set up a volunteer organisation which is useful to communities and provides them with resources and help with funding. Today, his projects offer travellers an opportunity to fully integrate into communities and to make a real long-term difference to the local peopleís lifestyles.
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