“Warwick dis tyd vir jou nagdiens…” breek Quintin se stem deur die koue. Met die ysige koue wat deur die loop van die aand in my tent in gekruip het, prober ek met ‘n swaar lyf uit my bed kom.
Die vuur het begin bedaar en ek besluit om nog hout te gaan haal sodat ek bietjie warm kan word.
Ek loop na die hout-hoop toe en kry my eerste lekker stuk hout, ek besluit om nog te kry wat ek langs die vuur kan op hoop vir later. Ek kry my tweede stuk hout en met die omdraai slag vang my flitslug twee gloeiende oë wat in die pad afgestap kom langs Graham en Robyn se huis… my liggaam word yskoud en ek voel die lewe uit my tap…
‘n Leeu wyfie, rustig en tyd-saam gaan staan so 15 m van my af weg.
Met ‘n benoude stem roep ek vir Graham oor die radio. Toe ek my weer kry is Graham langs my met sy .416 Remington… saam staan ons en kyk vir haar terwyl sy ons aanstaar met n swaar intensiteit en nuuskierigheid. Na so 5 minute, wat vir my soos ure gevoel het, besluit sy om weer aan te gaan met haar nag mars en het weer in die skaduwee van die donkerte verdwyn.
The world is changing and so are our ideas of how to prepare for a career! University training has become irrelevant and outdated in many fields – especially one as dynamic as Wildlife Tourism. This is great news for many young people that are passionate and ready to take on the world, but dread having to spend hours in yet another classroom before getting out into the working world.
“Like many young adults that loves an outdoor lifestyle, I was so overwhelmed when thinking of how to find a professional job that allows me to be out in nature every day, without having to spend years sitting in a university classrooms or being prepared to volunteer or work for free!
I have always known that I belong outdoors but finding a good -career – one that allows me to help care for wildlife, snorkel along coral reefs, drive through the African bush in an open landrover or walk in the tracks of Africa’s Big Game seemed like an impossible dream! One reserved just for a lucky few!”
This is the lifestory of most of Bhejane’s students prior to attending one of our lifechanging career courses to become a Professional Nature Guide! Despite tourism in Southern Africa still being one of the fastest growing industries, most people are still unaware of the many exciting career opportunities this industry offers to outdoor loving young adults, eager not only to play their part as the next guardians of our natural wildlife heritage but also determined not to spend their lives working boring meaningless jobs that have no bigger purpose!
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Even when learning of all the opportunities, many people still feel uncertain and have many questions. Is it really a proper career? Will I earn enough money to have a decent life, I am not the most confident person – will I be able to do this? Courses can be expensive will the return on my investment be worthwhile?
Consider the story of Pierre. Pierre arrived at Bhejane frustrated with life after struggling through school, unsure about his future options and not fitting the usual mould of those set to work in traditional careers. Not speaking English as a first language really knocked his confidence and he had doubts about his ability to finish a comprehensive education programme. What he DID know, is that he loved doing things with purpose, he loved exploring nature and sharing that experience with others gave him joy and energy!
After starting the programme and being with like-minded individuals his confidence started growing, learning to talk to people happened naturally and he found his niche! His passion for trees – to the awe of many since it is one of the admittedly more difficult fields for guides! Today Pierre is a senior guide at a prestigious and award-winning game lodge – and the good news is that Pierre is not the exception, rather his is the story of many as 90% of students that attend a full-time career course at Bhejane Nature Training.
Our courses ARE different.
You do not work towards one degree or one diploma – you get qualified across a wide range of fields and get certified with a range of skills and knowledge certificates, licences and permits as required for such a dynamic industry!
Your ability to pass a test will NOT be the deciding factor for your success. Many people suffering from Dyslexia, Aspergers, and a range of associated learning differences reach phenomenal success on our programmes. Success comes from your passion, commitment and learning with like-minded people.
Change your life, change our world, and join us to become a part of the Zululand Conservation Legacy!
Find purpose, confidence and adventure with a Career as a Professional Nature Guide
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