Student Diary – Amy Andree, Break Week

Study Time

Amy’s journey takes her to the wild shores of Kwa-Zulu Natal, where she and friends from LFGA take time-out to recharge and revise their studies before heading back for Phase 2 of their Field Guiding Course.

Break Week: After saying goodbye to everyone who completed their course and recalling the memories we’ve made over the past month, we all went our separate ways. Some people went home to different parts of the world and some traveled together for the 8-day break between phases.

Farewell for now

I chose to forgo my plans to visit Mozambique to travel with two pretty amazing people I met during the course. Didi, Waldo and I set out on our 8 hour road trip to the coast...

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Student Diary – Amy Andree, Week 4

Walking in the African Savannah

The story of the Zookeeper from Wisconsin who followed her heart into the African bush hots up right here in Week 4. Amy and her peers head off on foot in search of Africa’s Big 5 and other dangerous game species – all part of her 8 week FGASA Field Guide Training Course.

Week 4: The adventure of a lifetime continues and “Dangerous game week” did not disappoint. I managed to cut my feet up pretty badly and possibly broke a toe but there was no way I was going to miss walking for 9 hours a day in the bush in search of the Big 5.

Single File in the bush

We woke up at 5am as we did most days for coffee and breakfast and headed out in the Land Rover until we found tracks from the elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion or leopard.
Pine...

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Student Diary – Amy Andree, Week 3

Follow the story of LFGA student Amy Andree, a zookeeper from Wisconsin, USA, right here on our blog series. In this 3rd installment, Amy shares the highs and lows of the famous Track and Sign Week.

Week 3: we are nearly half way through Phase 1 and all of us have completed our first game drive. We’ve had elephants visit our camp a couple times now. You could watch them for hours and still have so much to learn. This week is all about Track and Sign Interpretation.

We were lucky enough to have two incredibly knowledgeable interns during our tracking week, educating us and helping us along the way. Didi from Germany and Caterina from Italy, took us out into the bush for 8-9 hours a day locating tracks and signs for us to identify.

The week was tough and some of us had some o...

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Student Diary – Amy Andree, Week 2

Follow Amy’s journey as a student field-guide, right here in our blog series. In Week 2 Amy shares insight about the learning process and day to day activities at our student camp.

Week 2: The knowledge I’ve gained from week one was more than I learned in a semester of college. I’ve noticed myself paying attention to the grasses, the wind, the smells and began to really listen. Our first exam was difficult with a lot of information but our trainers presented the information in an excellent way recalled from their experiences, so their knowledge is immeasurable. A good teacher teaches what he or she has been taught but a wise teacher teaches what they have learned and that’s exactly what our instructors do. This week’s lessons were on mammals, birds and animal behavior.

The ...

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