Student Diary – Amy Andree, Week 6

Fire Sticks with Massi

Pick up the story in Week 6 as Amy and her class-mates prepare for the big FGASA exam, spend time with another iconic trainer, and continue to learn the practical skills that will prepare them to enter the industry as Apprentice Field Guides.

A Journey of Giraffe

Week 6: Observing elephants and giraffes in the same setting was such a beautiful way to wrap up week five. After another week of lectures, studying, walks and game drives, we made time to relax by the pool and made a trip to the shop to get food and supplies we needed for the week. We played sports and laughed a lot. Not only is it important to engage your body and mind but also to enjoy every moment. Balance is as important in life as it is in nature.

Stick shift Series 3

Studying occ...

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Student Diary – Amy Andree, Week 5

We pick up the story of the Zookeeper from Wisconsin; Amy returns from her break-week, now back at camp with Limpopo Field Guiding Academy – things are a little different, old friends have departed, new faces abound – what does Week 5 have in store for our intrepid adventurer?

What a sighting!

Bush Classroom

Week 5: Upon arriving back at camp for phase two after an incredible break, we were welcomed back by buffalo in the river by our tents along with a chorus of hippos and jackals that night. We met the new group of students from South Africa who are now accompanying us on our journey for their phase one course.

Baboon spider nest

Our lectures this week were on ecology, fish, arthropods and amphibians...

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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.

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