The White Lion Foundation is committed to furthering education in wildlife and wildlife management. Education is an integral part of our mission for the conservation, protection and welfare of wild animals; not only limited to the training of individuals, but also engaging communities through inspirational and progressive programmes. Developing awareness campaigns – together with scientific research – are vital tools in conservation. They enable and equip us to address the challenges of today and into the future.

REAL-LIFE RANGER TRAINING

The White Lion Foundation is delighted to be able to partner with Worldwide Experience to bring those with a keen passion and interest in wildlife conservation and the environment the chance to acquire the Field Guides Association of South Africa (FGASA) certification in wildlife guiding and tourism, or to seek life-enhancing skills by volunteering on a life-changing gap year adventure with Worldwide Experience through a wide variety of placements or courses.

Whether you want to get involved by becoming an accredited Field Guide; or  training to be a Marine Guide along SA’s beautiful south coast at Port Elizabeth; or whether a career in Wildlife Management appeals to you; Worldwide Experience offers the chance to be immersed in the world of conservation, but with 24 hour placement support and a personalised service so that you can benefit wildlife whilst having a great experience in stunning places such as Mauritius, Port Elizabeth SA, Mozambique, and Namibia.

The Field Guide (or Game Ranger) training course is a ten-week intensive course of coaching and developing skills to enter the safari industry at introductory level as a safari field guide – or just to build skills for working in the wildlife sector. There is also an opportunity for those wishing to improve their English to take lessons in the English language via the TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) school, or to gain the TEFL qualification to become an English language teacher, or to train as a PADI Open Water Diver (see aside).

WWE offers the ultimate wildlife adventure. A demanding but spectacular Gap-Year experience whilst gaining essential training for the wildlife conservation industry, or just a personal challenge to learn about nature in the raw, to understand and enjoy it to the full. Successful applicants will be offered the chance to learn skills geared for a life working in the African bush, or elsewhere in the global wildlife conservation sector, taught in a world class facility at the Ulovane Reserve in South Africa.

The courses take place in a malaria-free zone of the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

The course is available to overseas students searching for the ultimate gap year adventure, or for Corporations looking for unique and guaranteed team building experiences, along with highly motivated individuals looking to embark on a new exciting career in the field of wildlife conservation and tourism. Eco-tourism is now the largest growing industry in SA, overshadowing even gold.

ELITE WILDLIFE TRAINING PROGRAMME

The White Lion Foundation is also launching a bursary scheme to support suitable candidates to complete higher certification qualifications on an elite wildlife training programme.

This programme will be launched soon – look out for further information.

COMMUNITY EDUCATION & SUPPORT

Each of our projects has associated programmes of community education, tailored to the local culture and needs. These are often run alongside community support.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT OUR EDUCATION PROGRAMMES

These are important qualifications for individuals setting out on a career as a professional field guide (Game Ranger); or embarking on a career in eco-tourism and wildlife conservation. South African applicants may also be able to apply for a study loan and a top-up bursary from The White Lion Foundation.

For more information please contact Lucie at admin@thewhitelion.foundation

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Images taken from the real life ranger training programme