What we do
The African Edu-Eco-Wizard Wildlife, Marine, Conservation & Adventure School of Experiential Learning
‘Observation, Interpretation, Deduction, Facilitation Key to Fulfilling Experiences’
Our primary focus is on environmental education linked very closely with eco-tourism and the demands for qualified and competent people with a diversity of knowledge and skills required by the industry.
On a training program, notebooks, pens and field guides are as vital as rifles, first aid and safety. Every program includes our core curriculum, the skills and knowledge essential to perpetuate a conservation and environmental ethic extending well into the future. We teach our students to be professional, ethical, responsible and safe users of the environment.
“What I hear, I forget; what I see, I remember; what I do, I know. ” this Chinese proverb mirrors our teaching philosophy. Education is our primary objective, and we believe that the best environmental awareness education comes through an experiential ‘hands-on’ approach to learning. We give our students responsibility and espouse the principles of leadership. In the bush and on an adventure, the relationship between action and result is vivid and gratifying. Student successes and mistakes are equally important to learning.
Over the length of a program, students gradually take charge of the day’s activities. Individually and as a team, they become increasingly aware of the necessity for inter-dependence rather that independence to achieve mutual success. Experience teaches judgment regarding safety, responsibility and common sense. Out of dealing with the daily challenges grows leadership. We believe that the best leader is the person who exercises the common sense and good judgment to help everyone travel safely and enjoyably through any terrain and in all situations.
Our training programs train leaders who can alter the perceptions of people with regard to their environment and share many experiences and knowledge with those wishing to be enriched by the huge wilderness diversity; adventure diversity and cultural heritage abounding in Africa. We hope that our students will carry their knowledge well into the future, spread the word about us and espouse our vision and mission openly so that others may become enlisted into our progressive way forward and that our students may lead exciting, safe and environmentally sound excursions of their own. Our goal is to provide our students with the tools to make that possible.
The core curriculum of each training program provides the fundamental knowledge, skills and experiences essential for safe, ethical and minimal impact utilization and enjoyment of our environment.
Our keys to unlocking leadership potential of students include safety and judgment; basic first aid; safety and accident prevention; hazardous situation evaluations; rescue techniques; emergency procedures; dealing with dangerous game; pre-trail briefing, adventure experience briefings, post experience de-briefing; codes of conduct and ethical field and adventure operations; conducting effective and safe mobile and walking safaris and adventure activities; general vehicle safety; to name but a few key outcomes.
We focus on leadership, teamwork and interpersonal skills; group dynamics; personality profiles; leadership styles; expedition and camp planning; “leader of the day” opportunities; conflict handling and resolution; communication; listening skills and behavior; the art of effective hosting; the correct use of humor; guest empathy; service etiquette and skills; team building and motivational techniques and the techniques associated with facilitation, interpretation and deduction in the field.
Core environmental studies include the basic principles of ecology; taxonomy and classification; ethology (behavior of living things); mammals; birds; reptiles; insects; amphibians; fish – freshwater and marine; the marine environment; the marine reef and coastal environment; the forest environment; scorpions; spiders; millipedes and centipedes; basic botany; trees; grasses; specialized plant communities; basic geology and soil studies; astronomy; basic climatology and weather; multiple land use strategies; game ranch and veldt management and cultural issues including resource utilization on a sustainable basis; and paleo-anthropological sites of interpretation; to name but a few of the core curricula
Practical “Tool of the trade” skills include campsite selection; basic bush craft and survival techniques including finding food, water and shelter; navigation, map reading and orienteering skills; conducting a safe and effective abseil, mountain walk; forest hike or canoeing adventure; the art of tracking; understanding the behavior of dangerous game and dealing with hazardous situations; rifle handling and safety techniques; vehicle maintenance and repairs; the principles of conducting a safe and enjoyable mobile or walking trail; conducting a safe water based or mountain walking based adventure; basic bush culinary skills; photographic skills; planning and organizing a safari or outdoor or adventure excursion; and tourism/guest enhancement techniques.
We teach people how to enjoy and conserve our environment and our wilderness diversity. We teach people how to become effective leaders and educators of the environment. We provide our students with enough practical and theoretical exposure that, upon completing the programs, they will feel confident enough to teach others.
Our student/instructor ratio is low: a maximum of twelve students per instructor. Our instructors are some of the most highly qualified in southern Africa and more importantly are accredited and recognized by many of the educational institutions and associations, which guide the industry and the standards thereof. Instructors directly supervise program activities and offer individually tailor-made instruction. Safety is a fundamental pillar of our curriculum. We teach how to evaluate risks and make intelligent decisions and utilize common sense. Our concentration on the ” tool of the trade ” skills and judgment is intended to ensure that visitors to conservation, wilderness and adventure areas do not have their safety compromised at all.
Throughout the programs instructors evaluate performance. Evaluations are written and oral, informal and formal. We offer them as tools for becoming better leaders and educators of the environment. At the end of a program, our graduates receive a written evaluation in addition to a certificate or diploma depending on the type of program attended.
We provide a comprehensive prospectus detailing each of the programs presented by the Edu-Eco-Africa Wildlife & Adventure School of Knowledge. Also attached with the prospectus, are an enrolment form and a schedule of dates for each program. Programs have a limited enrolment. It is for this reason that students should apply as early as possible to be assured of enrolment on their preferred program.
Once an application has been received with the details of payment, we send a note of confirmation detailing travel arrangements and /or directions to the training base and a comprehensive kit list detailing all the items you would require for each practical component of the program. Call our offices if you would require further information. Our office staff can give you accurate guidance in selecting a course and answer any questions you might have.
Our programs are exciting and demanding. We are teachers, leaders, adventurers and guides. People who do best on programs are prepared for rigorous activity and are excited about learning what we have to teach. Our best students have positive attitudes and are conservation / environment /adventure aware. They care about learning and apply new skills and ideas at the first opportunity. They come to us motivated to work hard with people they have never seen before. They care about others and put the welfare of the group before their own.
Before you arrive, it’s a good idea to think about your reasons for selecting or coming to our training school. Having a clear set of goals for yourself – educational as well as personal – will help you get the most out of your experience.
We use certain guidelines and procedures to protect our students and the environment. All instructors have extensive first aid and emergency training. Accidents are infrequent, but in the event of injury we have emergency procedures in place at our training base. We are also in possession of public liability insurance should an incident occur.
Drugs (other than those prescribed by a physician) and alcohol are prohibited on any of our programs. Bringing them to a training program will result in a student’s immediate removal.
We offer a variety of options. Terrain, program length and specialized skills vary, but every course includes the core curriculum and a focus on leadership through the development of sound judgment and decision-making. Your choice will depend on your interests, experience and time constraints.
We admit students of any race, gender, religion or creed to all programs and activities and does not discriminate in the administration of this policy.
Some programs have a prerequisite, such as being a Previous Program graduate, or require previous experience or training, such as in environmental education. Students will be admitted to these programs based on our review of their program evaluations and on additional information provided by the student upon request.
Our enrolment form and method of payment and a signed indemnity must be completed and returned to our offices prior to you being permitted to begin your course.