Our Nature Enthusiast Course is perfect for gap year students and graduates looking to take their next career steps, or those looking for an extended, in-depth, African learning experience. The course is 6 weeks of immersive study into Zimbabwe’s ...
Our Nature Enthusiast Course is perfect for gap year students and graduates looking to take their next career steps, or those looking for an extended, in-depth, African learning experience. The course is 6 weeks of immersive study into Zimbabwe’s conservation world. If you've already been on safari, or volunteered before, this is the ideal next step.
Students will live side by side with Africa’s most endangered wildlife, within the boundaries of a 10,000 acre privately owned rhino breeding conservancy. You will gain a deep understanding of Africa’s flora and fauna, under the guidance of one of Zimbabwe’s oldest and most well-respected conservation families.
Participants will be exposed to diverse landscapes and iconic wildlife, with training delivered through both hands-on activities in the field, and via traditional lectures. Students will be given every opportunity to develop and apply their new skills under the guidance of Imire’s two course leaders, both scientists and certified field guides, who will inspire and mentor you on your learning journey.
The course is designed for people considering, or already in, careers in environmental science, conservation, animal behaviour or zoology; or who just want to experience a longer and more focused stay in Africa. It is a structured and education-centric experience, where students will gain theoretical knowledge and practical skills, transferable across many natural science careers and within different physical environments.
You will gain an in-depth understanding of the fascinating worlds of amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds and mammals (focusing on the conservancy’s ten rhino and three elephants). Learn big game tracking skills, identify the signs of small and large animals, and cover topics in botany, geology, ecology, weather and climate.
In addition to the standard FGASA modules, the course also includes some unique elements, giving students a well-rounded wildlife, conservation and cultural experience. These custom modules include:
Advanced bush survival and navigation skills
Basic weapons handling
Introduction to Zimbabwe’s conservation heritage Imire’s community and cultural history
Scientific research studies and applied research techniques.
The course will draw in local conservation experts, giving students an insight into Zimbabwe’s conservation and cultural history, current challenges, and an outline of the work that is currently being done to secure the future of its wildlife and wilderness areas.
6 week course, with full supervision and mentoring;
Expert guides and trainers;
Certificate of completion;
Family-run private conservancy;
Opportunities for cultural exchange and community engagement;
A well-rounded and wide-ranging mixture of modules;