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Kololo Student Guides

Kololo offers training positions for student guides. These students work with us to gain experience in guiding and assist in the research and volunteer program. Below an introduction for each student.

Khushnam Joshi, 30, India

I began my career in finance, but I always dreamt about living in the African bush. After six years of corporate finance, I realized I could use my analytical skills towards a greater cause and that led me to South Africa and wildlife conservation. I became a FGASA-qualified field guide through EcoTraining’s professional guiding program—a gateway to working in wildlife conservation. During my placement at Kololo, I have the opportunity to guide guests on safari as well as contribute to conservation projects on the reserve.

Jule Friehs, 23, Germany

After participating in a wildlife volunteer project in South Africa in 2020 I discerned my passion for the bush. Eventually, I decided to do what makes me happy and joined the one-year Professional Field Guide Course with EcoTraining. After the first half year study, I started my lodge placement program at Kololo in February. Here I have the chance to get practical experience in the guiding and hospitality industry.

Nicole Housdon, 20, South Africa

The reason I got involved with FGASA is because I have a great love and passion for animals and guiding and I hope to be a guide one day. I’m thrilled to be doing my placement at Kololo Game Reserve and I feel as though I am learning quite a lot there, with regards to both guiding and lodge life.

Isidora Hormazábal, 22, Chile

I started EcoTraining because I love South African wildlife and the amount of knowledge that you obtain is unbelievable. In my country, we lack the megafauna that South Africa boasts, so coming here it has been a great opportunity. Now after 6 months of studying, I’m at Kololo doing my placement where I can learn even more on how the industry works and become a better guide. I’m very happy to be here!

Read more about EcoTraining.

- First year guiding experience - FGASA apprentice field guide

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