So YOU want to be a Safari Guide?
I understand 100%. I have worked with hundreds of students asking and saying the same thing. I want to be a Guide... I want to be a Vet... I want to be a Trails Guide... I want to be a Ski Instructor... and all kinds of other unique and interesting careers. Vintage Destinations provides consulting, for the most appropriate training program for you. Vintage Destinations is also a supporting member of FGASA, the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa. Now, why would you not go directly to the training providers who offer you the training programs?
Our experience tells us this:
We don't own our own training program, but we know who does offer programs and have taken part in these programs ourselves. We have taken the courses offered by most of them, at some point, and certainly know of people who have, and know who is who. So tell us what you want to achieve and we will consult with you to suggest the best options for your training, to meet your personal needs and ambitions.
Within our company, I (Timothy Jackson, CEO) with 7 years teaching in the private and public school system internationally, and having completed both the FGASA Trails Guide and Level 2 Field guides training myself, place myself in a very good position to help you make the right choice. Does this make it more expensive? No. Guide training programs offer commissions to people who send them clients. We have a very strong base of references, who are happy to share with you, our history in practical forms of Education internationally, and our support in pushing for reliable training programs worldwide, is simply an inherent part of our company philosophy, and the way we live our lives.
So, if you...
- Are looking for a career as a guide? Or...
- Are looking for an opportunity for a GAP year program, to do something really wild and out of the box? Or...
- Are wanting to be a Trails Guide? Leading walking Safaris in big game country? Or...
- Are interested in leading vehicle bound safaris in Africa's Big Five Reserves? Or...
You envision leading tours all over Africa? Or you always.....
- Did want to become a specialist in Birding? Or another field of speciality?
CONTACT US to start the consultation process.
We use professional techniques used by teachers and councellors in North America, Canada and Europe during teacher training, now in practice within schools and colleges, and in my case while achieving a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of British Columbia. We have actively practiced these skills with 100's of students, directing and counselling them towards the most appropriate schools and colleges throughout the world. It is a supportive and rewarding process, which ensures the best decision possible, for you and your career direction. Naturally, you ultimately must make the decision. We ask the right questions, and make suggestions. You choose the answers, and the options that work for you.
We can help you understand the Guides certification process, the real options out there, and give you the details of what we have experienced 'out there' in the competive guide training world. Whether you are an international person looking to come to Africa for an experience, or a local citizen pursuing your career, we will give you the facts! Honest, truthful, and direct answers.
A business offering a training program, however wonderful the program, are going to show bias in wanting you to come to their program, we don't have bias. We consult with you, in making the best of decisions, this can have a drastic effect, on your future, to which we take most seriously, and feel we can contribute, to helping you make 'smart choices'.
Important Note: Timothy Jackson, CEO of Vintage Destinations is a Canadian, BCCT (British Columbia College of Teachers Member). This membership signifies a level of professionalism, to which high standards are maintained, in the protection of students and families. It is with such affilations and background, we can assure you, a trustworthy source of advice, in the most professional manner. References and details available upon request. Timothy is also a certified member of the FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa), to which he is a certified Trails Guide, and Field Guide, with the Level 2 Qualification.
We look forward to hearing from you, and helping you choose the right program, that gets you the 'qualification' or 'experience' you need. We do request, that given we are doing this as a service, if choosing to book one of the training programs, you will honor us in that process, so we can collect a commission. We appreciate your honesty and business. We will, having consulted with you, through the preliminary stages, request a small non-refundable down deposit, which will be deducted from the final training program cost, upon your final decision. This covers our time, in consulting with you at the advanced stages, should you then change your mind. The fee is USD200.00.
Contact us now to discuss options for your guiding future!