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July 2015 week 1

First week of a three months course as seen by Yael Israeli.

Beginnings are always exciting – everything is new and unknown yet, but can also come with many concerns, worries and questions: How are my roommates going to be like? What will we have to eat? What are the studies going to be like? Hard? Easy? How will I be compared to the other students?
This week, some of our questions were given an answer, some have not yet been revealed and most of our concerns have definitely gone away.
So this week, except for the regular game drives, bushwalks and lectures we were studying all about each other’s habits and just getting used to our new routine.
This Field guide course started off with five students – all are women! Girls’ power! Two South Africans, two British and one Israeli. Different people from different countries and cultures coming to learn about the South African bush.
We’ve started the week with some great game sightseeing of elephant herds, a baby giraffe, kudus, impalas and even two surprising guests which you don’t see every day.

We’ve already seen tens of birds and have learned the names of many others. We’re starting to be familiar with the roads and trails in the reserve.

This week was focused on the basic knowledge and characteristics every guide should have – what makes a good guide and how guests should be treated by him. This forms the basic ground for guiding before and knowledge about mammals, birds or trees.

Now that the first week is over, we all know much better what to expect and what is expected of us in the following weeks. But… Nature has its own way and will probably surprise us in its special way, in different occasions. We can’t wait for the unknown to be revealed and for the new to come!

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