Ulovane Update: January 2018 Field Guides Week 8
This week began with me-time on Sunday afternoon after having a big plate of cooked food. We all went out on our different paths looking for a nice place to camp for the night on Ulovane. We were off for our 24 hours in the bush. Most of us were woken up by crying Jackals and roaring lions, which definitely added to the excitement of being out there.
During the week Ulovane hosted a private African wedding for a lovely couple from Slovenia, Helena and Marko. We hosted the ceremony under a big White Milkwood in a gorgeous location overlooking Amakhala Game Reserve. The weather didn’t really play along but it was still a success and added a bit of fun into our stressful week of assessment drives that had started. Congratulations to the happy couple! It was truly a blessing to make your dream come true!
Even though it is near the end of the course and we are not doing any new subjects in the class, we are still gaining more and more knowledge each day from our instructors as we revise for our final exam and prepare ourselves for the next set of assessment drives.
We learned how to work even better together as a team with the hosting of guests and the conservation management we’ve been doing in between everything else. This is when we clear indigenous plants and other invasive trees for fire wood and also fix any roads on the reserve that need a little TLC.
We also learned that in this field of work team work and trust is very important as it is everybody in the background that makes the field guides look good and feel confident in themselves and their actions towards their guests. We noticed this during the start of our assessment drives this week. We experienced a lot of stress and frustration during the first week of our assessment drives as we were still nervous and not sure what to expect but at the end of the day everything turned out well and everybody had loads of FUN. Huge thank you to all our guests that came out to support us!
- Bianca and JJ L (Lampies)
Believe in yourself, take on your challenges, dig deep within yourself to conquer fears. Never let anyone bring you down. You have got to keep going. Chantal Sutherland
Ulovane Update: March Marines Week 1
WOW the first week of marines has come and gone.
We unfortunately had to say goodbye to the newly weds Helena and Marco. One thing is for sure is that their positive attitudes and their ability to make absolutely everything entertaining and always wanting to have a good time will be missed around camp.
What an exciting and adventurous week, from beach walks, surfing, fishing and a boat trip I don’t know where we actually found time for class. As action packed the first week was we learnt an incredible amount and I’m sure it is because we are all enjoying it so much.
The boat trip, with Raggy Charters in Port Elizabeth, was remarkable! We were lucky enough to see a pod of about 150 dolphins feeding and close to 50 penguins on the island. Some real breathtaking sights.
This week has been eye opening and I found a quote by Dave Barry which sums it up rather nicely, “there’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realise that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent.” I’ve always gone to the beach to enjoy a holiday and while I’ve noticed some stuff, I’ve only just begun to realise how much I have actually been missing.
– Grant Perry