Why Are People Choosing Us?
– Christian Meyer – Landrut (father to Jakob September 2011)
Thank you so much for everything!
Finally we have our Jakob back at home and he has learnt so much! It is amazing to listen to him and what he can tell us about nature and your field guide training. Congratulations to both of you! I saw him now on your blog with the Rhino Memory-Shirt looking far over the ocean. He has made so many experiences and got a new friend for his life. The younger sister of Ranger Ferdi is one of our youngest daughter, Elisabeth’s best girlfriends! Both of them are looking forward to joining ULOVANE – maybe for half a year starting in January 2013! Let’s keep in contact.
Wishing you all the best wishes and a merry Christmas and a happy new Year…
– Brent Cook (Founder/Director Chipembere Rhino Foundation)
Dear Candice and Schalk,
On behalf of Chipembere Rhino Foundation I would like to whole heartedly thank both of you and all the students for getting involved at the foundations stand at the “Kenton Xtreme Festival”.
It’s an honour for Chipembere Rhino Foundation to be associated with “Ulovane Environmental Training” and as a foundation that prides itself on real action results in the field, the enthusiasm and passion expressed by the Ulovane team was tangible. Your involvement helped create the platform that Chipembere Rhino Foundation needed to bring the plight of an iconic species to a wider audience and through this spirited attitude you have provided a significant increase in awareness and support towards the efforts the foundation implements in tackling rhino poaching – Thank you again!
As of today 251 rhino have lost their lives to poaching in South Africa in 2012! This figure is staggering! What I can say though is that with the R23,250.00 raised at the “Kenton Xtreme Festival”, Chipembere Rhino Foundation will be able to further expand support to rhino custodians so that they may better monitor and safe guard their rhino populations.
Thank you once again, we look forward to Chipembere Rhino Foundations involvement with “Ulovane Environmental Training” in the near future.
If you require any further information or feedback please feel free to contact me anytime!
– Conny Corrigan
“My daughter took two courses at Ulovane right after graduating from High School, and truly had the experience of a lifetime there. She returned home with a wide range of new skills and with the confidence she needed to tackle college and a future career. Schalk is able to impart his incredible wealth of knowledge and experience in a fun and exciting way through lectures and lots of hands-on experience. He is the kind of teacher every college wishes it had. Candice skillfully handles marketing and communications at Ulovane and is a caring and generous friend and mentor to all students. In fact, the only regret we have about sending our daughter to Ulovane was that we weren’t able to take the courses ourselves!”
– Terry Charter
Hi Schalk, Hi Candice. I do hope things are well at Ulovane! I just wanted to say a huge, huge thank you. Along with your training and Alex’s help I have found the perfect job here in Kafue! I had some amazing experiences last year and I’m sure more will come. I can’t believe how my life has turned around! I hope you have a full class of students at the moment and things are running smoothly! Would love you guys to come visit!! All the best …
– Alex Woodley
Hello! Just wanted to say a big thank you again for this time last year, really taught me about myself being with you all at Ulovane and really happy I managed to gain the experience I did with you. It is something that definitely was an eye opener and anyone who has the pleasure of experiencing it will grow as a person and gain the confidence to succeed in life. So just wanted to say a big thank you to you, Schalk, Jandre, Sarah, Joyce and ice cream (can’t forget him!). I know it has been a year but I have only really had time to think about it now in our off-season at the lodge to really appreciate it… Thanks again!
– Glynnis Dickinson (Mom to Graeme Jan 2010)
Just a short note to thank you and Schalk for the growth in my son.
The knowledge that he has gained in a couple of short months is absolutely amazing. Thank you to Schalk for his wonderful teaching skills and to you for always being available to do the “mom” things.
You guys are absolutely amazing!
– Charl and Hermien du Plessis (Kobus Jan 2010)
Dear Schalk and Candice
Just to say thank you once again for the wonderful time we spent at Ulovane. We really enjoyed our visit!
Thank you very much for your input into Kobus’s life during the past three months – we really appreciate it and were very impressed with the knowledge and skills that he has acquired.
– Karen and Glen Mackie (Matt Jan 2010)
Thanks so much for a wonderful few days. We loved every minute of it and it was great meeting you and Schalk, and your lovely family. Mat is very lucky to be with you and I can see that he is so happy and loving every minute of being there. Keep up the good work!!
– Pieter and Cynthia Kies (Grandparents to William Sept 2009)
Dear Schalk and Candice,
Just a short note to say thank you so much for the invitation to William’s graduation yesterday. We as grandparents are very proud to see just how William has matured and enjoying his time at Ulovane. Thanks for the great game drive and boat ride – I managed to get some stunning photos of the fish eagle (my favorite) and the rhino!
We wish you all the very best for the future.
– Martin, Cyndy & Raymond (Parents to William Sept 2009)
Dear People of Ulovane,
We would like to thank you for the wonderful weekend and time we spent with you all.
Thank you for your kind hospitality … you became our friends; and you are just like family to us.
Lots of love
– Groete Zelda Erasmus (Werner Erasmus June 2009)
Dit is met die grootse waardering en dankbaarheid wat ek vandag vir julle skryf. My naam is Zelda en ook ma van Werner (een van julle nuwe seuns). Werner het die mees ongelooflikste tyd van sy lewe by Ulovane. Daarvoor wil ek vir julle dankie sê. Julle doen ongelooflike werk en ons waardeer dit baie. Ons is ook saam met Werner baie opgewonde en dankbaar vir die geleentheid om by Kichaka te Kan begin werk. Hy is ‘n ongelooflike blessing vir ons en glo hy gaan dieselfde uitwerking op Kichaka se mense hê. Ons gaan hom vreeslike baie mis (soos ons nou ook doen) maar gun hom elke oomblik van sy. Wonderlike nuwe toekoms in die natuur.
Baie dankie vir julle en ons sal aanhou bid dat julle instansie net van krag to krag sal groei.
– Joan ~ Chris s mum ( Christopher Roberts Sept 2008)
Great News! Chris got 3 (all) A’s A Level! He is starting at Manchester U 23rd reading BioMed. Thanks for the fabulous experience you gave him and encouragement to do life sciences. It definitely affected his choices and commitment.
– Tania Lochner (Mom to Christiaan Jan 2009)
I know this is a VERY LATE time and way to say thank you for all your care during the time Christiaan was there. But the reason I have an urge to say a BIG THANK YOU to Erica and Chris and you and Schalk , is that I only can see it now what an impact the course has had on his life.
He has more confidence and of course more knowledge, but also more social skills. So thank you again for expanding his life in so many ways. Please tell it to the others.
Fondest regards. Hope its going just fine with you and the team.
– Mat Dry – Jan 2007
Schalk and Candice, Chris and Erica, how can I thank you enough for creating a program and imbuing it with your hearts and souls that not only has enriched my education, helped fulfill a dream, but has also deepened my understanding of how to be a better person? You have taught me to unveil the beauty in things that could not previously be seen or known, to be smart and perceptive in ways that will abet me my every step of my way, and most thankfully, you have shown me new ways in which to love the world I have not imagined possible. I leave here forever in your debt for the wealth of knowledge, experience, and joy I have garnered because you made your own dream a reality. Thank you, thank you, and thank you…
– Andi Avery – July 2007
Id like to take this opportunity to thank you both for your patience, passion and enthusiasm and for all the opportunities and sights, sounds and smells you have opened my mind to. I wish Ulovane goes from strength to strength and that Amakhala becomes a mecca for the natural world in the E cape. You guys have so much passion and I respect that you put your all into what you do. It is a fantastic enterprise you guys are running and like I said I wish you all the very best.
– My love and thanks, Bev (Mom to Robyn Curtiss – July 2007)
I am very thankful to you both – she is being pushed, gently, to stand on her own feet and I know this time with you will be the making of her. The course itself is fantastic, teaching things you could never be taught elsewhere, but even more than that, it offers scope to develop in a controlled, safe environment. I know I will see a huge difference in her – she will have matured into a woman.
– Gavin O’Connell-Jones – (Dad to Graeme O’Connell-Jones January 2008)
Anne and I would like to thank you most sincerely for having Graeme on your course. Based upon our limited exposure to the course, on Graeme’s comments and the comments of others, our impression is that it is a very comprehensive, well structured and well managed course. I might add that if I could take the 3 months leave it is something that I would absolutely love to do.
We would like to wish you both everything of the best with Ulovane. We will certainly do our best to promote it in any way we can.
– Jacki Micola – January 2008
Thank you so much for an amazing three months. I’ve had so many incredible experiences that I struggle to think how I can possibly relay them all to family and friends. It truly exceeded my expectations.
– Mike LaBombard – April 2008
Thank you to you and Schalk for everything these past 3 months. Like I said in the newsletter, it really has been a dream come true for me here.
– Nkosi Kakulu – Rita Thomas April 2008
I really appreciate the work you guys are doing, and I really mean that! Ulovane turn out excellent guides, and that’s not boasting at how good I am, just what a good job you guys do.
I am sure we will meet again! I will be back for ARH if Schalk will have me! Please know that I really value the time and investment you guys put into our education and training.