Once again I sit in amazment at how three months has just flown by! They say time flies when your having fun – BUT WOW this is ridiculous! Friday night 17th September, a whirlwind 3 months came to an end for Charlotte, Amy, Eddie, Anne – Marie & Emile – we had an awesome sit down dinner and were joined by some folks, a fiance & friends. Thanks agian for an fabulous evening, delicious food, great presentation and fun!
I asked all the students to put into words, their final farewell & feelings – so here it is – get those tissues ready LOL
Looking back it’s hard to believe so much time has flown passed so quickly, a mere paragraph is hardly enough to describe the sheer amount that we have actually done during the last 12 weeks, it’s barely enough to describe one day of this incredible course. It is safe and utterly fitting to blurt out the cliché that expectations were exceeded, because without a doubt they were. The amount that is learnt from tutors, peers and, that greatest of all teachers, experience is mind boggling – far beyond the scope of what was needed to sit the exams. Three months is indeed enough to change your life and we have all come out of it richer in mind, broader in spirit and stronger in resolve and hopefully far better equipped to handle the future not only our chosen career, but in life. This paragraph is above all a sincere thank you to Ulovane and all who have been involved in helping us through these last few months and also to my four fellow students who made it so much more of a greater experience. From a rhino charge to the final exam it has been a wonderful and truly educational ride, but now it’s time to head off into the great unknown… and we can’t be more prepared. Saturday the 18th of September will truly be the first day of the rest of our lives.
- Eddie (Kenya)
The end is upon us and I cannot believe how fleeting it has been.
I could write about the amazing dune forest walk or about our Assessment drives but I think for my last update I want to speak about the people who made my incredible journey just that, incredible and unforgettable.
Schalk, Jandre and Sarah have been the backbone of my accomplishment, their never ending patience and willingness has been inspiring and their teachings life changing.
To my fellow students, we made it! I am extremely proud of each and every one of us. These last three months have been challenging to say the least but we have managed to keep afloat, and I would have never done it without all your love, laughter and support. I am going to miss you all dearly.
Ulovane, in three short months has shaped me into potentially being a great guide. I have grown to love the Environment more than I thought possible and I am tremendously grateful to everyone who has made this possible.
And so begins chapter two of my new life…Amy Law (SA)
It seems only a week ago when Char and Eddy arrived here after getting fetched from the airport and Emile arriving here with his little supped up car and Amy with her little ton and a half bakkie. We all just instantly clicked and knew that we would be friends. That night we all sat around the fire and just had a chat as if we had been friends for a while. Now we enter our last week here and no one wants the days to end. Taking a day trip to the Alexandria dune forest was just another reflection of the past months and a reminder that we did not want to part with each other. It has really been a fun filled learning experience that will never be forgotten. To all my friends whom I will be parted with after Friday evening I would just like to say thank you for all the wonderful times you have given me and all the lessons we have learned together. In my wildest dreams I would never have thought of meeting a more diverse group of people that would become this close after 12 weeks together. Thanks guys it has been awesome I will never forget any one of you guys. Love you all.
Anne-Marie Gous – Namibia(A.K.A Paparazzi)
When Schalk first drove me from the airport through Ulovane, I thought an aloe was a palm tree…. .I took the journey from Port Elizabeth as a good opportunity to catch up on some much needed sleep (after 20 odd hours of travelling) and didn’t pay too much attention to Schalk telling me about the history of the Eastern Cape and the geology of the land. How when we covered those subjects I wished I had listened!
I was not aware that I was about to embark on the most incredible, life-changing journey of my life to date. Being here, surrounded by a variety of people, all united by a great love and respect for the environment and wildlife, has taught me more than I could ever have imagined. I have really and truly have had my eyes opened to the wonders of nature. However, this journey wouldn’t have been as rewarding, as exciting, as memorable, if I hadn’t embarked on it with Amy, Anna, Eddy and Emile; 4 amazing people who have become my very good friends. We have laughed, cried, stressed and eaten a lot of sweetcorn together! LOL ! The amount of knowledge and experience we have all gained will stand us all in good stead for the challenges and adventures that still lie ahead of us and I wish them all the best of luck in whatever journey they next embark on.
Charlotte Bostock (BIG UP BRITAIIIINNNN!)
Last but not least ~ Emile Chambers a local PE boy with a huge passion for Lions:)
It is our last week on Ulovane and with big exams to study for, it’s freaking everyone out but we have to ace it. It was a stressful week for all but there is a light at the end of the tunnel and graduation is almost here. I managed to pass my mock exam after many long hours of studying am looking forward to qualifying as a field guide. My time here at Ulovane has been the best three months of my life. I listened to girl talk which freaked me out because girls have allot of issues, but now I understand them a little bit more. The fab five will always be close to my heart and will never be forgotten. A big thank you to Schalk, Jandre and Sarah for never giving up on me.
- Emile Chambers
Wishing you guys ALL the very BEST! Go out there and MAKE IT HAPPEN!
By the end of today – our TEN new recruits will all be at Ulovane Camp, settling in to what will be their home for the next three months. As I always say EVERY group is different, thats what you get when take people from all over the place, from different backrounds, different cultures – throw them together and make a TEAM out of them! This group we have 3 Dutch, 3 German, 1 Latvian, 1 chap from Sweden and two South Africans – so looking forward to getting to know all these people, who I have been chatting to via email the last few months! So watch this space for plenty of interesting tales, FANTASTIC pictures and awesome adventures!
Until next time ~
LiVe, lAugh, LOve and ExpOlOre