October 1, 2015

Top 10 tips on how to cope on an EcoTraining course

Being in a group setting isn't always easy, especially if you are surrounded by strange people in a brand new environment.  

We have asked a few of our former students to give some advise on how to cope with the training period, especially living in such a close community with fellow students. If you keep the below step in the back of your mind at all times, you will have an amazing time on course and walk away with a lifetime of memories. This is what they had to say:
  1. Be friendly and humble
  2. Take advise and set boundaries and know your boundaries and know when to give people space
  3. It can be tough. Especially at the start. So much to take in, but if you keep going and enjoy it, then everything comes naturally. As for the people you are with, whether you like them at the time or not, they become family!
  4. Work Hard and Take notes always! Do not leave any paperwork until the last minute.
  5. Focus on why you are here, and not everything else.
  6. Stay motivated and push through it. It is worth it in the end.
  7. Respect the instructors and fellow students and enjoy learning about every aspect of the bush.
  8. Get clarity on deliverables at the start of the course.
  9. Don’t get into the bottleneck of assessments.
  10. Try not to get involved in petty rows. Be patient.
The most important is to make the best of your time in the bush. Staying in camp, surrounded by nature 24/7 is a huge privilege that a lot of people have never experienced. Make every second count! 

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