Safari tourism is the country's second most important source of economic income and a secure occupational field.
In contrast to other countries in the region, the Botswana government sets high quality standards here; the profession as safari guide enjoys a high reputation.
The scholarship, as a 33-day "Intensive" course or as a one-year professional training ("PFG" course), is intended to give young adults from socially disadvantaged families the chance to work as a guide, guaranteeing them and their families a secure livelihood in the long term.
In addition, a 14-day "Train the Trainer" course was developed, which is regularly offered to employees of the local partner organisation FEYS.
This course informs the project managers of the Junior Ranger Programme about the special features of the fauna and flora in Botswana and imparts pedagogical skills as a multiplier for working with children and young people on environmentally specific topics.
The training is carried out by EcoTraining, one of the most respected providers in southern Africa. For over 20 years, the state-approved Safari Guide instructor has distinguished itself through the highest quality of its programs and instructors. The demanding instruction in theory and practice takes place in different wilderness camps. EcoTraining is based in South Africa, where three wilderness camps are run, and another training camp in Botswana.