Media Release: Table Mountain National Park volunteers successfully completes year-long training programme
10 April 2017
As an urban park, Table Mountain national park often have offers of volunteering. Unfortunately untrained volunteers are often detrimental to the management of the national park.
Recognising the need for trained volunteers the park introduced a year-long official training programme for volunteers. The training programme is managed by the People and Conservation department of the park and the beneficiaries are mostly sourced from disadvantaged communities but everyone is welcome to apply.
For the past year 20 volunteers were recruited and 20 volunteers successfully completed the programme. The aim of the programme is to equip each participant with a rudimentary knowledge and skills on mountain safety, laws, tourism, and trail guiding and conservation as well as on environmental education.
Training takes place in predetermined settings and covers mountain trails, the link with the city, historical sites, information centres as well as a practical exposure to the national park. The trainees are expected to develop a portfolio of evidence of the new skills they acquired and they are required to present a chosen topic as well as their reflection of the topic at a symposium, where they are assessed by volunteer assessors.
Those found competent will be able to use their knowledge and skills to further their development in a number of fields including environmental education, tour guiding, entrepreneurship and field ranging.
TMNP Park Manager, Lesley Ann Meyer commended both the trainers and her staff for making themselves available to enrich the lives of young people. “Moreover a special commendation for the volunteers who committed a year of their lives to enrich themselves and who the park can now call upon if additional eyes and ears are required. I am very proud of your hard work,” she said.
Graduates, trainers and TMNP staff celebrating the success of the 2016/2017 TMNP volunteer training programme. Some of the graduates were never on the mountain before they started the training programme.
South African National Parks (SANParks) Cape Region
Merle Collins (Mrs)
Regional Communications Manager: Cape Region
South African National Parks (SANParks)
Tel: 27 (0) 21 659 1702