DofE Expedition provider Sam Sykes

GOLD DofE RESIDENTIAL AAP

ZOO KEEPER – 5 Days at Blackpool Zoo

“I would say its perfectly suited to aspiring vets. The animal interaction we had was amazing and the zoo staff are absolutely fantastic.”

Zoe – Participant

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Duration FOR AGES LOCATION PRICE
5 DAYS + 5 NIGHTS
16+
 FROM £640 pp + VAT

To achieve your Gold Award, you need to complete an extra section – the Residential. This involves spending 5 days and 4 nights away from home on a shared activity with people you’ve never met before – dofe.org

What’s involved?

  • This is a 5-day residential – combining theory with practice. Hands-on experience section at the zoo – focusing on key transferable skills to take away.
  • Challenge opportunities include – teamwork, small group work, presentations, leadership, problem-solving.
  • Food and accommodation are provided at a nearby, modern scout centre where participants can enjoy quality food and homemade puddings!
  • And, of course, you’ll get the chance to get up close and personal with a wide range of creatures.

This fun and engaging opportunity is ideal for anyone with a passion for animals and conservation, or anyone looking to study a related area.

What’s included?

  • Accommodation and food
  • Transport to and from Blackpool train station (if required)
  • All transfers between the accommodation and the zoo
  • Five days at the zoo completing a range of practical and theory-based tasks
  • The chance to feed, handle and experience a wide range of animals
  • A portfolio of evidence and written reference from the zoo to take away

What makes it even more important is that what you learn, and experience on the course, is very personal:

This comes through the direct contact with the animals, the friendships made, and experiences shared with the others they meet on the course.

Get up close and personal with exotic species

BIAZA award-winning Sam Sykes and Blackpool Zoo, Residential. A unique hands-on 5 day and 5 night residential

  • Designed for 16 – 25-year-olds by industry leading experts.
  • The course gives 40 hours of work experience towards Vet Med applications.

Focusing on

  • Research and animal behaviour
  • Specialised care
  • Digestion and nutrition
  • The value and purpose of enrichment.

Sneak a peek behind the scenes

Participants will get to sneak a peek behind the scenes to explore the work of the zookeeper and the role of a modern zoo.

UPCOMING DofE RESIDENTIAL DATES

The perfect mix of theory and practice

During your residential you’ll:

  • Compile a dossier of evidence.
  • Gain real experience for an extra ‘wow factor’ at interviews for university courses.
  • Have access to the Blackpool Zoo Education team; These include qualified vets and the Sam Sykes instructors too.
  • Receive help with career advice.
  • Gain contact details for further work and work experience opportunities.
  • Take your career further at Blackpool zoo, across the UK, and abroad.
  • Be provided accommodation and seriously tasty food for the duration.
What are you waiting for? Take a walk on the wild side!

DofE RESIDENTIAL AVAILABILITY

Example DofE Gold residential reference - Zoo Keeper residential

Example Gold DofE Residential Reference

A personalised written reference is prepared by Blackpool Zoo and Sam Sykes for you to use as a record of your achievement on the residential. This is a key item for your applications and interviews moving forwards.

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DofE Gold ResidentialTestimonial

“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the week that I was able to do with Sam Sykes™ I gained some great experiences, which’ll help me in the future as I’ll be able to write this on my personal statement for university. Just wanted to let you know that I have a place on the Whipsnade Zoo Academy Course next August, which I’m also looking forward to.”

Zoo Residential Participant

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About Blackpool Zoo

Blackpool Zoo is a 32-acre zoo, owned by Parques Reunidos and located in the sea-side resort of Blackpool, Lancashire, England. It provides a home to over 1,350 animals from all over the world. The zoo has recently changed ownership twice – once in 2003, and again in 2007, resulting in continued investment each year. [from wikipedia]

Address: E Park Dr, Blackpool FY3 8PP

This Sam Sykes™ Residential meets all the Gold DofE residential requirements.

(5 out of 5 Stars) - based on 3 reviews.

Respond to GOLD DofE RESIDENTIAL

  • Zoo Participant says:

    “I would say it’s perfectly suited to aspiring vets. The animal interaction we had was amazing and the zoo staff are absolutely fantastic.”

  • Zoo Residential Participant says:

    I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the week that I was able to do with Sam Sykes™ I gained some great experiences, which’ll help me in the future as I’ll be able to write this on my personal statement for university. Just wanted to let you know that I have a place on the Whipsnade Zoo Academy Course next August, which I’m also looking forward to.

  • Participant Group says:

    Just do it, definitely! It’s amazing. You make good friends, you have such a laugh. You get to do things you’d never do before. It’s a once in a lifetime thing. I don’t think we’ll get to do the things we’ve done again. It’s just amazing.

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