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
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 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.
BIAZA award-winning Sam Sykes and Blackpool Zoo, Residential. A unique hands-on 5 day and 5 night residential
Participants will get to sneak a peek behind the scenes to explore the work of the zookeeper and the role of a modern zoo.
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.
“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
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