Educating the world one tour at a time
With so many skill sets, Shane has found his most important commodity is education, and every tour has a strong focus on teaching his clients about the environment.
“The education part is the whole reason I’m doing this,” Shane said. “It’s one of those things you’re asked when you’re growing up, about where you can have influence and, ‘can I make a difference?’”
“Through ecotourism and through public speaking and writing, which are my other passions, I’m able to influence people.”
Shane has also found a perfect balance between quality and quantity of information, something he says is key to maximising his effectiveness.
“I run tours for nine to 30 days at a time, with a maximum of six people, so I get a really good interaction with my clients, and them with me as their guide,” he said.
“That interaction really helps me influence them and teach them the intricacies of the natural world and embed the right messages with them from the start.
“Through public speaking and networking events, and posting regularly on social media accounts I can reach a broader range of people.
“I’m finding I can satisfy both sides of that education idea, I can still reach a lot of people, which is the whole reason I want to do this, to have a positive impact.
“By offering safaris in Africa using the skills and knowledge I’ve learned at JCU and as a nature guide, I’m able to positively impact the environment as well as the attitudes of those who want to experience it.”