Our Training Philosophy
Chrysalis focuses on providing quality, relevant and practical education and training in the fields of marine guiding, adventure guiding, nature guiding and wildlife conservation. Our passionate, highly qualified academic staff and guest speakers ensure that our clients not only gain knowledge, but also learn their own strengths and areas for development, enabling them to unleash their potential and spread their wings.
We are passionate about growing people and empowering them to “unleash their limitless potential”. To this end our training always includes a personal development component. For example: personal goal setting; personal branding, workplace skills such as: communication in the workplace, being an effective team member or professionalism in the workplace among others.
All of our courses are practically focused and aligned to Nationally Recognised Skills Programmes and Qualifications on the South African National Qualifications Framework. We are currently undergoing the process of registering as an accredited Training Provider and will soon be able to offer accreditation for our courses directly– eliminating the need to go through a third party provider
Chrysalis is owned by Monica Maroun who has been involved in education since 1993, first as a school teacher, then moving into adult education in 2005, and formally into nature and conservation education in 2012 after completing a 1-year Nature Enthusiast Course that culminated in her qualifying as a Nature Guide and included the theory for the Field Guide Association of Southern Africa Level I;II and III. Monica has completed the Mrine Guiding Skills Programme and is a Back-up Trails Guide. Chrysalis Nature College is the realisation of Monica’s lifelong dream of combining her two passions in Life: Nature and Education.
Dr Deborah Robertson-Andersson
Dr Deborah Robertson-Andersson is our Scientific Advisor and auditor of all course content. Dr Robertson-Andersson has been a Senior Lecturer at the School of Life Sciences at the University of KwaZulu- Natal since 2014. Dr Deborah Robertson-Andersson has been teaching nature and marine field guides since 2006, she is a Field Guides Association of Southern Africa Honorary Marine specialist and specialist marine guide, lecturer and teacher. She has lectured conservation, environmental science and ecotourism for graduates completing diplomas in these fields at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. Deborah has also supervised post graduate students at University of Western Cape.