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A Leadership & Mentorship Program Success Story

Mark Miano, LMP MAY 2023

When I initially enrolled in the Leadership and Mentorship Program (LMP) in May 2023, I held certain expectations that fueled my enthusiasm for the journey ahead. Foremost, I anticipated that the program would provide in-depth discussions on the technical aspects of ecotourism. I was eager to explore topics related to sustainability, environmental conservation, and responsible tourism practices. Furthermore, one of my primary expectations was to network with industry players and fellow participants.

I entered the program with a firm belief in my chosen career path within the tourism industry. However, as I engaged in the training sessions and attachment period, I realized that being open-minded was essential for growth and adaptation. During the training sessions, one particular session that had a lasting impact on me was “The Art of Being Ready.” This eye-opening session emphasized critical thinking as a fundamental skill for success in any field. Moreover, the training introduced the concept of being SMART in my approach to work. By setting goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound, I gained clarity on what I aimed to achieve and developed a structured plan to reach those objectives.

The attachment period at Emboo River Camp was equally transformative. It taught me the value of teamwork and humility. I was glad to be absorbed into employment after the period. Collaborating with diverse individuals and being open to learning from others’ perspectives broadened my horizons and enriched my understanding of the industry. In addition to these lessons, the program instilled in me a profound appreciation for the concept of lifelong learning. I realized that in a rapidly evolving industry like tourism, continuous learning, and adaptation are crucial for staying relevant and making a positive impact. Embracing a mindset of constant learning has motivated me to seek out new opportunities for skill development and personal growth.

From fostering open-mindedness and critical thinking to encouraging lifelong learning and teamwork, the LMP program instills valuable attributes for personal and professional growth. Through engaging training sessions and attachment opportunities, participants gain invaluable insights from industry experts and develop a clear vision for their careers. By joining this program, individuals can unlock their full potential, contribute meaningfully to sustainable tourism, and become inspiring leaders in their respective fields.

 

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Ecotourism Kenya, through the Leadership and Mentorship Program held a youth training from May 2nd to May 5th, 2023 at their offices. The training sessions focused on sustainability and professional development. This is the first part of the youth engagement program. The second and last part is the attachment phase. The primary focus is skills acquisition through work experience for a period of three months.

As outlined in the UNWTO’s Tourism Education Guidelines, the program aligns with  three of the seven education and training guidelines;

  • Update Tourism Curricula: The featured training topics were arrived at by consolidating survey responses issued to places of work that would offer attachment to the LMP participants.
  • Innovate Undergraduate and Graduate Tourism Education: Sustainability and professional development focus training.
  • Connect Tourism Graduates with Employment Opportunities: not only graduates but also undergraduates in the relevant studies can receive work attachments after the training.

This year’s cohort comprised of 13 young professionals, a mix of continuing students and recent graduates. Their careers feature travel, tourism, hospitality, conservation, and related areas from various learning institutions across the country. The group was interactive, eager to learn, and showed promise of growth in thought and mindset.

The amazing team of facilitators provided an engaging learning experience. They include;

SUSTAINABILITY-THEMED TOPICS;

  1. Sustainability in the Tourism Value Chain- Edith Alusa, Ecotourism Kenya
  2. Environmental Management focus as outlined in the Ecorating Standard- Simeon Kisaka, Ecotourism Kenya
  3. Wildlife Conservation in Kenya – Atandi Anyona, Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association
  4. Addressing Climate Change & Youth Participation- Kiptoo Chemoiwo, Global Landscapes Forum Nairobi Chapter

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT-THEMED TOPICS;

  1. Effective Communication- Sheila Kutto, Ecotourism Kenya
  2. The Art of Being Ready- Lucy Macridis, Elemcee Consulting
  3. Workplace Etiquette and Ethics- Lynnet Kamonde, Ecotourism Kenya
  4. Personal growth- Lynnet Kamonde, Ecotourism Kenya
  5. Digital Marketing- Mary Kimeu, Ecotourism Kenya

Insights from the facilitators;

  1. Atandi Anyona- KWCA

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/atandi-anyona-2308a328_conservation-youth-youthempowerment-activity-7059771039500648450-JzFR/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=member_desktop 

2.  GLFxNairobi

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/glfx-nairobi_climateaction-youthleadership-sustainability-activity-7059545780876980225-MTWL/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=member_desktop

Insights from the LMP Participants on various social media platforms;

We are hopeful to start the second phase of the program soon.