Goal of Ukarimu
Today, visitors from both far and close by are visiting Africa in larger numbers than ever before. Throughout the continent new hotels and lodges are being built every single day and more and more tourist activities take place. The goal of the program is to prepare these students for internships and ultimately jobs in these local hotels, lodges, restaurants and tourist sites. It is designed to prepare them for a future in the emerging world around them.
The curriculum is based on principles of active learning and is a combination of hard and soft skills to inspire young adults with little education and limited options.
This unique course, however, not only explores the realm of tourism, but also how to create skills to be a good employee, how to be a productive member of a team, how to identify a place for themselves in the industry, and how they can set personal goals to prepare for the future.
Ukarimu is developed by Mango Tree and EyeOpenerWorks in partnership with the following successful grass root hospitality training institutes in Africa: Ujima from Kenya, Kawa from Zanzibar, Jobortunity from Arusha, Tanzania, Kwhela from South Africa and Rwenzori and Karamoja Tourism Academy.
The development of the Ukarimu Academy programme has been made possible thanks to Booking.com’s sustainability team.