Last year 14 hopefuls joined our first Guide Apprentice Program, eight in Kenya and six in Tanzania who have successfully completed their first year and progress to face the challenges of year two. This year we take on six new apprentices in Kenya and four in Tanzania, to follow in their footsteps.
The apprentice programme runs for two years - the minimum time needed to ensure that a trainee guide gets sufficient hours to gain the practical knowledge required across a broad skills base. The first six month are spent working across a number of different lodge functions and departments to make sure they have a thorough understanding of all elements that incorporate a guest’s stay before they progress to learning how to guide.
Each apprentice guide in Kenya will need to qualify as a Kenya Professional Safari Guide (KPSGA) and to complete FGASA level 1 in the first year, which includes an understanding of the natural environment plus a sound knowledge of the history, geology, plants and animals in their geographic area of guiding.
In year two each apprentice will work alongside other senior Elewana guides and sit for FGASA level 2, which covers advanced birding and botany, people skills & communication and tracking.
The Guide apprentice programme is fundamental as Elewana works to empower, support and recruit from our local communities and our goal to have an elite team of guides, ensuring that our Guest experience is second to none.
|We would like to welcome the following apprentices and wish them all the best in their first year;||Congratulations to all those below who have completed the first year ;|