Welcome back to our Ecotourism News Service after a two month break!
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused by the discontinuation of this service since mid-April 2012. A lot of things have happened during this quiet period. Please scan the web-links below to catch up with some of the local and global news. In addition, send us an email through firstname.lastname@example.org if you need further information, updates or more ecotourism stories.
Highest number of college students on internship at Ecotourism Kenya
A total of eighty (80) college students of tourism and environment enrolled in the fourth intake of the Leadership and Mentorship Program (May - July 2012). They began their 12-week internship on 5th May 2012. The induction training for the large group was done in three training sessions. The students came from 7 universities namely (Egerton, Kenyatta, Nairobi, Moi, Makerere, and Mount Kenya) and 5 colleges (Amboseli Institute, Nairobi Aviation College, Kenya Polytechnic and Kenya Institute of Professional Studies).
The students are attached at various organizations and companies, including: Ecotourism Kenya (Nairobi and Ukunda Offices), Empaash Conservancy, Exclusive Eco-Travels, Funju Ecotourism, Gosana Nature Reserve, Kakamega Environment Education Program (KEEP), Kaya Kinondo Conservation and Development Group, Kaya Muhaka Forest Conservation Organization, Lake Naivasha Nature Club, Mlilo Eco-tours, Mount Suswa Conservancy, Msambweni Turtle and Marine Conservation Group, Muchiri's Resort in Ndakaini, Mwanakaviri Community Campsite, Otenyo Cultural Group, Shimoni Slave Caves, Statunga Ecotours, Lake Victoria Sunset Birders, and Netbon Ecotourism.
We wish to thank each organization for providing internship opportunities to the students. Application deadline for the next 5th Intake (September - November 2012) is 15th July 2012. Please let us know if you would like to host a student during the 5th intake by contacting Ms. Phoebe Munyoro or Terriyann Mutindi on email@example.com, call 0726 366 080 or 020 257 4059, or visit www.ecotourismkenya.org//page.php?id=9 ("Get Involved" tab) for more information.
Eco-rated Facilities increase in number
While things seemed quiet, the Ecotourism Standards and Best Practices program was busy assessing for ecotourism compliance in tourism hotels, lodges and luxury camps throughout the country!
By May 30th, 2012, the number of valid eco-rated facilities had increased from 42 facilities to 60 facilities. Assessment reports for an additional 20 facilities, compiled between March and May 2012, are being reviewed by the Eco-rating Technical committee. We wish to thank those of you, who submitted useful information to consider in assessing several tourist facilities in Masai Mara, Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves.
World Environment Day Competition in Mombasa
The Mombasa Rowing and Canoe Club (MRCC) marked the annual World Environment Day (WED), celebrated every 5th of June, by holding a competition and fun day at Tudor Creek on Saturday 2nd June 2012. The competition aimed at standing up against marine pollution by cleaning up the creek, which provides a breeding ground for fish and a habitat for mangroves, and whose waters flow into Kenya's world-renown beaches. MRCC invited individuals and corporate companies to participate in the event, in teams of 22 people. The teams collected, classified and weighed non-organic garbage at various points along the creek, with prizes awarded according to the various categories of collection. For more information please Contact Seif Patwa (Secretary General, MRCC) on +254 722 421 577
Kenya Tourism Awards (KETA) 2012
The Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF) in partnership with the Kenya Tourist Board (KTB) cordially invites you to the 2nd Kenya Tourism Awards Gala to be held on Friday 22nd June 2012 at the Carnivore Restaurant Nairobi starting 6:30pm. Tickets are retailing at Kshs.5, 000/= per person and corporate tables of 10 at Kshs.50, 000/=. To make a reservation contact Susan Ongalo on 0722 745645, 0738617499 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more details on KETA visit www.tourismawards.or.ke
Community and Conservation Coordinator - Turtle Bay Beach Club
The renowned Turtle Bay Beach Club, situated in Watamu at the Kenyan coast, is looking for a person to fill in the role of a Community and Conservation Coordinator. The Coordinator's main tasks include monitoring resource consumption and waste management within the hotel, plus the development & marketing of community and conservation-based programmes.
Education requirements - a minimum of a university degree, in Environmental Planning and Management, Community Development, Environmental Sciences or other related fields.
Professional experience in environmental & conservation management, projects management, community development and empowerment and sustainable tourism will also be considered.
The person also needs to be computer literate, fluent in Kiswahili and English (German is an added advantage), and possess excellent communication, interpersonal and accounting skills.
If you are interested please send a letter of interest plus your CV to email@example.com
Cycle 2 - Call for Youth, Private Sector-based Training and Internship Program
Through the Kenya Youth Empowerment Project (KYEP), the Government of Kenya has appointed the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) to provide training and internships in the private sector for approximately 11000 youth, over a period of 4 years. This programme is divided into 8 cycles, with the first having been completed in Nairobi.
KEPSA is currently receiving applications from youth who wish to participate in the 2nd cycle of the KYEP Training and Internship programme, which is to take place in Nairobi and Mombasa counties ONLY. The deadline for application is on Friday 25th May 2012. Click on the link for more details, on the Call For Youth application process and requirements.
Kenya Wildlife Conservation & Ecotourism Volunteer
12th to 18 June 2012- Kenya Tourism Board MDR Summit.
KTB willhost the annual MDR Summit from 12th to 18th June 2012. The key objective of the summit will be share strategic direction with the MDRs and share performance and current issues in the markets with key stakeholders through interactive forums. For more information and attendance, contact Betty Ingwe at firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd Reminder: International Conference on Seizing Tourism Market Opportunities in Times of Rapid Change.
The deadline is fast approaching, register for the International Conference on Seizing Tourism Market Opportunities in Times of Rapid Change. For more details, please Click Here.
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