My name is, Matthew Nkilisho Kisyoki (DTGA/4863). I studied Diploma in Tour Guiding and Administration at Amboseli institute and graduated on 09th March 2018.
I started my education at Certificate level, completed Tour and Driver Guide course then proceeded to Diploma level. I was passionate and interested in tours and travel management for so long when I was young.
My first attachment was at Mombasa Butterfly House (Fort Jesus Monument), for three months. I covered the whole coast circuit during my practical classes and I learnt a lot more than in my theory classes at school.
Thanks to the curator Madam Maria Fungomeli, for the great work and support she gave me as well as extending a help hand for me to achieve my goals thus I was able to meet what was expected to be covered.
My second attachment, I sourced it for myself. I sent my application to a nearby conservation project – Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust – where they received my internship application and called me for an interview. We were 5 students who had sent for an internship opportunity and the position was just one. Two days after the interview I received a call from the conservationist manager, who informed me the reporting date.
My internship took six months. I was attached to different teams and departments, that is; front office, community awareness and education on the importance of wildlife, wildlife pays (compensation project), lion tracking and collaring, wet lands and grassland monitoring, land use management plans, tour guiding and escorted tours, animal aerial count and many others.
Great thanks to Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust and the community for their support during my internship period. After my internship, I also applied for Kenya Professional Safari Guide Bronze level Exam at KWS Head Quarters in Nairobi and passed the exam.
I sent my application to Finch Hattons Tented camp for a job, and I thank God for they received my documents and I got the job. I am now working at Finch Hatton tented camp.
Thank you Amboseli for who I am now. May God bless you.
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