Way back in 2011, I joined Amboseli institute. I was looking for an institute that could nature what I had in me (passion) and turn it into reality and for sure I made the right choice.
When I enrolled, I took a 2½ years course in Sustainable Tourism and Wildlife Management (Diploma) and through the help of well able lecturers, I took every unit I was intended to take to help me become who I am today. Not only was I taught through books but counselling was also part of what I got to mould me and be the person that I was meant to be.
When I was done with my 1st year, the institution had sort a place at Olpejeta conservancy where I would be attached for field work and where I was to gain more exposure and experience through practical work in day to day schedules. That really opened up my mind and way of thinking since I was exposed to different sections from bookkeeping, research, guiding, ecological monitoring etc. and they were all aimed at helping and equipping me with knowledge on tourism and wildlife.
Later on after I was done with my 2nd year, they got me a place of attachment at Lake Nakuru National Park (Wildlife Clubs of Kenya) where I actively participated in outreach programs in schools, teaching on matters conservation and planting trees .All along I never knew that this two places (Olpejeta & Lake Nakuru) would be places that I would frequently visit with clients alongside others.
In June 2013, I was done with my course and after a while the institution called me back and I joined its marketing department.
Note: Am in marketing a different area from what I studied but everything happens for a reason. I never knew I was to be in marketing to build my confidence in talking to people and handling issues, which I ended up doing on a day-to-day basis as a guide. It also played a very important role as far as getting to know different places within the country, which I currently have no issue taking clients there.
2015, I was called upon for an interview by the institution and was employed to teach guiding courses which I was very good at when I was in college (Hard work for sure pays). I took students like my clients and I would address them the way I do to my clients today. I would take them for guiding practices and explain different things to them with passion like am in the real field. That helped me grow and sharpen my skills through challenging questions from students, especially the class of 4/14.
2016, I left teaching and joined the current company am working for – Elohim Tours and Travel – as a tour driver guide. Everything that I was being told and that which I learned when I went through the various stages till I became a guide, have played a very huge role to the competent guide I am today.
Thanks to the students, who always make sure that the name of the school soars up high. Thanks to the management and the staff, who work tirelessly to ensure that they mould students that can stand and acquire a place in this dynamic and competitive industry. God bless Amboseli