San Community-Based Tourism Training Programme
The !Khwa ttu Training Department is where young San from all over southern Africa come to learn more about their roots, history, culture and traditional knowledge and where they are equipped to teach others about it – whether to their own communities or the broad public. The fifth group of trainees, twelve of them, is currently completing a nine months tailor-made course on site.
The main component of the comprehensive curriculum is an accredited Nature and Cultural Site Guide Skills Programme (accredited by CATHSSETA - Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality, Sports Sector Education and Training Authority, for which authority !Khwa ttu is now a registered p training provider). Young San women and men qualify to become registered Nature Site Guides and Cultural Site Guides.
An important part of the training is the environmental aspect where much attention is given to the botany of local flora, and especially to the identification of plants with healing properties. A project is undertaken by each group to benefit and enhance the attractions at !Khwa ttu and at the same time the project serves as model that can be replicated in the home community for the same reason.
Added to this main focus are various relevant hospitality skills programmes such as Room Attendant, and Table and Bar Attendant. Value adding external workshops in Rock Art, First Aid, HIV & AIDS, Sustainable Tourism and Intellectual Property Rights are arranged while lessons in language, life skills and San Issues provide further grounding. Excursions are arranged for added interest.
On-the-job experiential learning takes place over weekends, when trainees have the greatly appreciated opportunity to put into practice their newly acquired knowledge and practice their skills. These practical skills they acquire at the gate and reception, in the kitchen and restaurant, in the garden and in housekeeping, and most importantly, on the tours.
The trainee groups are pleased to mix and learn from San of other groups and are gladly welcomed by the !Khwa ttu permanent staff, who facilitate and evaluate their participation in the various departments.
For more information on !Khwa ttu’s training activities, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2013 SCBTTP Trainees
Brenda Bladbeen (South Africa)
Brenda Bladbeen, Khomani from the Kalahari in the Northern Cape wants to learn to become a nature guide and is thankful for the opportunity
Domingo Diribi (South Africa)
Domingo Diribi, Khwedam speaking, hails from Platfontein near Kimberley and wants to be trained as a San guide
Castro Maliti (South Africa)
Castro Maliti, !Xun, from Platfontein is at !Khwa ttu to improve himself, learn more about the past of San people and to learn about the use of plants.
Matios Sibongo (South Africa)
Matios Sibongo, Khwedam speaking, again from Platfontein, is here to learn of the past and present of the San peoples and to learn about the use of plants as medicine and food.
Rita Jack (South Africa)
Rita Jack, Khwe, also from Platfontein, came to learn about the different San groups and how plants were used in the past.
Samuel Dinyando (Botswana)
Samuel Dinyando speaks Khwedam and is proud to be a San. He is happy at !Khwa ttu and enjoying his time at this unique San Centre.
Sedibo Mmaba (Botswana)
Sedibo Mmaba comes from the San settlement Shaikarawe in Northern Botswana. His main issue is to study nature and cultural guiding, to get experience as a guide and to work in the tourism industry as a tourist guide.
Hannie Moruti (Botswana)
Hannie Moruti from Kaputura in Botswana speaks Khwedam and is experiencing a productive studying time at !Khwa ttu to serve in the tourism industry.
Mokgalagadi Sheregwe (Botswana)
Mokgalagadi Sheregwe from Botswana speaks Khwedam and has wonderful dreams for ‘Tour Operations’ as a Cultural and Nature Site Guide.
Kerapetse Bantu Peter (Botswana)
Kerapetse Bantu Peter speaks Khwedam and hails from Kyeica (Tobere 4). He is looking forward to explore the world if study opportunities come and his time at !Khwa ttu is opening his knowledge from the ways back in the past
Nkgomotsang Mmaba (Botswana)
Nkgomotsang Mmaba, Khwe, is a trainee nature and cultural guide who wants to get knowledge for job purposes.
Chris Mushavanga (Namibia)
Chris Mushavanga would like to be a professional guide in future anywhere in Southern Africa, simply because he likes to work in nature and tell people of the importance and uses of animals and plants.