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It’s that time of year again. The hills are turning brown and crispy in the absence of rain, the restaurants are hard to find seats in as the number of visitors increases and the students of local tourism schools in Labuan Bajo are getting ready to start their 3 months long internship programmes.
Here at Camp Wicked, we have a full quota of smiley and enthusiastic interns ready to learn the ropes. This year we have 3 students from Labuan Bajo and 2 students from Ruteng joining us. During their time with us, we will be helping to increase their understanding of how tourism businesses operate. The interns’ schedule will involve a combination of activities; shadowing our office and dive staff to see all aspects of the business, daily assignments and ensuring direct contact with guests who are visiting the area. We also have some fun one off projects too, like making swimming floats and assisting us on beach clean ups. In addition, with continued exposure to an English speaking environment, it goes without saying that their language skills and confidence will improve, enhancing their employability when they start seeking work.
In addition to this programme, we are also currently hosting 2 interns from Komodo Village, inside the National Park. Komodo KITA is an organisation which has developed a programme to improve employment options for the local population who live within the park boundaries – effectively giving the land back to the people. Komodo KITA have taken 20 students who have been all been through a diving training programme and all have reached the level of Stress and Rescue divers. The goal of this programme is to certify these students to Dive Guide level, so they are able to seek employment here in their home.
We are presently hosting Rusdin and Gavfur, both of whom are participating in this programme. Wicked Diving’s role in this is to provide them with exposure to international guests, to improve their spoken English skills, to increase their number of dives and their comfort levels in the water. Rusdin and Gavfur have been working very hard with us over the last couple of weeks, joining trips on all three of our boats and working closely with our dive guides and instructors.
Wicked Diving strongly believe that we have a responsibility to invest in the local communities in which we work. There’s no better way to have a direct impact than working with the young population. We hope we can provide valuable, life changing experience in our contact and also have a hand in reversing some damaging habits, such as plastic overuse and littering. Learn more about our Ethical practices...
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