At the beginning of November the students at Mkuyu Guide School were very happy to welcome a distinguished guest, Miss Kelly Barber, to Tungamalenga for two days of lessons about communication. Kelly trained as a field guide in South Africa and has more recently delivered several training courses for guides in Arusha. The students were of course very excited to have a visitor and eager to see what Kelly could teach them.
One of the biggest hurdles for the Mkuyu students is overcoming the cultural differences between their own Tanzanian traditions and the norms and values of visitors from other countries. It's always a struggle for them to gain exposure to other cultures and as aspiring representatives of Tanzania; it's vital they have the opportunity to learn about the people who come to visit Tanzania on safari. To this end Kelly designed some lessons and activities to emphasise effective communication.
Basic concepts such as body language are often almost completely foreign concepts for a lot of the guys. Kelly got the students practicing different ways to convey their messages to each other through a variety of role-plays and games. Everyone clearly enjoyed a break from the more usual study based learning method. It was a real challenge for the students, their English was tested and they were asked to think about something in a completely different way. They all responded really well!
You can see Kelly with the students in the pictures below, plus an intruding monkey for the more keen eyed amongst you....
Mkuyu Guide School would like to say a big thank you to Kelly Barber for sharing her time and look forward to seeing her again very soon!
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