Tuesday, May 12, 2009
First Business Meeting in Kigali
Amanda and I met Leah Maringa from the Rwanda Tourism College today. We discussed some of the challenges Project Akilah will face with the population we will serve and how we can partner with the College (four year degree program).
It is no surprise that language skills will be the biggest obstacle so I have asked my friends at the Community College District to help me with ESL (English as a Second Language) contacts.
In the past few days with my shopping trips, trying to set up a bank account, and eating at a few local restaurants, I can see why President is so adamant about needing a quality labor pool to build the tourism business. He was out at one of the better restaurants and had terrible service but good food; that seems to be the norm at hotel reception, reservations, housekeeping etc.
Our boarding school for girls will provide many opportunities to instill a strong customer service ethic. They will take turns serving one another at meal times and participate in role playing exercises throughout the program.
There are two photos in this post, the outside of my Prima 2000 building and the meeting with Amanda and Leah. It took me about 50 minutes to post the last blog with the photos of the apartment so I will need to go to the airport to post photos in the future. It is amazing what I take for granted every day; employment, safety, fast internet, grocery stores, good roads, the list goes on for a spoiled American