As part of our ongoing efforts to support and build the local community – one of the main goals of our Discovery Centre Fund, Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti is committed to developing young Tanzanians for a future career in hospitality. In January 2017, the Lodge had the opportunity to sponsor the further education of Joyce Albert, a  young woman from the nearby town of Nata, who had always dreamt of becoming a Safari Guide.

Joyce had been living with her mother in Mugumu – a town outside the Park that is about a two hour drive from the Lodge. Since finishing school a few years ago, Joyce had been helping her mother and siblings on their small maize field, not being able to find paid work or the funds required to pay for further study.

With assistance from the Serengeti District Council and Serengeti Tourism College (SECTO), Joyce was selected from a number of deserving, under-privileged young members of the local community for a place to study for a Certificate in Tour Guiding at Serengeti Tourism College (SETCO). During the selection process, Joyce’s passion and determination shone through and she is excited that she has now been given the opportunity to finally achieve her goal. Joyce is a determined young lady, with great enthusiasm and a wide smile – especially when talking about her favourite animal, and Tanzania’s national animal, the giraffe, which she saw for the first time when on her way to Four Seasons for her selection interview!

Joyce started her studies at SETCO in early January. In April, she came to the Lodge to spend a week gaining practical experience from many of our different teams, including the Discovery Centre, Front Office, Mechanic and Guiding teams. Over the  coming year,  we look forward to welcoming her back during  her college vacations to gain further practical exposure in the hope that she will soon be able to realise her dream of becoming a Serengeti safari guide.

Joyce’s sponsorship is funded through our Discovery Centre Fund, which in addition to supporting the local community, aims to benefit local research and wildlife conservation projects, such as de-snaring programmes.  To further benefit the projects we are able to support through the Discovery Centre Fund, as  from 1 May 2017,  a donation to the Discovery Centre Fund will be made on guests’ behalf for every game drive or walking safari booked. For each half day game drive booked a $2 per person donation will be made, while for all other game drives and walking safari bookings a $5 per person donation will be made.

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