School of Tourism and Hospitality students’ inaugural academic trip to Arusha
Students from the Strathmore University School of Tourism and Hospitality (STH) recently toured Arusha. The five-day trip included students from Bachelor of Science in Tourism Management (BTM) and Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Hotel Management.
Annually, Strathmore University students travel to various destinations around the world that match their area of study. This year, STH chose to visit Arusha because it is well known for its tourism resources like wildlife, cultural centers, pre-historic sites and beautiful scenery.
During the expedition, the students got a chance to visit the Arusha Cultural Heritage Centre, Lake Manyara National park and Amboseli National Park in order to experience the practical application of what they learn in class.
Culture and Tanzania’s indigenous wildlife
While at the Arusha Cultural Heritage center, the students had an opportunity to learn more about the culture of the people of Tanzania. They enjoyed exhibitions of carvings, gemstones, artifacts, clothing and books and also had a game drive at Lake Manyara National park that has a big number of elephants, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, impala, waterbuck, and warthog, as well as klipspringer along the of the slopes of the escarpment.
Later, the students had a game drive at one of Africa’s most popular national parks, Amboseli National Park. This visit gave the Strathmore students an opportunity to view Africa’s indigenous wildlife such as leopards, cheetahs, buffalos, elephants, giraffes, zebras and lions.
The students also had team building activities at Twiga Camp. Here, they engaged in games, swimming and hiking. “Meeting new people from the class of tourism and learning from them was encouraging. We had various team building sessions which opened doors to more interactions amongst us as we barely get such opportunities in school,” said Anne Wambui, 2nd year BTM.
After an exciting week, Janice Kamau, a BTM 3rd year student, acknowledged the impact of the trip, “The sessions that we had proved that most concepts taught in class by our lecturers were practical in the field of tourism.”
“STH places a high value on field activities as they ensure diversification in learning and give students an opportunity to make use of practical skills and techniques which would otherwise be overlooked in the classroom. The school plans to have more engaging and international field activities so as to expose students to the immense possibilities that the tourism and hospitality industries have to offer,” said Mrs. Regina Kithuka-Idewa, the School Manager.
This article was written by Odhiambo Obonyo.
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