An interview was conducted with one of the students of PROJECT-E, Yemisrach Seyoum.
She was asked the following questions and her response was as follows.
1. What is the most impressive memory you collected during your time with PROJECT-E?
The two years at PROJECT-E were awesome and it was one of the most remarkable times of my life. I can’t mention all the memories that I got from PROJECT-E because I have a lot and all of them are memorable. I can say that I got the knowledge that I needed to graduate in Hotel Operations. My most impressive increase of knowledge is the improvement in the English language, the use of grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Secondly, I observed a change in myself regarding my self-confidence, communication skills and grooming. The way that I communicate with new people is has improved a lot and I can openly approach and talk to people better. Thirdly, I am impressed by the Hotel Operation training that I received from PROJECT-E. It was the best education and sometimes demanding. I like the service classes, making reservations with the CNET Software, and preparing guest rooms the most.
2. What are your concrete plans after graduation?
My plan after graduating from PROJECT-E is to continue my studies to achieve Hotel Operations Level III and IV. First, I want to get a job and continue my studies alongside the work to be able to cover all expenses by my own. I would like to work in the hotel more than in a restaurant because the work schedule in a restaurant would not allow me to study at the same time. In the hotel, I can work for half a day and follow my studies so it will take 8 months for me to study Level III and IV. Thus, in one year, I plan to graduate Level IV and I planned to learn languages, such as French, Arabic, or Chinese depending on my time as well.
3. What was the most surprising thing you learned during the last two years of your study?
There are many “most surprising things” indeed but there are some outstanding ones. The leadership training by Centre for Creative Leadership (CCL) was one of my favorite activities. The topics that captured my mind include: How to be an effective leader, the qualities of effective leadership, degree of condor in leadership, team work, how to give and receive feedback.
The other thing that was most surprising to me, was the ‘living together’ experience with my fellow students. In the dormitories we had both good and bad times together, cooperating with each other while one of us felt sick, cooking together and sometimes even quarrelling with one another. I have learnt to be patient for my dorm mates and treat people in a good way which is the most important foundation for my future social life. In general, I enjoyed a variety of experiences I could make with the different volunteers, communicating with them, learning about different cultures and food.
I am so grateful for all the opportunities offered by PROJECT-E and the teams in Europe and Ethiopia that stand behind this organization. I would like to thank PROJECT-E because it is the place where I get good knowledge. It is motivating and empowering girls.
Written by Betelhem Birhanu