PROJECT-E Hospitality Institute – a qualitative approach for the hotel sector of Ethiopia.
As the political and cultural capital of Africa, Addis Ababa’s importance started growing in the past few years. This has a positive impact on tourism and hotels, too. Each day, visitors from all over the world travel to Addis Ababa in order to assist political conferences, to see the UNESCO sites with their own eyes, or to discover the origin of human mankind. For hotel owners this brings a big potential but also a huge challenge. The culture in which the hotel employees grew up, contrasts with the culture you will find in international hotels. Eating with the hands, not looking in each other´s eyes as a sign of respect, or three people sleeping in one bed is what ordinary Ethiopians are used to. But the hotels have their own rules and customs and the local hotel employees need to adapt and internalize those.
GOAL OF THE
The goal of the Hospitality Institute of PROJECT-E is to provide a promising formation for girls from humble backgrounds and without any professional perspectives. The program takes two years and is based on the Ethiopian Occupational Standard. After graduation, the students do not only obtain the so called "Certificate for Hotel Operation Level 2". During the two years, we work closely with the girls and support them also in a financial and personal way. In collocations, they learn how to be independent, to live with other people and to lead a self-reliant life. Through the weekly English lessons, they widen their vocabulary and their grammar knowledge, but also their self-esteem. They learn how to give a presentation in front of a group, to present themselves self-confidently to new people and to conduct fluent conversations with hotel guests. Through the regular general knowledge courses, the students get informed about specific topics such as HIV, family planning and gender rights. Thanks to this combination of basic courses in the hotel field but also in social skills, the girls get the possibility to develop their potential and to become competitive employees, who can take tourism in Ethiopia further.
If you support this philosophy and if you would like to give such a chance to an Ethiopian girl, empower one of the students personally by becoming a godfather or godmother.
QUICK STATS ON OUR OPERATIONS
Here are some of the Quick Facts we think you should know about
- We support 20 young women per year.
- 70 % of our classes are provided by local partners
- There are 2 guest speakers per month