Local Tour company Secret Paradise announces to resume their Work Experience Program for Maldives students in 2022. The company initially launched the program at the beginning of 2020, however, due to the pandemic the operation was cut short. According to Ruth Franklin, Co-Founder of Secret Paradise, they are ready to begin accepting applications once again.
The program is not solely open to students residing in Greater Male and applications will be accepted from islands throughout the Maldives.
The two week programme takes place from the Secret Paradise office in Hulhumale and is designed for students between Year 10 and Year 13 (aged 14 to 18). The program comprises a variety of activities which cover an introduction to Secret Paradise and local tourism, Health and Safety, Risk Management, Guiding Skills, Delivering Memorable Experiences and Airport Handling.
Students interested in joining a work experience program in 2022 with Secret Paradise are asked to send in their CV. Following this, the student may be asked to attend a short online interview. If the interview is successful then the student will be invited to join the work experience program. The interview experience alone is valuable and can help students hone their interviewing technique, even if they are not then offered a work experience placement.
Secret Paradise Co-Founder, Ruth Franklin states, “People have always been at the core of our business and we felt opportunities for students to get involved and understand local tourism was not readily available. Tourism in general has seen an increase in demand for experiential travel opportunities. Meeting and travelling with local people and discovering countries through their eyes, allows guests to connect with any destination in a unique way. We believe that no one should know the Maldives better than a Maldivian and hence why with the exception of myself, the Secret Paradise Tours team is 100% local, something I am very proud of. As a growing business the program also provides an excellent opportunity for us to identify potential talent and future guides.”
Ahmed Amaan Shiyam, a participant of the 2020 program said, “I enjoyed working with the Secret Paradise team and learnt a great deal about handling and communicating with guests, colleagues and business associates/suppliers. The experience opened up opportunities for me within the tourism industry.”
Secret Paradise provides ongoing training and development for their guiding team, this includes EFR and Life Saving Skills Certification as well as tour guiding certification. Guides also have the opportunity to participate in tour leader development programs available from Secret Paradise's international travel partners and in destination training delivered in conjunction with Shorthouse Hospitality.
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