Strathmore School of Tourism and Hospitality students visited Amboseli National Park – a famous tourist destination – in an effort to learn new developments taking place in the area, and how they as researchers could be influencers and tackle the challenges experienced from the developments.
The team, comprising seven students, went for the expedition in the company of two faculty members and 17 students drawn from various faculties at Saxion University. The trip lasted for nine days.
Students were exposed to research methods and had the opportunity to create platforms for collecting data, designing tools for data collection and adopting new research designs.
The team also enjoyed game drives and engaged with local communities on entrepreneurship skill, collecting data from villagers, tour operators and the local market.
Towards the end of the tour, students engaged in group discussions and shared ideas on what they learnt. They also presented preliminaries of their work.
In the end it was evident that students had enjoyed the trip.
The expedition idea developed during the EuroCHIRIE Conference 2017, when a Saxion University lecturer expressed his desires to work with 4th year STH students on practical projects at tourist destinations.
STH is set to organize another expedition to Maasai Mara, and wishes to make these expeditions annual.