Peace Parks Foundation – SA College for Tourism
The SA College for Tourism (“SACT”) was established in 2001 and operates through Peace Parks Foundation. SACT is the first training center in Southern Africa to focus its training program on the development of operational and management skills for the lodge and guesthouse industry. Every year SACT selects 90 young women and 16 young men – all unemployed and from impoverished rural backgrounds – and sponsors them for a yearlong training course in hospitality service skills (“Women in Hospitality”) and in the age old traditional art of tracking animals in the wild (the “Tracker Academy” for men). More than 95% of the graduates have thus far been deployed in either full time employment, one-year long internships and/or in further education and training learnerships with hospitality establishments across the Southern African sub-continent. Empowers Africa has made four grants to finance the boarding, lodging, training materials, uniforms, equipment and travel for the female entrants in the Women in Hospitality program.