"The training was an eye opener for me and by the end of the first session I had already started envisioning changes that I would put in place once I went back to Lake Nakuru National Park. The training helped me realise just how privileged I was to be a part of a team managing such a site not only for the people of Kenya but for the world. I have been able to share knowledge and skills learnt at Mpala with many colleagues."
ASANTE SANA!! (thank you very much) to Earthwatch. The programme is not only a forum for gaining knowledge but an opportunity to network, make friends and above all have a life changing experience that one can never regret attending.
"I have been able to use the people management skills that I gained to relate much better with my team members at all levels and one key thing that I learnt was that effective team working requires members with effective emotional intelligence. Further, it requires a leader with self-awareness, awareness of others, self-management and finally relationship management. I can confidently say that today I’m a better team leader than I was before going to Mpala.
"The programme gave me the opportunity to stand before people and speak, and each time I gained confidence and by the end of the programme I could easily do a presentation. This was the greatest personal achievement of all. Today anytime I’m called upon to lead a programme or do a presentation at work, or at home, many of those that have known me get surprised and at the end they say “you have changed” – in my heart I know how and where – at Mpala."
"Finally, my story cannot end without mentioning the many networks I was able to create through the program. The many personal friends I made. We not only chat, but also consult and seek opinions and ideas that relate to our work and other personal issues. I now have many friends from diverse professional backgrounds that are ready to assist whenever I need their professional views to improve Lake Nakuru National Park as a World Heritage Site."
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