Khwela is a step-forward in innovative education, providing world-class learning and skills development aimed at young women with a passion for Tourism and Hospitality.
Through our mission, we hope to reach the hearts of people around the world and inspire them to become part of the climb!
Khwela was founded in 2017 by three enthusiastic youth travel professionals in Cape Town who realized there was an opportunity in the youth travel market. Finding and hiring staff in the youth tourism industry has been an ongoing concern – but why should this exist in a country with over 60% youth unemployment? So, the idea of Khwela was born.
Khwela means “to climb” in isiXhosa, and illustrates our theory of change: that you can climb out of unemployment by actively learning and showcasing your unique sparkle to guests. Fastforward to today, and Khwela has embarked on its pilot program, which was funded by Booking cares – a CSI initiative by Booking.com which seeks to support tourism non-profits to build sustainability. After receiving over 460 applications in 3 weeks, and a series of tough assessment days, 21 young women emerged and started the course. After 8 weeks of theory, they are embarking on a three week road trip around South Africa 🇿🇦 to really experience first hand why so many young people love to travel here – and why we can be really proud to show it off. From Table Mountain to the bunjee, to hiking through the Transkei and eating bunny chows; leaving SA into Swaziland and waking up at dawn to watch wildlife in Kruger Park – they will experience SA to the fullest, and we believe this will set them up to be great Youth Travel ambassadors.
The theory component they have covered include:
- professional housekeeping
- professional front office
- bar and restaurant
- introduction to tours and transport
- health and safety professional
We are reaching out to industry members who may be interested in hosting a Khwela student on their internship period, from 1 September 2018 – 28 February 2019. During this time they will receive a stipend from Khwela, of R2500, to subsidize their basic travel and food expenses. Our hope is, that during the internship they are able to hone their skills, have the opportunity to impress potential employers and potentially end up with a job from March 2019 if they perform excellently. We are looking for internship placements in any field of youth travel.