DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE TOURISM (DWT)
Tourism is a very important field; it embodies all the activities and services undertaken by tourists towards their destinations. In Rwanda, the most important destinations are natural sites such as National parks, lakes, caves, etc. Tourism contributes greatly to the national Gross Domestic Product. A great gap in terms of tour guiding and interpretation of natural, historical and cultural resources are very remarkable in the Albertine Rift Region.This makes tourists not enjoy entirely the beauty and the spirit of the landscape. As a solution, in 2014-2015, Kitabi College of Conservation and Environmental Management (KCCEM) opened a Diploma course in Wildlife Tourism (DWT).
DWT is the first to be established in Rwanda; this makes a big flow of students asking for admission. KCCEM, being in the paradisiacal of Nyungwe National Park; it makes the department very well placed for Competence Based Learning Approaches (CBLA).
The courses cover a range of crucial themes such asLanguages, Communication, ICT, Sustainable Tourism, Tourism Operations and Management, Tour Guiding and Interpretation, etc.
Diploma in Wildlife Tourism – Modules and course units
|INTRODUCTION TO ICT AND COMMUNICATION SKILLS||
o Basic communication skills and principles
o Introduction to ICT
o ENGLISH LANGUAGE (Basic English grammar, vocabulary for common conversations, writing/composition, speech/debate)
o FRENCH LANGUAGE (Basic French grammar, vocabulary for common conversations, writing/composition, speech/debate)
|TOURISM AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT||
o Introduction to tourism
o Sustainable tourism development and community based tourism
|WILDERNESS AND SAFETY||
o Wilderness navigation and survival techniques
o First aid (practical session by a Medical facilitator)
|ALBERTINE RIFT BIODIVERSITY ASSESSMENT||
o Albertine Rift region as a biodiversity hotspot
o Terrestrial and aquatic diversity in the Albertine Rift
o Check list of the key animal and plant species of the Albertine Rift
o Interpret wildlife behaviour
o Describe species and population ecology
o Describe community and ecosystem ecology
o Introduction to Tour Operation, Touristic circuits/zones and attraction
|TOURISM OPERATIONS AND MANAGEMENT||o Tour planning
o Reservations and Registration; Office Procedures and Administration
o Understanding the tourism distribution channels
|CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT (CRM)||
o CRM operational aspects
o Establishing collaborative methods of CRM
o Develop analytical aspects of customer relation management (CRM)
|TOUR GUIDING AND INTERPRETATION||
o Interpret Biological, Cultural, Physical and historical resources
o Describe principles of interpretation
o Conduct a guided tour
|TOURISM POLICY AND PLANNING||
o Develop the tourism cycle and tourism policy formulation
o Describe principles of tourism planning
|TOURISM INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT||
o Types of infrastructure and facilities needed in a protected area.
o Depreciation or destruction of infrastructure in protected areas, electricity and water supply network
o Roads, trails and camp sites planning, soil erosion and maintenance
|SAFARI DRIVING AND EQUIPMENT HANDLING||
o Handle safari equipment
o Conduct safari drive (motor vehicle faults identification & roads signs)
|INTERNSHIP / FINAL YEAR PROJECT|
Taught modules are supplemented with optional activities and projects to enhance students’ knowledge and skills in the field of Wildlife Tourism. Such initiatives include: Environmental Clubs, Bird-watching Clubs, Collaboration with Kitabi Cultural Village and student engagement in research projects undertaken by the College and its partners such as Rwanda Development Board, Akagera National Park, Karisoke Research Centre and Wilson Tours among others.
The minimum entry qualification required for admission is the Secondary School Advanced Certificate (A2) in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TEVT) or 18 grade points for other combinations with at least 2 major passes in Tourism, Tourism Geography Customer care, Kiswahili, English and French, Marketing, Biology and Geography. Eligible mature students with a Certificate from an accredited/recognized institution must have attained at least a credit pass in relevant subject areas and must have at least two year’s working experience in a relevant profession.
Program duration, assessment and award
KCCEM Diploma in Wildlife Tourism programs are completed in a two-years period; each year is divided into two semesters. Students must gain 240 credits to be eligible for the award of Diploma in Wildlife Tourism. In order to pass Diploma modules, students must achieve a final module mark of not less than 50% (continuous work assessment and final examination). The assessment is based on 40% for continuous assessment and 60% final examination. Upon completion of the course, graduates are a warded a Diploma in Wildlife Tourism (A1).
Potential Career path
Students taking theWildlife Tourism course are trained to be highly competitive on the job market. Some of the working areas include but not limited to: National Parks Tour Guiding and Interpretation, National Museums, Tour and Travel Agencies, Tour Operators, NGOs and other business related to tourism industry.
Students attending a Diploma course in Wildlife Tourism are required to pay fees as detailed below:
|Item||Cost per academic year (Rwfs)|
|Registration fee(including field uniform)||80,000|
KCCEM Account Number:
BK (Bank of Kigali):
- 2850694514036, (Rwandan Francs)
KCCEM Staff and Partners at the Canopy walk in Nyungwe Forest National Park
The graduates are equipped as well with full innovation background to make new package with income generative throughout the tourism operations.
We believe this means provide not only a foundation of theoretical knowledge, but also helping our students to build a body of practical experience. To these ends, our courses include fieldwork and applied learning activities along with lectures and exams. By focusing on hands-on learning, we hope to create a dynamic learning environment and produce graduates who will be well equipped to handle the range of challenges they will meet while working in the field of global conservation and tourism.