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Secret Paradise launches student work experience programme

Feb 21, 2020

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Maldives tour company Secret Paradise places local people and communities at the heart of its business, and this week announced the launch of a Work Experience Programme for Maldivian Students.

The two-week programme takes place at the Secret Paradise office in Hulhumale and is designed for students between ages 14 to 18. The programme comprises a variety of activities which cover an introduction to Secret Paradise and local tourism: Health and Safety, Risk Management, Guiding Skills, Delivering Memorable Experiences and Airport Handling.  

Students interested in joining the work experience programme with Secret Paradise are initially asked to send in their CV and attend a short interview. If the interview is successful, students will be invited to join the work experience programme. The interview experience alone is valuable and can help students hone their technique, even if they are not then offered a work experience placement. 

Secret Paradise Co-Founder, Ruth Franklin states; “People have always been at the core of our business and we felt opportunities for students to get involved and understand local tourism are not readily available. Tourism in general has seen an increase in demand for experiential travel opportunities. Meeting and travelling with local people and discovering countries through their eyes, allows guests to connect with any destination in a unique way. We believe that no one should know the Maldives better than a Maldivian and hence why, with the exception of myself, the Secret Paradise Tours team is 100% local, something I am very proud of. As a growing business the programme also provides an excellent opportunity for us to identify potential talent and future guides.”  

Yunus Ziyad, a participant of the 2019 pilot programme states ‘I am proud to have been part of the Secret Paradise team during my work experience. They not only taught me the essentials to be a responsible guide but to also enjoy the work that I do and to satisfy the guests’ needs no matter how hard the request”.

Secret Paradise provides ongoing training and development for their guiding team. This includes EFR and the Life Saving Skills Certification as well as the Tour Guiding Certification. Guides can also participate in tour leader development programmes available from Secret Paradise’s international travel partners and in-destination training delivered in conjunction with Shorthouse Hospitality. 

About Secret Paradise 
Since 2012 Secret Paradise has provided a range of unique guided local island multi-day tours, as well as day tours and guesthouse accommodation options. Secret Paradise tours are designed to allow guests to engage with local people and experience the best from the paradise the team call home. Awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate five years in succession, Secret Paradise is the number one provider of day tours in the capital. 

Based in Hulhumale, Secret Paradise guarantees clients prompt and efficient personal service. Delivering high-quality standards of service and professionalism, you can rely on Secret Paradise to provide expert local knowledge, clear communication and honest advice.

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