Students fetch and carry for Paraguay

2010-06-14 00:00

WITH the Paraguayan national football team based in the midlands, 30 travel and tourism students from Pietermaritzburg’s Further Education and Training (FET) campus have been given the opportunity of a lifetime.

The group have been trained by the FET and the Msunduzi Tourism Association to work as butlers for the Paraguayans during their stay at Woodridge Country Estate in Balgowan.

The students are required to perform duties such as making beds and carrying luggage to and from the team bus.

The team of butlers were addressed by the director of Pietermaritzburg’s FET campus, Sipho Khuzwayo, before the team had even arrived in the country.

He encouraged the students to realise how fortunate they are to be given such an opportunity.

“There are many people in the country who would relish an opportunity like this,” Khuzwayo said.

“To be spending time with an international team’s managers, coaches and players really is special.”

The butlers are also required to attend Spanish classes in order to communicate with their guests.

Each butler has been assigned to attend to one team member’s needs.

At the end of Paraguay’s World Cup stay, both Woodridge and the FET will present the students with a certificate that Msunduzi Tourism Association president Dumisani Mhlongo believes will be valuable.

“This is a culmination of a vision, not only to contribute to World Cup legacy by human resource development, but also to multiply the number of accredited tourist guides in the township and rural areas,” he said.

“By giving these students valuable experience like this, we are on the right track.”

Nineteen-year-old FET tour- guiding student Innocent Shezi shared Mhlongo’s sentiments. “I feel great because I know that I am going to gain experience and meet people I have never met before,” he said.

“I am most looking forward to meeting [Roque] Santa Cruz.”

The Paraguayans will stay at Woodridge until the end of June at the earliest, depending on their World Cup progress.

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