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Airbnb hosts training workshop with Khwela

In October, the Airbnb Social Impact Experiences (SIE) team and the Airbnb’s Africa Academy (AAA) held a two day training workshop session with Khwela Youth Tourism Stars participants. The training comes as part of an effort to support NGOs, women and youth to be able to make use of the Airbnb platform.

The focus of the first day was an introduction to Airbnb and how the platform can be leveraged to help NGOs. On the second day, the organisations took a deeper dive into Airbnb Experiences as the Airbnb team workshopped with the participants to help them design their own Social Impact Experiences, including setting up your Airbnb profile.

The training aimed at support NGOs and introducing the youth to the platform.

As part of the training, the young women also had the chance to sample Experiences for themselves. Participants were offered the choice of four Experiences: Township Evolution and Cycling in Cape Town's largest township that both took place in Khayelitsha, Bo-Kaap: Walk with a Local and Township tour with a local in Imizamo Yethu. The Experiences all showcased various aspects that are important to consider when hosting an Experience.

Participant Mmabatho said she has known about Airbnb in 2017: "I only knew of Airbnb as an affordable platform to search for accommodation. However, in the workshop we were introduced to a new concept of using it to host our own experiences and homestays to make money for ourselves as well as to share our passions. The workshop was truly inspiring and I learned that if you love what you do that can pave the way to success," she said.

Khwela co-founder and program manager Asanda Daraza said the workshop could be used as a tool for the participants to tell their own unique stories: "You don’t need to be rich or to have a beautiful home to tell your story. Sometimes, to tell it the way it is - is the best way to develop great experiences for international guests. The workshop also highlights that Tourism can be used to empower young women, as well as the people in our communities and the workshop by the Airbnb platform, was a good starting point to set that foundation," she said.

Contact Khwela to get involved in their African Learning Journey and grow an African sisterhood of self-empowered and resourceful women: www.khwela.org.za or info@khwela.org.za - book an authentic Airbnb experience in Cape Town HERE

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