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Sayang Sabah - The voice of Sabahans

Backpacking activities can polish students’ communication skills

Ritchie (right) presenting a rucksack and a goodie bag to ABSC president Shobahana Norzam to mark the launch of ABSC.
Ritchie (right) presenting a rucksack and a goodie bag to ABSC president Shobahana Norzam
to mark the launch of ABSC.

KOTA KINABALU: Students can polish up their inter-personal skills through backpacking activities, which is a practical lesson they don’t get to learn in class.

The Sabah Backpacker Operators Association (SBOA) president Ritchie Lee said: “Through the backpacking activities I believes we can help address the weak communication skills of our frontliners in the service industry which is a serious issue nowadays.”

“I notice a lot of newly graduates who come for job interviews in the service industry did not have a good language skills and also lacking in confidence to speak,” he said during the launch of Almacrest Backpackers Students Club (ABSC) at Almacrest International College at Centre Point yesterday.

“All these students already have the built-in qualities needed in the hospitality industry because Sabahans are naturally nice person that is why tourists like to come here but the only problem we need to overcome is our frontliners who are too shy to speak,” said Ritchie.

However, we hope through the backpackers club we can expose them with our resources and when they go for internship they already gain some basic knowledge of what the employers expected from them, he said.-Sayangsabah

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