Deserted building on cliffs between Jamestown & Rupert's Bay
My latest trip started in the UK where I said farewell to my husband and family for a much longer period than any previous visit.
This time I am going over to St Helena to work for the next three years.
My car and belongings are in a container on the high seas and will join me in mid-November.
My husband will be coming over in February and other family members have promised to visit at some time during my time on the island.
The role is to Project Manage and participate in the upskilling and training of the hospitality sector on St Helena.
This will include organising short training sessions and longer accredited courses in most disciplines within hospitality and catering. It will also involve working with local businesses in order for them to make the most of the opportunities coming with the opening of the airport in three years time.
Having been on the island for just over a week I can say there has been progress on the airport project with the sound of building works audible across Jamestown.
On my work front, progress has been made toward starting the hospitality training. We are initially focusing on giving locals a taste of what this is all about. This will be done by way of opening a small training restaurant (30 covers) which will be run by the students. It’s exciting stuff and even more so considering that I am working with a small budget and trying to get as much equipment as possible from local sources. There will be a couple of purchases made, one being an espresso machine as there isn’t a commercial one on the island at the moment.
Kitchen equipment will be bought when we know there isn’t something on the island which can be utilised, at the moment I am hunting down food preparation sinks and stainless tables.
Our first goal is to get this up and running in order to make the most of the increase in population on St Helena over Christmas and the New Year. We are expecting more than usual this year as the biannual Governors Cup Yacht Race is being held, with yachts racing from Cape Town to St Helena.
If anyone reading this who is in hospitality and has some old restaurant equipment (Small or Large, Kitchen or Front of House) which they would be happy to donate from the UK, please email me or contact me via LinkedIn. It would need to be suitable for commercial use up to 50-100 persons max.
I am aiming to keeping this blog going now every couple of weeks so do keep in touch with developments here on the lovely island of St Helena!