Getting To Know : Epimark Lastone
Meet the Team: Epimark Lastone –Positive Impact Coordinator
Tell us a bit about yourself and what it is that you do?
My name is Epimark Lastone and I am the Positive Impact coordinator based in Arusha. I manage all the community relationships. I really enjoy my visits to the local schools and villiages. I was born and raised in southern Tanzania. I moved to north Tanzania at age 21 and this is when I decided to study tourism. I’m a dad of three beautiful daughters with whom I love spending time with when I’m not working.
Where is home?
I’m from the southern Highlands of Tanzania. From a region known asKyela.
How did your journey with Asilia begin?
I previously worked at a different hotel, as a waiter. After being in the tourism industry for almost 5 years, I decided to take up a tour guiding course in 2005. I then joined Asilia as a head waiter but my goal was to get an opportunity to take part in the company’s tour guide training program. However, I soon changed my mind and joined management training in 2007 instead. I became a full-time manager in 2010.
What does “Positive Impact” mean to you?
Positive Impact means to make a positive change in peoples lives. I can see the direct and big changes Asilia has on the local communities.
What is the most enjoyable thing about your work?
I love that my job allows me to travel and explore the different areas from time to time. Although it can get a bit tiring at times, I get to meet new people and make new friends every time.
If you could send out one message about why conservation and empowerment are so important what would you say?
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