Earlier this month, four of our wonderful country co-ordinators travelled all the way to our HQ in Ringwood from Swaziland, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and Ghana respectively, for a week of training, ‘team bonding’, local history and culinary adventures!
Isaac Dladla, Oladapo Babjide, Lovemore Lovejoy Ganyata and Ephraim Denteh who stayed at The Original White Hart Inn, Ringwood, spent the first three days of their visit getting to know the UK based ICM staff members and directors through a series of meetings within the different departments.
“My recent visit to ICM House was a memorable experience,” Oladapo Babjide noted.
“I was thrilled with the excellent teams, the cultured individuals and exemplary leadership style.”
Before long, however, the visitors were heading out to explore the stunning Purbeck Isle with Deputy Chairman Adair Somerville-Ford and team members Karen Burcher, Anne Machlachlan and Wessex History Tours co-ordinator Sally Bowers.
The trip, which was led with an informative and entertaining commentary from Sally, took the visitors across the Sandbanks’ Shell Bay by ferry, to the medieval Corfe Castle, around the beautiful and quintessentially English village of Worth Matravers before a much needed burger pit-stop and cider-sampling-session at the Scott Arms pub.
The afternoon was kicked off by a private tour around the beautiful seventeenth century Lulworth Castle – which was destroyed by a fire in the 1920s – before the troops headed back to Sandbanks Beach for a wind-swept walk.
“They were such a lovely group and I do hope they enjoyed the rest of their visit to England,” said Castle Custodian and tour guide Louisa Clarke.
“It’s very humbling meeting and speaking to people who see such poverty and I hope they are able to achieve what they set out to do when they came over here.”
Isaac Dladla, ICM’s country co-ordinator for Swaziland said of his visit:
“I’m amazed at the hospitality and welcoming mood we all found at the ICM Head office. They did a good job in ensuring that we came back to Africa with significant pot-bellies!
“Hundreds of men and women across the globe have earned their respect through ICM and more are still being emancipated in sub-saharan Africa. Thank you ICM for opening the doors to Swazi youth!”
“We hired the four team members recently to represent us in their home markets and brought them to the UK for training”, said Deputy Chairman Adair.
“The knowledge and information they gained from their time with us will be of great benefit to Students and Teaching Centres and I am sure their experience of the British countryside will remain with them forever.”