Le Tonlé Tourism Training Center

Le Tonle is a Tourism Vocational Training Centre in Kratie province offering local youths the professional training they need to enable them to increase their employment opportunities. Since October 2012, CRDT took over the running of Le Tonlé from the Swiss association Tourism for Help which founded the training centre in 2007.

From October 1st 2012 CRDT took over running of Le Tonlé Tourism Training Centre in Stung Treng. Partnered with the Swiss association Tourism for Help who set up the training centre in 2007, we offer local youths the professional training they need to enable them to increase their chances of finding work in the growing tourism and hospitality sector.

Also a guesthouse and restaurant (see here for booking), students can put theoretical learning into practice by ensuring that patron’s needs are cared for. After finishing their studies, we support students to find work by contacting schools or institutions to continue their studies, guiding them in the creation of their business, and by contacting potential employers and trainers.
In 2007-2016, the Le Tonlé provided support to 146 vulnerable youths in the region. 95% of the graduates have found employment in companies, NGOs, restaurants and hotels in Stung Treng or in other provinces. Each student is expected to successfully complete a one-year training program, covering both practical work-related topics (customer relations, hospitality, history, geography, ecology, catering, cooking, rooming, gardening and tourism) and more basic educational topics (English, computer literacy and accounting). They are expected to attend classes for 40 hours per week.

TTC has a guesthouse and restaurant to allow students to practice. The present tourism training center focuses on providing free vocational training for vulnerable youths. The target group includes those who are:

  • Between 17-23 years old
  • Who left school at grade 9
  • From extremely poor families (earning less than $1 /day)
  • From large families (of at least 3 children)
  • Living in rural areas

TTC operates normally with 5 full time staff members (1 project coordinator, 1 assistant, 2 house keepers and 1 cook), plus 1 part-time night guard and 4 part-time teachers. There is also a Governing Board made up of a project leader based in Switzerland and in France.

Goals & Objectives

To contribute to poverty reduction in Stung Treng Province

To help vulnerable youth from Stung Treng, Mondulkiri, and Kratie to acquire life skills to improve their living standard through one year’s free vocational training at TTC. To help vulnerable youth to find jobs after their graduation.

To promote and strengthen cultural contacts between the students and visitors

To improve the promotion of the TTC guesthouse and restaurant to tourists. To encourage tourists to share knowledge and experience with the students

To promote ecological protection

 To train students in ecological solutions:

  • Water consumption

  • Energy consumption

  • Waste water management

  • Garbage management

Visitors to Cambodia’s north-east are welcome to visit and stay at our guest house in Stung Treng, and our new boutique bed and breakfast in Kratie town.

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