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:
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.