Each year we select 18 young people from poor rural communities in Kratie, Stung Treng, and Ratanakiri provinces, and train them for a career in hospitality & tourism.
Trainees often come from subsistence farming families, and work on the family farm instead of finishing high school. The hands on training they receive at Le Tonlé ensures our graduates are in high demand from employers all over the north-east. All of our trainees must want to learn, meet eligibility criteria, and pass an entrance exam.
We believe in equality, so we try to accept an even number of young women and men each year. Attitudes to young women working and studying far away from the family home can make this difficult, but we’re proud to have trained 63 young women since 2007.
Our founders, Tourism for Help, have provided 100% of funding since 2007, and financed the renovation and setup of our new Kratie Tourism Training Center. We’re incredibly grateful to Tourism for Help, and the team work passionately to deliver Tourism for Help’s vision of responsible, sustainable tourism.
Since the launch of Le Tonlé Kratie, we’re quickly becoming self-sustainable – thanks to an increasing number of guests and excellent reviews, and this has allowed us to expand once again into a new property directly opposite our Kratie centre. The property offers the same traditional style house with comfortable rooms and bathrooms one would expect to find in a much more expensive hotel. Our partner Cambodian Rural Development Tours has joined us in the new property, and offer a range of community based eco-tours into the heart of the north-east – Koh Pdao homestays, dolphin spotting, pagoda expeditions and much more.
Demand for skilled staff in Cambodia’s hospitality and tourism industry is quickly growing. With our new Kratie center, we hope to increase the number of trainees we can accept each year. To achieve this, we require more resources, additional trainers, and more funding. If you aren’t able to visit us, we invite you to consider donating to support scholarships for trainees.
It costs around US$490 train and support each young person for 12 months.
Our trainees are often a long way from home, and this is impossible for their families to fund. Le Tonlé provide trainees accommodation, meals, a modest monthly allowance, and vocational training for 12 months, and job placement, counselling, and support after they graduate.
This is provided to our trainees free of charge.
If you would like to support our trainees help & us to train even more young people, consider donating.
Please contact us to find out how you can empower Cambodian youth and provide a real pathway out of poverty for rural families.
For the cost of a few coffees each week you can help a young person develop a lasting career.