Students in School
New Hope Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia
The people of Cambodia are still rebuilding the country following the genocide of 1975-1979. One of the biggest economic drivers is the beautiful Angkor Wat complex just outside of Siem Reap, but the ripple effects of tourism are still not reaching some of the most vulnerable groups. Further, there is a lack of training programs, access to education, and vocational training for adults.
In 2010, G Adventures and Planeterra worked with New Hope Outreach Centre to build a training restaurant to support young Khmers living just outside of Siem Reap. G Adventures travellers raised $65,000 CAD to build the restaurant and provide professional training to young adults that expressed interest in the hospitality industry. The training program is a six-month commitment and our ground partners assist with full-time job placement in one of the many burgeoning hotels, resorts and restaurants in the Siem Reap region.
Since the restaurant became fully operational in 2011, G Adventures has annually sent 8,500 customers and travellers to the training restaurant. Twenty-five trainees have been through this program and have found placements in careers in the hospitality industry. The proceeds from the traveller's meals support over 1,000 student's education and 1,000 free medical checkups through New Hope's Outreach program. With the success of this training restaurant, G Adventures also helped fund the Bakong Training Cafe.
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