During two separate trainings conducted from 8th to 14th May and 31st May to 5th June 2016, a total of 16 local youths were trained as local guides in Haa.
Although the registration for the training was open to anyone from the local communities, the participants mostly consisted of local youths who could not complete schools and are unemployed.
The training was conducted by Mr. Sangay Phurba, an expert guide trainer from the Institute of Management Studies. The participants were introduced to the concept of community-based sustainable tourism (CBST).
They were also taught on how get involved in development of CBST in their community, be interpreters of their local heritages and actively practice the methods of sight doing and experiencing along with sightseeing.
The participants took part in organizing, coordinating and developing sample tour packages which consisted resources based on nature, culture and human. They learned about important and necessary safety measure and preparedness during disasters from officials from the Department of Disaster Management.
Reported by: Tshering Choki, CBST Project Officer, RSPN