A training was conducted from 12th to 19th May 2013 and the 2nd phase focusing on the refresher training was conducted from 7th to 11th June 2013 for homestay owners in Phobjikha. The training was conducted by the project team from RSPN and JEEF along with technical support of two trainers from the Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality (RITH) and with help and participation of the Service Division team from the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB).
Although there were 19 households selected within the project as new upcoming homestays, the training opportunity was also given to additional 5 households who were are already operating as homestay and farmhouses for few years.
The participants were again made aware about the homestay guideline booklet which would be published in both Dzongkha and English and based on which the training curriculum has been developed. The training mainly stressed on hospitality, cleanliness and sanitation, first aid, organic kitchen gardening and cooking variety of dishes from popular crop of the locality and other food materials available like (potato, buckwheat flour, wild strawberries, cheese, butter, eggs and different herbs).