Eight days intensive and practical continuation of TOTs training

18th - 24th March 2018

Beforehand, in preparation for the next stage of intensive training the 'Active Youths' were tasked with developing possible CBT with the  nearby village of Jamali under instructions to​:-

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1) Prepare yourself and your team

2) Invest time/effort building trust 

3) Invite men, women, elders, youths to attend the meeting and raise awareness

4) Listen from difference opinion by dividing into small group discussion

5) Some pictures might help the participants to think and share the idea

6) During brainstorm, write the key word on board ( Potjana Suansri)

Potjana and Peter Richards brought a new model training for CBT 

It's a good opportunity for sharing experiences about the work from Asia to Africa after we published CBT handbook on Fresh from the Field. It's a new model of training. Peter Richards and I are training two groups of participants: seniors and youth working together. Eight days training with four days in the classroom, two days in the village, one day to meet tour operators for feedback on potential CBT products and one day planning for the future. (Potjana  Saunsri)

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It's a good opportunity for sharing experiences about the work from Asia to Africa after we published CBT handbook on Fresh from the Field. It's a new model of training. Peter Richards and I are training two groups of participants: seniors and youth working together. Eight days training with four days in the classroom, two days in the village, one day to meet tour operators for feedback on potential CBT products and one day planning for the future. (Potjana  Saunsri)

Training was based on these principles:

1) CONSIDER : How to select a CBT destination, build trust and assess potentials; 

2) CONCEIVE : How to shortlist and design marketable experiences and programs; 

3) CRAFT : How to build local capacity to welcome tourists and offer tourism services; 

4) CONNECT : How to build trusting marketing partnerships and business linkages; 

5) CONSERVE : How to sustain and build on this work, after the project finishes. 

Each section is divided into 5 subsections: describing actions taken during the project.

Each sub-section is organised under 3 headings: 

I. What’s the issue? A brief explanation of why this step is important; 

II. In the field : tools and processes which our team used during the project; 

III. Be prepared : insights into potential challenges or obstacles.

Look at these images to see some aspects of training

It was then time to put their learning into practice in the village of NDemban

Feeling proud of the Community Based Tourism Master Trainers and Active Youth Trainers who participated in 4 days of intensive classroom training of trainers; and then went into the field to practice the new tools and techniques. This included training new local community tour guides in Ndemban village, using the 3S system (safety, story, service) and presenting potential community based cultural tours in upriver Gambia to tour operators, senior government staff and academics. (Peter Richards)

CBT Community Guide Training in the village.

After the classroom training, the trainees went to Ndemban village for practice. 15 community members who are interested to be a guide attend with full energy and support by their Alkalo and Village Development committees.
(Potjana Suarnsri)
Click to see a  wonderful set of images

CBT Community Guide Training in the village.

After the classroom training, the trainees went to Ndemban village for practice. 15 community members who are interested to be a guide attend with full energy and support by their Alkalo and Village Development committees.
(Potjana Suarnsri)
Click to see a  wonderful set of images

A moment of youth to youth exchange of knowledge....... 

Janjanbureh active youths working diligently with energetic youths of Foni-Ndemban.........

Thanks to YEP for creating such conducive platform
(Omar Jammeh)

Participatory training process... create an environment for exchange of ideas, and provide some specific tools and knowledge to sharpen skills towards useful action.
Peter Richards)

On the seventh day presentations to potential clients:-

  • by Peter Richards and overview of potential CBT experiences in Janjanbureh.

  • 'Active Youths' made a presentation of their research

Productive day with master trainers, active youth trainees, ground handlers and stakeholders on ITC market research presentation by Peter Richards and overview of potential CBT experiences in Janjanbureh.

Active youth did a great job to present their work in front of the key persons in tourism in Gambia.

17 participants from the hotel associations, ministry of tourism office, tour operators, ground handlers, GTB, NCAC, ITTOG, GTHI have a chance to listen a voice from young people and have a chance to tell their need and offer to support tourism upriver.  (Potjana Suansri)

And finally on the eighth day there was planning for the future and graduation

From the classroom-to field work and finally graduation!!!!

My sincere thanks to ITC team Asia for the expertise, Master Trainers, Active Youths JJB, YEP-Gambia-funding, NYC Gambia, NCAC, GTBoard and the entire Tourism and Hospitality domain for taking it up with us in moving new trend of tourism and encouraging host destinations to fully participate and realise full potentials of tourism development..........
The desire and commitment to change taste of travellers in enhancing cultural and rural tourism as an alternative to the traditional winter season is in progress!

Come support this innovation in creating viable and sustainable employment for young people in The Gambia...... 

"Think Responsible"....... "Think Sustainable " (Omar Jammeh)

The work of the Tots continues as opportunities arise.....

Read here about grabbing a training opportunity which arose in Albreda/ Juffereh in August 2018

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