The PATA Foundation and Capilano University have partnered for a second time in an effort to deliver tourism training to two villages – Ta Phin and Lao Chai- in the Sapa region of Northern Vietnam. A new two-year project starting August 2012 builds off a two-year project, starting in 2010 that saw Capilano University volunteer faculty, students, and alumni working with Hanoi Open University faculty and students on programs that built and strengthened the capacity of the local ethnic minorities, small business owners, village government, and communities as a whole.
The new project plans to enhance training in the Hmong community of Lao Chai. As well, in with the Red Dao communities in Ta Phin, a program that will foster networks between private sector and the village has been developed. The goal in Ta Phin is to also make Capilano University support redundant. Both projects focus on working with village youth, women and community leaders to find proactive solutions to mitigating the harmful impacts tourism sometimes brings.
The expected outcomes of the project will be a wider range of tourism products and experiences in the villages while maintaining the cultural integrity of the community. These may include a wider array of artisan products, enhanced appreciation of value and quality control of village specific products, more and improved home-stay opportunities, enhanced quality and range of guiding services, spa and wellness products, improved quality and diversity of food and beverage services, and event and festival products. An emerging goal for the village of Taphin is the creation of a community house to showcase products and services and the positive spirit of the community to visitors from around the world.
Our collaborators: PATA foundation, Capilano & Hanoi Open Universities