The International Labour Organization (ILO), organized a course on sustainable tourism and rural supply chains in Luang Prabang from 22 – 26 May, 2017. Last year this training took place in Italy, and this year they are targeting ASEAN region. The course was held with 35 people from different backgrounds and countries coming from development agencies and government departments.
After an explanation of the Hmong culture, the participants were lead to the Eco Bungalow where the Fair Trek staff explained the model and its challenges, the history of the project and answered some very interesting questions that included the role of the government, the involvement of the community and the benefits that this project represents to them.
A core part of the Eco Bungalow project is the community families that host the volunteers and the tourists. We wanted to share this local and unique experience with the participants of the training, so the group divided in groups and each group was taken to a home-stay where the host family cooked a traditional meal for lunch.