However, during the wildlife guide training we found out that the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) required our trainees to also do a compulsory state training and exam in order for them to receive the license to work as a certified wildlife guide. This required some adjustment to the duration of the project and an additional cost of Euro 1.875 which we fortunately had budgeted for.
as stated in the original project proposal as listed below: Renting training hall and hiring a Project manager Hire teacher(s) for English course of 45 days English language speaking course for all 15 women. All 15 women get a hospitality training from a hospitality trainer and get an official certificate Trainer(s) from the Nature Conservation and Biodiversity Conservation Centre (NTNC-BCC) will train
15 women in 45 days to become a Wildlife Guide. This includes nature and culture guide training,
bird watching tours and work -shops.
All 15 women get a self-defence training from a self-defence trainer and get an official certificate
All 15 women get a First Aid Training and get an official certificate
All 15 women take the Government exam and must pass
All 15 women get an Official Guide licenses
All 15 women get equipped to work: jungle outfit, wildlife books, lamp, whistle, binoculars, first aid kit
All 15 women will get support in finding a job The following additional activities were initiated by SVSI in order to provide our trainees with as much practical /real life experiences as possible Multiple jeep
safari trips to learn about the local community forest and national park
Bird watching with a bird specialist Jungle walks with a botanist to learn about plants, herbs and animals Knowledge sharing about the local Tharu culture and tourist attractions in the Sauhara
that has a high cultural, religious and historic value.
<h3>The effects (the results) of the project? What did it achieve?</h3>
Besides providing our trainees with the opportunity to learn a new skill/trade, the fact that we were
willing to invest in them and their future created a huge psychological impact (self-confidence, belief
in themselves and hope for the future) not only for our trainees but also for their families and community. Many of our key stakeholders; the municipality, mayor, Chitwan National Park and the
Nepal Trust for Nature Conservation believed and supported us throughout the project.
Our trainees also formed a women’s wildlife tour group and plan to setup a small wildlife guide office.
All trainees are members of this group but some of them will run the office whilst others are going to
work in hotels and lodges. Our trainees have indicated that they would like our support in setting up
the wildlife office. This will be our next project because we strongly believe in not only training women in new skills but also help them embed the new skills that they have acquired
, in the form of employment or setting up a small business.