Give wings to young Cambodians full of hope and potential by supporting their training through the restaurant and hotel of Sala Baï.
What to experience ?
The Sala Bai Hotel School & Restaurant serves tantalising menus with Asian and Western dishes in either a la carte or a three-course Asian or Western lunch set menu, with French wines and a variety of refreshments available.
This is a training restaurant, so opening hours are set according to the students’ training schedule; from Monday to Friday serving both breakfast (7 to 9 am) and lunch (12 to 2pm), from November through to July. The restaurant is closed in the evenings, at weekends and on public holidays.
Help their housekeeping and front office students improve their training by staying in their simple, but tastefully decorated rooms. The hotel has three standard rooms and one suite, all equipped with a large bed, mosquito nets, air-conditioning, fan, and shower. All rooms share a large balcony, which is a wonderful place to sit and watch Cambodian life go by.
By having lunch in their restaurant or staying overnight, you are actively contributing to the Sala Bai training project. You will allow the students to practice and become professional, but you will also help finance their training.
The restaurant is directly wheelchair accessible.
How does it help ?
Sala Bai was a pioneer in providing paid hospitality training to the most disadvantaged children of Cambodia.
Established in October 2002 by the French organisation Agir Pour Le Cambodge, Sala Baï gives priority to the training of girls (around 70% of students), who are the most excluded from the traditional school and employment systems. They select students through a lengthy process (over 6 months) from very poor families (income less than US$300 a year for a family of six) and bring them in a year from great poverty into the middle class. They select students who would not otherwise have a chance to leave poverty, and would never have had the opportunity to continue past the 4th year of school.
Each year the school trains 100 young disadvantaged Cambodians in the four main professions of the hospitality industry: restaurant waiter/waitress, cook, receptionist and housekeeping attendants. They place their students in selected 4 and 5 star hotels, restaurants and organisations for an eight-week internship twice a year, in order to gain first hand professional experience. Following graduation, the students usually reach 100% placement within 3 months.
With the exception of 2 or 3 volunteer expatriates, the school staff, social workers and trainers are fully Khmer (20 people ) and make daily decisions on student hiring, training, placement, as well as school evolution. A permanent relation with the parents and NGO partners insure local people are involved in the process.
Marker indicates approximate location of Sala Bai, not where it is exactly …