RESPONSIBLE TOURISM PRACTICE
Babel Guesthouse is run with an active focus on Responsible Tourism. We constantly seek to provide benefits from the tourism industry to the local community in Siem Reap, and we are doing our best to cause as little damage as possible to the area in which we operate. We only hire local staff, drivers and guides. They all receive plenty of training, good working conditions, fair salaries and flexible working hours to enable the staff to continue their education. We buy our food for the restaurant at the local market, and we support good projects in town that actively focus on Responsible Tourism.
BABEL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
Trough Babel Educational program, half of our all the staff at Babel Guesthouse and some of our Tuk Tuk drivers work on their Bachelor degrees at Build Bright University (BBU) and The University of South East Asia. The rest of our staff and some Tuk Tuk drivers study English at ACE school and we also give English lessons here at Babel. We have also sponsored the staff with Spanish- French- and German lessons.
The fund started with the 60-year birthday of Katrine Solhaugs father, John-Daniel Solhaug. He didn’t need any presents, so he decided to wish for money for his birthday – money to support Education for young Cambodians. And then Solhaugfond was set up.
Solhaugfond has sponsored six young Cambodians from the Young Adults program in the Sangkheum Center for Children. All six of them now completed their higher education in Battambang, Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, and have good jobs and a bright future. Solhaugfond also gives great support to Babel Educational Program.