The Eco-tourism Capacity Building Program is aimed at increasing the skills of tourism professionals. KEEP achieves this through non-formal education, training and workshops on a variety of issues such as the environment, eco-tourism, con-servation, heritage and languages, mountain safety and First Aid.
Some of the major training programs recently provided by KEEP include:
KEEP runs an ongoing program of tailored English language courses aimed at improving the conversational abilities of tourism professionals throughout Nepal. Improving language skills has a positive impact on the people of Nepal as it increases the confidence of participants to do their jobs well and increases their transferable skills. Guides, porters and tourism entrepreneurs are taught practical vocabulary and conversation essential for successful interaction with clients. Course runs for four weeks and are taught by experienced native English instructors who are assisted by Nepali instructors. Nearly 200 tourism professionals were benefitted from this course since 2013 to 2015.
The Wilderness First Aid Course of KEEP has been incredibly important in teaching tourism professionals how to address injuries in the unpredictable mountainous terrain. KEEP annually conducts two First Aid Courses: three-day refresher courses (RWFAC) and a five-day intensive course (IWFAC). KEEP also conducts special six-day First Aid, in-field treatment, mountain safety, altitude sickness, practical demonstration of CPR methods, and use of portable altitude chambers (PAC bags). Altogether, 163 tourism professionals were benefited from the course from 2013 to 2015.
The course is designed to help the trekking leaders and guides develop them into eco-friendly leaders/guides within the fast growing tourism industry of Nepal. This foundation course helps to certify the guides and distinguishes them from general leaders/guides. KEEP conducted this course for 50 trekking leaders and guides from February 14-16, 2014 and on March 8-9, 2015. The program was successfully carried out at Hotel Mustang Holiday Inn, Jyatha, Thamel. Various topics on the environment and leadership in connection to tourism were covered during the three day intensive course.