The targeted beneficiaries were the guides of Nepalese trekking companies who hire the majority of their staff on a seasonal basis. After a close collaboration with the private sector, a curriculum and training materials were developed to support the training delivery and the sustainability of the training scheme. 67 senior guides were selected by their own company, according to our criteria, to participate in two Trainings of Trainers organized in 2013. In turn, they trained the guides within their company (22 Trainings of Beneficiaries in total). 17 companies and 2 professional organizations participated in the programme and in total 313 beneficiaries were trained.
The Trainer’s Manual is up to the standards used in the trekking industry and it is used by national professional organizations delivering official training and by the guides themselves who train within their company. It covers both the hard and soft skills necessary to the trekking guide through detailed activities (organization, resources, objectives, etc.), giving tips and examples to foster participative teaching techniques. The main chapters are: Leading a group, Practical skills, Safety, Weather, The Environment and General Knowledge. A complementary chapter gives suggestions of icebreakers and energizers.
Identity Card and Log Book
The Log Book is an individual “passport” that records the trekking experience of the guide, the various trainings he/she followed and the resulting certification he/she has received. It can be stamped by relevant certifying bodies and showed to trekking companies and clients (to prove one’s qualifications).