To improve the quality and the communication of the Wehea rainforest eco-tourism

In order to sustain the activity of the forest protection, the association developed the ecotourism business with the support of INGO TNC, Profauna, and the mining company. The association offered the package tour to the jungle including observing the flora and fauna biodiversity with the rangers is mostly the part timer guide. This business is quite potential since the tour package attracts about 200 visitors annualy which are mostly foreigners. Tough the business had just established, some supports from the INGOs and governments are decreasing so then the capacity improvement to manage the business independently is deemed necessary. In this case, the mission should train LAW staffs on the business management and field staffs on the ecotourism management. The final objective of the mission will be to improve the business management, therefore, will increase the income of the association. As the consequence, it will sustain the effort to protect the forest which is home of rich biodiversity including the ourangutan.
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The mission should cover the two main topic of management: - Project management for the staffs with the specific topic for financial, HR, marketing, and administration management - Ecotourism management for field staffs with the objective to improve the guiding skills of the rangers. The topic includes practical English conversation; customer services; safety for eco and wildlife tourism; guest-house management. The training method will be preferably interactive discussion, presentation for the informal training for office staffs and field staffs. The training time should be flexible because the participants have to work or do other daily activities. The other method will be the observation of the ecotourism activity in the forest.
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The volunteer should have background in general management who has the capacity to conduct a business evaluation so then will be able to propose activity to improve the association capacity to manage the ecotourism management. Besides the required technical capacity and related education background, the volunteer should be phisically strong for long land trips by vehicule and bumpy road and quite hot climate.
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14 (6 for management staffs and 8 for field staffs).
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Participants are mostly men aged between 20 to 35 years oldThey graduated from Primary school for the lowest and high school for the highest.
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Congé solidaire
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Should the volunteer arrives at the afternoon, they should stay overnight in Balikpapan in Hakaya hotel near the airport. The next day, the volunteer can pass by Samarinda for 3 hours driving from Balikpapan to meet Planete Urgence staff then continue to Muara Wahau for another 7 hours driving.
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Balikpapan [Sepinggan]
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In Balikpapan, Hakaya hotel if required. In Samarinda, Violand hotel if required. In Muara Wahau village, in the guesthouse. It is very basic but have private room, electricity, shared toilet, and kitchen. The office is next to the guesthouse. There is internet at the office of the association. In the forest, the volunteer will stay in the forest logde with very basic facilities but nice view. It is possible to have private room with shared toilet and kitchen. No electricity in the lodge but there is an electricity generator for night time. There is neither internet connection in the forest.
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In the main office: whiteboard and board marker, electricity, internet connection In the forest: whiteboard and board marker, no electricity (but can use electric generator), no signal no internet The volunteer for field training should bring personal things to be used in the rainforest (rain coat, trekking shoes, hat, personal medicine, etc).
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