Grant 2013 – Sala Baï Hotel and Restaurant School, Siem Reap, Cambodia

With the success and accomplishment of the project in 2012 (11th intake), the PATA Foundation continues to support Sala Bai School project, 12th intake which starts from October 2013.

Sala Baï Hotel & Restaurant School was founded in 2002 by the French NGO Agir pour le Cambodge. The school is entirely and exclusively meant for young Cambodians coming from underprivileged families.

Each year, the school, trains 100 young disadvantaged Cambodians to the four main professions of the hospitality industry: restaurant waiter/waitress, cook, receptionist & housekeeping attendants. During the 12-month training, the school covers all the training fees (lessons, school supplies, books, uniforms), and daily expenses (accommodations, food, bicycle, insurance and medical expenses) for the students. The training lasts 11 months from September to July. The 12th month, August, is dedicated to assist the students to find their first employment.

The selection criteria are based on:

• Social and economic family background (low income, annual salary below 300$)

• Minimum education level grade 6, except for front office training minimum Grade 10

• Age: between 17 and 23 and priority is given to girls (aim at 70% of girls per intake)

The school is managed by 3 overseas volunteer and has on its staff a team of 17 Cambodians; 9 trainers and teachers, 3 social workers and 8 support staffs.

What makes Sala Baï so unique is the support of its network of partner hotels and restaurants that provides internship and job opportunities for the students. They are key to the success of the program and in ensuring that the students obtain long term employment after their graduation. In addition to the PATA Foundation; the school receives financial support from various other organisations and the local Cambodian government.

If you would like to visit Sala Baï and stay in one of their room or have a meal at the restaurant you may make a booking online at