Hospitality Traineeships – Kolkata, India


As India is a much-loved destination of Wild Frontiers and one of the first countries we visited with our tour groups 15 years ago, we want to support communities through our Foundation and give back to people who always offer us a warm welcome. We have contributed to a number of projects over the years, including supplying equipment for schools from a new bus to uniforms, computers and even wrestling mats, maternity beds for a village hospital and supporting a reforestation scheme in Rajasthan. Continuing our support for communities in India in 2016 we teamed up with the HOPE Foundation to sponsor hospitality traineeships for young people from the Kolkata streets and slums.

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What we did

We embarked on a campaign to raise £10,000 to give 8 young people from Kolkata’s streets and slums the opportunity to join the HOPE café hospitality traineeship programme. £1250 provides a 12-month traineeship for each participant, during which time they learn invaluable skills in food and beverage, cooking, front of house, restaurant management and marketing to establish a career in hospitality.

The Outcome

Through our fundraising efforts, to date we have been able to sponsor four young people and offer them the chance to gain new skills, build a career and a brighter future.

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Meet Jhuma and Lalu

Jhuma joined the HOPE Café life skills programme as the first Wild Frontiers Foundation sponsored trainee. She is one of Kolkata’s many young women who has faced a very challenging childhood, but she is showing great determination and perseverance and together with support from HOPE and the Wild Frontiers Foundation she is turning her life around. As a young girl Jhuma grew up in HOPE homes as her family situation was not stable. Jhuma left school after completing Class 9 and spent some time trying to reintegrate with her family, however that proved difficult. Jhuma left and started training with HOPE’s Life Skills Centre, which initially was very challenging and she took a break. However now with a brighter outlook, she has decided to return to vocational training as she appreciates the opportunity to earn a catering certificate and gain work experience.

When Lalu was very young his family moved from Bihar and lived on the Kolkata pavements. It was a harsh existence and sadly after Lalu’s mother passed away it proved difficult for his father to manage 7 children. Lalu went to school, but found the environment challenging Since starting his traineeship at the HOPE café, he has been going from strength to strength. In the future Lalu would like to save enough money to start his own small food business.

You can keep up with the progress of the trainees on our blog and facebook page.

the campaign continues to raise further funds and help more young people like Jhuma and Lalu out of poverty and into a vocation.