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Amount to Goal:
$224,010.00
 
 
 
Total Donations:
$529,990.00

 


A note from the Chairman, Peter Bonini:

“There is nothing a Palauan cannot do; we just need the tools to do it.”

We come to ask for your assistance in building our house.

The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement between the Ministry of Education, Palau Community College and Belau Tourism Association signed on January 29, 2009, is the cornerstone of a shared vision and commitment for the future of Palau’s Tourism and Hospitality Industry.

The signing spearheaded a fund raising launch to raise US $750,000 to refurbish/recycle a former dorm at Palau Community College into a state of the art Tourism and Hospitality practical School of Excellence. Several government and non government organizations have already pledged considerable funds (approximately US $529,990.00); the outstanding balance still needed to make this plan a reality is $224,010.00.

The School of Excellence would boast a commercial kitchen, restaurant, bar and alfresco area opened to the general public at cost prices, together with a purchasing, receiving area and comfort rooms. The second floor would house a hotel suite, reception, reservation and concierge area. In addition to a faculty area both classroom area upstairs would be dual practicum and theory classrooms.

The school plans to use renewable energy, environmentally friendly products, using solar panels for energy and energy efficient lighting where ever possible. In addition the school would recycle paper, plastic, glass and aluminum cans for sale. Ideally the school would also like to create a compose section and grow organic spices using recycled water.

The school aims to train and equip students in a non threatening environment with a range of skills, knowledge and confidence needed by our growing industry.  It is designed for young and old alike to create opportunities for those wishing to join or those already employed in the industry to utilize refresher programs and to enhance their customer service skills.

It is also hoped that the school will help spark interest, create enthusiasm for work experience programs and profile tourism and hospitality careers as meaningful, rewarding and worthwhile career options. It is also acknowledged that in an increasingly competitive world, the employers are requiring employees to have qualifications and training in fundamental skills before they are able to gain successful employment.

This auspicious plan which has been years in the making and will only have succeeded when students are fully trained, educated to an international standard and are ready to work in Palau’s most crucial industry, Tourism & Hospitality. I encourage you to donate toward this important and worthwhile project.

Peter Bonini
Chairman Grant Education & Training (GET)

 

Contact Blaire Phillips to make a donation.
Phone: 488-4377
Cell: 775-4377
Email: bta@palaunet.com

 
 
 
bta        pcc         moe
 
   
      The overall objective is to collaborate in the enhancement and strengthening of tourism and hospitality training programs in Palau by upgrading and modifying the curriculum of Palau High School (PHS) and Palau Community College to reflect Palauan culture and also meet international industry standards. With approximately eighty five percent (85%) of Palau's economy being generated by the Tourism & Hospitality Industry, it is imperative that a stronger emphasis be placed on investing (training) in the future by all stakeholders, government, and private sectors. The economic value of the tourism and hospitality industry as well as the increasing demand for more skilled staff have inspired MOE, PCC, and BTA industry stakeholders to unite in building the ‘Palau Tourism and Hospitality School of Excellence’ (PTHSE).

 
 

       The school aims to train and equip students with a range of skills, knowledge and confidence needed by the growing tourism industry. The school will cater for young and old alike and create opportunities for those wishing to join or those already employed in the industry to utilize refresher programs and to enhance their customer service skills. The Palau Tourism and Hospitality School of Excellence will produce the qualified and confident human resources needed to service this growing industry and help Palau become more self-sufficient.
 
 

      PCC and BTA are key players in the facility aspect of the project, the building’s refurbishment and up to the point of ready-to-use.

      PCC has, to date, committed a location and basic two-story structure on campus, provided design drawings, assisted in estimating costs, and overseen creation of floor plans and an architectural artist’s impression of the center.  PCC will then also manage the refurbishment to completion, and furthermore, maintain the facility and provide utilities during the life of the program.

      Belau Tourism Association has and will continue to participate in discussions for the upgrade and improvement of the current facilities; will continue to acquire and share up-to-date resources (equipment and materials); and, will assist in securing the financing for the project.

      Once completed the new building will provide a state of the art practicum center for all direct and indirect areas of study related to tourism. The school will contain a commercial kitchen, restaurant, bar and an alfresco area, open to the general public at cost prices, together with a purchasing and receiving/dispensing area.

      The second floor will house a mock hotel suite, reservation, reception, and concierge area, with two classrooms for practicum and theory classes.  Corresponding to this advancement is the review and course articulation of the present curricula in PHS and PCC.



Perspective View

Jobs for Palauans
   

Boost our Tourism Industry

Suite A
   

Restaurant Interior

Reception Area
   

Share Palauan Culture with the World

Kitchen Interior
   

Faculty Office

Concierge Desk
   

Floor Plan for First Floor

Floor Plan for Second Floor
   
  Download zip file of Presentation Images
  Download PTHSE Power Point presentation
  Download flash video
  Download the PTHSE Business Plan
  Download the current PCC Tourism course list
  Download the Memorandum of Agreement
  Download the PTHSE Cover Letter
   
     
 
     
 

Thank you to all those who have
contributed and to all those that will.

Donor Name
  Amount
     
AusAid (Australia)
 
$185,000.00
Belau Tourism Association
 
$4,000.00
Belau Tourism Association (BTA)
 
$10,000.00
Carolyn Ngiraidis
 
$100.00
Catholic Church (Fr. Rusk Saburo)
 
$100.00
CTSI
 
$2,000.00
Danka Ledgerwood
 
$200.00
Deloitte & Touche (Palau)
 
$500.00
Duty Free Shoppers
 
$800.00
Francis Remengesau
 
$100.00
Governor Steven Salii
 
$40.00
Mr. Alex Lai (Sea Passion Hotel)
 
$200.00
Mr. and Mrs. Sho Suzuki
 
$1,000.00
Mr. Kunio Nakamura (Former Charge' d' Affaires)
 
$1,000.00
Ngarachamayong Inc.
 
$250.00
Palau Beach Bungalows (Dr. Patrick Tellei)
 
$100.00
Palau Community College
 
$10,000.00
Palau Pacific Resort
 
$10,000.00
Palau Red Cross Society
 
$100.00
Palau Visitors Authority (PVA)
 
$500.00
Republic of China Taiwan
 
$300,000.00
     
     
 
 

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    Elliott Benzle    
     I am so glad to be a part of this project and would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to make it possible. My time in Palau has been enriched because of what I've helped to accomplish with the Palau Tourism and Hospitality School of Excellence.

 

 


     
 
 
 
Contact Blaire Phillips to make a donation.
Phone: 488-4377
Cell: 775-4377
Email: bta@palaunet.com