The Bodhgaya Hotel School

Preparing young people from underprivileged communities for employment in the hospitality industry.

Location: Bodhgaya, Bihar

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The objective of this project is to give youth from underprivileged backgrounds, quality training that ensures skill development, job-readiness and high employability in India’s rapidly growing hospitality sector- expected to generate 3,00,000 jobs annually.

The school is located in Bodhgaya, a busy tourist town and amongst the most sacred Buddhist sites, where the Buddha attained enlightenment under the Bodhi tree nearly 2500 years ago.

The Bodhgaya Hotel School (TBHS) is a unique combination of a school and a twenty-room hotel attached. The hotel provides a real-life learning experience for students and also generates revenues that will, in the long run, make the school financially self-sustaining. All services to the hotel guests are prepared and executed by students under the supervision of the teaching faculty.

TBHS has been initiated by Agragami India and the International Foundation for Population and Development, which plays a key role in providing continuing financial support to the school. The school has been conceptualized by the EHL-Smile Association of Switzerland. The Association has been formed by the alumni of the Ecole Hoteliere Lausanne, one of the world’s leading hotel schools. The EHLSmile Association provides technical support including curriculum and teaching methodology development. It also regularly monitors and assesses the operations of the school to ensure the quality of training given to the students.

Our first batch of 5 students graduated in September 2018. We have successfully placed those who wanted placement. The second batch of 15 students is now in training. The school offers a certificate course in food production as well as a certificate course in food and beverage service, front office and housekeeping. Both are 10-month courses.

A hotel room at the Bodhgaya Hotel School

Students at the school