Streets International

Neal Bermas is a New Yorker who has spent more than 30
years of his career in hospitality industry and consulting
for several hotel groups, such as Meridian, Sheridan and
the Walt Disney Company. Back to his trip to Asia in 1999
when he travelled to Vietnam, Bermas encountered a
lot of poor kids on the streets begging for food. Those
valuable and compelling kids and the overwhelming
sights made a strong impact to Bermas, so tremendously
that he had wanted to do something about it. Since Neal
Bermas has been a consultant and university professor
on tourism, hotels and restaurants, he knew that there
were many ways to help these street kids getting jobs in
hotel industry. Therefore, Neal Bermas decided to found
Streets International in 2007, in Hoi An, Vietnam, as a
place to provide training and education, nurture skills,
give new life and opportunities to the impoverished kids
[who are disadvantaged, orphaned, trafficked, abused,
and out-of- school] so that they can have careers in
hospitality industry and be able to build their own lives
and future.
Since 2007, Streets International has become one of the
most well-established and innovative social enterprises
in Vietnam. The enterprise prepares vulnerable and
impoverished youth with professional and comprehensive
trainings for 18 months, so that they can get a job and
can pursue a better life after receiving the certificate in
hospitality and culinary fields. Having a strong partnership
with various partners, Streets International could develop
high quality curriculum training, and accrue adequate
funding and sponsorships, to support the program and to
sponsor the selected trainees.
Until now, there are over 250 graduates receiving
certificates in hospitality and culinary training by the
year end 2018, and 100 percent of the trainees gets
employment upon graduation. Many Streets graduates
have gone on to work in 5-star hotels and restaurants
around the world, while others have opened their own
successful businesses

Streets International


Mekong Tourism Coordinating Office (MTCO)






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Viet Nam