ATP and MiAmbiente to train guides for protected areas

Bastimentos Island National Marine Park

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Applications must be received by Friday, August 28

Panama’s Tourism Authority (ATP) and the Ministry of Environment (MiAmbiente) have joined forces to provide training for guides working in several of the country’s protected wildlife areas. The initiative is part of a program entitled “Incorporating Biodiversity Conservation through Low-Impact Ecotourism in the National System of Protected Areas,” of which the training of guides is an important first step. The “Protected Areas Specialized Tour Guide Program” will first be implemented in three locations: Bastimentos Island National Marine Park, Volcan Baru National Park and Chagres National Park.

Ricardo Sandoval, Director of Planning of the ATP, said that guides working in protected areas can play a key role in preserving the environment even as they profit from their activity.

Bastimentos Island National Marine Park

Bastimentos Island National Marine Park.

The program is open to adult Panamanian citizens or permanent residents who are fluent in Spanish and one additional language. Candidates must also currently work as a tour guide in one of the country’s protected areas, have an interest in flora and fauna and have strong customer service skills. The ideal applicant is passionate about sharing information Panama’s natural and cultural heritage with visitors.

All the requirements are available online at www.atp.gob.pa

For more information call Tel. (507) 6550-6723 or write itorres.ecotur@miambiente.gob.pa

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