Training of youth from vulnerable backgrounds is not only the role of the government. The Asociación Instituto Sor María Romero said that it has a program in conjunction with the Cámara Costarricense de Hoteles that helps young women get jobs.
The two-year-old program provides selected youngsters with 120 hours of work experience in some of the metro area’s larger hotels. At the end of the program the participants receive a certificate from the hotel chamber and may be hired by the hotel where they did their training, said the association.
Some 25 youngsters who are in their fifth year of high school have been involved in the program this year. The 25 were selected from among 135 young women who are involved in an academic program provided by the sisters of María Auxiliadora.