Some 17 students in Talamanca have been awarded the title of local native tourism guides after completing training organized by Tecnológico de Costa Rica. A ceremony was held in Amubri de Talamanca at the Centro de Capacitación Iriria Alakölpa Ú.
This is the first class of local guides.
The Universidad Estatal a Distancia and the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo also were sponsors, said Tecnológico de Costa Rica, which is based in Cartago. Also involved was the Asociación de Desarrollo Indígena del Territorio Bribri.
The program included training in English. For the students graduation now provides the opportunity for employment. Guides are licensed in Costa Rica. Part of the program was training in business.
The training center was set up in 2008 and contains computer hookups and a library.
Bribri are one of the two major native groups in the eastern side of the Talamanca. Some of the communities are remote and welcome tourists to live in the lifestyle of the residents.