In the country there are 700 certified guides, but is projected that this amount will not be sufficient to meet demand in the coming years, especially during the cruise season.
To increase the availability of certified workers, the Panama Association of Tourist Guides (AGTP) and the University of Panama (UP) have agreed to create a training program on "competencies for tourist guides."
Manuel Arango, president of the AGTP, said the course is open to everyone who wants to become a tour guide, regardless of their academic preparation.
The course will begin on May 3rd and those who are interested have until April 30 to sign up in the UP Faculty of Humanities.
Folklore and traditions, Panama's geography, flora and fauna, group management and first aid will be some of the topics to be addressed during the program.
On average a tour guide earns from 15 to 20 dollars an hour. Depending on experience , guides can receive between 25 and 30 dollars.