25 young people want to become tour guides in Oé-Cusse
A three-day tourism tour guide training took place in Oé-Cusse from the 24th to the 26th of October. During this training, 25 young students, including 13 women, learnt about guiding technique, hospitality, customer service, cultural awareness and other skills necessary to be involved in the growing tourism industry.
Guiding technique and desk jobs were included in the training that provided theoretical information as well as practical exercises to gain experience. The students visited Fatu Suba and the Saint Antonio Cave and learnt how to communicate with tourists in a charismatic, fun and informative manner.
Elisa Bene, one of the participants, said that she liked the training because “it showed me a lot of things and the job itself can help me to promote my culture and the property of the region. Beside that also I can improve myself especially my English speaking. Mozinho Manequin stated that “I really have an interest to be a tour guide, because the training itself has a lot of benefits and beside earning money, we can also meet a lot of friends from many countries sharing experiences, histories and culture.”
Arie Asgari, the trainer for this event, communicated with the students and resolved all their questions. By the end of the three days, he confessed to the students that “Oé-Cusse has all the potential to become a big tourist destination. To me, being a tour guide is the right choice, this is the best job, you just have to remember to never stop learning.”
This training was organized by the Regional Secretary of Community Tourism for RAEOA – ZEESM TL with the support of UNDP.