SUBJECT :s Goa’s tourism industry continues to thrive ecotourism opens new career opportunities. One such area is that of guiding. A nature guide forms a link between the natural environment and its guests with the emphasis on interpretation and education. 

Panaji (Goa), April 17, 2019: As Goa’s tourism industry continues to thrive ecotourism opens new career opportunities. One such area is that of guiding. A nature guide forms a link between the natural environment and its guests with the emphasis on interpretation and education. The guide provides a learning experience which encompasses all aspects of wildlife and nature.

The state forest department will soon approach unemployed youth, school or college dropouts over 18 years of age who live in villages. “There are villages near every sanctuary with unemployed youth. We will train them by bringing in forest and wildlife experts from within and outside Goa. This will create employment opportunities for them,” a forest official told TOI.

About 15-20 nature guides will be deployed at each of the state’s six sanctuaries. “Whenever any tourist visits, they will be able to hire a nature guide for affixed rate (decided by the forest department) and start the tour,” he added.

Guides will disperse information about the respective sanctuary’s flora and fauna besides helping amateur birders identify various species. In addition to this, villagers who are interested in providing a homesaty experience for the guests will be provided with an extra room near their residence.

The guide will also be given culinary training to cook some of Goa’s popular cuisine. They will give the guest a complete Goan experience by playing both host as well as guide. “They will act as brand ambassadors for the forest department,” the official said.

The guide must speak Konkani, Hindi and English to cater to local, domestic and foreign tourist, he added.


Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com