Panama sends 105 young people to study languages to serve WYD pilgrims

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  • Sat, 08/04/2018 - 16:29
  • Presidencia de la República de Panamá

The Government of Panama announced it sent 105 young people to be trained in one of the seven most recognized languages for the World Youth Day (WYD) to be held in January in the Central American country. Attended by at least 300,000 young people and Pope Francis.

The presidency said in a statement the young people were sent by Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela, who highlighted the work that will be done by these hundred young translator guides, whom he recognized as Panamanian ambassadors.

"You are not just 105 guides, you are 105 Panamanian ambassadors and the important thing is not how many people visit us but how many people are going to return, so teach our culture, our food, show our flag," said Varela.

The young people selected, who competed among 2,700 applicants, are awarded scholarships by the Institute for Training and Use of Human Resources (IFARHU) and will travel to study the seven main languages of the world (Mandarin, German, Polish, English, Portuguese, Italian and French).

The 105 selected youths received intensive training -for four months- in the Language Center of the University of Panama.

"Depending on the language they will specialize in, they will travel to the corresponding country for four more months, to return with the knowledge of that language and help those who will visit our country," said the IFARHU Planning Director, Anibal Barnett, during the event organized in the Peace Room of the Presidency of the Republic, the source said.

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