Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Rab Archaeology Project Sees Tour Guides Offered Free Training

June the 1st, 2021 - As part of a local Rab archaeology project called Rab Archaeological (T)races, which will be held from the 14th to the 17th of June, the island's tourist guides are set to be offered free extra education in order to boost their knowledge and as such their service.

As Morski writes, the free educational and training sessions for tourist, mountain and cycling guides operating in the area of ​​the island of Rab is set to be held as the aforementioned Rab archaeology project is set to happen. As part of that, all interested tourist and cultural workers can also freely apply for the course in order to refresh their memories or boost their existing knowledge of this topic on the island.

This free training and additional education option doesn't replace the licenses required for guided tours of Rab's trails and sites, and it will be led by archaeologists Dr. sc. Ana Konestra from the Institute of Archeology and Ranko Starac, the curator of the Maritime and Historical Museum of the Croatian Littoral in Rijeka.

Due to the limited number of participants in this training sessions, licensed guides will have priority in the application process. Those who are interested in getting on this free training course can apply no later than June the 10th via: 099 / 814-0712 or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Rab Archaeological (T)races project has arranged three educational hiking and biking trails covering a total length of 40 kilometres, where archaeological, sacral and ethno heritage hidden in untouched landscapes all over the island of Rab will be presented at 33 different locations, and an interactive mobile application (app) has been created precisely for this project that can be used for individuals exploring the island themselves or as an aid for organised guides.

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Friday, 5 March 2021

Marianne Morić Becomes First Multilingual Blind Tourist Guide in Croatia!

March 5, 2021 - Split tourist guides received a great boost ahead of the upcoming tourist season: Marianne Morić became a certified tourist guide in as many as five languages ​​- Croatian, German, Spanish, English French. But she isn't just multilingual. 

Slobodna Dalmacija writes that what makes this story special is that Marianne is also blind and a longtime member of the County Association of the Blind in Split.

"Of course, we are proud of our Marianne! As far as I know, there was not a single blind tourist guide in the whole of Croatia. I can already see how tourists will ask her to take them around the city," said Ivan Tokić, the president of this association. Educating a blind person is quite expensive, but the association was lucky that Tonči Baće Martinić, a Croatian emigrant living in the United States, donated towards Marianne's education. Funds were also procured for other members, especially the youngest ones.

Tonči lived in Split but moved to California for work 45 years ago. Nonetheless, he remained very attached to his roots. He spent his working life as a mechanic, and as an altruist, he helped others when possible in various ways. He was amazed at how Americans help institutions that take care of people in need, which encouraged him to focus his efforts on someone in need. He chose Split and the Association of the Blind, led by his family Ivan Tokić. And that is how this beautiful story developed, resulting in Marianne's diploma. The Association is immensely grateful.

"I'm happy to have this opportunity. I have long wanted to become a tour guide, and my family pushed me to finish it, especially my mom. I graduated in Zadar in Spanish and French, for which I have fond memories. I also want to learn Portuguese, renew Italian, and I would like to be an interpreter, although it is challenging to get into the industry. As I work in the Split Tourist Board, I can speak in foreign languages, which makes me very happy.

And Split, I know it very well, especially the city center, Diocletian's Palace, and all the streets in the center. I have been putting together stories in my head for a long time, reading them, and I would really like to provide a different view of the city. I believe people will find it interesting.

I plan to get a guide dog for the blind through the association "Silver," but I have been waiting for the right moment," says Marianne, who will give tours to anyone who wants them, regardless of whether they are blind or not.

The 26-year-old is quite independent in moving around the city even though she's had low vision since birth. She moves without a cane, but a guide dog will come to her as great support. She was born by chance in Frankfurt am Main but spent her childhood in Split, where she graduated from the School of Tourism and Hospitality. She said that she did not have problems with textbooks because she used the eyesight she had and was not among those visually impaired children who struggled every school year to get their school books in Braille.

The books arrive, but often only in the second half of the year. Therefore, the association bought a Braille printer through donations to provide children with school materials and made life easier for the parents of blind students as they had to prepare the material themselves.

As she likes long walks, Marianne goes to work on foot because she lives not far from the city center. Obstacles are created only by the lack of sound at traffic lights. She could use the bus, but they are not adapted for visually impaired people either.

"I don't usually ride buses, but sometimes it would be good, especially if the weather is bad. It would be good if they announced which lines were arriving at each station. I've gotten on the wrong bus because of this, more often than not. 

But I have to admit that people’s consciousness has changed after all. Things are moving forward, society is becoming more aware of everyone's needs, and I am optimistic in any case," she said.

Despite the infrastructural obstacles in the city, she does not give up. Through the Split County Association of the Blind, a lot is being done and discussed to improve the quality of life for visually impaired people, procuring literature in Braille, hand-held magnifying glasses for reading, working on training members to be competitive in the labor market. That is how the idea of further education came to Marianne, and her long-held wish was fulfilled.

"I sincerely hope that the upcoming tourist season will be good, so I will be able to start guiding. I will take my friends from the association on the first guided tour. I'm really looking forward to it!" she concluded. 

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