04 April 2018
The selected nature guides’ training group continues it’s training. The guides met on 18-20 January in Dundaga to participate at the second training session and on 22-24 March in Liepāja to hold it’s third training session already.
The second guides’ training session took place in Dundaga in January. The guides learned about the different Target groups that a guide has to work with, their needs and psychology, specifics and needs of different visitor age groups, the tools that the guide should have, perception mechanisms and effects, peculiarities of environmental incentives at different ages, relation of temperatment features and cgaracter types with perception, key principles for a productive conversation etc. In addition, the practical work in groups was carried out in an interactive manner to generate excursion themes, topics, titles, descriptions, adapting excursions to certain age groups and generating offers to different visitors.
The third guides’ training session took place in Liepāja – the city which has been acknowledged to be the most accessible tourism destination in Europe in 2013. Liepāja serves as a good example on how the city can be developed to be friendly for persons with disabilities and provide for accessible nature tourism prospects because of common efforts – the cooperation between non-governmental organisations, municipalities and entrepreneurs. Māris Ceirulis – the Head of Liepāja Society of the Blind – admits that the keyword to what has been achieved so far is common efforts. Improvement of accessibility is a continuous process, but it can only be achieved by involving the local municipalities and entrepreneurs and by enlighting the society – speaking of problems which disabled persons meet every day.
The thematic focus of the training session in Liepāja: nature interpretation to people with disabilities (movement, vision, speech, hearing and cognitive impairment). Over the three days’ session in March the nature guides learned on how to build communication with groups of disabled persons, listened to recommendations and conclusions provided by Liepāja Society of the Blind on introducing the universal design to make the urban environment and nature tourism accessible to all. As part of the practical workshops, the guides took part in two excursions lead by the training course participants – the guides of Liepāja city – Īrisa Otrupe and the blind guide Artūrs Līvmanis – in order to see what has been practically realised in the city in terms of accessibility – special adapted stands, signs, guiding lines and other objects. In addition, the guides learned on how to better work with mass media, how to attract the interest of journalists and promote the nature tourism.
The training is organised by Kurzeme Planning Region in cooperation with the “Nature Guides Association” under the Interreg V-A Latvia-Lithuania Cross-Border Cooperation Programme 2014-2020 project No.LLI-010 “Nature Tourism for All” (UniGreen). The training runs from October 2017 till November 2018 and it provides for 6 training sessions. The next training session will take place on 10-12 May in Valdemārpils and it will focus on planning, organisation and hosting of nature events.
Information provided by:
Alise Lūse, UniGreen Project Manager
Kurzeme Planning Region
Tel.: + 371 26567874, firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated: 20.07.2018 11:49