Title Innoguide: Innovation in LLL Tourist Guide Training Tourist guides as partners for a sustainable, diverse and exciting Europe!
Project Number 510487-LLP-1-2010-1-BE-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Tourist guides work in a local, regional, national and European context. They can play a very important role in the European integration process in increasing the understanding of the different cultural backgrounds and by promoting the European identity. They can also increase the awareness of the tourists regarding a sustainable tourism for the future of Europe. In addition, tourist guides can facilitate the acquisition of some key competences for LLL for tourists. However, currently these elements are not structurally part of the training of guides.
The key innovative element is to generate the foundations of the needed European framework and promote this as an integral part of the future vocational training. The integrated European approach will assure a major impact on the European level by shared understanding on the contents and the development of pedagogical tools.
The objectives of the 3 year project are:
- to make a comparative study of the training programmes for tourist guides in the partner countries. They will be compared on level (EQF norm), duration and content. The outcome will support the development of the new training modules.
- to develop 3 training modules (and 3 trainers’ manuals) in English for teachers of tourist guides and for tourist guides (in training) studying at level 4 or 5 of the EQF. The modules will focus on sustainability, intercultural skills and creation of (LLL-)experience. The materials will integrate the Eur. dimension by developing a common practice and by enhancing mobility between trainers. Competences aimed at in the three modules will be developed in relation to descriptors at level 4 and 5. The modules will be tested, peer reviewed and finalised.
- to establish a platform for sharing of the experiences to ensure active continuation. In the implementation an interactive knowledge transfer model is developed to facilitate efficient dissemination, valorisation and future sharing of the innovations.
The project has three concrete aims:
- to benchmark the current professional training programme of tourist guides to the EQF reference via a comparative study in each partner country and in relation to the European standard made up by the CEN.
- to develop new European training modules for trainers and guides, integrating in every module common European vision and practices. The topics covered are:
A module to strenghten the tourist guide to be a significant partner in Europe's sustainable development. Guides' interpretative skills are important because of the influence they can have in the environmental, socio-cultural and economic arenas of an area.
b) Intercultural skills and European dimension
A module exploring on the different ways in which tourist guides can bridge the gap between different cultures within Europe and between Europe and other cultures. The European dimension, which is present in all modules, is emphasised here because this module will expand on the role of European Union, the way in which guides can clearify that role to tourists and on Europe's unique culture and its contribution to world heritage.
b) Creation of experience
A module on how to create different experiences (smelling, feeling, ...but also a LLL-experience) in a guided tour. Stories and storytelling can distinguish both destination and guides and will be tackled in this module.
- To stimulate mobility between teachers and students.
The European modules should be validated in the partner countries. Train-the-trainer-sessions for teachers of tourist guides will be organised to test the developed materials. In a second phase students can follow foreign courses in the institutes of the partner countries. The e-learning is an integrated part of the programme to ensure a flexible lifelong learning strategy. The mobility of teachers during the project will assist in developing a shared understanding of the framework.
The intended users are primarily the organisations providing vocational training for tourist guides. However the tools will be useful for alle organisations active in the training of tourist guides across Europe. In addition, national tourist guide associations and the European Federation of Tourist Guides Associations (FEG) will benefit from the material that will be generated. The partnership involves training centres for tourist guides, governmental tourist bodies with strong links to the national and regional tourist guide associations, schools and universities that have tourism courses and private non- profit organisations with expertise in tourism education and LLL learning projects.
The project will
- allow tourist guide training providers across Europe to include in their courses components that address sustainability while stressing European intercultural mediation as a contribution to LLL;
- facilitate the intercultural dialogue between tourists and guides;
- increase tourists' awareness about environmental and socio-cultural challenges thus promote a sustainable tourism;
- improve the quality of training programmes for tourist guides and of qualification systems across Europe in a LLL perspective.
While the project is progressing the appropriate information will be published on the project website. The summary of research information, good practices and recommendations will be published online during and beyond the life of the project. Through access to the partners' network, the project will be presented and discussed around Europe.
The long term target groups will be the organisations working in the tourism sector in all Member States. In particular the organisations that are involved in training and/or employing tourist guides. The target organisations therefore include the local authorities with responsability in tourism, LLP national agencies, public and private tourism institutions, vocational schools and universities.
The group will be reached thanks to the wide contacts of the partnership with European tourism sector. It should be noticed that several partners in this project are linked to the national governmental tourist bodies and have strong links with guide associations and training providers.
Partners that provide training courses for tourist guides, will include these modules in their permanent courses. Each partner will stimulate the introduction of these modules in the permanent courses for tourist guides across Europe via their national and international networks. Partners will also provide lectures at conferences presenting (the results of) the project and publications in professional journals
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Other Service Activities
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
Information and Communication
material for open learning
open and distance learning
procedure for the analysis and prognosis of the vocational training requirement
program or curricula
transparency and certification
- Development of training modules, and manuals for trainers.
- Study on the training programmes for guides in 8 countries – digital report
- Current practices in guide training – digital report
- e-learning courses
- The e-learning system embedded in the website will make the courses accessible to everybody. A wide set of information, good practices and recommendations will be publicised online during and beyond the life of the project. This will allow institutions and practitioners working in tourism to exploit good practices in tourism sustainability, intercultural exchange and creation of experience.