Title T-GuIDE: Tourist Guides for Intellectually Disabled in Europe
Project Number 527776-LLP-1-2012-1-IT-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text The main aim of this project is to initiate a EU-wide discussion about the issue among different specialists, sector actors and stakeholders and to build a common guide for training Tourist guides, in terms of common principles, methodologies and recommendations. In fact, following extensive research of Occupational Standards for Tourism Sector in Europe, Canada, Australia etc. it was found that these exist and comparisons can be made and related to the European Quality Framework but very little input is apparent for the specific needs of the intellectually challenged other than normal Health & Safety issues which would pertain and be the responsibility of the Tourist Guide. In the tourism training sector, an internationally recognised curriculum for tourist guiding of persons with learning difficulties has not yet been developed.
The T-GuIDE project replies to 2 needs addressing Europe today: 1. To increase new market/job opportunities; 2. To increase social inclusion.
The EU is fighting the increasing unemployment and the related strain on social inclusion as consequence of global crisis, whose tourism is one of the “at risk” sectors. Tour operators/actors are asking for new policies for tourism implementation. On the other hand there is a big problem of lack of inclusion of disadvantaged people, notably, persons with intellectual disabilities into tourist services provision.
The main aim of T-GuIDE is to initiate a EU-wide discussion on tourist guiding for intellectually disabled and to build a common guide for training Tourist guides, in terms of common principles, methodologies and recommendations to work on social inclusion, skills implementation and new job opportunities.
The Consortium (SMEs, NGOs, VET, Foundations, EU Networks: 9 partners/8 countries) remarks how in the tourism training sector an internationally recognised curriculum for tourist guiding of persons with learning difficulties has not yet been developed.
Main T-GuIDE outputs include, then: 1) A discussion document on methodologies for tourist inclusion of intellectual disabled people; 2) Draft T-GuIDE Manual with good practices, methodologies for intellectually disabled; 3) Training of EU 18 tourist guides, using the Draft T-GuIDE Manual (test and refine); 4) A EU training model and T-GUIDE Manual (final version); 5) A framework of skills for training and skills assessment of “T-GuIDEs” at EU level; 6) A Trial of a Tourist Itinerary for intellectually disabled.
Impact: 1) 18 tourist guides trained from 8 EU countries; 2) 200-300 tourist guides will pre-survey the T-GuIDE Model; 3) 60.000 of tourist guides and 2000 intellectually disabled reached by project dissemination; 4) 200 ONG for accessible tourism worldwide informed on project results; 5) 10-15 intellectually disabled as visitors at the tourist itinerary trial.
T-GuIDE involves 5 key milestones: 1. The 1st transnational meeting (M2): the research and data collection (implementation) work-plan will be structured and guidelines for the dissemination activities and results will be discussed/refined; 2. The delivery of benchmarking research and analysis of T-GuIDE competences (M11): the innovation/production phase will be build-up, throughout the experts roundtable, the T-GuIDE skills/competencies description and training model; 3. Creating and testing of T-GuIDE Model (M16): the T-GuIDE Model provision to T-GuIDEs testers; 4. Delivery of the finalized and evaluated version of the T-GuIDE model and Tourist Itinerary testing (M25): starting-point for the main phase of exploitation activities. The deliverable will be key-product of T-GuIDE project; 5. The Final Conference (M30): it marks the delivery/dissemination/exploitation of project results to the Community, stakeholders, social economy and tourist services providers.
Measurable indicators will be: 1. Number and quality of exchanges of information/knowledge among actors from the same sector in the partnership and between different sectors; 2. Number of requests for T-GuIDE model transfer from VET, public and private institutions, tourist services providers at EU/national level; 3. Degree of innovation of the T-GuIDE Model by means of stakeholders surveys; 4. Responsiveness of the T-GuIDE Model to the EQAVET EU Quality System.
Access for disadvantaged
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Other Service Activities
Accommodation and Food Service Activities
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
open and distance learning
program or curricula
description of new occupation profiles
Overall objective of T-GuIDE:
To deliver a specialist training programme and resource materials for tourist guides who will be able to offer guiding to visitors with intellectual disabilities, thus encouraging the integration of these tourists in a wide variety of cultural and tourist activities in Europe.
Specific objectives of T-GuIDE:
To set-up, test and refine a training programme (and tourist itinerary) for Tourist Guides for guiding intellectually disabled visitors in Europe, incorporating experiences from best practice examples in a range of tourist destinations.
T-GuIDE concrete aims include the development of:
1) A discussion document addressing methodologies for tourist inclusion of intellectual disabled people, prepared with the assistance of VET agencies, social co-operatives, associations for/made by persons with intellectual disabilities.
2) The T-GUIDE Manual (draft version) with good practices, methodologies and experimental tourist itineraries for persons with intellectual disabilities
3) The training of about EU 20 tourist guides, using the Draft T-GUIDE Manual, in order to test and refine it.
4) A European training model and T-GUIDE Manual (final version) as reference for the skills related to “Professional Tourist Guiding for Intellectually Disabled”;
5) A framework of skills useful for the training and assessment of skills related to “Professional Tourist Guiding for Intellectually Disabled” recognized at European level.
6) A Trial of a Tourist Itinerary targeting intellectually disabled.