Supporting ecotourism and environmental education in a national park

GLEN combines mutual learning in the Global North and Global South with inner-European exchange. European tandems from Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia as well as Germany form the project teams during a three-month internship in the Global South. They also visit three seminars together, where English is the working language. These experiences of peer-to-peer learning and a change of perspective are the foundation for GLEN participant’s Global Learning Activity.

Are you interested in nature conservation? For you, environmental education is the way to make a difference? This project gives you the chance to join the team of a national park, to be creative and to explore new educational methods. You should have a background in education, environmental sciences or sustainable tourism. If you already know some Russian, that is an advantage.

The Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park was opened in 2001. It is located in the Samtskhe-Javakheti region in the South of Georgia and represents one of the largest protected areas in Europe. Due to its location on a high plateau, the region is characterized by a rough climate and a diverse landscape. Agriculture plays a vital role in contributing to the local economy, notably livestock, dairy production and potato cultivation. All in all, more than 8% of the country’s territory is covered by protected areas, mostly forests. Apart from conserving natural heritage, the organisation offers opportunities for ecotourism and environmental education. The park administration provides special tours for all visitors, aiming to increase environmental awareness.

As GLEN intern you will contribute to the development of 3-4 educational tours for different target groups. Based on an assessment of existing resources and products, you will design guided and self-guided tours. They should include visual materials and differ in length, activities and theme. The aim is to establish these tours as a permanent offer for educational institutions, with whom you will collaborate, as well as for individual tourists in the region. By exchanging best practices in environmental education, the national park can adopt different subjects and reach out to new target groups. If possible, please bring your own computer to work in the office.

The scheduled time for the internship is three months between August and October 2017.

Trainings and seminars prior to the internship will be held in English.

The GLEN tandem will be formed by a German and an Estonian participant.

Program component: GLEN Anglo

Language(s): English, Russian (optional)

Topic / area(s) of interest:Ecology/Environment, Education, Tourism

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Environmental Education, Communication

Period of the internship: 3 months between August and September

Country: Georgia

Number of Participants: 2

Proposed by: Natia Muladze, Head of Administrative Division

Classification of the internship in the development fields: 2 (Education), 13 (Environment)

Number of the internship: 50004002-1103



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