Fostering the development of agritourism 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.

This project deals with the development of an agritourism-plan for a national park and the surrounding areas. You should have previous knowledge in agritourism, tourism management and rural development.

The host organization Kolkheti National Park Administration (KNPA) currently has 35 employees and is located in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, a Western region of Georgia. Kolkheti National Park is part of the system of Georgian protected areas and aims at securing protection and recuperation of unique and distinguished natural and cultural environments. Kolkheti National Park plays an important role for the tourism development of the region. Boating tours on Paliastomi lake and River Pichori as well as bird watching, amateur fishing and kayaking are offered by the national park administration. One of the priorities of Kolkheti National Park is to support local economic development involving locals in different services like guiding tours within Kolkheti National Park, as well as encouraging them in setting-up a guesthouse business in the 33 villages surrounding the national park.

As GLEN intern you will assess the potential of rural (agri)tourism in Kolkheti National Park and create a rural tourism programme. The goal of the internship is to draft a strategy for agritourism in Kolkheti National Park. During the internship, you will also analyse opportunities of additional income generation for the local community, especially regarding the question on how to integrate the local community in the tourism initiatives of the national park. In addition, you will also introduce visitors to activities like beekeeping, cheese making and traditional cooking – all these things belong to the cultural heritage of the Samergrelo villages surrounding the park.

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

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

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

Program component: GLEN Géco

Language(s): English, Russian

Vocational field(s): Agriculture, Tourism

Field(s) of study: Tourism, Environmental sciences, Development studies

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Toursim, Evironmental Sciences, Agriculture

Period of the internship: 3 months between July and October 2017

Country: Georgia

Number of Participants: 2

Proposed by: Khatuna Katsarava, Head of Administrative Division of Kolkheti National Park  Administration (KNPA)

Classification of the internship in the development fields: (1) Labour and Employment, (8) Rural Development, (11) Sustainable Development

Number of the internship: 50004002-1205


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