Personal Interpretation for Natural and Cultural Heritage


Autumn 2020

HERITΛGE Headquarters, Anaxagora 3, Athens, Greece

Application Deadline:
30 June 2020



Vacancies for the workshops are limited, so please apply early.


Valya Stergioti,
is a freelance interpretive trainer and planner. She has more than 20 years of experience on organizing and implementing interpretive workshops about heritage for adults and children. She works in collaboration with different NGOs and other institutions all over Greece and has more than 10 years’ experience in adult training. As Interpret Europe’s Training Coordinator, along with the members of the Training Team, she is responsible for the creation and implementation of a quality, interpretive training program that will meet the needs of heritage professionals from all over Europe. Valya is inspired by the influence that heritage interpretation can have on individuals and is always looking for new ways to enrich and improve her training activities.

Heritage Interpretation is a structured approach to non-formal learning, specialized in communicating significant ideas about a place to visitors. In this six-day course, participants will familiarize themselves with the principles of a quality based method for Heritage Interpretation and will practice how to perform personal interpretation on their own. Through interactive exercises, presentations and discussions, participants will learn how to turn phenomena into experiences, provoke resonance in visitors of heritage sites, offer paths to deeper meaning and foster respect for all heritage, as well as how to give and receive feedback on their own performances. Participants will have the opportunity to obtain a certificate as Interpretive Guides from Interpret Europe – the European Association for Heritage Interpretation. To do so, they will be asked to perform an interpretive talk, present a peer-review exercise, compete a short written test and deliver a homework task (their own plan for an interpretive walk based on a real interpretive project), under the guidance of the instructor.


For details on fees, application procedures and available scholarships, see the official announcement of the workshop here.