The online 3-day workshop on “Introduction to Heritage Interpretation for Site Managers” took place from 25 to 27 November 2022.
10 heritage managers from Africa (Rwanda, Tanzania, Namibia, Kenya, Sudan), Europe ( Greece) and Asia (Turkey) have received training on the principles of quality heritage interpretation and practiced how to use interpretation on their own sites.
In this highly interactive and participatory workshop participants engaged daily with both individual and group activities. The workshops’ instructor, Valya Stergioti, tailored the activities and the lectures based on the participants projects and cultural background. Through this process participants learned 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 to and from their colleagues.
The workshop was conducted by Valya Stergioti.
Valya Stergioti, is a freelance interpretive trainer and planner, with more of 20 years of experience on organizing and implementing interpretive workshops about heritage. 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.
A keynote speech was delivered by Ms Olga Karagianni.
Olga Karagianni, after a career in the private sector, moved to live permanently in Andros in 2004 when she started her PhD in Sustainable Tourism.Olga is the inspirational driving force behind the Andros Routes project, leading a volunteer team to restore over 180km of ancient footpaths and helping to develop sustainable hiking tourism on Andros. In October 2018 she launched the successful multi-day “On Foot” Hiking Festival which was repeated again in 2019. She has participated in the Southern Aegean Tourism Observatory as a writer of the action plan for nature and hiking tourism. Olga has a degree in Economics from the University of Athens, a postgraduate degree in Tourism Management and Policy from the Hellenic Open University, and a PhD in Sustainable Tourism.