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The art of interpreting natural and cultural heritage
Duration: 5 days of 8 hours
Recruitment is open
Format: offline
Price: 6000₴ (without VAT)
Scholarships for the non-profit sector and nature and national parks.

We want people to treat our nature with care, so we allocate scholarships for representatives of the non-profit sector and national and natural parks and reserves and help build a network of professional interpreters.
Natalia Hudkova
She passed certification as a trainer and guide-interpreter of the European Association for Heritage Interpretation - Interpret Europe, (IE), is the coordinator of IE in Ukraine. Associate Professor of the State Ecological Academy of Postgraduate Education and Management under the Ministry of Environment, has a candidate of biological sciences and a master's degree in the field of management of nature conservation areas (University of Alpen-Adria Klagenfurt, Austria); cooperated with the National Interpreting Association of the USA (NAI) for many years; UNDP, WWF, U.S. Forest Service.
The course gives you a unique opportunity to master a new profession of guide-interpreter, who are actively working in national parks, zoos, botanical gardens, museums, historical places, and travel companies.
you will intensively master the tools of interpretation, which will make your author's tours original and interesting;
recharge with positive energy and generate new creative ideas;
improve your communication with visitors.
During 5 days (40 hours)
Tour guides, employees of natural parks, zoos, botanical gardens, visitor centers, museums, owners of green estates, developers of interactive programs for children and adults.
The course program is built in accordance with the standards and requirements of American and European certified courses for guide-interpreters.

The course presents information about modern concepts and basic principles of interpretation and their use for the purpose of creating and submitting author's programs. The course includes Ukrainian and international case studies, as well as educational materials developed by trainers.

The program guarantees the effectiveness, uniqueness of the acquired knowledge and expert skills in creating, conducting and evaluating the author's interpretation programs. This means that the participant performs practical tasks, asks questions - learns from his own experience.
PART I. Introduction and background
  • Interpretation of natural and cultural heritage
  • Facts and values
  • Basic principles of interpretation
  • Types of interpretation
  • Universal values
PART II. Interpretation workshop
  • Wheel of impressions
  • Interpretation tools
  • Theme / main idea of the interpretation
  • Triangle of interpretation
  • Algorithm for creating an interpretive performance
  • Algorithm for the analysis of interpretive performance
  • Useful terminology
  • Information selection criteria
  • TORE principle
  • Algorithm for creating an interpretation program
  • Positive criticism
  • Maps of thoughts (mind-mapping)
PART III. The skill of the guide
  • Types of audits
  • Maslow's theory
  • Barrier-free access
  • Verbal and non-verbal communication skills
PART IV. Introduction to the certification process
  • Test task (20 questions)
  • 10-minute interpretive presentation
  • Diploma project - 40-minute interpretation program
  • Useful resources
Final assessment
Joint initiative:
St. Borysoglibska 16a