2010 Training Program in Canada
In June 2010 we were able to combine a Training Program with partners from three different projects, and from two different continents. In addition to attending conferences, Train-the-Trainer workshops, interactive sessions and conducting public presentations, we also organized a competency-based, practical experience leadership excursion for our tourism-focused project guests.
Above, left: UEES coordinator Andrea Losada and director Manuel Burgos held free presentations for COTR staff, students and the general public, and
Above, right: COTR faculty members facilitated a variety of workshops including Grant Unger (top right) who led a discussion about Competency Based Education and Training (CBET).
Manuel Burgos, Director of Tourism from University Espiritu Santo (UEES) in Ecuador and three of our guests from the National College of Tourism (NCT) in Tanzania (Ms. Zawadi, Mr. Chiza and Mr. Kobelo), joined local mountain guide and tour operator Dave Quinn for an overnight hiking, snowshoeing and camping Practical Experience Leadership Excursion to Maus Creek in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Rounding out the crew from COTR was coordinator Jeff Cooper, as well as Brian Conrad who is travelling to NCT in Dar es Salaam in July 2010 as a project consultant.
Certified ACMG (Association of Canadian Mountain Guides) guide, Dave Quinn, provided an overview of various guiding associations' roles and responsibilities, eco-tourism and wilderness first aid. He also discussed best practices in guide training, provided flora and fauna interpretation and demonstrated how to prepare first class meals, even in the back country.
Here are some highlights from that wonderful trip, including a delightful ‘first snow’ experience.