International Workshops, Krzeszowice, Poland

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5 october 2018

During 9-13 May 2018 participants from 4 countries took part in eco-tourism workshops. 

 

Day 1) 

Ice breaking exercise.
Participants were divided into 3 groups around 5 participants in every group.

Each group on a piece of paper drew a flower consisting of a large measure and as many petals as there are participants. Every petal should have a name of one of the participants. Participants had to write in the middle of the flower 3 features that are common to them, and in petals 3 attributes that are true only for a given participant.
This task helped participants get to know each other better and facilitate the communication. After coffee break participants introduced their group presenting the ‘flowers’.

Afternoon session started from SWOT analysis presentation by learners from all participant’s countries and discussion after every presentation. 

The rest of the afternoon was devoted to workshops by FIRRIP on the Education for sustainable development. The main subjects covered were: challenges of sustainable development (climate changes, agriculture, energy, water, waste management, population). Definitions and rules and aims of education for sustainable development.

While discussion on the carbon footprint and the calculator there was a proposal to organise the last event in Cracow as a “green event” and plant trees to minimise the carbon footprint of the event. This will be discussed with local participants and if agreements is reached then we will use the calculator provided buy AERIS FUTURO and will propose the event to the Mayor of the Borough.
At the end participants had a task to perform: a role play “BLUE SKY”. Every participant was assigned a role and they had to come to a solution within 1 hours.

   

Day 2)

All participants met in the Centre of Culture and Sport and joined Senior Club in Krzeszowice and attend the workshop on “Introduction to Eco-tourism: traditional dances and music as an example of eco-touristic product and also a way to sustain the tradition” The workshops about Polish traditions combine with music and dances were led by Marcin Piotrowski owner of agrotouristic place Chutor-Gorajec and host of international festival of traditional music that is attended by 3000 people every year in July. http://chutor.gorajec.info/english/ His lecture was supported by Arkadiusz Szałata and his traditional music group. There was also a presentation of Polish flora and fauna.
After lunch there was a workshops on Intercultural diplomacy done by Kristin Brogan, ITT

on stIn the late afternoon participants had a chance to see first education path in Raclawka valley. This is a picturesque eco-path which is in the National Reserve of Raclawka valley. There are couple of educational board and participants learnt about the geological history and also about the flora and fauna.
After the walk participants had a picnic in the nearby agrotouristic place.

 

   

 

Day 3)

The 3rd day was dedicated to Eco-tourism Workshops by ITT. First lecture was done by Catherine Moylan.
Introduction tourism industry and sustainable development in tourism – definitions, background.
Providing a baseline between tourism and intangible cultural heritage, including risks and opportunities. She also presented existing eco-paths in Ireland.

Representatives of Polish National Agency joined project participants for monitoring visit and also to give participants chances to ask questions.
Second lecture was done by Angie Baily. The lecture was on Introduction of governmental policies on eco-tourism and sustainable development and undertaken actions to reduce tourism footprints, activity of WTO. Tourist ethics according to WTO. She also presented tourism from Chinese perspective.

The third lecture was done by Valerie McGrath about Presenting case study and best practices in sustainable development in tourism.

For dinner participants paid visit to local monastery in Czerna. This is due to the fact that the monastery is located in the National Reserve Park of Eliaszówka Valley. The participants were presented the history of the place by a local guide. The dinner was also organised in the restaurant run by monastery to taste their cuisine.

 

Day 4) 

arted by watching a movie about Mardin. Then asked a question what convictions we had about Mardin and Turkey? Then she provided information about eco-touristic paths in her region. Next Kristin Brogan from ITT completed her workshops on Intercultural communication.

The afternoon session was devoted to the education about the region of Krzeszowice. Participants were taken to the educational eco-path designed and done by Association„Ostaniec”. The path starts at the cave of Bats and there is an exhibition of all kinds of stones that represent geological history of the region.

Day 5) 

The session started by SUTOMA Tempus project presentation by Kristin Brogan. This is a project that as the outcome has got learning sessions about tourism. Two of the sessions are about sustainable development in tourism that could be used in our project.
Next participants were decided into two groups:
Group of learners that worked on the eco-path ideas. Based on the eco-path examples from every country presented during the previous days, group from every country worked together on the educational eco-path ideas development. The main content to decide on:
- learning impact / main massage of the eco-path
- core elements ( e.g. boards with information, site planning)
- marketing (e.g. leaflet, facebook, website, perhaps this should be done in more then 1 language)
At the end of the meeting the groups shared the ideas with all participants.