Interpretive Training  Course 

ROMANIA 2023

May 08th – 14th

This innovative Interpretive Training Course is an essential part of the vision of WeWilder and EWES for the Bison Hillock in the Țarcu Mountains, the second bison rewilding site in Romania. Over the past decade, WWF Romania, Rewilding Europe and the local community of Armeniș, have been working together to create a stable free-roaming population of European bison in this area which forms one of the last remaining wilderness strongholds in Europe. 

We invite you to partake in its future by participating in this unique course, sharing your knowledge and experience with others, while getting certified as a professional wilderness guide. This will provide you with a firm foundation to join and support the nature guiding industry in Europe. It is also a unique chance to gain first-hand experience in community engagement and ethical wilderness guiding in an iconic rewilding area in Europe from the hands of some of Europe’s top Wilderness Instructors. 

By combining the technical skills necessary in the wilderness, with the soft skills needed to create memorable experiences for guests – this course offers you insights and training in wilderness expedition, wildlife observation, interpretive guiding and hospitality, while also focusing on personal development and (re)connection with nature.

 
LEARNING OBJECTIVES
  • Awareness  and consciousness on personal growth
  • Natural leadership and self-care
  • Transmission of sustainable practices to minimize environmental impacts
  • Being a key figure and communicator in social/culturally sensitive situations.
  • Understanding of participant’s behavior and apply leadership techniques efficiently in order to manage group dynamics
  • Plan, evaluate risks and execute multi day activities in wilderness areas
  • Survival and other outdoor skills relevant to specific environments
  • Business development relevant to the work field
  • Skills and knowledge building necessary to deliver meaningful experiences around rewilding and wild nature in the iconic Bison Hillock in the Southern Carpathians, Romania 
  • Push your comfort zone and deepen your own connection to nature 
  • Full immersion in interpretive guiding, hospitality, wilderness experience and rewilding

COURSE STRUCTURE

1
DAY

ARRIVAL AT TARCU MOUNTAINS

  • Arrive at Campus (15:00)
  • Local community experience
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Storytelling around fire
2
DAY

GUIDE DEVELOPMENT

  • Guided nature walk
  • Interpretive Guiding, Structure of experience
  • Campfire debrief : Rewilding, the role of the guide and guest
3
DAY

NATURALIST SKILLS & GUIDE DEVELOPMENT

  • Solo sitspot & Wildlife observation
  • Group management and nature experience design
    Campfire debrief :
  • Naturalist skills and guiding (tracking and birding as key skills)
  • Nightwalk: Ethical and immersive nightwalk
4
DAY

WILDLIFE TRACKING. STANDARDS & ETHICS

  • Wildlife tracking workshop
  • Field observations and guided nature experience
  • Campfire debrief : Wilderness experience, standards
    and ethics
  • Nightwalk: Soft skills practice, group management
5
DAY

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

  • Guided nature experience by participant and group feedback
  • Local hospitality experience
  • Campfire debrief
6
DAY

DEPARTURE DAY

  • Sharing and networking
  • Departure

COURSE DETAILS

TOTAL COURSE PRICE & DATES 8th – 14th May

1.495€

* GROUP MINIMUM/MAXIMUM 6/8 PERSONS

Services included:

  • Accommodation (local accommodation, tented camp, bivouac)
  • All meals during the course (local chef in tented camp and local accommodations, packed food for the expedition)
  • Local transport (4×4)
  • Airport transfers from Timisoara to Campus and return
  • Training material
  • EWES and WWF Instructors
  • Accident insurance

Excluded:

  • Personal equipment
  • Personal expenses if any
  • International flight

PARTNERS

 


Wewilder is a WWF Panda Labs prototypethat evolved from the pioneering wilderness experiences developed by WWF Romania with the local bison hillock association, in cooperation with Rewilding Europe and the European Safari Company. Wewilder is operating as a social enterprise partnership between WWF Romania and local community members.

 

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