This is a reference for Antonela Kotsoni

EEFEct

The training activity took place
in Patras, Greece
organised by InterMediaKT
14-20/10/2019
Reference person

Valentina Mastrini

(Project coordinator)
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Aims & objectives

EEFEct trainin explored the different aspects of eco-tourism. Using as a starting point, the hosting country and region, participants immersed through three different areas.
- Ecotourism as an educational tool
- Ecotourism as an entrepreneurial drive for local development
- Ecotourism, branding and online tools, aka. tecotourism
We explored the power of social media, the role of sustainability and entrepreneurship ideas of ecotourism. We immersed on the educational aspect of ecotourism and what it means for local
development. We looked at best practices and real-case scenarios.
There was also a small surprise, a 10km trekking along the gorge of Vouraikos in Greece.

Target group & international/intercultural composition of the group & team

EEFEct was part of an Erasmus+ KA2 project with participants from Ronania, Portugal, Italy and Martinique (France)

Training methods used & main activities

NFL methodology was applied on all aspects of this training.
Experiential learning was part of the more active sessions (trekking, experimenting with tools, applying different methodologies into designed ecotourism festivals).

Outcomes of the activity

Main outcome of this training was the collaboration of the young participants in the creation of the Manual for Ecotourism Promotion (https://eefect.eu/activities/outcomes-and-results/) and the submission of the follow up project E+ project "Heritage for youth" which was recently approved by the Italian NA and is due to start in September 2020.

Your tasks and responsibilities within the team

I was the coordinator of everyhting; conception, design, preparation, implementation, monitoring, follow up and evaluation. Another volunteer trainer assisted me in the design of the training activities and the delivery of some of the sessions. She also helped with graphic facilitation and communication with participants, but overall I was the person responsible for this.

I worked on this training for 7 days as a full time trainer.

Testimonial of the reference person

The blended mobilty involved 13 participants and was organised by IntermediaKT since the planning phase. The training was very successful and included learning activities proposed in a non formal and informal environment, from the knowledge of the hosting organization and the local examples of ecotourism activities, to the importance of technology and social media in the promotion of tourist activity, from the triangle of ecotourism to the need to be social, active and visible. The participants have been interviewed about their experience and the videos have been collected and inserted in the Manual for Ecotourism Promotion, one of the project's outputs.
The trainer Antonela Kotsoni coordinated and followed all training phases since the planning of the activity program to the evaluation. She has competences on the development of activities related to the topics of ecotourism, sustainability and on digital tools, involving the learners through creative activities.

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