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‘Train the Trainers’

RTITN is dedicated to developing training materials and programmes which are appropriate for trainers to deliver modules to rural communities, farm families and rural tourism entrepreneurs.  We strive to develop and deliver training which will enable the rural participants to develop and operate successful tourism enterprises.

As Chairperson of RTITN, I have been directly involved in two of the three ‘Train the Trainers’ programmes which we have delivered; firstly as a trainee  in Austria in May 2007 and as a trainer with Michèle Zufferey in Hungary in April 2008.  Both of these training programmes were delivered over five full days and included farm visits to tourism entrepreneurs in the region.  Emphasis is placed on the need to ensure that the trainer has an ability to relate to the needs of the rural participants and to keep them actively engaged in the training.  It is a challenge working with adults as trainees and it is also rewarding to receive comments back from participants whom have put the learning in to practise after returning home.

Trainers visit tourism farm in Kozard, Hungary

Trainers visit tourism farm in Kozard, Hungary

Personally, I enjoy working with the trainers, rural development activists, tourism enterprises, rural communities and all stakeholders in this sector.  Rural Tourism presents an opportunity for communities in rural areas to maintain their farm family and generate an income.  Our approach in delivering the train the trainer programmes is about putting the participants first and ensuring that they gain the knowledge/skills neccessary to acheive success.

As a result of the RTI-TN ‘train the trainers’ programmes we have quailified trainers accross Europe and internationally, whom have been active in delivering this training in their home countries.  This provides RTI-TN with an invaluable human resource, which will form the basis for the further development of our network and to benefit more rural communities everywhere.

RTITN Trainees at Eva Schiffer rural tourism farm in St. Nikolai, Austria

RTITN Trainees at Eva Schiffer rural tourism farm in St. Nikolai, Austria

In 2009, we are working toward gaining accreditation by national bodies and possibilly EU bodies for our training.  Coupled with this we hope to deliver further ‘train the trainers’ programmes.  If you were a participant on one of our ‘Train the Trainer’ programmes, we would like to hear from you.  This may be your opportunity to become active in the Network and we would like to know what you are doing now?

In 2008, we also delivered a training programme in Georgia and I hope to add a post about this course in the coming week.


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