Biosphere Guide Training Course starts again in 2022

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Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere has announced that it will offer its Biosphere Guide Training Course in 2022: four days of free training over two weekends in March. The course was developed for people who live in the region and are enthusiastic about life in the biosphere. The course will impart the local knowledge to participants and empower them to deliver an accessible, sustainable and engaging visitor experience that explores the natural and cultural heritage of Scotland’s first UNESCO Biosphere.

Topics to be addressed include environmental awareness, wildlife viewing and a sense of place, as well as key health and safety business advice, accreditation, and trends and challenges in Scottish tourism. The course will also feature an evening activity “Darkness and Stars” as a new element for 2022, led by Elizabeth Tindal, local dark sky ranger and trained biosphere guide. With Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere underway on Scotland’s UNESCO Trail and the country’s Green Recovery, this course provides an exciting opportunity for locals to develop new skills and explore creative careers in tourism.

Stef Lauer from Hands On Consulting is back to lead the course after delivering the last guide training in 2019. Among the graduates that year was Craig Murray, who now runs South West Scotland Tours. Commenting on the course, Craig said, “I’ve always felt that there was room for a small tour guide company but had no idea how to go about it, what customer expectations were and how to do it with as little environmental impact as possible power . The GSA Biosphere Tour Guide course gave me this information and more. It has opened up a path into local networks, huge amounts of information about the local environment, support from becoming a proud biosphere supporter and ultimately to obtaining the biosphere certification mark. “

The four-day Biosphere Guide Training Course takes place from December 12th to 13th. and 26.-27. March 2022 in Kirroughtree, Newton Stewart as the main location. Anyone wishing to apply is invited to email Marie McNulty, Biosphere’s Business Development Officer at [email protected] to request more information or to arrange a chat. You can find more information about the course and the UNESCO award of the region at gsabiosphere.org.uk.

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