Field test: HeriQ in the Medieval Rhodes Interpretive Project
In November 2014, during the field test phase of the HeriQproject, Dr. Dorothea Papathanasiou-Zuhrt carried out for the Mediterranean Center of Environment the introduction of the HeriQ approach and teaching method in a Training Programme in Rhodes, Greece.
This programme is part of the Annual Intensive Training Programme for the Tourism Guide Profession 2014, which was funded by the Greek Ministry of Tourism and operated by the University of the Aegean.
The main objective of this programme is to provide guides with basic communication skills in the interpretation of heritage aiming to enhance the design and delivery of quality visitor experiences in cultural heritage and archaeological sites, museums and collections, designated and non-designated cultural heritage landscapes, industrial and vernacular buildings.
The Programme’s Scientific Supervisor is Professor Demetrios Lagos and the HERIQ Training course has been implemented by Dr.Dorothea Papathanasiou-Zuhrt within the module “Techniques for Guided Visit and the Interpretation of Heritage”.Dr.Dorothea Papathanasiou-Zuhrt was one of the Greek HeriQ certified trainers.
The HERIQ project has allocated 40 training hours to the training of 41 professional tourist guides in cultural heritage who took part to this experimental, collaborative project to create and share cognitive-emotional experiences in the WH Medieval City of Rhodes.They were Greek post-graduate students with a first degree in Humanities, e.g. history, archaeology, history of arts and the like.