CIG and CIGT course in Kaprálůvmlýn,Czech Republic
Well structured, organized and instructive 40 hours Certified interpretative guide course that offers upgrade on knowledge of interpretive guiding, offers different perspective on how can things be presented and challenges guides into shifting their perspective.
Have you ever filmed yourself while giving a talk about something? One of the tools in this course is being filmed and evaluate yourself. Body language, facial expressions, tone of voice, smiling … are all the features your visitors notice, as do candidates whose job is to give a constructive critique about your talk. (Photos courtesy of different participants of the course: Filip Skowron, Vojka Cestnik, Tetiana Karpiuk, Xhamal Xherri, Per Sonnvik, staff of Kaprálůvmlýn)
Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG)
In this 40–hour course guides learn to:
Turn phenomena into experiences,
provoke resonance in participants,
offer paths to deeper meaning,
foster respect for all heritage.
Participants practice and perform the skills linked to these qualities, giving and receiving feedback based on 20 benchmark standards. The course is accompanied by tried-and-tested work material and an illustrated 40-page course manual.
perform an interpretive talk,To be certified, participants will:
present a peer review exercise,
sit a short written test,
deliver a homework task.
Beetwen 13th and 19thAvgust I participated in CIGT training in Czech Republic, organised by Interpret Europe and SIMID, the Czech Association for Heritage Interpretation. As one of 12 candidates for Certified Interpretive Guide Trainers (CIGT).
I participated in 40 hour CIG course,plus additional evening sessions and two extra days for us, who will, after certification process is concluded, be able to lead our own CIG courses.
Part of the CIGT training was leading one of the practical exercises; mine was “role playing”. Each role has its own hat.
I found CIG course a great tool to upgrade some basic knowledge we have on guiding and interpretation. It is fine if you do not know about heritage interpretation, but it is welcome to have some basic skills in guiding. Course is very “do it yourself” built with a lot of practical exercise that are supported with some theory. There is very little sitting and listening to the trainer in this course. So if you like learning by doing, this is definitely a course for you!
*Photos courtesy of different participants of the course: Filip Skowron, Vojka Cestnik, Tetiana Karpiuk, Xhamal Xherri, Per Sonnvik, staff of Kaprálůvmlýn