She is Chair of the Board of the Agro- and Ecotourism Belarusian Association, ‘Country Escape’, and an active member of the National Association for Interpretation and of the European Association for Heritage Interpretation.

Valeria actively promotes nature and culture interpretation ideas and sustainability principles in Belarus. She was one founder of the Rural Culture Museum ‘Dudutky’, which is the first museum in Belarus based on heritage interpretation principles.

Valeria studied heritage interpretation in the USA through the Fulbright Scholarship Program at George Mason University and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (2013/2014). After her return to Belarus she launched the innovative course, "Nature and Culture Heritage Interpretation’, as associate professor of the Belarusian State University (international tourism department). This course combines theory, a lot of creative practical activities and discussions with students.

Valeria is also an author of the very first book on interpretation in Russian, ‘Heritage Interpretation in Tourism: New Approaches in Experience Economy Era’. The book describes the interpretation philosophy and ideology, main principles, creative techniques and the best international and Belarusian practices in this field.

To cite this article:
IE Management (2016) ‘Dr Valeria Klitsounova PhD, is lnterpret Europe’s new Country Coordinator for Belarus’. In Interpret Europe Newsletter 3-2016, 23

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