Momentum is really building now and the last few months were very busy for our trainers throughout Europe.
IE’s team of trainers has organised and run five Certified Interpretive Guides (CIG) courses in Austria, Greece, France, Slovenia and Spain, as well as a pilot in Norway, for our brand new Certified Interpretive Hosts (CIH) course.
Just before the Spring Event in Prague, we also held a course for IE Certified Interpretive Guides wanting to ‘upgrade’ to become trainers (CIGT course), plus a second one for IE Certified Guide Trainers wanting to run the new Interpretive Hosts course is their own countries.
So, good luck to all the participants who now have to prepare and deliver their follow-up homework to get their certificates!
IE’s training programme on show at the Prague spring event
We really enjoyed presenting taster workshops on all our training courses at the Prague spring event and, by all accounts, they provided a buzz for all those who made their way to ‘Room 4’.
Sandy Colvine, along with Franziska Peter, and Kristian Bjørnstad, with Iva Silla, got their audiences out in the open air to try out some engaging and creative exercises from the Interpretive Guide and Interpretive Host courses respectively. In both cases, everyone seized on phenomena from the surrounding area to identify (and present) their meanings in an evocative and memorable way.
Kate Howard and Mark Wallis, from Past Pleasures, gave us an exciting glimpse of what’s in store for future participants of the Live Interpretation course, which they are currently preparing for Interpret Europe. They revealed little secrets, useful insights and shared amusing stories, making us all think how live interpretation can give that ‘extra special something’ to the visitor experience.
We literally had to run and find more chairs for all the unexpectedly large (and welcome!) number of participants at the Interpretive Writing course taster. Steven Richards-Price gave everyone a flavour of what this new course will offer, with exercises and lively discussions to help create attractive and easy-to-understand interpretive texts.
Finally, Michal Medek ran a workshop on the Interpretive Planning course. Work is ongoing to finalise this newest addition to the IE training family, but with such a wealth of helpful and astute contributions during discussions on the course content and objectives, many participants offered their help to complete the development work. Many thanks!
Valya Stergioti is the Training Coordinator. If you wish to participate in one of our interpretive training courses, you can contact us at:
To cite this article: 
Stergioti, Valya (2017) ‘News from our Training Team’. In Interpret Eu-rope Newsletter 2-2017, 11.
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