Study trips

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You work for a protected area as payed or volunteer park staff and are interested in transboundary exchange?

EUROPARC Germany supports professionals and volunteers in European protected areas in exchanging knowhow and competencies and in building up international cooperation. The project “international exchange of competences of players in protected areas” (ANNIKA) focusses on international study trips of approximately six participants – payed and volunteer park staff – that treat the following subjects:

  • Education for sustainable development (e.g. Junior Ranger)
  • Regional development and sustainable tourism (e.g. touristic partners, voluntourism)
  • Inclusion of people with disabilities (e.g. accessibility, volunteers with disabilities)
  • Park Management (e.g. quality standards, evaluations)

The overall topic will be volunteer management, i.e. the question “how do we involve volunteers in the activities of parks in a professional way?”.

The program of the study trip consists of lectures, workshops and field trips. They will give you the opportunity to gain insight into best practice examples of the parks visited and to share your experience and knowledge with experts on site. The project aims to give you the unique possibility to learn from each other and to work together on new ideas and strategies. Your home protected area will directly benefit from the knowledge and experience you will gain through the study trip. In addition, the study trip enables you to establish a long-term relationship and cooperation with other European parks.

At the end of the project the experiences, lessons learned and outcomes will be summarized by the participants in a bilingual publication and discussed in a conference.

The following study trips have already been realized:

Programme: Study trip „Regional development and tourism in protected areas“, Wadden Sea and Mueritz National Park, Germany, May 2017 

Programme: Study trip „Accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities in protected areas“, Austria, September 2016

Programme: Study trip „Regional development and tourism in protected areas“, United Kingdom, October 2016

Photos: © K. Sabry