University Course: Tourism and International Cooperation for Development

Date

19 August 2013 - 17 October 2013

Washington
United States

This intensive course trains university graduates and professionals in subject areas related to international cooperation and development through tourism. Participants are given an opportunity to achieve specialization in this area of work and become affiliated with the UNWTO.Volunteer Corps which supports UNWTO international projects and those of other agencies of the UN System.

Objectives

  • To provide participants with basic knowledge and tools to take part in international cooperation projects (or development programmes) through tourism.
  • To disseminate UNWTO's principles and guidelines, especially tourism's role as an instrument of development and poverty alleviation;
  • To disseminate the ideals of service and solidarity rooted in the essence of volunteerism;
  • To become part of the UNWTO Volunteers Corps

 

Participant profile

University graduates, young professionals and early retirees from disciplines relevant to development cooperation, over 21 years of age, demonstrating interest in participating in projects of international cooperation for development related to tourism. A basic introduction to tourism will be provided for participants with no academic or experiential background in tourism.

 

Structure of the course

Part 1: On-line

From August 19 to September 27, 2013

Estimated hours: 90-100 hours

 

Part 2: On-site

George Washington University (GW), Washington DC, USA

From October 5 to 17, 2013

Hours of instruction and field studies: 100 hours

The on-site component of the course follows a practical methodology based on specific knowledge on issues relevant to tourism and international cooperation for development, so that the participant acquires hands-on tools used in the UNWTO.Volunteer programme.

The on-site course includes the development of a concept design for a sustainable tourism project as well as rapid-destination assessment fieldwork in the DC Metropolitan area. Case studies and best practices will be presented by GW professors, tourism experts from international cooperation or development agencies, and UNWTO/Themis officers.

Also, a briefing will be provided on PM4SD-a new methodology and qualification developed in Europe for designing and managing successful tourism projects.

A detailed agenda and outline of course content will be provided before the GW on-site component begins.

 

Cost of the course

The total cost of the course is $2,900.

This fee will cover costs for the on line and on site portions of the course and the provision of course materials, lunch and refreshment breaks during the Course.

Participants will be responsible for payment of travel to and from Washington, DC, additional meals and accommodations.

The GW will provide information to assist participants in finding appropriate accommodations as needed.

Payment Deadline:

Tuition fees, for all admitted participants, must be paid before 31 July 2013.The admission of the participant will be formalized with the payment.

 

Admission information

The official on-line application form of the University Course on Tourism and International Cooperation for Development must be submitted and the required documentation must be sent in PDF or JPG format to themis.omt1@unwto.org, with subject: "CoopInt13GWU-Surname", before 31 July 2013.

Documentation required:

  • Copy of your highest academic degree.
  • Photograph
  • English certificate for non-native speakers only (TOEFL and IELTS are preferred).
  • Letter of recommendation (Professional or Academic).
  • Letter of motivation stating why you want to participate in this course.
  • Copy of your passport (biographical page).
  • *Visa formalities are the sole responsibility of the participant.