Interpret Europe Training days | 7-11 October 2022  | #ietrainingdays22

Workshop leaders

Iva Caleta Plesa (Croatia)
MA in French and Russian languages and literatures, Museology and Heritage management and European studies, licensed guide for Zagreb and Zagreb county.

I love to do trainings in heritage interpretation. They are made of ingrediants I care for and subjects I have interest in: learning, sharing knowledge, experiences and ideas, encouraging mutual inspiration and understanding. By interpreting heritage we broaden our perspectives, grow tolerance, respect more our environment and become better people. 

Sandy Colvine (France)
Freelance translator and rural/local development consultant. Undergraduate degree in Geography, MSC in Landscape and Development, Postgraduate diploma in land Resource Planning, currently completing Post Graduate Diploma in Interpretation: Management and Practice.

Personal statement: Everyone has the ability to learn new skills, unearth hidden talents and enrich existing knowledge. I take a highly supportive approach so people can surpass, even surprise themselves. Our innate connection with the historic environment is powerful, so unlocking and expressing it through interpretation is hugely rewarding on many levels.

Max Dubravko Fijačko (Croatia)
Journalist (Radio, Newspaper), 10 years of experience in marketing (copywriter) and Licensed Tour Guide (more than 9 years of experience in Private tours). I have 1st level education in WSET and in 2018 I was nominated for the Green Microphone Award (for sustainable tourism). Today I’m tour manager and an IE Certified Interpretive Trainer (with the experience of several successfully completed courses) and IE Gastronomic Heritage Coordinator, focused on Food and wine traditions.

Interpretation is a two-way communication process and I firmly believe that great communication skills are vital! How do we emotionally (and factually) connect our visitors with heritage or provoke conversations? How do we create experiences and foster the importance of meanings? We all have ideas and can explore more together.

Marija Fajdiga (Slovenia)
University study of zootechnics, animal husbandry, trainer of leaders in Youth NGO, ranger at UNESCO heritage site.
I enjoy sharing my knowledge and exchanging opinions. IE courses are effective for the participants while involve whole person. For me is rewarding to help participants find how meaning can change the opinions and behaviours.

Evarist March Sarlat (Spain)
Degree in Biology, post-degrees in Mediation and international cooperation. Professional guide, trainer and consultant in Ecotourism and interpretation specialising in natural areas and ethnobotany.

Nature is my roadbook and sharing this passion helps me learn the origins of culture through how people relate to places worldwide. Interpreting is about fostering an exchange between a place and people. Interpretation improves me by getting to know firsthand, sharing and absorbing everything could never have learned alone.

Simana Markovska (Bulgaria)
MA in biochemistry and microbiology, PhD candidate in tourism studying museums as cultural tourism sites. Working for the Pirin Tourism Forum Association and as a freelance trainer, expert, interpreter and guide.

I define myself as a professional tourist, for whom tourism is both occupation and passion. Heritage interpretation for me is the only way to develop tourism properly and sustainably, providing satisfactory genuine experiences for visitors while preserving nature and culture for the next generations.

Eva Sandberg (Sweden)
BA in biology/earth sciences and research communication. Nature interpreter in Sweden, Greece, Brittany (France) eg. Project manager in Skansen Open-air Museum (Stockholm), Swedish Association for Nature Conservation and Stockholm County Administration. Head of Swedish Centre for Nature Interpretation part of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (since 2008).
I believe in the power of heritage interpretation. Experiences in close contact with the nature and culture of landscapes for learning, inspiration, reflection and participation. IE courses contribute to reflective interpreters and skills needed to facilitate transition to a sustainable life for individuals, local communities and planet Earth.

Iva Silla (Croatia)
I am an educator, specialising in heritage interpretation, innovative tools, creative tourism project management and IE’s longest-standing CIG trainer in Croatia. 

I also run my businesses, Secret Zagreb, Croatia Underrated and Playful Croatia, as well as being an active interpretive guide and author.

Valya Stergioti (Greece)
I have an MSc in Environmental Decision Making and have been working for 20 years as a free-lance trainer for NGOs, museums, educational and governmental institutions, all over Europe. Since 2016, I have had the honour of acting as Interpret Europe's training coordinator.

I see training and heritage interpretation as two parallel, never-ending roads where both trainers and interpreters are there to inspire, transmit their passion, relate what they say to the participants’ world, provoke new ideas and encourage participants think for themselves. Care to join me in this journey?

Zsuzsa Tolnay (Hungary)
MSc in Biology, MSc in World Heritage Management. Employed at the Hortobágy National Park and World Heritage Site, and Assocation of Cultural Heritage Managers. Fields of expertise: nature conservation, heritage management, World Heritage, heritage interpretation.

I have been on a long quest to find deeper meaning in heritage sites. It’s something that strikes a chord in all of us, something beyond facts and figures. Having found the path to this in heritage interpretation, my new quest is now to share what I can give.

Helena Vičič (Slovenia)
BA in History, PGdip in Heritage Interpretation, self-employed interpretive consultant and trainer.

IE courses are a highlight in my work as a trainer, bringing me motivation and reward, seeing participants shine when they feel something significantly changed in their lives. My true wealth grows with the many relationships built up during courses that are then transformed into fruitful cooperation.

Samia Zitouni (Croatia)
MA of Anthropology and Ethnology with Cultural Anthropology, MA of French language and literature and Russian language and Literature

Spreading the good practice of heritage interpretation and following the participants on their own path of discovering meaning and mastering the tools to create the change in visitor’s hearts and souls is a very rewarding activity. With each course we plant seeds of future cooperation and new friendships among the participants.

Ivana Zrilić (Croatia)
B.Sc. Econ., working as a teacher for new tourist guides, self-employed freelance tourist guide and interpreter.

I work with children and adults, encouraging them to discover the best in themselves. I help them in their professional and personal development, returning home richer for at least one new experience. I help people look at the world through different eyes for a uniquely memorable experience of a place.