My name is Constantinos and I volunteer as IVY Project Partner since November 2022. I live in the island of Cyprus. It’s my first time as volunteer and the experience is wonderful. Through the IVY programme I had the opportunity to work with Nicosia Tourism Board and I met people who had experience with tourism. Nicosia Tourism Board is a non-profit organization with the mission to enhance and promote the city and peripheral area of Nicosia as a tourist and business destination.
My studies are on Business Administration and my master degree is on the Tourism and local development, so the cooperation with Nicosia Tourism Board on the Interreg project EduTourism is very helpful for me as well.
The Interreg project is on the Education Tourism in Cyprus. My country is an island dependent on tourism and any form of tourism development is important.
The goals of this project are the creation of an Educational Tourism product that will highlight the natural and cultural heritage and extend the tourist season in the eligible areas between Greece and Cyprus. Also, the creation of a training program for trainers, teachers and tourism professionals to ensure the sustainability and repeatability of the project results, the creation of a platform that will aim to create an online community to promote educational tourism and the organization and implementation of targeted publicity actions, which will aim to inform the target groups.
I am involved in the creation of educational routes in the area of Cyprus. These routes are divided into three categories, cultural, archaeological and religious. Οf these categories I have been more involved in the development of educational religious tourism. I help to create three routes which include some ancient churches in the central Nicosia. Also, the route includes some museums, that have various ancient relics and Byzantine icons.
This experience with cooperation is very helpful, I learned a lot about tourism, Interreg and how to communicate with other Interreg volunteers and beneficiaries all over the world. The work of next months will be so exciting and I can’t wait!!!
– Constantinos, IVY Project Partner for the Interreg Greece-Cyprus project EduTourism at the Nicosia Tourism Board