Int. Training Centres
WFTGA can send trainers to you for in-house courses anywhere in the world. Alternatively, individual guides may apply to attend training courses at WFTGA International Training Centres (ITC).
WFTGA believes that the training in its ITCs has a kick-start and multiplier effect. Not everyone can afford in-house courses and thus has the option of sending participants to an ITC. Participants bring back and share the latest training techniques, skills and knowledge and gradually build up and enhance the infrastructure for professional guiding in their area.
Although Hands On Tourist Guiding (HOT) Courses may be offered, the main focus in our ITCs lies with the two levels of Train the Trainer Courses.
Currently there are two WFTGA International Training Centres in Nicosia, Cyprus and Yerevan, Armenia. Other Training Centres are in consideration.
WFTGA International Training Centre, Yerevan, Armenia
We hope to be able to offer face-to-face courses at our International Training Centre in Yerevan, Armenia in 2023.
The Training Brochure for the next course will be ready for download as soon as circumstances allow.
|Upcoming Courses at Armenia ITC||Train the Trainer (TtT)||International Train the Trainer (ITtT)|
|Dates:||2023 – to be confirmed||2023 – to be confirmed|
|Language/s:||to be confirmed||English|
|Course fees – WFTGA members:||to be confirmed||to be confirmed|
|Course fees – non-WFTGA members:||to be confirmed||not applicable|
|Application deadline:||to be confirmed||to be confirmed|
A second WFTGA training centre was established in 2014 in Yerevan, the capital city of the Republic of Armenia. This International Training Centre (ITC) is based on collaboration with the Armenian Guides’ Guild (AGG) and Yerevan State University (YSU).
Academic staff of Yerevan State University and beyond provide the lectures and impart up-to-date knowledge. As per WFTGA Training Ethos, the main professional guiding and training skills sessions are delivered by WFTGA International Trainers, assisted by National Trainers.
Training courses have already attracted participants from Iran, Kazakhstan, Bahrain, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Syria and Armenia and have provided valuable opportunities of intercultural exchange and team building among tourist guides from different countries.
Sponsors and Supporters
Supporters and sponsors include the Armenian Ministry of Economics, the German Corporation for International Co-operation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit – GIZ) as well as different museums, hotels, restaurants and transport companies in Yerevan. The Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Armenia has lent assistance from the very beginning. GIZ has been immensely helpful with specific sponsorship over the years.
Team at the WFTGA ITC in Armenia
International Trainers in Armenia
Naira Sukiasyan Rita Navoyan
Yerevan as a training location
Yerevan can boast of being one of the oldest cities in the world having been founded in 782 BCE and already being more than 2,800 years old. Although Yerevan is a city with a long history, it has a very young soul, and this unique combination makes many people fall in love with this old-and-new city, the heart of Armenia. Armenia, being a very traditional country, has always been considered to be at the crossroads between the East and the West, the North and the South. This location makes it be an ideal place for intercultural interactions and experience sharing. Yerevan State University is the ”alma mater” of Yerevan and provides some of the training venues.
Easy Visa Regime
Armenia has a free visa regime and citizens of a great number of countries can get a visa upon arrival.
For more information about getting a visa for entry into the Republic of Armenia (if required) please check with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia
If needed, the International Training Centre in Yerevan together with WFTGA can provide letters confirming course attendance, accommodation, dates and purpose of travel.
“The WFTGA Training Centre in Yerevan will warmly welcome any participant from any corner of our nice, unique, big-and-small world.”
|• Nov/Dec 2019||HOT and Train the Trainer Courses with participants from Armenia (in Armenian)|
|• Nov/Dec 2018||HOT Course with participants from Armenia and immigrants from Syria|
|• Nov/Dec 2017||HOT and Train the Trainer Courses with participants from Armenia and Uzbekistan (in Russian)|
|• March/April 2016||HOT and Train the Trainer Courses with participants from Armenia, Bahrain, Iran, Kazakhstan and Thailand|
|• March 2015||Train the Trainer Course with participants from Armenia and Iran|
|• Dec 2014||HOT Course with participants from Armenia|
Training in Armenia, 2019
- Yerevan State University
- Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Armenia
- Armenian Guides Guild
WFTGA International Training Centre, Nicosia, Cyprus
The next in-person Train the Trainer (TtT) Course is scheduled to take place from 13 to 27 Nov 2022.
Plan to arrive on Sun 13 Nov with the course starting on Mon 14 Nov. Exams and assessments will take place on Sat 26 Nov, followed by the closing ceremony and farewell dinner in the evening. Plan to depart on Sun 27 Nov 2022.
Applications are now CLOSED.
If you wish to be put on the mailing list for future courses, e-mail [email protected]
Download the Course Brochure – for information only: WFTGA Cyprus TtT 2022 – Course Brochure – 150622
|Upcoming Courses at Cyprus ITC||Train the Trainer (TtT)||International Train the Trainer (ITtT)|
|Dates:||13 to 27 Nov 2022||13 to 27 Nov 2022|
|Course fees – WFTGA members:||1,990 EUR||1,990 EUR|
|Course fees – non-WFTGA members:||2,150 EUR||not applicable|
|Application deadline:||CLOSED on 15 August 2022||31 August 2022|
Since 2006 the WFTGA International Training Centre (ITC) in Cyprus welcomed over 180 course participants to 12 courses. The ITC started operating as a regional centre and was the first of its kind for WFTGA. Over the years many course participants went on to become Trainers of Tourist Guides in their own countries or WFTGA International and Lead International Trainers.
Knowledge and skills through partnerships
The ITC is organised in collaboration with the Cyprus Tourist Guides Association (CTGA) and the University of Cyprus. Lectures are delivered by professors of the University of Cyprus. WFTGA Trainers deliver the WFTGA Communication Seminar, facilitate workshops and the practical sessions aimed at improving guiding skills and techniques.
International Dimension – sharing experiences
Course participants came from Albania, Antigua, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Canada, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Ethiopia, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Ireland, Jamaica, Jordan, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Nepal, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America and Uruguay. Sharing experiences adds a truly international dimension to the learning journey.
The ITC Team – past and present
Over the 12 years of our courses, the WFTGA Cyprus Representative and coordinators were Titina Loizidou (2006 – 2012 & 2019) and Maria Aristidou (2013-2018), with Georgia Constanti as a Course Administrator.
In 2020 Demetra Argyrou Viguier took on the role of WFTGA Cyprus Representative and Coordinator, with Marina Cocconi as Course Administrator. A year later Marina became the Coordinator.
Cyprus itself now also has a significant number of WFTGA Trainers, two of whom are Lead International Trainers who also train at the School of the Guides of the Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Tourism.
Sponsors and Supporters
The Deputy Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Cyprus as well as the A.G. Leventis Foundation support the programme. Other sponsors are the Hermes Airports, the Antiquities Department of the Republic of Cyprus, Splus Travel Ltd providing the whisper system, and the Nicosia Municipality.
Courses would not have been realised without the continuous help of the Cyprus Tourist Guides Association (CTGA) and their then President Popi Hadjidemetriou, whose committed involvement ensured the sustainability of the centre in the first 10 years. The Cyprus Tourist Guides Association is very proud to contribute towards the success of the WFTGA Training Courses, and welcomes participants with enthusiasm every year.
About Cyprus, the training location
The Republic of Cyprus is an island state in the Eastern Mediterranean, a full member of the European Union, a member of the United Nations and of the British Commonwealth.
Due to its unique position – serving as a bridge between Europe, Asia and Africa – Cyprus has, through the millennia, developed a unique civilization that is reflected throughout its numerous archaeological treasures and historic sites, museums, art galleries and byzantine churches. Course participants have the opportunity to learn more about Cyprus during the practical sessions which include walking and coach tours, as well as museum tours in Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus. During a visit to the Troodos mountain range with a professional Cyprus Tourist Guide participants can enjoy the authentic and traditional character of the island.
Participants also have the chance to get acquainted with the renowned Cyprus hospitality, the friendliness of the local people and to taste and enjoy the delicious local dishes.
Travel information and regulations for entry into the Republic of Cyprus (including visa regulations) may be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus.
Covid-19 Travel Protocol
As per the Republic of Cyprus Protocol, the country has dealt responsibly with the Covid-19 challenges and is now in a prime position to take care of visitors. Please find links to notices by the Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Tourism here below:
Once you have been offered a place on a WFTGA Training Course at the ITC in Cyprus the Cyprus Tourist Guides Association Local Organising Committee will assist you with information, advice and documentation even before you arrive.
“We will be happy to have you in Cyprus and share great moments with you”
- Cyprus Deputy Ministry of Tourism – Main Sponsor
- A.G. Leventis Foundation
- Hermes Airports
- Antiquities Department of Cyprus
- Nicosia Municipality
- Splus Travel Cy LTD (group guiding audio system)
- University of Cyprus
- Cyprus Tourist Guides Association