The Ring of Gullion needs more Ambassadors and now you can get training and lots of support to share your interest in our natural, built and cultural heritage and perhaps increase your business or set up a part-time business.
Even if you would just like to give tours and presentations for your community, your school or other groups, this short Ring of Gullion Ambassador course will help you to build up your knowledge and stories and also give you the techniques, confidence and practical skills to lead a group as well as entertain them. The Ring of Gullion Landscape Partnership has commissioned specialist trainers, to deliver the courses in south Armagh and participants from this community are particularly welcome.
The Ambassador classes and site visits will run from May to September over a combination of Saturdays and weekday evenings. This course is open to everyone from young people hoping to improve their CV’s and tourism businesses to retirees and people just wanting to try something different. No previous qualifications or experience is required. On completion you will receive a Accreditation, First Aid Certificate, a Ring of Gullion Ambassador Certificate and have insurance to lead walks for your community. These can be a first step to further qualifications.
Full details are available on the Ring of Gullion Website. Places will be limited so please register your interest as soon as possible, the course costs £65. Please book by calling into Crossmaglen Community Centre Mon-Fri 9-5 and ask for anyone in the Ring of Gullion team.
The Draft Tourism Strategy for Northern Ireland to 2020 sets out growth targets to increase our visitor numbers to 4.5 million, the employment supported by tourism to 50,000 jobs, and the revenue generated by tourism to £1 billion for the Northern Ireland economy. This is a growth industry and there are many opportunities for guiding visitors, especially for anyone with a second language skill.
Knowing more about our heritage and passing on that knowledge is also of vital importance to communities and our sense of place. This course will help you to explore your heritage, build up a collection of stories and share them with your own community as well as visitors.