Training for ISV Project and Tour Leaders is INTENSE!

by Narelle Webber on Sunday, 13 May 2012

We Passed Training, YEAH! Tour Leader Training in Cape Town, South Africa, May 2012 (c) used with permission by Shona Hore

The highlight of my ISV yearly calendar is in April and May where ISV’s training staff team will meet and interact with the “faces” of ISV worldwide for 2012. During this time ISV will train around 100 leaders in 13 different trainings worldwide, and it’s an intense time full of long hours and hard work.

ISV’s leaders are hired for their exceptional academic and practical experiences in group leadership in tourism and sustainable development.  Through ISV’s specific field-staff trainings, new employees learn ISV’s philosophy and highest standards for safety and risk management, ISV policies and procedures, and how to facilitate the experience of a lifetime to our volunteers on project and on tour.

Taking a break from Project Leader Training in Chiang Mai, April 2012 (c) used with permission by Chad Allen

In order to secure their positions, project and tour leaders must study and also successfully complete the training requirements in order to become certified ISV leaders.

Tour leader trainings include eight days of theory, with a focus on developing platform abilities (verbal presentation skills) and also managing complex scenarios on tour.  This is followed by around ten days of ‘tour familiarisation’ where leaders meet with tour accommodations and activity operators.

Project leader training is similar in that it uses scenarios to help leaders practice a variety of group management situations.  Project leaders really enjoy the strong emphasis ISV places on facilitating the educational components of the program that focus on learning and sustainability.

Tour Leader Training for New Zealand and Thailand Tour Leaders in Chiang Mai, Thailand April 2012 (c) used with permission by May Jaidee

On the fun side, ISV’s trainings involve a lot of icebreakers, team building and games used to navigate various group dynamics issues and create a fun positive environment on the program.

I always look forward to staff trainings and meeting the diverse personalities and their incredible world experiences as we focus on professional development and sharing of ideas and expertise.

A personal thanks from me to our trainees and the trainers – all worked hard throughout training and we’re all really motivated for a fantastic season ahead.

Narelle Webber

ISV International Program Director

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