Experiential Learning in Barcelona: Sustainable Tourism and Travel Psychology in Practice

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The course takes a contemporary approach to travel and the discovery of a new environment, introducing participants to Experiential Travel, as well as Environmental and Tourism Psychology through experiencing the city of Barcelona in a dynamic way. 

By bringing our attention, memory, perception, movement, and feelings to key aspects of the city, participants will learn how experiencing an environment in an unusual way can be a great tool to maintain their students’ attention and to stimulate their motivation and interest in learning. 

Each lesson includes a theoretical section (slides, case presentation, talk) and a practical section (group exercises, personal activities). 

Participants will be involved in an active learning process, focusing on personal experience and self-expression, and combining cognitive and emotional elements. In this way, the learning process is made easier and the course content is better retained by the participants.

Concept by: Marta Mandolini

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to:  

  • Participate in a contemporary approach to travel programming while discovering a new environment;
  • Design an appropriate travel program/lessons to facilitate students’ attention, memory, perception, movement and feelings towards new experiences, both abroad and at home;
  • Discover how experiential travel can be a strong resource to integrate the objectives of your school into the right travel experience;
  • Become aware of the positive effects of a personal and real tourist experience from a holistic/well-being perspective.

Tentative schedule

Day 1 – Course introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities;
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools;
  • Introduction to Environmental and Tourism Psychology, Eco Psychology and their relevance in our professions.

Introduction to Environmental and Tourism Psychology and Eco Psychology

  • Why are they relevant for teachers?
  • Case studies and individual practical activities.

Day 2 – Introduction to Sustainable Tourism and Experiential Travel

  • Why are they relevant for teachers?
  • Introduction to Touring your home town.

Day 3 – Hands on work!  Let’s make Experimental Barcelona!

  • Discovering the city through intuitive “alternating travel” (city centre, touristic districts).

Day 4 – Hands on work!  Let’s make Experimental Barcelona! 

  •  Discovering the city through meeting residents and workers! (typical district Gracia).

Day 5 – Hands on work!  Let’s make Experimental Barcelona! 

  • Discovering an environment through Eco Psychology (Horta Labirynth).  

Day 6 – Course closure

  • Course evaluation: round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;
  • Excursion and other external cultural activities.

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