Tania Bandi, Constantina Peristerianou and Dimitris Emmanouilidis are all graduates of the Alternative Tourism training program, which was implemented by the American Farm School under the “New Agriculture for a New Generation” Program.
Tania has studied Cultural Tourism, Konstantina is specialized in the Management of Cultural Units and Dimitris is an actor and animator in theater and pedagogical workshops. All three, love travel and creating experiences.
The team, immediately after completing the program, wanted to channel their creative energy and, with the help of the American Farm School, participated in the “Open Schools in the Neighborhood” program with the proposal "Young Tourists in the Neighborhood".
The three graduates, have put in good use the knowledge and stimuli they gained from the alternative tourism program, worked closely together and finally won the proposal they submitted to the "Open Schools in the Neighborhood" program, funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
The purpose of the project they designed and implemented is to create a touristic conscience by training future hosts (visitor-host). The "Young Tourists in the Neighborhood" project has just been completed successfully and was implemented in a neighborhood of Thessaloniki (Toumpa). Having as a center the school in the neighborhood, they managed to inform children on various topics such as hospitality, tourism product, communication/ advertising, sustainability in tourism development, environmental care, energy saving.
The team tells us, "The children will become ambassadors first for their neighborhood and later for their country. The alternative tourism program has been the starting point for us to think creatively, work together and create a project that we believe has given a lot to the local community and was loved by children and parents equally. "