With 2018 recognized as the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the Americans joined in the event, organizing a conference (The NAI International Conference
), in April in Reims, France. This conference provided a great opportunity to go and network with the founders of the work of interpretation.
I presented my project results on cultural heritage interpretation for the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy student and graduate ecological organisation "Green Wave
", an event for which I was the curator. The chief goal of the project is the preparation of a qualified group of interpreter/guides in Ukraine. To accomplish this we invited a manager of a similar guide training effort in the United States. Guides who completed this training and passed their exams worked to develop excursion programmes for Kyiv's National Museum of Natural History. Museum visitors and ticket sales increased fourfold as a result. The revitalisation of this traditional museum is a very telling event.