Lusófona Tourism Summer School 2022

3rd – 10th july 2022

How will you spend the summer of 2022? hy not experience an unforgettable summer in Calábria, Italy by joining the Lusófona Tourism Applied Research Summer School?

Lusófona University in collaboration with transformative tourism DMC, ‘Jacurso da Vivere e Imparare’, and the participation of selected academics from the University of Calabria, are organising an in-person, 6 days Summer School in Conflenti, Calabria, Italy. The concept of transformative tourism refers to tourists who are socially and environmentally conscious and who employ tourism as a means of reinventing (transforming) themselves and promoting sustainable practices that have a positive impact on local communities. The purpose of this summer school is to interactively teach participants via theoretical workshops and participating in real-life transformative tourism initiatives in Jacurso village, about the great potential of tourism contributing to local development in a small area context. Participants will learn about and apply research methods to collect data which will help to evaluate the Summer School’s impact on the local community.

The village of Conflenti is located in the province of Catanzaro in the Calabria region of southern Italy, where the currents of the two seas, the Ionian and Tyrrhenian, meet, making it cool in the summer. Calabria is a region rich in history, spread over a territory that has born witness to several centuries of different dominations. This has meant a multitude of artistic influences and the discovery of several archaeological finds. Its cultural heritage dates from prehistoric times, with the “Grotto of Romito”, left by the ancient Greeks, the park “Scolacium” created by the ancient Romans, and the baths of Acconia left by the Byzantines with the Basilica of Stilo, the various medieval settlements, and the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies. Some of the tourist attractions close to Conflenti are the wineries Statti, the production of liquorice in Rossano and a silkworm farm that producse fine silk yarn in Cortale. Free from any contamination with modernity, Jacurso village seems like it is frozen in time. With its historic center full of ancient stone buildings and with its people who are the custodians of an oral memory full of ancestral knowledge, Jacurso silently and impatiently awaits you to discover its secrets during the Applied Research Summer School 2022!

Participants will be guided by international experts in a series of theory and practical learning experiences, held over 6 days in the impressive outdoor amphitheatre. These theoretical-practical classes will be complemented by be two study visits, one to Pizzo, to research Coastal Tourism in Small Towns and one to Crotone. where the association #IoResto, acknowledged by the UNWTO’s platform ‘Tourism4SDGs’, will welcome and guide the participants in the visit to the coastal city. During the study visits, students will conduct research on the summer school topics of transformative tourism that contributes to local development in a small city context. Additionally, students will be involved in the evaluation the summer school’s potential usefulness to the local community.

Participants have the possibility to join the ‘Conversation Club’, 1-hour daily conversational Italian class.

Dont miss this opportunity!

  1. Develop greater attention to the interaction between tourists, the tourism industry and host communities, to foster true respect for cultural diversity, and a willingness to adapt to habits and ways different from their own.
  2. Become aware of their role as consumers of the travel product, the role of culture and connection to place in the quality of the offer and the how tourism can contribute to local development in villages and rural areas.
  3. Learn how to minimize the damage caused by the socio-cultural and environmental impact produced by tourist flows.
  4. Respect and encourage the rights of local communities to decide on tourism in their territory, and with them to establish continuous relationships of solidarity cooperation.
  5. Learn about the concepts of web-marketing and new technologies for sustainable tourism in a small village context.
  6. Increase inter-cultural connections and create international networks whilst improving language skills.

For Who?

The summer school is aimed at tourism professionals, undergraduate and masters students who are looking to improve their tourism knowledge, by immersing themselves in an experiential-learning journey within a real-life of community-driven transformative tourism project and working alongside academic experts to connect theory to practice. This summer school is a great opportunity for professionals and students that want to advance their knowledge in tourism, add to their current skill set, and acquire tools that will benefit them in the workplace.

Important dates

  • Apply by: 10th April, 2022
  • Acceptance letters: 6th May, 2022
  • Registration/Payment in full: 22nd May, 2022

How to apply: Students should apply by sending a short motivation letter to (maximum 500 words), listing their prior tourism knowledge and interests and indicating their level of English (B2 required).

Subject Hours
Tourism and SDG 2
Slow Tourism 2
Small Cities and Community Tourism 2
Economics of sustainable tourism 2
Roots Tourism 2
Creative Tourism 2
Cultural mapping 2
Digital marketing for sustainable destinations 2
Total: 16

For more informations:

Fiona Bakas, PhD