TSITour aims to develop a training module for the VET courses on the fields of care and welfare, bringing benefits to both VET professionals on the tourism sector and elderly people under social care.


Aim of the project

Data from EUROSTAT shows that the population is ageing in EU-27: there are more people above 65 years old than below 14, the median of age increased from 38 years in 2001 to 42,5 years in 2016 and it estimates that the percentage of population in EU above 85 years will triplicate from 2016 till 2080.

Given this context, TSITour aims to create a new training module in the fields of care and welfare. It aims to give a second chance to the elderly people, providing them with a new opportunity to enter again in the active society, allowing them to be storytellers in the touristic sector. At the same time, this allows the tourism industry to provide more authentic experiences to the tourists, resulting in economic gains, and contributing for the dissemination of the culture and history of the communities.

TSItour, indeed, trains VET trainees on the methodology to implement projects on Social Intervention using tourism as case study, developing at the same time the storytelling competencies of elderly people under social care, strengthening their social inclusion. Their competences are applied in the touristic context, allowing the tourists to directly listen to the stories of the place from those people who have lived them. This does not only prevent their idleness, but also shows them that they can have an important role into society. In this way, it is possible to boost their psychosocial health, providing benefits to the touristic sector.

TSiTour in numbers:

tourism professionals

VET trainers

SMEs, representatives from the tourism sector participating in interviews

representatives from VET trainers on social areas, welfare professionals, and individuals from SMEs/ private social solidarity institutions answering questionnaires

participants in round tables

VET trainees participating in the Pilot Testing in 12 institutions, monitored by 12 social workers and addressing the integration of 24 senior citizens


Our Goal

The project aims to develop a VET training for professionals focused on how to manage a Project on Social Intervention using tourism as case study: moreover, the VET trainees learn how to enhance storytelling skills of the elderly persons in the field of the tourism industry.

Thus, the expected benefit is double: on one hand, it is possible to offer a different experience to tourists, providing an innovative “touristic attraction” for Tourism Professionals. On the other hand, the elderly people have the opportunity to be reintegrated into active society as “storyteller” within the tourism industry.

To create a training module

on “Project Development for Social Inclusion and Valorisation of People with Special Needs of Social Assistance” for VET students in the field of social care and welfare.

To develop hard and soft skills of VET students

to create and implement projects and activities for Social Inclusion and Valorisation.

To better prepare the VET students

 to address the challenges at the work place, with focus on the people under need of social assistance.

To increase the notoriety of VET

in the field of care and welfare.

To use tourism and the elderly under need of social assistance

as departure points to transform the tourism industry and the approach to social assistance, by valorising the elderly as voluntary Local Storytellers for the tourism industry.

To increase the number of social inclusion tools

 and its beneficiaries.