Balliol’s recent decision to sponsor George, the Durrell Foundation’s 100-year-old radiated tortoise, follows the return into favour of these cold-blooded creatures as every proud college’s must-have pet animal.This year’s Comrades Tortoise, the elected tortoise representative in the Balliol JCR, Phoebe Grant-Smith and Lottie Dodd, proposed the motion for Balliol to adopt its own tortoise. It was overwhelmingly approved by the College’s JCR on Sunday of Fifth Week.The two finalists originally intended to keep the animal on college grounds, but after having discussed the necessity for upcoming student bodies to provide adequate quantities of lettuce and strawberries during the next century or so, the committee opted for sponsoring the Durrell Foundation’s own reptile from a distance.For a few years now, Balliol JCR members have been forbidden from keeping a tortoise after the last one passed away.During their election campaign for the Comrades Tortoise position in Michaelmas 2015, Grant-Smith and Dodd were determined to bring the long-missed animals back to Balliol, yet they claimed that “a tortoise is for life, not just the fleeting desires of a student body,” to remind everyone of the serious responsibilities entailed. Grant-Smith told Cherwell, “We had this genius idea of sponsoring a tortoise from the Durrell Foundation so that technically the College has a tortoise but we don’t have to look after it (and potentially accidentally kill it). They can do this for us.”It came as a disappointment to some members of the JCR that sponsoring a tortoise would not allow them to choose its name.The Durrell Foundation compromise was not enough to satisfy one first year, who told Cherwell that, “This isn’t getting a tortoise! I am going to call for a vote of no confidence in our current Comrades Tortoise.”Balliol is not alone in its pursuit of a slow companion. Tempted to join the half-dozen colleges that already have a tortoise, Oriel passed a motion on the Sunday of Fourth Week to start looking for one to adopt.In answer to animal welfare concerns similar to those raised in Balliol, the species’ habit of hibernating in unused fridges or empty boxes for around five months was mentioned as a way to lighten the burden of the designated tortoise keepers. Unsure of which breed would suit the college’s ideals best, Oriel JCR decided that the matter would be discussed in greater detail in Sixth Week, once practical questions had been thoroughly investigated.Magdalen, on the other hand, has succeeded in avoiding these difficulties by electing a new “human tortoise” every year. Called Oscar d’Tortoise, this individual participates in Corpus Christi’s historical Tortoise Fair in the Trinity term and is tasked with eating an entire head of lettuce at every meeting of the JCR.This strict diet is partly in preparation for the tortoise race, the culminating point of the festivities organised by Corpus Christi for charity. In order to facilitate Oscar’s training, a new amendment has just been made to the original ‘Lettuce Allowance’ constitution.In dedicating 60p of its budget to the regular purchase of the required amount of lettuce, the JCR also encouraged Oscar d’Tortoise to eat only organic lettuce, thus making the most of the money spent by Magdalen JCR.The present Oscar, Missourian Zachary Klamann told Cherwell, “I find it incredibly demanding on my stomach capacity.” But this is a sacrifice which he is willing to make as part of his vocation. “I’m a big tortoise fan. As they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I just thought I’d flatter tortoises as much as possible.”When recalling the elections for his position, Klamann noted, “I ran unopposed but still somehow managed to only get 88 per cent of the vote or something like that, so that’s relatively embarrassing, no matter – tortoises don’t cry.”
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The project “Ambassadors of Modern Tourism” consists of a series of workshops, evaluation of acquired knowledge and the award of the certificate “Ambassador of Modern Tourism”. Everything is done with games, quizzes, associations, visuals, comparisons, competitions, group work, creativity, role-playing because both we adults and children, when they are relaxed, are more satisfied, and when they are more satisfied they will remember easier and longer. The focus of the project is to raise awareness and teach children the key elements important for tourism, ie what it really means to live in a tourist city, who is a tourist and what are his expectations, what are the advantages and disadvantages of tourism as a career, what is modern tourism, what is multiculturalism through the role of small performers to encourage them to get better acquainted with the historical-traditional-cultural features of Poreč and Istria. “The purpose of the project is to encourage the development of awareness among children, parents and society about the need for early awareness of the advantages, disadvantages, effects and specifics of tourism and thus integrate children into tourism and specifically educate them about key elements related to work, trends and culture. This is especially important for tourist destinations where whole families work in tourism and where children grow up with tourism without first and quality preparations and explanations of what this system is, why and how it is important to families, what is the role of each individual and the like. ”Points out Marinela Dropulić Ružić. The holder of the project is the City of Poreč, the implementation of which is co-financed by the Croatian Children’s Foundation, and the project activities are carried out by the consultant and educator doc. dr. sc. Marinela Dropulić Ružić with associate Kristina Kulišić, mag oec. from Meraklis on groups of children in DV Radost, Summer Camp of the City of Poreč, and summer base DND Poreč. We are in an ungrateful and turbulent moment when it comes to tourism, so we look at this project as a beautiful and positive story with the aim of raising awareness and popularizing tourism – those who will feel, live, work in the future. Including children from preschool to 4th grade of primary school, this project aims to act nationally with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of lifelong learning in the field of tourism. In this way, the youngest generations are preparing for the tourism of the new age and the popularization of this profession is encouraged, which is quite degraded in the Republic of Croatia, and on the other hand extremely important for the economy. The city of Poreč is one of the top destinations in Croatia, but it is still looking for the right strategies in terms of human resources in tourism because it was a stronghold for a project that aims to create generations of tourism ambassadors. “We are extremely happy and proud of this project and the City of Poreč, which has recognized the importance of this approach to tourism development. This is an investment in the future”Concluded Dropulić Ružić. “The receptionist is not the one who gives recipes”, “Tourism is where tourists sleep and has wheels”, “Concierge opens cans”, “Tourism is a form of marketing”, “Pioneer is a profession in tourism” – these are some of the hilarious perspectives that doc. Marinela Dropulić Ružić, PhD, brings in the first days of the educational cycle which is carried out within the project “Ambassadors of modern tourism”.