AIGAE – The Italian Association for Professional Nature and Walking Guides
Welcome to AIGAE – the professional association of nature guides for those leading in Nature both in Italy and around the World.
In 1992 the AIGAE was formed as an autonomous body to develop and enhance the training, skills and reputation of the increasing number of skilled Walking Guides and Leaders who wished to qualify and follow this profession in the world’s paths.
The award of the Regional Guides License demands the highest standards of skill and professionalism in all aspects of guiding.
The AIGAE today
Today the AIGAE, Italian Association of Environmental and Walking Guides has over 1500 members with Guides working their way through the qualification process.
We have close links with the Italian Federation of National Parks and Protected Areas (Federparchi), the Italian Association of Greenways (Co.Mo.Do.), the Italian Association of Touristic Guides (ANGT) and the Italian Association of the Professional Societies (COLAP). Many of our members are also qualified Instructors and are expertly equipped for all levels of instruction and advisory/consultancy work in walking, hiking, and hillwalking.
The Scope of Guiding
In any year the range of Nature activities offered by AIGAE Guides is staggering. Italian Nature Guides safely and successfully lead groups to the best and most impressive wilderness on earth. Some Guides specialise in hillwalking guiding whilst others work mainly with young people, senior climbers or schools. Guides are able to provide group instruction and personal guiding at every level from easy trails, walks and treks to the most demanding hiking at home and abroad all year round. Guides also offer instruction and guiding in mountain bike, canoa, donkey-hike, and other specialities.
Guides are able to work at all levels making sure that the walking party will receive the best care and exclusive attention.
The AIGAE is the professional body which represents the increasing number of Italian Walking Leaders (GAE) who work in the nature, hills and mountains of their home country, the European regions and further afield.
AIGAE keeps a register of members who are fully qualified Nature and Walking Leaders (GAE). Like all professional bodies we expect our members to be undertaking continuous professional development, and to meet certain professional standards. Assessment is often organized by AIGAE. AIGAE members, professionals wearing the badges and carrying the carnets of the organisation, have been trained and assessed to the demanding requirements of the internationally recognised qualification that they hold.
Guides are increasingly involved in equipment design, development and testing, others act as consultants or assist in writing and filming. Many offer lectures, write on mountain related matters and give technical advice.
Nature Guiding is not only a profession but is also a vocation. Our members are united by their love of the environment and their common aim. This is to assist others, their clients, to realise their nature dreams and to find the exuberant joy, the wonderful unforgettable days which are so inseparable from the game of walking at whatever level we wish to play.
Guides cannot remove all danger from an activity but with their great depth of knowledge and continually updated training they can certainly ensure that any normal risks are contained, so that their companions can freely savour the full scope of the experience offered.
Current AIGAE members can log-in to find lots of additional resources, update their membership details and check on the latest news from the Association.
Visitors can receive the Newsletter and have limited access to the website.
Looking for a guide? Use the “Cercaguide”
Looking for a qualified leader for your trek, your hike? With over 1500 fully qualified nature & Walking Leaders who have experience from the Arctic to the Andes.
AIGAE is your obvious first point of contact when looking for a person properly qualified to lead your journey in the nature of Italy or abroad. You can browse a list of properly qualified Italian Walking Leaders who are available for work by following this link, or you can contact us through this link , letting us know your requirements, and we will contact our members by email, who will then contact you directly.
How to become a member
Membership is reserved for those holding a professional Walking and Nature Guide Licence, released by the official bodies recognized by the Italian Government.
There are different levels of AIGAE membership:
Those who have completed the training and assessment process and have been awarded the Regional Leader Carnet. (They may use the title GAE, wear the badge and use the Association name or logo on promotional material subject to the AIGAE rules for the use of badge and logo.)
A person of standing within the outdoor, tourist and nature community who is invited to join AIGAE in recognition of their contribution to the field in which our Association works.
The supporting members play a special role in enabling the association to meet its financial goals as a non-profit organization.
Supporting members pay a yearly membership fee to AIGE, based on the level of commitment the supporting member wishes to show.
Supporting members are entitled to display the “Member of AIGAE” logo on their website or in printed materials.
Full Membership Benefits
Full membership of AIGAE offers a host of professional services:
– Professional status with other professionals in Europe
– Professional body to represent you within the tourist and walking industry
– Carnet and badge which identifies your qualifications and status
– Professional indemnity insurance
– Discounts with major mountaineering equipment manufacturers
– Regular journal (Ambiente InFormazione, available to non-mebers by buying a subscription), e-Newsletters and a website to keep you informed of events and developments
Ability for you to have a voice through the discussion groups on the meeting yearly organized through Italy.
AIGAE Contact Info
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