#YOUNGRESEARCHERSWH - GO UNESCO


Welcome again to the blog for Young Researchers in World Heritage!

This time we want to introduce you GoUNESCO, an awarded international platform for Cultural and Natural Heritage managed by young professionals whose objective is literally “To Make Heritage Fun!”

Started in India in January 2012, this UNESCO supported umbrella of initiatives includes now a multitude of global travel challenges and student programs, as well as Go Heritage Runs and 'Make Heritage Fun!' events:


GoUNESCO Challenges

GoUNESCO Challenges promote heritage tourism and understanding. Participants in country challenges are challenged to visit any World Heritage Sites in one calendar year and upload their pictures there. Once the moderators approve that it is tagged with the name of the correct WHS and country, they are awarded points.

There also are lifetime challenges where the goal is to visit all WHS: The Epic Challenge, to travel all the 962 WHS in 158 countries On this way, GoUNESCO has inspired thousands of travellers to visit world heritage sites in the past few years!




GoUNESCO Working Experience Programs

GIP (GoUNESCO Internship Program) is a global student outreach program which is designed to make heritage more fun to young people. It is a 6-month certificate program in which more than 500 students from nearly 40 countries have already participated. Through simple, fun tasks, these students are being made aware of heritage around them and all over the world.
  • Application form and more information: GIP


Content Program (The GoUNESCO Content Writing Internship) requires participants to write in-depth, well researched, engaging articles exploring different themes related to heritage. Led by an experienced Editor, participants of this 4-month internship are put through their paces with a rigorous focus on quality over quantity.




#Make Heritage Fun!

The #Make Heritage Fun series of events is a distributed social media campaign occurring simultaneously in cities around the world to draw attention to heritage. It is a global volunteer-driven campaign to encourage laypersons to experience and engage with heritage in all its forms – built, cultural, intangible and so on. One of the other main objectives is to initiate global conversations about local heritage


These events are conducted almost once every three months and coordinated centrally by GoUNESCO. Experiences from across the world are collated and amplified through social media using the hashtag #makeheritagefun and have now been organized in 120+ cities across the world.





Go Heritage Run!


GoUnesco India has the spin-off Go Heritage Run taking a unique approach to engaging with heritage.  These are a series of planned runs across India at various heritage locations all through the year that make visitors explore the scenic beauty and cultural variety of India´s rich heritage. We agree, in addition to showcasing the heritage location in a different light, the Go Heritage Runs make the participant aware of the landscape, culture, and people that make up this site!







Go Heritage Store


Together with Go Heritage Run, Go Heritage Store funds most of the activities of GoUNESCO, especially in India. It hosts heritage themed products including handcrafted products made by National award winning traditional artists in India and products inspired by traditional arts and crafts. Online there is a good selection of Quick dry technical t-shirts offered in 4 different colours and 6 sizes. 






GoUNESCO 2018

GoUnesco has six different topics planned for the next months round, so please, do not hesitate in contacting them to know a bit more about all these projects: Cultural Routes (January); Museum Heritage (February); Food Heritage (March); Adopted Heritage (April); Living Heritage or Intangible Heritage (May); Natural Heritage (June).


Some more information about their work can be founded here:

See you next week with the introduction of a new member of our WH network here, at the Young Researchers in World Heritage blog!

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