Let me be a Master of Tourism!

A project by: Neringa Ra



from 4 donors

This project received pledges on Mon 29 Jun 2015
Fund my Master's of Tourism Development and come to visit me in Vilnius this summer!

Hi everyone! I'm Neringa Rackauskaite, a Tour Guide from Vilnius (Lithuania). I've already finished BA studies of International Business of Tourism in my country and I have a dream to continue studying in UK. I have an offer from University of Surrey, course Tourism Development and feel super excited about that! You probably realize that studies in the UK is quite a challenge for an Eastern European, because it's so expensive! So guys, I really need your help! 

Program will help me to become much stronger specialist of Tourism and once I will come back to Lithuania - I really think I could make a difference.

You wonder 'Who is she'?

I work as a tour guide in my hometown Vilnius. Have you ever heard of it? It's a small town in Eastern Europe, capital of Lithuania. Some people call it "Prague before mass tourism", others expect this to be one of the most 'exotic' Europe destinations (usually due to the fact that it's 'post-soviet' country). Since I interact with travellers a lot, I noticed that people are mostly motivated to visit because 'none of my friends have been there' or 'I've never heard about it before'. Do you still wonder why we need qualified tourism development (and marketing) specialists? :)           

So now, a little bit of what I've done already. I finished my studies of International Business of Tourism in Vilnius University International Business School. During my undergraduate studies I got basic knowledge about the tourism business, so I am ready for advanced learning in postgraduate studies. I found the biggest interest during my last year when I was writing Bachelor Degree Thesis “Evaluation of supply of tourism services for an exclusive segment – backpackers – in Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn”. It was definitely the most interesting module for me and I realized that this is a field which I would like to research more. Furthermore, I submitted my research paper based on my Thesis to Students’ conference "Social Sciences and Humanities - 2014: Challenges in the Context of Globalization”. My presentation was elected as the best one in Business Management Problems and Solutions section which confirmed that I am on the right track. This paper was published in academic journal “The Bridge to the Future” as well. After my studies I started thinking about MSc in other countries: to broaden my horizons, to get good experience, to meet new people. I find the University of Surrey absolutely perfect to me, it's #2 university in UK for tourism. The program Tourism Development has modules of research, strategies, management, development, etc. Moreover, it includes fieldtrips to Brighton and Cambridge. Sounds like a dream studies, doesnt it? 

On my last year of studies I joined the organization of tours to meet Vilnius travellers in person. After the first few months I realized how different tourists are visiting Lithuania and how it breaks all the stereotypes that our country attracts only tourists from neighbouring countries and the countries which have historical connections. On walking tours I show people hidden gems of the town and tell them stories about local life. For me it is a priceless experience and one of the best things that have happened in my life. I get inspired by travellers I meet, I always develop my public speaking and communication skills, I get motivation to learn history and I realize how much I enjoy working in tourism. 

so how much do i need?

A break-down of costs:

- Tuition fees  - £10,600

PayPal fees (3.5%, applied to successful projects) - £371

I know that facing living expenses will also be challenging, but I hope to get some support from my family or get a part-time job. I believe that everything is possible and with your kind help I could make my dream come true on September. I would appreciate any help (funding, sharing or just sending positive vibes). Thanks in advance!