GCRI Feature

GoUNESCO’s goal is to make heritage fun and to inspire an appreciation for heritage everywhere – tangible or intangible, cultural or natural. As part of the intelligence team, GoUNESCO Country Research interns – that’s you!  – will build a repository of travel information for UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites (WHS) for countries around the world.  This page describes the internship workflow.

Internship Workflow:

  • Over five weeks (starting 12-JUL), research travel data pertaining to 10 UNESCO-designated World Heritage Sites (WHS).
  • Next, spend two weeks (starting 16-AUG) reviewing travel data collected for another set of 10 WHS.
  • That’s it – You’re now an expert on the WHS in one or more countries and we will acknowledge your contribution at gounesco.com!

Internship Duration: 7 Weeks (12th July – 30th August)

  • By 12-JUL: Check your email and review your assigned set of 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites (WHS).
  • By 19-JUL:   Research WHS #1 and WHS #2
  • By 26-JUL : Research WHS #3 and WHS #4
  • By 02-AUG: Research WHS #5 and WHS #6
  • By 09-AUG: Research WHS #7 and WHS #8
  • By 16-AUG:  Research WHS #9 and WHS #10
  • By 30-AUG: Review another intern’s set of 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites



Note: Jump to Question 11 to read FAQs related to the Review Process

1. How do I know which heritage sites I have been assigned?

Check your email! You have been sent a link to a Google sheet that has 10 heritage sites. The majority of these will be in a single  country – so by the end of the 2 month exercise you will be quite knowledgeable about that country’s heritage.

2. Can I be assigned heritage sites in my country of residence? 

Please email gcc@gounesco.com by the 15th of July – and we will try and accommodate your request. Having said that, we believe that the research on World Heritage Sites can be undertaken online – and so you should be able to research these sites even if they are not in your country of residence.

3. What sources can I use to research the World Heritage Sites assigned to me? 

Refer to country tourism board websites, UNESCO World Heritage Site web pages, and region-specific travel forums.

4. Where do I save all the travel information I have researched?

In the Google Sheet shared with you! This is a link only you have access to. Use one row for each World Heritage Site. In the event that the World Heritage Site you have been allocated is a group of sites use one row for each sites. So you will create two rows if you were allocated the West Norwegian Fjords – Geirangerfjord and Nærøyfjord.

5. Timelines?

  • Over the first 5 weeks of the internship, research and gather travel information for your 10 assigned UNESCO World Heritage Sites – at the rate of 2 sites a week.
  • Ensure your Google Sheet is updated with your 2 UNESCO WHS by 11.59 PM GMT every Tuesday. You just need to enter data into each cell – and it is automatically saved. No downloading, sharing or emailing is necessary.
  • Researching each World Heritage Site should take 6 hours so plan to set aside 12 hours each week.

6. How does the review process work?

The internship duration is 7 weeks long. The first 5 weeks will be spent gathering data for 10 World Heritage Sites each. The last two weeks will be spent reviewing another intern’s research. Around Week 5, you will receive a Google Sheet with researched travel information for 10 World Heritage Sites as gathered by another intern.

7. What about plagiarised content?

Any plagiarised content, if found, will result in a complete purge of all your inputs.  We require originally researched content. Given that the majority of travel data points will be < 50 words each, we think this is a fair ask. For the few data fields (site description, historical context) that require about 200 words of researched content, we recommend you fill these in after researching other travel data.

8. How do I know when a website or social media channel is “official” or not? 

Official Websites or Social Media Channels are those run by the World Heritage Site itself or by the country’s tourism department. There are often travel operator-run websites that provide just as useful information but they will quite likely put an emphasis on tour packages and hotel listings.

9. What should I do if i am unable to find some data points? 

If you are unable to gather specific data points or if this data just does not exist , please leave the field blank. So if the UNESCO WHS does not have an official website or social media channels you can leave those fields blank. You can follow the same approach if data points such as WiFi availability and accessibility information are not easily available. Do conduct the due diligence before leaving the field blank.

10. Some formatting tips

  • Use Ctrl+Enter to create a new line within a particular cell in a Google Sheet.  This is especially useful when entering information about apps and books associated with the WHS. So if there are three books that are extolling the virtues of a WHS, list them on three rows within the relevant cell rather than listing them on three separate rows.
  • In the unlikely event that you need to create additional rows, do ensure you copy the ID value from column D as well. So if you feel the need to create three rows for an assigned WHS, its ID value (the internal tracking number that we use) should appear in Column D each time.

11. What is the goal of the Review Process? 

  • Over the course of this project you and your peers have researched over 30 data points for over 1031 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The goal of the review process is to validate the quality of this research – before publishing it at GoUNESCO.com.  The Google Form you will receive is a key tool you will use in the review process. Please complete reviewing all 10 World Heritage Sites by the 28th of August. We expect the review process should take you about 30 mins / World Heritage Site.

12. How do I know which World Heritage Site’s research I have to review? 

  • You will receive a Google sheet completed by a peer intern. It has ten rows – each corresponding to one World Heritage Site. IMPORTANT: Please review this but do not edit/modify this.
  • You will also receive a link to a Google Form that you can use during the review process. Submit the Google Form once for each UNESCO WHS that your peer intern has researched. So if he/she has researched 10 WHS, submit the form 10 times.

13. What if the peer intern has not completed research on all ten WHS assigned? 

  • Submit the Google Form once for each UNESCO WHS that your peer intern has researched. If he/she has researched five sites (meaning there are five rows filled in) submit your Google Form five times.

14. What if I have not completed my research on the ten WHS assigned to me? 

  • Since the review process has begun, you can stop your research. Please proceed with the review process. Plan to finish the review process by the 28th of August.

15. What if I have not completed my research on the ten WHS assigned to me? 

  • Since the review process has begun, you can stop your research. Please proceed with the review process. Plan to finish the review process by the 30th of August.

16. What happens after the internship ends?

  • You will receive a certificate from GoUNESCO
  • Your name appears against the UNESCO World Heritage Site profiles you gathered data for, and
  • (If you give us permission) we will create a channel for heritage enthusiasts to contact you for travel advice.
  • Needless to say, all of the above is dependent on you providing high quality researched travel information.