A DAI Docent hosts visitors and helps to create and foster a sense of discovery from the minute the Amricani door opens. A DAI Docent uses the objects in the exhibitions to introduce and/or expand the visitors’ idea of the world in which they live. A DAI Docent leads guests – adults and children – on a journey through the centre, telling stories and, yes, sharing facts, that encourages them to ask questions. A DAI Docent inspires visitors to come again; to visit other exhibitions they come across in their travels.
Docents are NOT tour guides. We do not give them a script or tell them what to say. Instead, we give them the tools needed to develop their own presentation that can be adapted to the interests of the guests.
The idea is for docents to share their enthusiasm as well as their information with visitors. This greatly enhances the likelihood that people walk away with an appreciation for the history and culture behind the objects.
Every docent must complete a 15 hour, 10 session training programme before they can begin hosting visitors. In addition, they must commit to participating in at least two continuing education sessions per year and working at least one three hour shift per month.
“Docents are already an important part of the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah,” said NCCAL assistant undersecretary Abdulkareen al-Ghadban. “These highly trained and enthusiastic volunteer ambassadors are earning rave reviews from our visitors for their informative and inviting tours of Amricani exhibitions. So we are excited to be recruiting another group that I am confident will be equally outstanding.” Interested in joining these DAI ambassadors?
If you are interested in learning more about the docent programme, please contact us.