This month’s job selection

As usual, a great variety of tour guide jobs are featured this month. Here’s a selection:

Working with students:

http://www.grandhaventribune.com/Education/2017/08/15/Students-educators-reflect-on-European-trip

Al in a day’s work?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/travel/jaipur-luxury-travel-guide-hotel-tour-guide-bar-review-tips/

Fancy being a distillery tour – hic – guide?https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/lifestyle/food-drink/amber-lights/483789/raising-glass-distillery-tour-guides/

A man who loves his job:

http://www.lockportjournal.com/news/local_news/no-tickets-to-ride-this-trolley/article_6e4799b4-12be-5047-85ae-2cd6b1e8da80.html

Is this job offer a dream?

https://miami.craigslist.org/mdc/csr/d/model-tour-guide/6278765013.html

I suppose San Diego isn’t too bad a place to work…….just everyone’s favourite USA city?

https://www.sdentertainer.com/lifestyle/tour-guide/

Boo!

http://www.ktnv.com/positivelylv/zak-bagans-haunted-museum-hiring-tour-guides

What a great job for bird lovers:

https://sg.jobsdb.com/sg/en/job/tour-guide-jurong-bird-park-400003003318548

Another dream job for nature lovers:

https://www.seek.com.au/job/34379582

Fond of history?

http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/antietam-battlefield-tour-guides-passionate-about-civil-war-history/article_385fde32-9803-11e7-8716-07f577c52489.html

 

Plaza Real at dawn – again!

 

 

After the horror of the recent  attack, I want to remind myself of the beauty of my favourite city, so here’s an updated version of an earlier post:

At 5.30 a.m., the palm trees swayed silently, and the sky was pink. The mountains were as pale as clouds in the distance, whilst the spires of ancient churches were silhouetted against the rising sun. The arched colonnades lent an elegant ambience to the café restaurants surrounding the open square. A lone guitarist plucked a tune at the base of the central fountain. This city has seen me excited, broken-hearted, in love, out of love, scared, thrilled, angry, broke, and prosperous.

I’ve seen the stunning Sagrada Familia cathedral double its towers; I’ve seen new Gaudi houses open to the public; I’ve seen Barceloneta go from slum to fashionable, the Born fill with restaurants, bars, shops and expats, great modern buildings rise from previously empty spaces, and Nou Camp become known throughout the footballing world.

Yet not so many people talk about the Plaza Real. I wonder why. The square is surely filled with secrets and gossip. I can imagine clandestine meetings taking place under the arches, forbidden rendezvous by the fountain, drugs changing hands under the café tables, and dangerous messages being whispered under the palms. All the while the nonchalant Barceloneses stroll by holding hands or chatter in strident Catalan.

I’m returning soon with a friend from the USA. We’ll go to Plaza Real, of course, and San Felipe Neri, and this time we’ll include visits to the Old Hospital and the Contemporary Art Museum, both recommended to me by a friend who visits regularly. Does anyone have any comments to make about either of these?

The girl with the pearl

Naked children squeal gleefully, splashing with delighted grins as they run towards us across the muddy waters of the early morning Mekong river. We wave and are rewarded with a dozen high fives.

We chug past wooden stilt dwellings with straw rooves and trimmed branches neatly stacked on the ground alongside, ready to be used as firewood. A father and son squat on flat rocks at the water’s edge, hauling in their enormous fishing net suspended between two long bamboo poles. They’re struggling, but there’s no catch yet.

Daily life goes busily on along the banks as the water flows relentlessly towards the South China sea. Our boatman slows the engine to a rhythmic thud, and steers us towards a rickety bamboo jetty. As I alight unsteadily, I feel a tap on my bare calves, and am about to swat what I think is a mosquito when my eyes open wide: a tiny girl is holding out her clutched hand to me. She turns her wrist and opens her fingers. A tiny pearl nestles in her palm. She wants to share her treasure with me, but I can tell from her expression that I can look but not touch: she wags her finger as she holds her prize close to her chest, and her big brown eyes glitter with pride in the late morning sun. She puts her forefinger to her lips; we have a secret, she and I, and I am enthralled beyond measure by this innocent gesture of trust.

Latest job news

Film star tour guide?

http://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/meet-the-new-raju-guide/article19409765.ece

Fancy being an astronaut? Space tour guide:

https://www.theladders.com/p/24940/nasa-earth-protector

Beer tour guide!

https://www.seek.com.au/job/34137119

Work in Ghana?

https://www.newsghana.com.gh/contributions-of-tourism-hospitality-in-job-creation/

How about working on a party boat?

http://www.total-croatia-news.com/travel/21192-a-day-in-the-life-of-a-tour-guide-on-a-party-boat

And on the down side….

http://icelandreview.com/news/2017/08/08/tour-group-refuses-female-guide

Have fun browsing through these posts, and even if it’s too late to apply for some of the jobs posted earlier on this blog, reading through them will give you a good idea of the vast range of tour guide jobs available. What’s stopping you? Get trained and get travelling!

Tour Guide news around the world

Explore with Explore!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/small-group-adventure-holidays/avoid-the-usual-tourist-trails/

Taxi!

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2017/07/18/taxi-drivers-can-be-tour-guides

Chocolate tour guide = heaven!

https://www.seek.com.au/job/34009085

 

Atlanta tour guide job:

https://www.localwise.com/job/12943-local-tour-partner/25187-alphlex-inc-atlanta-ga

What is a tour guide in Malaysia?

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2017/07/23/much-confusion-over-the-terms-tourism-and-travel/

Tour Guide pay:

http://www.thedartmouth.com/article/2017/07/tour-guides-ask-for-changes-to-program

Fun article about the work:

http://www.portlandmercury.com/feature/2017/07/19/19172271/through-the-eyes-of-a-tourist

 

 

Frequently asked Questions

Frequently asked Questions

  • What is the Tour Guide Course, and how do I take it?

 In this online course, you have 100 lessons about every aspect of tour guiding, managing, leading, supervising and directing.

This Tour Guide Course is divided unto 5 modules:

 Safety on tour

Leadership on tour

Responsibilities on tour

Communication on tour

Emergencies on tour

You will be tested on each module

Questions will be multiple-choice and marked by computer

There are 12 questions for each module, with a choice of 4 answers for each. Only one answer is correct. You can retake the test as often as you need until you pass

Your certificate

You will be issued with a certificate showing your competency statements

  • What kind of jobs can tour guides get?

As well as leading guided tours, there are dozens of other tour guide jobs. You might work in a museum, a wildlife reserve, an amusement park, and soon, even a space ship! You might be driving a truck through the desert, walking around a city centre, cycling, hiking, giving a narration on a coach, showing newcomers around a campus – the variety of places and type of work is unbelievable

  • What’s the money like?

Some tour guides get very well paid, but most get an average to low salary, with free accommodation, travel and local transport, at least one meal a day and often, tips and / or commissions.

  • What’s the best part of being a tour guide?

For me, every part is the best part! Well, okay, maybe getting woken up in the middle of the night to deal with someone’s ‘emergency’ is not so great, but most of the job is fun and stimulating.

Every guide has their own favourite aspect of the job. I love being with people, hearing about their lives and sharing knowledge about the places we visit, laughing and joking with them and watching them enjoy their holiday, also seeing them do things they always wanted to do.

  • Apart from the travelling, what other career benefits are there?

Making friends with people of all nationalities and backgrounds

Learning about other countries and cultures

Learning new languages or improving your foreign language skills

Being a leader

Developing quick thinking and adaptability

  • I’m really bad at studying. Do you have any advice to help me?

 This course has been designed for ease of use. You will find lots of short sentences with bullet points, as the brain can hold short sentences in memory for more time than long ones. Also, the fewer blocks of text there are on the page, the less tired the eyes get and the easier the information is to read. You’ll also notice that the sections of each module are short, for the same reason. Main points have been underlined to help you – but the best way to learn is to write these down yourself, in your own words. Learning takes place when you are thinking, not merely transcribing, and if you have to write something in your own words you have to understand it first – which is where the thinking comes in.

How many times have you read to the bottom of a page then found you had to go back to the beginning and read it all over again? That’s because you didn’t set yourself a target before reading. Ask yourself a question and the brain will automatically look for the answer – and what’s more, will remember it more easily!

For example, if the chapter is called ‘Ideal background of a Tour Leader’, ask yourself, ‘What is the ideal background for a tour leader?’, then begin to read the page. After each section, look away from the page, then repeat to yourself what you’ve just read. Note down what you thought then check it against the text – especially any underlined sections. These notes will be the basis of your revision before you do the end of module test. Instead of re-reading the whole module just read through your notes, and memorise them by repeating without looking.  Because you’ve produced the notes you will both understand them and be able to remember them more easily.

 Three great tips to help you study:

  • Ask yourself a question about the topic to set a reading goal
  • Read, look away, repeat, make notes
  • Refer to notes when revising

 

 

 

 

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