Social Engagement: High
What’s What: If you love your city (or someplace else that you know well), local museum, park or special attraction or you love to travel why not share that enthusiasm with others? You can get paid to show other people what all the fuss is about!
Amava Take: When it comes to creating excitement about a cultural attraction, park, street art, food or other features that give a place its special character, who better than a passionate tour guide to do the job? If you know every crack in the sidewalk, where to get the best pastry or the ins-and-outs of the history of a region or city or town, working as a tour guide could be a perfect way to earn some extra money, meet some interesting people and hang out in some fascinating places.
From the Front Office:
What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?
We love to hire people who have quite literally “been around the block” and know their stuff. Outgoing personalities are preferable.
Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?
Make sure you consider the interests of the people on your tour.
What’s a typical daily schedule like?
Usually you give tours at intervals, but for some places, it can be all day or even more involved.
From the Trenches:
What’s the most satisfying part of the job?
I love to share my excitement and experiences about a place that is important to me with others.
How would you describe the hard parts?
Depending on the size of the group, it can be challenging to keep everyone together and engaged. But headsets for all help a lot!
Have you ever been asked a question that you didn’t know the answer to?
I most certainly have. We looked it up together after the tour.
Special Requirements: Generally, tour companies are looking for people with knowledge of the area or attraction who are outgoing and articulate. For some things, like hiking or foodie tours or tours that involve driving or supervising of groups, certain certifications may be required. This National Geographic article lays out the information you need to know to work as a tour guide.
Finding a Position: As with most jobs you look for, deciding where you’d like to be a tour guide is the first step. If it’s your local historical society or an attraction near you, going directly to the appropriate websites would be an excellent way to start. If you’re looking for a specialized type of tour, such as “foodie tours” or “street art tours” those search terms will get you moving in the right direction. This website is full of tips for finding tour guide jobs. Adventure-oriented tour guide jobs in the US are often available. Tour guide jobs abroad are also an option worth considering.