Are you mature enough?
If you set your mind on becoming a tour guide, first you need to consider if you qualify for the profession to fully enjoy it. The Accreditation Center for Guides and Interpreters (Association of Guides and Tour Managers) sets basic requirements of applicants, such as minimum a third year college student and successful completion of the course on tour guiding.
But in real life there are more requirements besides these two. First I would say it is your own travel experience. Second is your life experience. Your language proficiency is equally important and it comes third. Knowing the stuff is a fourth must.
When I started my tour-guiding career, I had zero travel experience of my own and lots of ambitions. Luckily I began travelling very soon. And today I am able to compare my career perception with and without personal travelling experience.
If you have never been a tourist yourself, you will always be on the other side, and you will meet tourists’ demands with hostility. If you have never planned your own trip, it will be difficult for you to understand the meaning of “on schedule” and the value of being flexible. If you haven’t learnt other cultures, you are risking finding yourself in a ridiculous situation. Читать далее