If you are wondering how to become a guide, here are some tips and advice on training and started his career in the field of tourism and travel industries, as well as employment prospects in the UK.
Tour guides show visitors around the sites, giving a detailed description of the area and its attractions. Tours can focus on the towns and cities, historic buildings, gardens, religious sites, museums and galleries. Tour guides escort groups around a site, and provide information on aspects such as history, purpose and architecture.
As a guide, can be based on location (for example, a castle or historic house) or the direction of day trips to interesting places or sites, including:
tours for specific interest groups
It could also function as a "driver", where small groups of tourists on guided tours to places of interest in a car or minibus.
The most important personal qualities of a good travel guide or travel are:
interest in working with people of all ages and backgrounds
confidence to speak before groups of people
excellent communication skills and a clear voice
the ability to present information in an interesting way, although repeat visits several times a day
a good memory for facts, figures and facts
an interest in art, history and related subjects such as architecture.
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You do not have a set of skills to train as a tourist guide, but it would be a good level of general education requirements.
It would be an advantage if you have career experience in dealing with different people in different situations, and make presentations. It would also be useful if you can show interest in the arts, history and related subjects such as architecture. It would be helpful if you speak a foreign language fluently, but this is usually not essential when applying for work.
You can take the courses and exams, which are accredited by the Institute of Tourist Guiding. Depending on the type of tour guide you want to do, you can work on titles such as:
Level 2: Fixed Route Comments, interpretation and presentation - paid or volunteers, guide visitors through attractions such as galleries, cathedrals and stately homes, or fixed-route trips, such as boat trips and bus tours open top
Level 3: Green Plate - Route Comment flexible, Heritage Interpretation and Presentation - to work as a guide in areas such as urban and town centers or tourist attractions, historic buildings, heritage
Level 4: Blue Badge Tourist Guide - for all aspects of training.
In some places, such as Westminster Abbey and York Minster, Blue Badge guides are the only guide (other than staff of the house).
The courses are run by local organizations and regional tourism, or for universities and other institutions. Visit the website of the Institute of Tourist Guiding (More Info) for details of local courses accredited. See the Guild of Registered Tourist Guides web page for more information on the regional tourist offices.
Most courses are about 20 weeks, although some may be two years. They are part time, evening lectures and training on the weekend. Blue Badge offers courses in London once a year, but in other areas that are only made when there is a demand for guides.
If you are in a place where the leaders of the house are used can be trained by the site owner.
Training and Development
If a qualified guide must await the development of their skills by participating in training programs organized by professional organizations as the College of Registered Tourist Guides (more information).
As a member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding programs will be able to continuing professional development (CPD) to close. See the Institute website (more information) for details.
You may want to work for NVQ level 2 and 3 in Travel and Tourism.
Pay (a rough guide)
Repayment rates depends on the employer and location. Most tour guides on their own or a fee.
Many self-employed tour guides, working for tour operators and coach companies. employers' organizations from others like the National Trust and English Heritage and owners of tourist attractions and historic buildings.
In some jobs that only works during the summer or part-time work as a guide on the side of another race.
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