As a tour guide, your job will involve introducing tourists to the unique and popular attractions mentioned on #WalkwithUs website, such as historical monuments, Temples, Royal Parks, museums, art galleries and other areas of cultural interest.
If you enter this profession, your primary responsibilities will include planning and organising tours around a certain area of interest. You will play the role of a cultural ambassador, offering commentary and interesting titbits of information, which will allow visitors to fully experience and enjoy the cultural and historical highlights.
You’ll most likely work as a freelancer, but you must also be registered with a local, regional or national tourism regulation board or you should be a resitered WalkWithUs guide. Some tour guides are also employed by licensed tour operators, travel guide companies, the National Trust and local councils.
Salary & benefits
Full-time employment is possible, but many tour guides work on seasonal contracts during the peak tourist seasons.
Payment rates are often calculated on a daily basis, and may or may not include expenses for food and accommodation (on overnight or multi-location tours). However, in large tour guide companies, these may be offered as part of the employment package.
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Travel and irregular work schedules over a seven-day week are an integral part of working as a tour guide. However, you’ll be able to take a sufficient amount of time off once the tourist season has passed.
Many tour guides also have more than one job, since this is not a profession which can keep you fully occupied on a long-term basis.
There are no mandatory academic requirements for entry into this profession. However, professional training and registration are necessary. This is administered by the Institute of Tourist Guiding (ITG), the recognised professional body responsible for setting qualification standards and regulating the profession across the UK (except Scotland).
Fluency in the Tamil and English language (tested with a verbal exam) is essential, and knowledge of another modern language would be an advantage. However, if you intend to provide tour guide services in a language other than Tamil or Eglish, you’ll need to complete a verbal examination in that language too!