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Work instead of paying
Example contact travel, a special form of regional travel: The traveler comes into contact with locals sleeping in regionally typical accommodations and often helps with social projects or simple construction or harvest work. Food, travel and accommodation are usually self-paid or covered by the work.
The "Holiday Club Lüneburg Heath in the Göhrde" advertises with the slogan "muscle power that creates work" for harvest holidays. From April to October people willing to work would be rewarded for helping out in the day-to-day business.
Ten euros are given to the harvesters for their work. The salary is not paid in cash, but is calculated on the room rate. 47 Euro costs a vacation house - who works four hours a day, so it is almost free.
Digging and numbers
Up to 16 participants dig under the guidance of an archaeologist through the soil at Landshut in Altbayern. Work is going on for five days from 8 to 13 pm. Included in the price: Six days accommodation with breakfast in the hotel "Wadenspanner", snacks and drinks at work, insurance, four excursions to archaeological sites, museums and beer gardens as well as a city tour through Landshut.
This type of holiday allows a new look at the lives of other people and thus expands the horizon of the traveler; he gains new impressions, which are closed to him as a package tourist. The interlacing of holidays and archeology also shows the picture above from Pompey.
The tasks of the tour guide
The form, the duration and the intensity of the employment of travelers during such contact trips can be designed individually as a tour guide for such contact trips: In addition to the actual work assignment, you usually have to offer an attractive leisure program.
If you are looking after a group during the entire trip, you will be able to carry out organizational tasks such as room distribution in the hotel, exchange of money or the procurement of transport equipment. They also organize excursions. They act as contact persons for the travelers and accept, for example, complaints and suggestions.
You are the contact person
Your job is to make the journey as pleasant as possible for the traveler. Of course, they also assume the duties of a city guide and inform the travelers about the history, traditions and peculiarities of the place, the region or the country. But it is also possible that you travelers only at the destination.
Then you are available as a contact person and arrange, for example, excursions or carry them through. Tour guides are often confronted with unforeseen situations, such as when travel participants fall ill or transport fails. They react quickly and flexibly to the respective circumstances, take care of the participants or procure replacements for a failed bus.
Prerequisites, exits and Further education
In order to be able to carry out this activity, training in the field of tourism or cultural studies is usually required. Recently, there is also the degree program Leisure and Tourism Management, which is currently offered in Germany only at the FH Stralsund.
However, the term tour guide is not legally protected, so you can immediately start working as a tour guide. In addition to the ability to deal with difficult people and larger groups of travelers, the organization also requires good general education and excellent knowledge of the target area. In addition, it is essential to speak several languages.
If you want to be self-employed
As a travel agency you are self-employed. This means you only need a tax number from the tax office. A commercial application is not required. However, you must be aware that the tour guide is not a paid holiday: during a trip, tour guides are in operation from early to late.
If they accompany a tour group throughout the trip, they are available around the clock as a contact for the travelers. Tour guides often work in the open air, for example, when they guide city tours. They are exposed to rain, wind, cold or heat as well as physical efforts.
Opportunities for the future
More and more people in Germany are also interested in regional products.
Those who manage to present their customers with regional highlights, from special food to local accommodation to a small dialect course, the trip as an unforgettable life-style experience, while not rich, but has good opportunities to earn his living.
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