Cycling enthusiasts wanted to join us as bike tour guides for tours in Germany and neighbouring countries

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  2021 

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a European bike tour company looking for people considering a career in tourism as a guide.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We have a variety of nationalities on board and cross borders with the ship.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

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    Help

    Short: We are a cycling tour company looking for bike guides to add to our general staff.

    First something about us:
    we are a relatively new tour agency but have been in the business for more than 10 years. We organize our bike tour for the majority on our own ship. With this ship, we sail from town to town in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, a little bit in France, and the majority in Germany. Our groups go out in the mornings and bike the same stretches as the ship sails. and come back at the end of the day to have dinner and to sleep on the ship. We have only English-speaking guests from mostly the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand onboard and most of them are above 50. Our tours are always week-long and the guide stays with the group the whole week. He/She takes them on bike rides, shows and tells them about the sights, helps them with problems, takes them on town walks, fixes bikes, presents the daily schedule, etc.

    The life of a bike guide is not one for everyone but the ideal for some others. As a bike guide, you get to ride around on a bike through lots of different countries while being well paid. You often even have relatively a lot of freedom to adjust the tour to how you think it is best. An experienced bike guide can pick and choose the weeks in the summer when he/she wants to work and keep other weeks free for travel or other appointments.

    This job comes with a lot of variation in the job but also a lot of demands,
    Applicants must:
    - Be over 25
    - Speak very good English
    - Speak either Dutch, German, or French (doesn't need to be fluent, but needs to be close to B1).
    - Needs to have been in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, or Austria a lot and be familiar with the culture and history
    of at least one of these countries. (as a guide you need to know where you are and what is typical about a place)
    - be sportive enough to bike 50km (over the length of the day) and do more work afterward
    - be interested in history, culture, and a healthy lifestyle
    - be a little technical (to fix bikes when they breakdown) or willing to learn these things
    - be able to work with groups and not be shy
    - be representable (nothing too outwards extreme or open-minded), you might be asked to wear company shirts

    A plus is:
    - Speaking more than one European language, especially: Dutch, German or French. Maybe also Hungarian, Slovakian, or
    Italian.
    - Degrees or experience in Tourism, History, Cultural studies, etc.
    - Experience in biking

    Then:
    - Applicants must be willing to either come to Amsterdam for an Interview or have a Skype interview.

    People who have worked as guides might be taken seriously enough to be put on the schedule for this year but most people will be asked to come on a tour once as a third guide trainee without payment so we can see you in action. For us, it is too risky to put anyone on the schedule already without trying them out if they come with no experience. That means that you could try out and then be seriously put on the schedule later. Since the schedule is made half a year in advance we cant guarantee much work in the first year.

    In March we organize a training day in Amsterdam without payment. You might be asked to come there depending on your level of experience.

    Most importantly we are not looking for someone who will only want to do this for one season because it takes usually a season or more to get the hang of this. So, if you are just looking for something temporary or you are on a gap year then please don't reply.

    The good thing about what we offer is that for a tourism job the income is good and we also offer to pay (within reasonable limits) traveling expenses. During the work, your accommodation and all meals are included. This work is often used by travelers to make money in between their traveling. The exact numbers I’m not posting here and are per person different. The tour weeks are from April until October there are no tours in the winter.

    In your reaction please be clear about: name, background, education/work-experience which is slightly relevant, etc. Copy/pasted messages will be ignored.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    A cabin in the ship

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    One

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 40 per week



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