Adventure Tour Guide

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    Oct 04, 2007 12:06 PM GMT
    I have been working in Japan for two years as an english teacher, and have just recently finished working there. I am an extremely outdoors and outgoing person and really would like to take people on adventure tours, such as snowboarding or Kayaking.

    I have been emailing application forms to as many companies as I can find on the web, but I thought it would be a good idea to try networking see if anyone here has any connections or advice that they could give to me. I can speak English, Spanish and understand Japanese to an ok level.

    I really want to do this and any help would be great.
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    Oct 04, 2007 3:57 PM GMT
    This area is crawling with wanna-be adventure tour guides. I don't think that the actual guides make much of a living though. The tour operators start advertising for guides in late winter or early spring - when college students are looking for summer jobs.

    I do know a few scientists who are so desperate for funding that they have hooked up with tour operators and take "ecotourists" along on their field trips. I took one guy, who pestered me for a year, along on my last big field trip, and I still regret it.
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    Oct 04, 2007 6:07 PM GMT
    IF you are serious about becoming a tour guide I think there are some things you should consider:

    1 - I know several professional world class guides, none of them can do it as their sole occupation; almost all of them have "secondary?" occupations like teaching, sports equipment sales, writing , etc... to supplement what they make as guides.

    2 - All of them have several certifications, and licenses in the area that they guide in.

    3 - All of them worked their way up in the food chain by taking less strenuous tours first.

    If I were you I would contact someone like Allison Adventures or Trek Travel and see if you qualified as a guide for some of their trips, see if you like it, then try to get more experience in the field.