1. Tour Leader Roles
Are you a keen traveller? Are you a quick thinking, hands on, proactive, practical person? Do you have the ability to communicate and deal with people of all ages and different cultural backgrounds? Do you want to break free from the 9-to-5 lifestyle and travel the world? Fancy making the European roads and cities your office instead?
Then you’re born to be an Expat Explore tour leader and show our travellers the best of Europe, Middle-East, North America, South Africa and Asia!
We are now accepting applications for 2023, and have a number of Tour Leader roles available. We are looking for both experienced Tour Leaders, and travel industry professionals wanting to pursue a more flexible career on the road. If you have no prior experience in the travel industry, but posses the right attitude, customer service skills and a passion for travel, please don't hesitate to apply.
To learn more about the application process, please click on the green Apply now button on your right to read more about the different roles.
This page will tell you everything you need to know about the role, but if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact email@example.com.
2. Tour Leader Qualities
- A burning passion for working with people
- You see tour leading as a career
- A diplomatic temperament
- Proven or potential ability to deal with groups confidently
- Excellent customer service skills
- Good organisational skills
- Previous tour leader experience will be beneficial
- Good leadership skills
- Good with numbers/accounting
- Ability to research each destination in depth
- Be fluent in English, other languages will be an added bonus, but not essential
- You must be a team player and have the ability to work well on your own
Benefits of tour leading for Expat Explore?
- Living expenses are covered during a tour (accommodation, breakfast and most dinners)
- An interesting opportunity to explore and learn about Europe
- Competitive commission structure & daily wages
- Meet new people from around the world
- Be part of the best road crew in Europe
You must be a holder of one of the following:
- Passport of the country or region you are applying for
- Valid working visa of the country or region you are applying for
3. Compensation & Benefits
The full compensation and benefits package will be provided during the interview and training stage. A few of the benefits are:
- Tour Leaders will enjoy all breakfasts and some dinners/lunches with the travellers on the tour
- Tour leaders are accommodated in single rooms throughout the tours whenever possible, and we also offer a budget allocation for accommodation the night before a tour begins
- Tour leaders are provided with a smart phone with a daily allowance of calls, text and data
- Daily salary as well as a competitive bonus and commission structure
- One complimentary excursion/entrance per tour
- Crew uniform
- Access to computers and tour library between tours
- Discounted travel
4. Application & Interview Process
After submitting your application, we will carefully assess your application. If your profile matches our requirements, we will invite you to the first interview – either via Skype, in our London office or we will ask you to complete a short video interview. During this interview, we evaluate your experience, personality and knowledge of our tours.
The second interview will be a performance interview. Here, we might ask you to present different spiels and games. We will also assess your reaction to different scenarios and your commitment to the role. We expect you to know everything about the company by now. Preferably this interview will be conducted in person at our office, in London or Cape Town.
If we like what we see, we will invite you to attend our Training Programme. The length of the Training programme will depend on your previous experience. Please note that we might ask you to attend a third interview.
Only the most skilled trainees will make it through the Training Programme and become established Expat Explore tour leaders. If you are lucky enough to get invited to our Training Programme, you will need to start practising and researching immediately.
5. Expat Explore Training Programme 2023
Our Training Programmes for 2023 trainees will take place in spring 2023, and will last up to 4 weeks. The exact programme and the training manual will be provided to successful applicants before the training commences. The main purpose of training is to make sure our tour leaders are fully prepared to lead Expat Explore groups.
Before the training begins, trainees will need to have prepare themselves extensively – practicing country, city spiels and walking tours. Depending on knowledge and previous experience, this phase might take up to 4-5 months.
The Expat Explore Training Programme is normally threefold. The first part consists of classroom training, mainly in our London office. Your progress will be monitored and you will be educated (where needed) along the way. You might even get some homework! No accommodation, meals or compensation will be provided at this stage.
The second part of the Training Programme is a training/shadowing tour. You will only be invited to participate in the training tour if you have completed the classroom training. The training tour will last up to 12 days.
The third part of the Training Programme is more classroom training to ensure you are ready to take out groups on your own.
If you have completed all parts of the training programme, you will either start to lead tours, or get invited to receive additional training on destinations/tour types.
6. Comments from the Co-Founder
Thank you for your interest in Expat Explore and welcome to our recruitment page.
As one of the founders of Expat Explore in 2005, I am confident that you will have a rewarding time working as a tour leader, and becoming a part of the Expat Explore family. As a tour leader you will be the face of the company, giving our clients the time of their lives.
What you will experience when tour leading for Expat Explore is directly the work of myself and the hardworking team at Expat Explore. Every day we aim to improve the tours and we hope to surprise the clients with the standard of service they receive on tour.
I hope to see you on board with us very soon!
7. Tour Leader Job Description
- To ensure the tour is well organised and run to a timetable that allows all the sights on the itinerary to be visited
- To book or confirm all meals and accommodation required by the company
- Providing clients with a detailed programme for the day every morning and/or evening
- Proactive planning for days ahead and upcoming tours
- Responsible for your own mobile phone budget and keeping spend within this budget
- Reconfirming hotels and suppliers before arrival
Entertainer / facilitator
- Provide expert, informative commentaries on countries, cities and sights visited
- Stimulate the social aspect of the tour by organising activities and competitions etc
- Encourage groups to mingle wherever possible
- Deal with a wide variety of people and situations diplomatically and professionally as the tour leader and a representative of Expat Explore
- Facilitate a harmonious relationship between group members, staff and service providers
- To always be polite and friendly towards clients
- Sharing your knowledge in a professional and informative manner
- Develop your knowledge of cities, sights and countries
- Keeping your knowledge up to date and recent
- Answer all questions from clients. As the tour leader it's your responsibility to know the answer to every possible question!
- Learning basic language skills of the countries you are visiting
- Complete a neat, balanced, receipted set of accounts at the end of each tour
- Pay all tour bills, accommodation, parking, city/road taxes etc
- Plan expenditure in advance so that you always have money available for expenses
- Collect money for optional excursions and make a payment for the services
- To be aware of clients safety at all times
- To educate clients to ensure their personal and property safety
- To deal with emergency situations that arise such as ill health, accidents and loss of property
- Liaise with the London office
- To facilitate quick and efficient professional help such as doctors, lawyers and ambulances when needed
- Exceeding customer expectations on a daily basis
- Make it easy for clients to talk to you
- Understand what clients want
- Maintain a one-on-one relationship with clients
- Make the tour a true representation of the tours offered online.
- Be upfront, direct and honest
- Clearly communicate what you can and cannot do as well as what the company does and does not offer
- Explain how you go about your work and what can be expected of you
8. Our Tours
9. Frequently Asked Questions
Yes we do! Scroll back up to number 5 to see what's included in our training programme.
Expat Explore will cover expenses during the training tour such as accommodation, breakfasts and some dinners (as per tour itinerary). Expenses during the classroom training will not be covered.
Expat Explore have tours throughout the year with our busiest periods being April to September and during the festive period.
Most Tour Leaders will know their exact schedule up to a week before the following month. During the busy season Tour Leaders are on the road around 25 days of each month.
This is completely up to you. One of the great things about being a Tour Leader is that the time between tours is completely yours.
All our Tour Leaders will need training on how to lead tours for Expat Explore, but the training for experienced tour leaders will be tailor made and might not follow our Training Programme strictly.
Expat Explore groups can be up to 52 passengers plus the Tour Leader and the driver.
Most tour leaders will be training on the Europe Escape tour, as this is our most popular itinerary (in Europe). Within a few months Tour Leaders are trained to lead different itineraries, and there are plenty of possibilities to develop further when leading tours for several seasons.
Yes! We are very flexible with time off, and we do our utmost to make sure the Tour Leaders get gaps to re-energise.