Tour Directors

Europe | Canada | United States | Costa Rica

Europe

Do you know the European Continent inside and out? Do you have a wealth of knowledge and the confidence to share it with others? We're looking for people who have at least one year of European travel industry experience. You must be living in or based in Europe for the tour season to be considered. You must enjoy helping young travelers discover everything that Europe has to offer.

  • You will accompany and lead tours of varying sizes throughout the year. You will be responsible for the well-being of these groups.
  • You will be expected to research specific destinations and provide commentary on the destination countries, as well as to suggest activities for periods of free time.
  • You will check groups in and out of hotels, and you are the liaison between tour groups and travel suppliers such as hotels, restaurants, and bus companies.
  • You are a trusted source of knowledge and you will be expected to share that knowledge with your tour groups.

The perfect candidate should be fluent in English and at least one other language from our destination countries. You should have at least one year of experience leading tours in Europe and the ability to use digital cameras, computers, and email. This candidate should be a problem-solver who is energetic and prepared. This is a challenging position, but a rewarding one as well. If you are interested, please fill in the online application.

Explorica is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all team players to share this commitment.

Applicants please apply by the 25th November.

CANADA

Do you enjoy working with kids and traveling?  Are you outgoing, organized and fun?    We are looking for energetic Tour Directors to lead tours to Canadian Destinations (Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Niagara Falls, Toronto) for classes of students aged 11-14. This is a challenging yet rewarding position.  Inspire the future of Canada - be part of the legacy!

You will be responsible for the following aspects of the tours:

  • You will be traveling between Toronto and the Tour Destination on a weekly basis during the months of May and June (we also have tours in the fall, winter and early spring).
  • You will work closely with the Group Leader to ensure that the students get the most out of their educational travel experience.
  • You will be the liaison between tour groups and travel suppliers such as hotels, restaurants, and bus companies.
  • You will be responsible for conveying information to the students in interactive and exciting ways using the methods and materials provided for you in training.

Explorica provides extensive training (classroom training on weekends in March and April, on-the-road training to follow) which will provide you with the skills and knowledge to lead successful tours. No Tour Directing experience required.  All meals, transportation and accommodations are paid for by Explorica while away from your hometown.

We are looking for candidates who are enthusiastic, organized, creative, confident and easygoing with a love of teaching and travel.  Applicants should be fluent in English and/or French and be living in Canada(Southern Ontario or Quebec City areas).  As using technology is an integral part of being an Explorica Tour Director, applicants must be able to use digital cameras, computers, the Internet and email.

If you are interested and meet the aforementioned qualifications, please fill in the online application. Applicants for Winter tours please apply by  November 20th. Applicants for Spring tours please apply before 24th February if you are based in or near Toronto and by 9th March if you are based in Quebec.

Explorica is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all team players to share this commitment.

UNITED STATES

At Explorica, we work directly with teachers and community leaders to create multi-day, fully escorted educational tours for their students. Tour Directors are the face of our company, playing the most critical role in these once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

As an Explorica Tour Director, you will be responsible for:

  • Executing a pre-planned travel itinerary
  • Making the destination and sights come alive for your group by providing an entertaining local, cultural, and historical narrative
  • Managing tour logistics and safety

Tour Directing is the perfect role for someone who enjoys working independently, connects quickly with others, can think on his/her feet, and has a true passion for providing experiential learning opportunities for students. You’ll join a team of dedicated travel enthusiasts, and benefit from all the resources and support you need to make each tour you lead a dream come true for the students.

While our most popular tour destinations are Washington, D.C., New York City, Philadelphia and Boston, we also operate tours to California, the Grand Canyon, New Orleans, Chicago, Puerto Rico, Florida and wherever else our group leaders want to experience! Tour Directing with Explorica is seasonal contract work, and while the bulk of our groups travel between March and June, we do have tours running almost every month of the year.

A successful Explorica Tour Director:

  • Is outgoing, confident, enthusiastic and FUN!
  • Makes sound decisions independently
  • Solves problems creatively, with the needs of the group in mind
  • Knows how to read their audience and adjust accordingly

Responsibilities include:

  • Working closely with Group Leaders, Explorica office staff, and suppliers to coordinate an enjoyable and rewarding educational travel experience
  • Assuming primary responsibility for our travelers’ day-to-day safety and well-being
  • Providing commentary and guidance to enhance the travel experience
  • Offering advice on food, shopping and tourism options during free time
  • Meeting your groups upon arrival and staying with them through the duration of their tour
  • Managing a web-based tour diary that documents your group’s adventures through daily posts containing photos and summaries of the day’s activities
  • Maintaining an on-tour expense allowance and all accompanying documentation
  • Sending debrief reports, financial information and feedback in a timely manner after each tour

If this sounds like you, we want you on our team!

We are currently accepting applications for our 2016 tour season. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to our online application by January 15, 2016. Make yourself stand out by including a short video of yourself showing us why you would be a great Tour Director for Explorica!

Costa Rica

Do you have a knowledge of Costa Rica and have a desire to share it with others? We are looking for people to lead tours in Costa Rica. You must have at least one year of experience in the travel industry and be living in Costa Rica to be considered. You must enjoy helping young travelers to discover everything about what Costa Rica has to offer. You will be responsible for the following aspect of the tours:

  • You will accompany and lead tours of varying sizes throughout the year. You will be responsible for the well-being of these groups.
  • You will be expected to research specific destinations and provide commentary on the destination countries, as well as to suggest activities for periods of free time.
  • You will check groups in and out of hotels, and you are the liaison between tour groups and travel suppliers such as hotels, restaurants, and bus companies.
  • You are a trusted source of knowledge and you will be expected to share that knowledge with your tour groups.

The perfect candidate should be fluent in English. You should have at least one year of experience leading tours in Costa Rica and the ability to use digital cameras, computers, and email. This candidate should be a problem-solver who is energetic and prepared. This is a challenging position, but a rewarding one as well. If you are interested, please fill in the online application. Applicants for Spring tours please apply by the 15th November. Applicants for Summer tours please apply before 1st March.

Explorica is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people and expects all team players to share this commitment.