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Camila, Tourist Guide
Chile
Education
Bachelor, Industrial Design
Yearly salary (€)
<15000
In profession since
2009
Weekly hours
50-60

Could you describe your job in short?

I'm a tourist guide in the Atacama desert in Chile. We offer a big array of possibilities, from visiting the biggest system of radio telescopes in the world to climbing mountains. I'm a trilingual guide, I mostly do private tours.

What do you do on average work day?

Most tours I do are for retired people, so I show them around. That means they might not be very fit, so most of what I show is arqueology, geology, plant animals, landscape. I explain them our politics, our economy. You have to know a bit of everything... Especially, I deal with people, I'm always showing the same things, it's the people that change. You have to like the place you are showing and how to read what the client wants.

What do you love about your job?

I love working with people. And I love my desert. So I try to show to all visitors how beautiful, interesting and resilient the Atacama is.

What are the worst parts of your job?

When those visitors are dicks (sorry). Yup, sometimes, you get not so good people... Let's not necessarily go into details. Also in tourism, not all companies are very serious, a lot of them make many mistakes, are not professional or have egos bigger than licancabur mountain. You have to be easy going, and choose well. Some occasional chauvinism if you're doing the extreme sports stuff.

What are the most important skills in your job?

Adaptability Communication Problem solving Reliability Time management

What are the most important tools/softwares in your job?

Adobe InDesign

How do you acquire and develop these skills?

Travel, be patient, care about other people. Get yourself into and out of problems. Take risks. In Chile you don't need a title to do my job, you need to speak languages. Now to keep the job... You need to be punctual, and capable. We are in the wilderness, stuff is going to happen and you'll be the leader. Depending on the type of tourism you're doing the worst thing that can happen is that you are talking out of your ass (and the client notices) or worst case scenario. Somebody fell into a geyser last year and because they took of her clothes she was flayed alive... Yeah, this is a super cool job. People save all year to visit your home, they choose you. That's an honor and you should always do your best.

What does your work week include?

56.0h

Meetings / Group work

0.0h

Emails

0.0h

Independent work

0.0h

Breaks

3.0h

Travel

1.0h

Events