Like Maya Angelou wisely stated, “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” The job of a typical tour guide may be to spit out a fountain of facts and get you from Point A to Point B, but the goal of a Go Leader is so much more. A Go Leader is not working for the tip, but working to build a connection and bond with his or her group. A Go Leader is not looking at the group as a mass of people, but as unique individual with a different personality. A Go Leader is not hoping for the tour to be over, but hoping to impact the lives of young people.
What your guide brings to your class trip is energy, enthusiasm and passion. The love of travel and sharing it with students. They want to show kids that history, architecture, science and more are not just words in a book, but interesting and fun.
The communication and interaction between a group and its Go Leader is vital and building relationships is one of the top priorities. Within the first day, the Go Leader will learn every student’s name and remember it. They understand the importance of engaging each and every student and finding out what he or she is most excited about.
The students always come first, this is their trip after all. The Go Leader goes beyond the role of a tour guide. They are a leader, an educator, a dinner buddy, a supporter, an insight, a helper, an adviser, an inspirer, and a friend. Whether it’s taking selfie after selfie with a group of 8th graders, to holding joke telling sessions on the bus at the end of the night to holding a 7 year olds hand for the duration of the trip, our Go Leaders strive to make students and chaperons feel like more than “just another group.”
For us, this is not simply a job, this is an opportunity to show children, teens and adults alike what amazing places the world has to offer while inspiring them to absorb as much knowledge as possible. That is the Go Leader goal.