Former Peace Corps Volunteers find Fulfilment as Professional Tour Directors

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Tour Directing Offers Peace Corps Veterans a Unique Opportunity to Apply their Knowledge and Expertise in an Unconventional Setting

Travels to places like Ecuador, China, Africa, Bolivia and New Zealand have intensified my appreciation of what I enjoy in the U.S., while subtly, but effectively bringing my desire to serve in the Peace Corps to the fore. Being an international tour manager has greatly increased my self-confidence in independent foreign travel and in working with different cultures.

International Tour Management Institute (ITMI), http://www.itmitourtraining.com/admissions/schedule.shtml America’s premier training and certification program for professional tour directors and guides has launched many new careers for former Peace Corps members.

“The mission and goals of ITMI closely parallel those of the Peace Corps,” notes Ted Bravos, CEO. “From the moment I heard JFK talk about the Peace Corps concept and vision, all I could think about was finishing college and serving as one of the first Peace Corps members. Instead, I received my draft notice with orders for Vietnam. Given the life-changing experiences I had in Southeast Asia, I know from personal experience how challenging re-entering the ‘normal’ world can be.”

Diane Brause states: “I have loved to see a person’s transformation from self-centered or fearful to becoming aware of the lives and realities of people from other cultures in other parts of the world. I believe that this kind of interaction will help to create peace on the planet, if it is ever to happen. That is why I joined the Peace Corps and that is what I like best about tour directing.”

”I highly recommend tour directing as a post Peace Corps career. All Peace Corps
trainees are well grounded in cultural sensitivity. I think that this is the real strength that returning Peace Corps members like myself, bring to tour directing,” observes Roger Trimble. “Helping your guest not become an ugly American is so easy and yet so powerful.”

Nanette Hittmeier, a Peace Corps nominee awaiting appointment states: “Travels to places like Ecuador, China, Africa, Bolivia and New Zealand have intensified my appreciation of what I enjoy in the U.S., while subtly, but effectively bringing my desire to serve in the Peace Corps to the fore. Being an international tour manager has greatly increased my self-confidence in independent foreign travel and in working with different cultures.”

Since its inception in 1976, ITMI has launched over 6,000 travel careers. Many of its graduates have gone on to become tour operators, corporate meeting and event planners or cruise ship hosts. As the first certified professional tour directing program in America, ITMI alumni are sought after by major tour operators such as Adventures by Disney, Australian Pacific Touring, Globus & Cosmos, Tauck World Discovery and Princess Cruise Lines, to name but a few.

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