Syllabus and Course Outline
SMALL GROUP TOUR LEADERSHIP
NUMBER OF HOURS:
Have you always dreamed of traveling the world and getting paid to do it? Or do you have specific knowledge or interests you can share with others? Put your dreams and interests to work for you! This timely course is designed to assist you, the travel professional, in becoming a small group tour leader. Determine if you have the skills, knowledge, abilities and traits you need to be an effective tour leader. Study tour leader roles and responsibilities. Learn conflict-resolution skills and prepare to manage a tour group. See how to polish your resume and market yourself to find a tour leader position within the industry and become a "Leader of the Pack."
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Define and differentiate between the different kinds of tour leaders and guides
- Understand the various roles and duties of a tour leader
- Prepare checklists and organizational tools to assist you in your duties
- Update your resume to market yourself as a tour leader within the industry
- Establish effective communication with the tour group for successful negotiation and conflict resolution
- List and apply the seven "energy states" of creative problem solving
- Understand the group process, how each individual can impact the group, and your role in each stage of group development
- List and define ten group leadership skills
- Apply your group leadership skills to solve problems and resolve conflicts that may arise within the group
Successful completion of all What Do You Think?, Stop, Review and Apply exercises and Exam. Participation in discussion area of
all "What Would You Do?" items.
Each Lesson generally includes: one or more What Do You Think? that require some independent research and application and one or
more "What Would You Do?" that provides asynchronous interaction with fellow students and your instructor. There is also an
exercise called "Stop, Review and Apply" which will test your knowledge and understanding of each section.
COURSE ACTIVITIES AND ASSIGNMENTS:
Section 1 - Tour Leader Roles and Responsibilities (12 pages)
Section 2 - Conflict and Problem Solving (4 pages)
- Why People Travel in Small Groups?
- Different Types of Leaders and Guides
- Who Would Employ a Tour Leader?
- What are the Roles of the Tour Leader?
- General Duties
- Promoting the Good Tourist
- Specific Duties
- Stop, Review and Apply
Section 3 - Managing Tour Groups (10 pages)
- Handling Conflict
- The Creative Problem Solving Process
- Stop, Review and Apply Exercise
- Small Group Process
- Phases of Group Development
- Tour Leader's Role in Group Development
- Group Leadership Skills
- Stop, Review and Apply
The maximum time to complete this course will be sent to you by your instructor. To be completed in that time are 6 items called "What Do You Think?" and 3 Stop, Review and Apply exercises, each of which requires responses to your instructor/course administrator. There are 6 required discussion items, called "What Would You Do?", which are discussed with your instructor and other students. The final exam will be graded and the results will be available in your student record.