know a good tour director makes or breaks an educational program and a
great tour director transforms it! Of course, were not the only
educational organization with great tour directors. Both ACIS and NETC
have some very good examples of the profession. Many of our best tour
directors have graduated from their ranks. However, only the European
Institute can guarantee that you will have an experienced (and inspiring)
The massive volume of the juggernauts of the industry forces them to use
rookies, who learn their job while running your tour. Sometimes this works
out fine often it does not. Why take the risk? With the European
Institute, we guarantee you will have an experienced tour director. If
for any reason, you are dissatisfied, we will replace him or her immediately.
No ifs, ands or buts.
We pay our tour
directors more than any other educational travel organization and
theyre still a bargain! Please read through some of these bios of
some our tour directors. You might recognize some old friends. Youll
also understand how we can make this promise.
Many American students lives have been enriched by a tour program
with Alison. Her enthusiasm and zest for teaching and interpreting foreign
cultures to students has made her an outstanding tour director. A graduate
of Hull University in modern languages, Alison began working with NETC
in 1994 and immediately realized she had found her calling. Alison is
equally at home throughout Europe but, if pushed, will admit that Italy
is still her first love. Favorite European Institute tour: "Cinque
Terre and the Italian Lakes".
Alex also graduated from NETC and ACIS as a tour director before joining
the European Institute team. A linguist from Southampton University, Alex
is not the person to join for a casual swim: a keen water polo player,
he regularly swims a mile every morning before 7 a.m.! His favorite tour
is "Cosmopolitan Europe": "This allows me to combine my
love for Italy and my passion for Austria and the Alps".
We can only agree with the teacher who described Jonathan as
a "national treasure". Jonathan studied Modern Languages at
the University of Bradford in England, before moving to the
United States. After great success in the educational travel
world, Jonathan moved back to his beloved Paris where he
delights in showing his groups the hidden Paris most groups will never see.