A Lithuanian who founded an unexpected school during a pandemic: those who will see the achievement even in a crisis remain
At the end of the summer, she founded guides and guides in Lithuania travel GuideLines Academy. And though tourism perhaps better affected by the global pandemic, she recommends studying at a guide school not only because of the certificate obtained at the end of the course, but also because of the opportunities to broaden horizons and understanding.
– I have been working as a guide and travel guide for ten years. When did the idea come not only to improve on your own, but to help others do the same?
– This idea came back when I completed similar courses myself, because I realized that they do not meet the current trends of the tourism market and the needs of customers. But while working, there was neither time nor effort left. When spring wants quarantine and wished that these inbound tourist season would not be, there was a lot of free time. Then all by myself and I devoted myself to this idea.
– What were the first steps in creating a school? After all, the task is not easy.
– The big mountain of work and responsibilities acts as a driving force for me, because then I focus and go on all the important issues. But there are westerns when I start questioning if I really need it all, because the deeper into the forest, the more trees. (Laughs.)
Well, my first step was to look at how many guide event schools there are in Lithuania and what it takes to become one of them. This is a state-regulated program, so you must first set up a company and submit an application with the full course program, resources, homework, lecturers, and their resume. Must add a full 250-academic-hour program that also teaches those subjects whose pages state.
I thought this job would be the most difficult, the longest and the most terrible, so I was afraid of it next. But everything was confirmed on the same day I applied! Also, I consulted with a consultant from Verslios Lietuvos, who offered me many ideas about the social development of the project.
– Didn’t I find out that there would be no, and maybe even next, summer season, did not want to say goodbye and sadness to everyone?
– I didn’t want to do anything, sit and cry because I was rested and asleep during the winter. My brain was already in active mode, so something needed to be done.
I accept mentoring for guides as my mission because I’ve been doing this for over seven years, so you know you can’t do anything, I took on this project. This is a project that not only changes certain things in Lithuania, but is also going to me not to sit and never be.
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– Quarantine seems to have become a space for many to start new activities and learn.
– I think that first of all a lot depends on a person’s financial situation. If you haven’t eaten, you really can’t talk about self-realization and changing the world. Then, I think, the creative mechanism is blocked, after all, you have to think about survival. Since my financial situation is good at least so far, I have the luxury of doing something creative. And I don’t have to desperately succeed.
Even if it fails, it will be a very good experience, a great foundation for someone else in the future. We are experiencing a unique time in history, when everyone is sitting at home and is accustomed to spending time with their families, tidying up the environment, studying and so on.
It seems to me that the world has now turned the mirror on our personal lives and we have seen that life is no longer just a job.
– After one of your interviews about the opening of a guide school, the commentator’s signature that you are preparing the unemployed for your courses. But really? After all, everyone wants hope that tourism will recover a little bit and that guides will be needed again…
– I understand what people from other areas of power think, but to work as a guide, you do not have to go abroad or for foreigners to come to you. A person like a guide is needed even when international borders are closed. Even if we were all locked up at home like we are now, it is still possible to work virtually and tell interesting things.
Such lectures bring together people who want to listen to that person’s stories. Also, it is possible to work with children, seniors, in any museum or cultural institution. After all, it is not necessary to work as a guide after completing a guide course. I know people who attend guide courses but don’t even plan to become guides. These courses are full of basics of architecture and art, knowledge of history, culture, which I believe is of interest to many of us.
I have also noticed that older people are also thinking about working as a guide. This job is very suitable for teachers who have a free summer, want to enlightened people living in the regions, who want to communicate but do not know how to save realization. These are not just courses for getting a guide certificate.
– After each major crisis, some businesses fail, some thrive. Same with people. While some complain of hardship, others seem to gain even more driving energy.
– I think that during such crises remain people who can see the net very difficult situations and crises. This does not mean that they do not cry or attack for a short time into depression. This means that after that they stand up and go forward. Prosper in all senses, those people who realize that they live once, see opportunities everywhere, are strong enough, want the ability to motivate, conjure, and inspire others, and have inner strengths and serenity. And yet – positivity. Probably the people in the tourism sector are some of the most flexible and all inclined to adapt. If you work with many people of different ages and cultures, you tend to look at situations flexibly and adapt.
– We all hope for a rapid and safe recovery of tourism, but what future plans do you have yourself? If at all you plan for the future.
– I am not a person who has a long-term plan, but I am not one of those who live in this day. Now I am just sending thoughts to the Universe and I believe that sooner or later they will manifest and become a reality. Now my biggest wish is to have a vaccine.
And speaking of me personally, I am devoted to the current. I had a very good practice of that in Uganda when we were in fifth level rafting. The only advice from the instructor was if you fall out of the boat, don’t resist because the current will take you to where you have to swim. So we’re all just now like we’ve fallen out of our boats and are sailing on a river we don’t have to resist.