Over the next three weeks, we’ll be posting updates on this blog that provide insight into what it’s like to work at the JBC and to live in Courseulles-Sur-Mer. Check up on it every Wednesday and Friday until November 25th!
Update #1: A tour of Juno Park
While not the only facet of this job, the guided tour of Juno Park is among the most humbling and rewarding aspects of working at the Juno Beach Centre. The 45 minute tour, which takes visitors through two German Second World War defensive fortifications, allows guides to show groups of up to 40 people at a time what transpired on this site in the 1940s. The goal is to explain how the German defenses on this sector of Juno, known as strongpoint 31, evolved over 4 years of the German occupation of France. On the beach, we talk about how these defenses were overcome, and the sacrifices that were necessary for the assault troops to clear this sector and start the push inland.
On average, each guide team will take roughly 21 000 people through these bunkers during their 7 months here! Canadians, French, Belgians, Dutch, Germans, and people from all over the world come on the tour every year. Here’s Luke, one of our period 3 guides, taking a British group from Ledger tours through the bunkers.
Interesting becoming a guide at the Centre? Apply before November 25 to join our 2017 team!
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