The Juno Beach Centre’s Student Guide Program is an amazing opportunity to work and live on Canada’s D-Day landing beach. However, that doesn’t mean that our guides stay put for their whole contract! Take a look at where our guides travelled to this year during their 3 and 4 day vacation:
I love that we’re so close to Paris! It’s very easy to go there on weekends, and the fact that you get to see it all throughout the year makes you feel less like a tourist – you develop favourite places, favourite restaurants, and a certain love of the busy pace of life there.
For my four days off I went to Lisbon, Portugal. I caught an evening flight out of Paris to stay in Barcelona for an evening before leaving the next morning. I spent three nights in the Bairro Alto district, visiting castles and beaches by day and partying on the ‘Pink Street’ by night!
Fellow guide Madeleine and I spent one of our weekends off together exploring Brussels. We loved the Royal Palace, Comic Book Museum, beer and waffles but the best part by far was the many wonderful Belgians we met along the way. The friendly conversations and great suggestions from locals made this trip one of my favourites and I can’t wait until my next chance to go back to Belgium.
This is in Styria in the south of Austria overlooking the border with Slovenia. As the vineyards in the background might suggest, the region is known for its winemaking as well as its many ‘buschenshank’ or Styrian farm to table restaurants!
Bruges (or the Venice of the North) has so much more than just canals. Here the tour guide becomes the tourist, and takes three guided tours in one day. The people, the food and the beer were all amazing!
As someone who loves both history and the great outdoors, I wanted to make sure I took the chance while I was over here to indulge both those interests. For my three day trip, I headed to southern France to see Carcassonne, a medieval walled city with lots of Cathar history. For my four day trip I went to Chamonix to hike in the alpine and enjoy the mountains. After I’m finished, a friend and I have plans to visit Switzerland and Italy before my flight home in November.
This is the Susten pass, one of the many I had the chance to drive in the little convertible I rented in the Alps. In four days, a friend and I managed to wind our way through the Austrian, Swiss, Italian and Liechtenstein Alps!
My favourite trip this year was one up to the Scottish Highlands. The Isle of Skye was particularly breathtaking, with sweeping moors and imposing mountains. There are more sheep than people on this small island, and I will be moving there at the nearest opportunity!
The first deadline for the 2018 Student Guide Program is October 13th. Click here to find out how to apply!
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