Walking Leader Vacancies in Italy. Summer 2019

at Exodus Travels / TrekAmerica / Headwater Holidays (view profile)
Location Surbiton, United Kingdom
Date Posted 21st May 2019
Category In the field
Job Type Freelance


Exodus are looking to hire enthusiastic and experienced walking tour leaders for two of our trips in Tuscany - Walking in Tuscany (TDT) and Chianti: Walking & Wine (TDC).  This is an exciting role, working with one of the most reputable Adventure Travel Companies in the world.

Details of the role:


  • Leaders have full responsibility for tour groups of 12-16 customers
  • Leaders are responsible for arranging tour logistics, leading daily walks, transporting clients in the Exodus minibus, briefing groups, following safety procedures and ensuring our customers have the best holiday possible
  • These week-long tours are centre-based and you will be leading 4-5 walks each week, usually of a leisurely to moderate activity level - please check our website for information on our activity levels
  • Working periods are commonly 3 to 4 weeks consecutive weeks, but longer periods are available if suited.
  • Accommodation, all meals and some other reasonable expenses are included whilst on tour
  • Leaders are often expected to work unsociable hours, with this in mind, EU working hours would not apply
  • The role is normally offered to those prepared to work on a freelance basis, where wages are paid on invoice at the agreed rate. Rates from £60 per day, depending on experience and qualifications.

Essential skills:


  • Have led multi-day walking tours in a professional capacity
  • Good English language skills and reasonable spoken Italian.
  • Great communication abilities with people from different backgrounds and nationalities
  • Excellent organisational and logistical skills
  • Ability to handle and account for company money
  • Current First Aid Qualification


Minibus licence and regulations


  • The role includes transporting the group in an Exodus minibus, and this work must be done in compliance with the appropriate driver regulations which are: D1 driving licence (issued after 1997) & CPC (Certificate of Professional Competence).
  • Exodus will support successful applicants in obtaining the relevant training and qualifications, which can take up to 6 weeks.


Advantageous skills:

  • Experience of leading in and good cultural knowledge of Italy.
  • Working towards a professional walking leader qualification.


Application and selection:

  • Please send your CV and a covering letter to [email protected]
  • It is important to explain in your covering letter why you feel you are the best candidate for the role
  • You will need to be available for either a face to face or SKYPE interview.


Training provided:

  • If CPC minibus driver training and test is required, Exodus will plan, book and cover the cost, subject to terms and conditions supplied on application.
  • Standard Exodus leader training is provided via our online Leader Induction Module.
  • On the ground training and local knowledge. Depending on their experience in Italy, or as a walking leader, the new leader will spend at least 1 week shadowing an existing leader.


We are particularly keen to hear from members of the Explorers Connect community so please mention Explorers Connect in your application.