Africa Overland Travel Advice

How to find overland tour leader jobs

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When I began looking for overland tour leader jobs in Africa, there was little information online from which to get started with my search. Today this has changed a great deal, and you can find answers for pretty much anything with the help of Mr.Google. However, the question of how to become an overland tour leader is still a grey area as there is rarely an occasion when an overland tour leader vacancy is advertised online.

How to find overland tour leader jobs

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Firstly, have you experienced an overland tour already? Most people will look for overland tour leader jobs having previously participated on tour and this is arguably the most important aspect of any application. Simply put, you will never figure out how to become an overland tour leader without ever taking one.

Although don’t let this put you off as the first step to attaining an overland tour leader job in Africa (or anywhere) is by taking a long distance trip in the same destination in which you wish to work.

Otherwise, the best way to find overland tour leader jobs is through persistence. In hindsight, I got this part right without even knowing. Over the course of 12 months, I bombarded every overland tour in Africa with emails and applications for overland tour leader jobs. In every instance, there was no actual advertisement, but I decided to apply anyway. It was just awful to check my empty inbox every morning, especially considering I was now running out of companies with whom I could contact.

And then it happened. One day I received a phone call out of the blue. I was sitting in a dull office working a night shift at the time, so it felt like a dream.

“Hi Derek, my name is Tom from XXX Overland company in Africa, and I was wondering if you would like to be considered for an overland tour leader job, starting next month.”

Incredibly, I rejected the opportunity of an interview as I had just managed to find the job in which I was now working. Twenty minutes later, I called Tom and went back on my decision.

Interviewing for an overland tour leader vacancy – This is a tricky process and one which I will tackle in more detail at a later date but essentially, I passed the interview, and within one month, I was working as an overland tour leader in Africa.

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Conclusion – How to find an overland tour leader job in Africa

It takes patience and a willingness to persist with applications, but if you want to find yourself working as an overland tour leader in Africa, you can do it. However, you must understand that finding overland tour leader jobs anywhere in the world is not about waiting for the right moment or an actual job vacancy to pop up online as these companies simply do not advertise the positions. No, you need to firstly reach out to these companies, and the very act of doing so will demonstrate one of the first characteristics they look for in an overland tour leader – initiative.
Now, go and get it.

I'm an Outdoor Adventure Blogger from Dublin, Ireland. In late 2013 I began riding a bicycle across Africa and it was during this adventure when I discovered a passion for the great outdoors and the general uncertainty of life on the road. Next April, I am hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

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