I am a tour guide.
And Covid-19 infected my job.
Tourists have canceled all kinds of TRAVEL. My work is affected. There are no tourists who want to travel for now and that is understandable! There is and will be a lot of fear even after this nightmare passes!
The whole WORLD is affected but no one has made any comment on our profession. Unfortunately, there are already people in our community who have been infected or are in quarantine for presenting symptoms. This makes sense since we were the most exposed, being in contact with passengers from all over the world, as well as their luggage and every baggage handler and driver who touched it.
TOURISM GUIDES DO NOT have stable work. Therefore, we try to responsibly manage our finances because we never know when our next group, tour, or trip will be!
We do not receive health insurance from travel agencies because we work as freelancers!
Furthermore, we are not recognized by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Tourism as a profession! When we tried to ensure benefits as the Union of National Guides, they turn their backs on us. Still, we wait for their pronouncement regarding the issue of tour guides and CORONAVIRUS!
Please!! We need you to listen to us, Vice President of Ecuador.
This fell on us like a bucket of cold water! How quickly everything changed.
And now we have many doubts:
- What will happen?
- How long will it last?
- What will we do if there is no tourism?
- What will our income be?
The NATIONAL GUIDES OF ECUADOR are the people who first introduce new arrivals at the airport to the best travel experiences, adventure, stories, laughter and more. We are the ones who transmit our culture, history, gastronomy, and traditions of a COUNTRY full of hope.
Fellow tour guides, share this with your friends and families! Our union makes us strong.
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A Petition To President Lenín Moreno and Vice President Otto Sonnenholzner
Coronavirus infected the livelihoods of thousands of Ecuadorian tour guides.
We ask that the Ecuadorian federal government help tour guides, local and national, survive the economic devastation brought on by this virus. Tour guides are in a unique position. Travel agencies are not required to provide full or part-time employment to their guides. Therefore, guides do not receive health insurance or other employment benefits. It is fair to state that they are looking at long term unemployment without the benefit of being laid-off. Their situation is unique in Ecuador and needs a solution that only the national government can provide.
Angie Drake, Cofounder
Not Your Average American, LLC
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