All our Local Guides are fully licensed and certified PRC tour guides, as required by Chinese regulations. They are our on-the-ground experts, not just in regards to their knowledge of the places and people we visit, but they are also masters of logistics and customer service. They are from the local regions itself, so they also bring an extra level of insight and insider tips in each destination.
Our Program Leaders/Academic Managers work in tandem with our Local Guides upon programs that have a clear academic element and learning objective. When not on trips, we work full-time in our Beijing office, developing our programs to be much more than just seeing the sights. We tend to have a teaching background and years of experience working with students of all ages. All program leaders are also Red Cross Certified in first aid.
Student programs with a learning objective benefit from having both Academic Managers and Local Guides on trip, and we tend to have 1 Guide and 1 Program Leader per subgroup. If a program is of a simple China tour rather than a tailored learning program, then a Local Guide will often be sufficient.