Fancy becoming a tour leader in Iceland ?

There's an exciting new opportunity now available for teachers who would like to expand their horizons and spend some of their school holidays working in Iceland with school groups.

Discover the World, who are a major operator for that area with school parties is looking to expand its roster of tour guides and there is an opportunity to take part in a series of training days, which will take place over several weekends, and then the May half term week.

Here are some details from the Discover the World website.

Do you love Iceland? Are you an enthusiastic geography or science teacher with a good basic knowledge of the country? Are you available for approximately 15 days a year? If the answer is 'yes' to all these questions why not apply for our Iceland Tour Leader Training Course, designed especially for teaching professionals?

On completion of the course not only will the programme give you the opportunity to receive regular free travel to Iceland, but we will also pay you to lead and help teach school groups travelling with Discover the World Education. Furthermore, with a country that offers endless case studies linked to the various syllabuses what better way to continue your professional development.

The course is led by Cathy Harlow - a true Iceland expert. Cathy has worked as a guide in Iceland for over 25 years, is author of the Horizon Visitors' Guide to Iceland and contributor to several other publications on travel on the island. As well as working with Discover the World for almost 30 years, Cathy was recently highly commended at the prestigious Wanderlust World Guide Awards 2013.

Topics covered on the course will include Iceland’s history, settlement, folklore, climate, economy, tourism, people, culture, politics, nature, rivers, volcanic systems, geothermal areas, glaciers, operational considerations, safety, group management, tour preparation and much more.

The courses will take place as follows:

Discover the World offices, Banstead, Surrey (26-27 April and 24 May 2014)
Iceland (25-30 May 2014)

To ensure the highest standard, there will be a maximum of 10 like-minded teaching professionals on the course. Classroom training will include interactive workshops and presentations, while in Iceland you will visit all of the main sites in the South of the country.

Please note participants will also need to conduct their own studies away from the classroom.

This sounds like a splendid opportunity for colleagues who have a particular interest, and some pre-existing knowledge of this part of the world, which is certainly one of my favourite places, to develop themselves professionally in an exciting way.

Here's a selection of images I took during my first visit to the country in 2010...