Winners of SeaTrade Innovative Shore Excursion of the Year Award 2016
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Our guides are recruited from social services, soup kitchens, and homeless charities, and then coached and trained by Hidden City Tours. There are over 3.000 homeless in Barcelona but we apply strict filters – fluent English, German or French, well presented, free of alcohol and drug addictions, good public speakers and a desire to work and form part of a very small but ambitious team! So its very difficult to find good guides.
Our trained up guides have incredible knowledge of the city and can't wait to show you around, taking you to the touristy and not so touristy areas to show you the hidden secrets and stories Barcelona is bursting to share with you.
Each guide follows a thorough training program of between 60 and 80 hours, led by founder Lisa Grace. And for those guides that require additional support in English, there are weekly English classes run by our resident volunteer English teacher Catherine.
Barcelona has a fast growing homeless problem yet continues to flourish as a tourist destination, now being the fourth most visted city in Europe. Then why not offset one against the other? So we decided to tap into Barcelona's booming tourist trade and put it to work to help solve the city's homeless problems by offering employment to people who want to work their way to a better life.