What an experience I got. I helped interpreting for the doctors, because I was with the Health Care Service. One week working with them was an experience I couldn't forget. Then when I was in Christian Course, most of our teachers were from other countries, there I learned many things, especially to sharpen my language skills. And then there was a 9the Pre-Assembly of WCC Asian Region held near my place where I was one of the Liaison Officer and interpreter. It was also another exciting experience. A participant from India left me a beautiful wood carving from India, he said "so that you can always remember me. " The next challenge was the orphanage, I worked as male nanny for a year and two months in my city. One of my fellow nanny was a young man from Germany. He was in a youth exchange programme, so we had to work together for this institution. Connection with tourists were less but still we had some. And last but not least, I worked in a resort where my tourist guide talent really started developing.
As Tourist Guide, often times I am hired for both a couple of tourists for single day trip such as Highland Tour or trekking and group of tourists for multiple days of traveling. The tourists can be overseas or domestic. Last year I got Open Water certified in Scuba Diving. I also can accompany tourists snorkeling as their buddy. Sometimes I am hired as tour escort or tour leader out of North Sulawesi, such as to Bali, Lombok, Makassar, Jogjakarta, the rest of Java, Kalimantan, Komodo Island, Papua and so on. There are various activities in the programme such as trekking - I mentioned previously, Japanese cave exploring, climbing mountains - going to the crater, go to Wild Life Sanctuary, visiting the zoo, visiting villages, dinner out, bird watching, and sometimes there are also tourists demanding for personal care and attention to which sometimes I agreed. There are many type of requests from personal needs to the untold ones.
I have a favorite quote "Serve with heart". In all my services, I always spice it up with personal touch. I think when people traveling they wanted to meet friendly people who will show everything up eagerly. I believe that when traveling tourist want to be happy and enjoy everything, they definitely expect exciting places as well as laughing and smiling people. They expect new situation from their routine. That is what I am trying to create. However apart of how I believe, there are also many obstacles on the way such as 'different tongue, different taste', meaning that sometimes I face hard times to communicate with new tourists. It was not easy to perform with new people. Maybe because of trust issue or maybe something else. But then I learnt how to adapt with such situation. 'The older a coconut, the more oil it produces', the more I lead the tour, the more I understand how to adapt with different perspectives.
A Recent Review of this guide
Mario is absolutely adorable and extremely knowledgeable about all the mysteries and delights of Northern Sulawesi and Manado in particular. We had a discvery drive around together (a taste of Durian ice-cream) and a short treck on a volcano (+ the visit of the geological office on Gunung Mahawu). That was very short but thanks to Mario, we had a fantastic experience around Manado and all was perfectly organized. Do not hesitate to contact him for tours, he's a very wise choice ;o)
Member of Indonesian Tourist Guide Association, Certified Tour Guide, Certified Diving (Open Water), Certified Eco-tour Guide
I am not a driver, but I can provide a vehicle for tourist.