If you are passionate about working with students and traveling the world, then you should apply to be a JE Tour Guide. Our guides lead tours in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. We are looking for mature individuals who have experience in student ministry, education, hospitality industry, or tourism. But most of all we are looking for individuals who believe that travel can be a tool for impacting lives for Christ. Whether it is a trip to Disneyland or Washington, D.C., all tours are opportunities to engage travelers with the gospel.
Further information on JE Tour Guide requirements is listed below.
THE JE STORY
In 1998, Joshua Expeditions, Inc. was founded as a Christian educational travel organization for the purpose of allowing students to engage in world-wide travel through the lens of a biblical worldview.
Over the next several years, the company began to advance fiscally resulting in the ability to expand the JE staff. The JE staff began to grow and the company began to develop more intentional educational travel experiences focusing on science, mission trips, American heritage, and senior class trips.
During all of the growth, Mr. Mahadi was constantly burdened to do more. Finally, it became clear how. He reorganized the financial structure of JE to begin to allow long-term support of local and international ministries. It became his driving passion to not only send others on mission trips but make JE an organization that loves our neighbors.
In 2006, Joshua Expeditions became certified to offer Continuous Education Units to teachers that accompany their schools on the educational travel. The JE staff continues to passionately pursue further development of educational opportunities and partnerships.
Now JE sends thousands of travelers every year and the organization continues to develop new and unique opportunities in education and ministry.
“JE exists for the purpose of assisting Christian organizations to inspire purpose, develop leaders, and share Christ through travel.”
MISSION & VISION
Joshua Expeditions exists for the purpose of assisting Christian organizations to inspire purpose, develop leaders, and share Christ through travel.
It is our vision here at JE that every travel experience, educational resource, training, or event align with at least one part of our mission always to the Glory of the Lord.
We provide global opportunities that will challenge individuals to consider God’s purpose in their lives. Whether through an intentional site talk, incredible nature excursion, or simple intentional conversations, all travelers will be challenged to either consider Christ for the first time or be inspired to continue on in faithful ministry.
We provide global opportunities that will examine an individual’s character, expand their perspective, and challenge them to greater leadership. We know from first-hand experience that travel can develop a broader perspective of the world and an increased cross-cultural understanding. We educate individuals on many of humanities greatest leaders in order to challenge a traveler to consider their leadership. We also offer active team building experience to cultivate personal character and leadership.
We provide global opportunities for individuals to engage others with the Gospel. Travelers are able to share Christ through both proclaiming and serving. Individuals are challenged to take a spirit of humility and love as they serve under local ministries in order to advance the Kingdom.
Quite simply, JE’s programs are designed to ignite hearts and minds to change the world. It is our passion to offer a unique perspective on travel by filtering the travel experience through the Christian worldview. Our trips must maintain a Christ-centered focus. Our job is more than coordinating travel, it’s a chance to live out our mission as Christians.
THE JE TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Joshua Expeditions offers a unique perspective on travel because we create programming through the Christian Worldview in order to assist Christian organizations to inspire purpose, develop leaders, and share Christ.
What is a Biblical/Christian Worldview?
Your worldview is the lens through which you view the world. If you are a Christian, that means Jesus is your Lord and we are called to live as He would have us. Scripture is our guide to know how Jesus would have us view and engage the world around us. So as Christians, we practice the Biblical or Christian Worldview which means we view and engage everything through the lens of scripture.
Thus, it is unbiblical to think that any part of the world or your life is outside the reign and influence of Christ. Therefore a “Christian” company cannot merely employ Christians, but it’s very goals and practices should be submitted to honoring Christ.
In light of this understanding, JE wants to view every part of the travel experience through the filter of the Christian Worldview, and consistently evaluate each part of the trip to see if we are maintaining a Christ-centered focus in our travel.
YOU, as the trip guide, are key to the application of this principle. It is each of you that have the greatest impact on the trip experience. Travel with JE should, of course, be fun and educational, but it is our greatest desire that lives be impacted for the Kingdom.
GUIDE RESPONSIBILITIES OVERVIEW
(1) Receive and review Trip Binder. Communicate any questions to the coordinator.
(2) Consider Biblical application and personal impact opportunities of tour.
(3) Consider opportunities to give customers “special experiences.”
(4) Study educational information or maps necessary for tour.
(1) Serve as a JE customer service representative for the entirety of the tour. The goal is a great travel experience with life-impacting moments pointing others to Christ.
(2) Be familiar with locations and tour content.
(3) Confirm all reservations prior to arrival at the site.
(4) Maintain expected financial stewardship.
(5) Lead in Biblical application and look for personal impact opportunities on tour.
(6) Lead the group throughout the tour in a professional, positive, and timely way.
(1) Post pictures, receipts, send back guide binder and any remaining currency.
(2) Give feedback to the coordinator about the group and sites visited.
-All guides applicants must pass a background check, and submit proof of current CPR and First Aid certification that will remain valid through travel season. Guides are required to maintain active CPR/First Aid Certification to guide trips.
-All guides must attend the annual Joshua Expeditions Guide Training and participate in a training trip before leading a paid trip. (2017 Guide Training – September 11-13)
-As an employee of Joshua Expeditions, you must agree to the Joshua Expeditions Statement of Faith and the Christian Conduct Statement. (LINK HERE)
-By accepting a trip, you agree that you are capable of fulfilling guiding expectations for the tour.
-Not following JE policies will result in immediate termination.
Joshua Expeditions Guide Training: Usually held late summer or early fall, all JE guides are required to attend to be eligible for that year’s travel. They must receive special permission to miss training and still be eligible to guide trips. (2017 Guide Training – September 11-13)
JE Guide Training Trip: Before departing on a JE Trip as an official guide, guide applicants are required to attend a JE Trip to shadow a current JE guide. On this trip, the guide applicant will have the chance to watch and learn from a current guide. The costs for this trip/travel expenses will be covered by JE, but the guide applicant will not receive payment for this training trip. Once the training trip is completed and required certifications submitted, the applicant guide will be considered an official JE guide and will be paid as such for all future trips.
(1) Download the JE Application below
(2) Fill out and email to firstname.lastname@example.org (to be considered for the 2018-2019 travel season, applications need to be turned in no later than August 31st)
(3) After we have reviewed all applicants, we will follow up with the next steps.