Tourists can now discover Barcelona is a new way with homeless tour guides. And this has been made possible through the efforts of Lisa Grace and her social enterprise, Hidden City Tours.
Barcelona has a huge tourist inflow every year, and it also has about 3,000-6,000 homeless people on the street every day. Lisa Grace put these two together to create her enterprise, Hidden City Tours.
The homeless tour guides are selected from a homeless charity based in Barcelona. While these locals already have a lot of knowledge about their own city, Hidden City Tours provides them additional training (60-80 hours) to brush up their facts and trivia. There are also classes for improving English language skills.
Once on the job, these homeless tour guides take small groups of tourists on walking tours and provide them a unique perspective of Barcelona -- a mix of history & social reality. In return, they themselves are provided with livelihood and a new chance to lead an independent life!
The Homeless Tour Guides Help Tourists Discover Barcelona
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