My friend Daniel from Jerulita asked me if I would be interested in becoming part of Jerulita team and become a guide. I knew Hebrew well and I decided to get ready for a tour and to make the best outcome.
I was born in Vilnius and know it well, but it really took me a while to get ready to represent my city to a foreigner. I went on a tour with a founder of Jerulita – Yulik, this helped a lot, as I saw what should be done. It took me few weeks to get ready. I have been reading books about things I have only heard of, and this was an exciting beginning of my own journey to the Jewish – Litvak world. The more I have dived the more interesting this appeared.
I was a manager of a small hotel, and I was happy with what I had, at the same time the offer was tempting. I could not understand why… Yes, here it is – I have made my first money by being а councilor of youth movement. So I wanted to try myself in a different field.
I do not recollect much about my first experience, besides the fact that my clients were happy; they expressed it in an open way and gave me a nice gratitude, and I felt suddenly that here I can get also positive feedbacks every day. So I have made a change and became a licensed guide.
I like meeting new people on our guided tours. Vilnius and other places with old streets, houses, history, culture and jokes are the same, but every time you meet different people and they make our work diverse and interesting.
I like perpetual learning during our excursions. People ask questions, and this encourages me and sometimes even forces me to learn new things all the time. Questions can be about absolutely unexpected fields and this widens my horizon. When I was a “young guide” I was afraid to answer that I do not know… not the best feeling… while today I am self confident and I can tell people that I do not know the answer. This means that I will learn something new that day.
I like being outside. Sixty – seventy percent of time spent on Tours and Excursions in the Baltic states are spent outside and with people who come to rest and enjoy. It makes the atmosphere fresh, positive and inspiring. We walk a lot and it keeps all us fit and healthy.
I like an idea of presentation of a heritage to people. Somebody said –“ be an ambassador of your country” and I fully agree with it. In my work I present to our clients history, heritage, folklore, culture, cuisine and other things. It makes my work very meaningful to me and as a consequence to my clients.
I love my job, I am well-paid, I do what I know to do! It keeps me going!