Friends of the Cabildo (FOC) Walking Tour Guide Training Program provides
intensive and comprehensive training for tour guides.
Trainees must complete a series of "tag alongs" with experienced FOC guides.
In addition to the academic component, trainees are provided training in presentation techniques, procedures for conducting tours, and other practical guidelines. An extensive reading list is also provided.
Students are guided in the creation and practice of their own self-designed walking tours of the French Quarter. Students must pass a one-on-one tour with an evaluator, as well as a critique tour with a group under the observation of an evaluator. Students are prepared for a written examination conducted by the city of New Orleans as a prerequisite to obtaining a tour guide license.
Acceptance into the program is contingent upon an interview process following application.
Those interested in applying for the program should contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Barbara Hyland, at the Friends of the Cabildo office.
Address written inquiries to Friends of the Cabildo-Tours, 701 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70116, phone: (504) 523-3939, FAX: (504) 524-9130.