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North Korea Looks to Hire English-speakers to Educate Tourist Guides

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Published on : Jan 23, 2015

English-speaking individuals can now get a chance to look behind the Iron Curtain of the most secretive nation in the world. According to a new program introduced by North Korea, foreigners will be employed to provide English-speaking training to local tourist guides. 

Over the course of a month, these foreign specialists at the Pyongyang Tourism College will teach the guides English as well as the fundamentals of how to work with tourists from different countries. 

Juche Travel Services, a travel company in North Korea, has launched this project and has said that the country is seeking foreigners who have a Tefl - teaching English as a foreign language - qualification or English speakers who have a certain number of years’ experience in the field of tourism management. Juche Travel Services is of the opinion that these foreign specialists will be able to positively contribute to North Korea’s tourism industry. The industry has been witnessing growth over recent times. 

It is only recently that North Korea began investing in the tourism industry. Some of the communist state’s most prestigious projects include the tourist city of Wonsan and the ski resort Masikryong. Western countries have been showing interest in North Korea since 2009. According to data provided by authentic sources, approximately 6,000 tourists visited the country every year with the help of an accredited travel agency. 

Juche Travel Services founder David Thompson said that North Korea has made it evident that it wishes to expand its tourism industry in the next few years. In order to accomplish this feat, foreign language skills and international tourism expertise is of a high priority.

Functioning on a non-profit basis, Juche Travel Services says that the project will not be paying the foreign teachers a salary in North Korea.

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