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   HELLAS BIKE

Bike Guide in Crete

During the season 2015 (middle of April to the end of October) we will be running our station with a team of up to 10 persons. Every season it turns out to be a rather international team, so there are three company languages with us, English, German and Greek - in this order.

Your working environment

Generally: West Crete does not mean mass tourism as yet but smaller hotels and family pensions. As soon as you leave the busy coastal road you'll find unspoilt nature and overwhelming Cretan hospitality.

Our guests: 70% Scandinavians (mostly families), 15% British, 10% German-speakers and 5% of diverse nations (please don't consider applying if you don't like children!)

Climate: beginning of May to end of October 22-30°C, during July and August rarely up to 38°C, water 20-27°C, until May and from the middle of September some rain showers possible.

Your job

international working climate & plenty of variety

  • Guide for Level 1 Tours i.e. followed by Mini-Bus with trailer. Familiy-friendly bike trekking up to 55 km, mainly downhill on asphalt, some natural roads. Ten strictly defined routes.
  • Driving the Mini-Bus with trailer - as we have no drivers-only our guides take turns in driving the bus
  • Bike-Service and maintainance (i.e. cleaning), especially after the return of the tours in the evening
  • Presentation of our tours and programme at the Welcome-meetings of our partners such as Thomas Cook, Ving, Spies, Tjaereborg, TUI Nordic, Apollo, Falk-Lauritsen, Sunweb, etc.
  • Shop-duty, occasionally, i.e. rental of Bikes, sale of sportswear, giving information about tours and answering the telephone, general shop maintainance.
  • Working conditions

    Six (6) days a week, although the same fixed free day every week cannot be guaranteed as slow business or poor weather conditions may make changes necessary, additional working days will be compensated accordingly at the beginning of each following month.

    Salary

    • 1st month: paid training, final qualification 'Cretan Bike Guide', trainee salary according to previous experience.
    • 2nd to 6th month: Euros 1,000/month (i.e. 25 working days).
    • legal Greek health, unemployment and pension insurance
    • non-monetary benefits i.e. partly free food, drinks and snacks on tours, quality bike for private use etc. at a value of approx. Euros 200 per month

    Working hours

    Bike Tours and Bike Station are operating between 08:00-21:00, individual working schedules for guides fall within these hours, guides are required to work either 2 half-day trips or 1 full-day trip a day or 1 half-day + shop duty according to a weekly changing schedule, 'siesta'-break (1-2 hrs.) usually possible

    Probation Period: 4 weeks

    Arrangement and payment of transport to/from Crete are at the employees own discretion.

    Accommodation

    available; 2-room appartment sharing with 1 other guide; costs: approx. Euros 180 approx. per month/pers.

    Our expectations

    • age 22 - 40
    • sporting biker with love of MTB and Road Racing
    • friendly and customer-orientated
    • responsible personality
    • experience in tourism or group dynamics
    • interest in other cultures
    • driving license B
    • good working knowledge of English
    • Scandinavian languages and/or German useful
    • experience of bike service and some mechanics

    Linda Ambrose-Mischopoulou
    Station Manager - Hellas Bike Chania Crete, Greece


    DOWNLOAD JOB APPLICATION FORM (pdf)

    Apply to: e-mail linda.hellasbike@gmail.com

    or phone (30)28210-60858 Fax (30)28210-38083