The Recommended Geopark Guide System [R2G]
The Recommended Geopark Guide System encourages serving guides to enhance their knowledge on geology, culture and history and skills to be in line with international standards. It helps to promote the geoconservation, education and sustainable development of the geopark.
Basic Geopark Guide (B2G)
After completing an elementary/recognised geotourism training course (or an equivalent programme), guides should have basic knowledge of all eight geosites in Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark and be familiar with the sightseeing code, particularly the safety and geoconservation requirements. They should also be able to provide satisfactory geotour guide services.
Recommended Geopark Guide (R2G)
The AGHK proposes raising the bar for geopark guides, using more stringent criteria for awarding accredited qualifications. This would encourage guides who have completed basic training to deepen their knowledge of geology, biology and cultural heritage; learn about Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark’s planning and management approach; and enhance their communications skills in order to present information in an expressive and interesting way. This would result in higher quality guide services, which is particularly important when serving overseas visitors. Candidates who pass the assessment would become provisional R2Gs. They would be granted an R2G qualification upon completion of a six-month probationary period. Subsequently, all R2Gs would have to pass a re-assessment every two years to renew their qualification.
Accredited Geopark Guide (A2G)
To maintain the high standard of our guided geotours and geopark guides, and to uphold HKGP’s international image, the Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong decided to enhance the quality of geopark guides by implementing a Geopark Guide Accreditation System. Only geotours led by accredited geopark guides will be recognised as quality geotours, and geopark guides accredited by the Council can use the title Accredited Geopark Guide (A2G). This qualification is subject to re-assessment for renewal every three years.
How to become a Recommended Geopark Guide (R2G)
- Education. Must have F.5 level (S3 level under the New Senior Secondary curriculum) or above; completion of any of the geotourism, geopark or equivalent courses recognised by the R2G Secretariat.
- Experience. Must have at least 40 hours of proven experience in the previous year guiding geotours recognised by the R2G Secretariat .
- Conservation notion: Must understand and support the concepts of the R2G system and the importance of natural environment conservation (a written presentation should be attached to the application).
- Knowledge. Must support the geopark concepts, possess basic knowledge of geodiversity, biodiversity, geoconservation and geopark concepts, and have a thorough understanding of the principles, management and geological information of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark of China.
- Language ability. Must be able to clearly and fluently conduct a geotour, and present information on geological features and sites in his/ her mother language and at least one other language (e.g. Putonghua or English).
- Professional ethics. Must be committed to high standards of professional ethics, must be eager to learn and willing to cooperate with others, and must not have any record of misconduct.
- Risk cognition and management. Must clearly understand and be fully aware of the potential risks and safety issues associated with geotours, and have knowledge of appropriate risk-management techniques.
- Skills. Must have excellent skills in explaining geological features and guiding outdoor tours; must be able to plan, design and organise geotours; it will be an advantage to possess other related skills, such as first-aid and mountaineering.
- Physical condition. Must be in good shape, fit for outdoor activities.
- Personality. Must be enthusiastic, willing to learn and passionate about nature.
Remarks: R2G applications will be initially screened according to the above criteria before candidates are invited for the individual interview assessment.