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Re: Wilderness Guide Courses
The Course co-ordinater is my best mate here in Finland....Timo Jarvenpaa,hell of a nice chap. Finland's winter tourism has been hit extremely hard these last 2 yrs due to the financial crisis that hit the world.Tourism is the 1st to suffer so companies are really struggling to stay afloat here. This means that these companies end up employing less staff which in turn has a knock on effect with regards to the amount of jobs available for the amount of qualified wilderness guides out there.
Hence why these companies can get away with paying barely minimal wages. I blame this also on the British companies that set up shop over here looking to make a quick buck with regards to the Father xmas season. They offer cheap flights,fly in fly out deals and unfortunately safari companies are left with very little profit from this kinda venture and suffer in the long term. What happens is that many of these companies end up employing one or two qualified guides and the rest are a pool of cheap student labor (Doing practical training) with little or no experience of dealing with clients in arctic conditions. If only these tourists new the full extent of the dangers they were arriving to here they probably wouldn't come here.
2 yrs ago I was up in Enontekio for the Father Xmas stint and had numerous heated arguments with the organizers over health and safety issues which were just brushed aside as well as the treatment of their own employees.......My wife was with me working in the same place and we nearly left after 2 weeks due to her being spoken like a peace of dirt by the exec director for one of these UK based ventures.
Life isn't all bad as a wilderness guide but there needs to be a lot of improvements made. Millions Marks and now Euros gets promote the winter tourist trade here in Finland...its just a pity that nothing gets done with regards to improving the working conditions wilderness guides have to put up with here. I have numerous horror stories of guides even being threatened with their lives from unruly employers to not being payed for months on end for work done.
I could go on & on but that is not what this thread is about.....is it.