What are Social Tours?
Where can a homeless person spend the night? Where can one get free food, clothing or advice? The two-hour social tours in Athens, Basel or Glasgow make poverty, homelessness and social exclusion visible:
Homeless, unemployed and socially disadvantaged people show their city from an unusual perspective. They lead the visitor groups into their public living room, to an emergency sleeping place or to a street kitchen. The tour guides tell personal stories from their everyday life on the street. A shared goal is the reduction of prejudices.
Impact and Empowerment
In various cities, tours with guides affected by poverty are offered. A key goal of the offer is the empowerment of the guides:
They are accompanied on their way from being affected to becoming experts in their life ruptures. Together with experts, the tour guides develop their individual tours and texts in over 30 different cities on the basis of their life stories.
INST is the new foundation of an international network with the following goals:
- Knowledge transfer and social innovation for international tour providers
- Empowerment and new life perspectives for the tour guides
- Networking and raising social awareness through the international network
INST supports organisations that offer social tours. Through exchange, networking and further training the tour providers and tour guides receive support developing and setting up new tours.
INST raises awareness for topics such as poverty, homelessness and social exclusion. A common goal is to raise social awareness within the network: the breaking down of prejudices and fears of contact.
Empowerment of tour providers: The joint exchange of experiences among tour providers is the focus of an annual conference. The aim is to further develop the offer through knowledge transfer and workshops. Possible topics:
- Social support for tour guides
- Narrative biography work
- Creating tour texts
- Best practice examples
- Design concept for new tours
- Evaluation and organization tools
- Presence training and understanding of roles
- Communication with target groups
- Further development of tours and texts