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Barcelona continues to flourish as a major tourist destination, now being the fourth most visited city in Europe. However, like many other cities, it has had its share of challenges with providing support to those experiencing homelessness. The folks at ‘Hidden City Tours’ saw an opportunity to use one of Barcelona’s greatest strengths – its tourism industry – to spark change for the city’s homeless population. By offering employment as tour guides to individuals dealing with homelessness, Hidden City Tours provides meaningful work and a way to a better life. Hidden City’s guides are recruited from social services, soup kitchens, and charities, and then coached and trained to show travelers a side of Barcelona rarely found in a guidebook. Who better to show travelers around the streets of Barcelona than someone who has lived there? Each guide has a unique story, deep knowledge of the city, and can’t wait to take their participants to the touristy – and not so touristy – areas and share Barcelona’s hidden secrets.
After a guided exploration of the city, enjoy some light tapas prepared by the chefs at a local soup kitchen, Chiringuito de Dios (God’s Beach Bar), while learning a bit more about its mission and involvement in the local community (Chiringuito’s primary function is as a soup kitchen, but offers tapas service subject to availability).
Please note, this program provides a unique take on a “city tour” and does not provide the historical background of a classic city tour.
“Be prepared that this is not a tourist experience, but one that will call on a deeper level of understanding and involvement.” – Kathleen E. Fall 2017 Lifelong Learner Voyager