Sandra's Tours

My Story

How I became a city guide


This is a story that in fact started a long time ago. 

I’m from Portugal, a country of seafarers that reached between the 15th and the 16th centuries faraway countries like India, Brazil, China and Japan, becoming a world trading maritime empire. Discoveries and travelling are in our veins and the contact with other cultures always fascinated me. In Lisbon, I studied History at Nova University, in front of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Also there, I finished a Post-Graduation to become a qualified History teacher.

In December 2007, I came to the Netherlands with my husband, also Portuguese. We didn’t have any friends or family here to guide us and show us the way. So, when we moved to Almere, I said to him: “Let’s travel around the Netherlands to get to know the country”. Meanwhile, I began to write a blog, sharing our trips in the Netherlands and across Europe. Many times, I was told “You should be a tour guide”, but I needed to wait some time due to health reasons.

In 2017, I underwent a complicated surgery and I spent great part of the year between homecare and the hospital, managing very delicate situations. After everything was fine, I restarted slowly, doing some voluntary work with local organizations such International Almere, Corrosia (Team Franc 2018) and the Heritage House (during the Heritage Days). 

In September 2018, I became Portuguese teacher at Volksuniversiteit Almere and started to follow a course at ROC Amsterdam to become a National Guide in The Netherlands. For 14 months I studied History of the Netherlands, Architecture, Dutch Landscape, Cities Geography, Dutch Painting History and Guiding Methods and Techniques. All the training was in Dutch: lessons, books, study visits, presentations, practical works like guiding in the bus, on the boat, during a city walking tour or at museums. I studied hard and I got very good grades that I’m very proud of.

In December 2019, I finished my studies. In the meantime, the pandemic started and I took the time to know Flevoland better, and for my volunteer work as Art Ambassador in Almere. Meanwhile, in January 2021, I received an invitation to make the first virtual city tour for the first online “Welcome to Almere” event organized for the expat community by the Almere City Hall. In March, I created my website and opened my professional Instagram account. 

My aim is to help expats in their journey by organizing city walking tailor-made tours (solo/with partner/kids) and their friends or relatives when visiting (parents, in-laws, etc). A work that I started when I created the “Welcome to Almere Tour” for International Almere in 2019. At my website you’ll find expats testimonials and photos. On my Instagram you’ll have a taste of the different regions of The Netherlands. 

If you wish to visit Amsterdam, Utrecht, Den Haag, Haarlem or Almere, come with me! 

I’m in permanent discovery mode! You can always reach me at sandra@sandrastours.nl to discuss other possibilities. Let’s keep in touch!

Education and Work & Volunteering in NL

Work

Languages: Portuguese, English, Dutch and French

Awarded Photo

Co-winner of the first prize Tourism Flevoland 2009 Photography Contest

Volunteer Work

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