Dear friends,

After 4 years of studying archaeology, 2,5 years of studies in Guides’ school, and 10 years of experience, I am now told that I am on a par with guides who have just finished an 8-week seminar.

Explaining the Parthenon frieze, at the New Acropolis Museum

Guide schools are closed; qualification exams are a thing of the past; the standards to which visitors to Greece had been used to are being scrapped.

Perhaps it’s not important that I and my colleagues may lose our means of making a living as a flood of new guides will offer their services to a shrinking pool of visitors.

Perhaps it is not important that some guides may know their way around a site well and others less so.

But you and all visitors to Greece will have no means of telling the former from the latter. There will be no way to make an informed choice before it’s too late.

Please sign this petition and tell the Greek Government that this is a move in the wrong direction. Please let them know that there is a demand for quality and that qualified professionals are not redundant.

Thank you for your time,

Aristotle Koskinas


If the link above does not work, you may find the petition here:

10 comments on “Overqualified

    • A thousand apologies. Somehow I didn’t see it when it was posted and only saw it now, that I’m #stayinghome due to the coronavirus.
      Thank you very much for your willingness to help. The issue is moot now, but just for the record, I don’t know of any way that you can sign a petition without providing an e-mail.
      Be well & stay safe.

      • I hope things came out well for you, Aristotle. We haven’t written to each other in years but I was impressed by your knowledge and wonderful teaching ability. I learned something every time I went to your blog, the same I’m sure as all of your readers. Good luck staying clean of the virus. I may have had it but I’m healthy again. Un saludo de España

      • Hi, Aristotle! Thanks for your message. Indeed, Spain has been hit very hard but so far I’m all right. I hope you and your family stay well. It has always been one of my dream excusions to travel to your country and see the places and monuments you present so well. When this virus nightmare is over, I may plan a trip. Perhaps we can see each other. I would surely look you up. Un saludo

  1. Hi Aristotle! I signed, and sent a copy of your blog entry to my fellow students in Modern Greek at Copenhagen University.
    Have a nice Christmas.

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