Three dynamic women who have staked out successful careers in the adventure tourism industry will inspire your female students to explore new career pathways.
Female role models help get this career on the radar of women and girls because they’re able to see someone who looks like them on the job. The video reveals the personal experiences and insights of successful women working in this field.
Adventure tourism and related industries employ millions of people. Increasing numbers of women are establishing rewarding careers in this traditionally male-dominated field.
Career Options for Women -- Adventure Tourism:
This 24-minute video features profiles of three women with successful careers in adventure tourism:
- Diny Harrison, a certified mountain guide with experience in Italy, Switzerland, and other countries
- Mylène Pronovost, a dog sled musher and outdoor activities instructor
- Marie-Josée Blanchette, an ecotourism development agent who plans and guides wilderness tours
Additional information from co-workers and supervisors supplements each job profile.
Meet the role models featured in the Adventure Tourism video:
Diny: Mountain Guide
Diny Harrison is as comfortable climbing up a mountain as she is racing down one. She is an internationally certified mountain guide.
Diny also works as an assistant manager in her company, making sure everything goes according to plan. Diny shares in her clients' joy as they go places they've never been and see things they've never seen.
Mountain Guide Diny has a mountain of experience to offer her clients and is super fit for her job, both physically and mentally. For her, scaling mountains is a walk in the park. “Being a mountain guide is a great way of life. You get the opportunity to be in the outdoors all the time, doing what you really love to do.”
Mylène: Dogsled Musher
Mylène Pronovost is what you would call a guide of all trades. In the winter time she's a dogsled musher.
The company Mylène works for, L'Univers du traîneau à chien, has over a hundred dogs for their winter dogsledding tours and offers other outdoor activities in the warmer season.
Mountain Guide Mylène keeps a full slate of projects, starting with being a canoe guide during the summer. She'll be checking out the parks and rivers in Western Canada, then perhaps moving to South America to work as a guide. For Mylène, being a dogsled musher is more play than work.
Marie-Josée Blanchette is an eco-tourism development agent for a group of fishing and hunting tour operators. She plans ecotours targeted at people who'd rather enjoy nature and learn from it, than bag the big one.
Chickadees, thrushes, ospreys, robins and Northern gannets - Marie-Josée introduces her customers to all of them. Birds are just one facet of research she does to ensure that her customers’ visit is enjoyable and a great learning experience.
Eco-tourism Agent Marie-Josée is passionate about her job. She believes it takes true love of nature to be a good wilderness guide. Marie-Josée does a lot of research on the local fauna for her work and she is happy to share her knowledge with tourists.
Run time: 24 minutes total, including three segments of approximately 8 minutes each.
Format: DVD. Closed-captioned.
Note: Videos are interspersed with Canadian salary and labor statistics, which are similar to the numbers in the United States.
Policies: There is a no-return policy on these videos.
Grade Level: Middle School, High School, Two-Year College, Four-Year University