It is with great disappointment that we will not be continuing the Better Places Traineeship this September. The Corona virus has caused for very difficult time in the travel industry worldwide.

We are aiming to start the next Traineeship in September 2021! So sign up for our newsletter and we will keep you informed of any developments.

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Traineeship for young professionals in Responsible Tourism

Are you looking for a challenging start of your career in responsible tourism? Then we might have a great opportunity for you!

Apply to the traineeship program by sending an email with your CV and motivation letter to [email protected]

The Traineeship

This traineeship gives you the chance to take your first steps into the field of (responsible) tourism. The traineeship offers opportunities for graduates to work as a trainee at Better Places in Leiden, Fairaway in Berlin or at one of our local partner organisations in Africa, Asia or Latin America. You could be working as a trainee with our partner in Suriname, Peru, Colombia, Nepal, Uganda, Madagascar or Ethiopia. We are still looking for more destinations that can offer placement for a trainee. 


Do you have more questions about the traineeship? Give a call to our office in Leiden and ask for Sem or Nynke. They both did the traineeship and are working for Better Places now!

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The training sessions are given by professionals with a background in tourism, marketing and/or communication. The courses and assignments cover amongst others the following topics:

  • Making travel proposals and itineraries 
  • Communication with customers 
  • Online marketing: Blogging &Video 
  • Sustainability & Certifications 
  • WordPress, SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) 
  • Travel spirit – software package 
  • Personal development 

Do you have questions regarding the traineeship, the application procedure or the activities and training sessions? Send an email to [email protected]!

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Selection process

 The traineeship will start in September 2021. The process consists of various steps.

  • Candidates applies for the traineeship with a motivation letter and résumé; 
  • Candidates will be selected for an interview at our office in Leiden; 
  • Positively chosen candidates will be linked to a (local) tour operator. Candidates will have a Skype/call with the local tour operator, to see whether there is a match; 
  • If both the candidate and the local tour operator are positive about the placement, the traineeship agreement can be finalized.  

We advise you to mention your preferred destination(s) where you would like to work as a trainee in your application. Most trainees will be placed for 10 months, but if you have another preference, please specify this in terms of months. We try to place everyone at their first choice of destination, but we cannot guarantee this.

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Costs and salary

The traineeship offers you the opportunity to learn and gain experience in the field of tourism and will prepare you for your first job. It is an investment in yourself and your future which you will benefit from during and after the process. This investment is made by us and the local tour operators. An investment of your side is required too, e.g. by executing your assignments and tasks, but also in the form of a financial contribution for your training session in the Netherlands to cover training costs. 

  • For the training sessions in the Netherlands trainees pay a onetime fee of 345 euros. This is to cover part of the costs of the tourism professionals that will train you and help you to prepare before taking off. Included are 12 days of training sessions. 
  • During the months that you are employed at the local tour operator you will receive a salary of around 500 euros (this is variable per destination and depends on the standard of living in the destination). 
  • Costs for flight, accommodation, visas etc. are your own responsibility (however in some cases the local tour operator pays part of the costs). 

Apply to the traineeship program by sending an email with your CV and motivation letter to [email protected]