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Poverty & Homelessness - guided by a homeless person in english

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Our alternative guided walking tour on poverty & homelessness.
Discover the different challenges that homeless people face and the diverse possibilities that the Viennese social system offers when people need it the most.
During this two hour long tour your guide – a (former) homeless person himself – will provide you with a mix of facts and personal stories that illustrate the complexity of homelessness. Together we will walk along the thin line of poverty and wellfare. We will pass places that are related to homelessness and will make you realize the contrasts of the city.
The content is homelessness, its challenges and the solutions that the city provides. While you are learning something new, you contribute to the re-integration of the guide into a stable living situation.
This is not a sightseeing tour – this is a tour about life. It therefore is an educational tour on a socio-politic topic. Please note that the tour does not visit shelters or expose homeless people.
Highlights
  • Travel with a small group, which helps facilitate productive discussion
  • Walking tour provides firsthand views of important landmarks
  • Guide provides in-depth commentary on the plight of homelessness in Vienna
  • Plenty of time to ask questions on this complex topic
What to Expect
Meet your guide and group of fellow curious travelers at a central location in Vienna. Listen to an introductory talk on the topic of homelessness in Vienna and in Austria, which will cover the challenges that homeless people face, the Viennese social system, and the underlying reasons for homelessness. You will be encouraged to share your thoughts and feelings on the subject and engage in a dialogue with your guide, who was homeless, and other group members.
Take off for a walking tour of Vienna to visit places around the city symbolic of the homelessness problem. For instance, visit a park to talk about the topic of people sleeping in public areas. Other stops provide jumping-off points to discuss the various issues facing homeless residents of Vienna and the social institutions tasked with helping them.
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are questioning whether to take the tour - do not hesitate. We took the tour with our two daughters (15 and 20) and can't rave about it more. Robert told his incredible story, explained the European system and helped us to gain a...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Justine F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to learn more about the current system in Austria and Vienna. I am new in Austria and hearing the real stories and the view of our guide was priceless. Everyone should attend this tour. Keep up...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Petra B
Perrine S, Geschäftsführer at SHADES TOURS Vienna, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Petra B, big thank you for joining our tour :-) We are super happy that you enjoyed the tour so much and recommend anyone to do one. We hope you will have a great time in Vienna. Best, your SHADES TOURS Team

Reviewed 16 June 2019 via mobile

Very interesting story, historical but individual as well. In nice form and structure. Thank you so much, Tarik! Recommend to all.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank 52larisah
Perrine S, Geschäftsführer at SHADES TOURS Vienna, responded to this reviewResponded 18 June 2019

Dear 52larisah, WOW that means a lot to us, thank you so much. We will forward your beautiful feedback to Tarek. All the best your SHADES TOURS Team

Reviewed 14 June 2019

Such a great perspective and insight into the Austrian welfare system along with a touch of a personal story! Will never view the homeless population the same way again - MUST DO!!More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank priyagopal
Perrine S, Geschäftsführer at SHADES TOURS Vienna, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2019

Dear priyagopal, thank you soooo much - we are more than happy to read that you had an amazing tour with Nina. We also think that our tours a MUST DO to get a better feeling or understanding for homeless people. We hope you enjoyed...More

Reviewed 13 June 2019

This tour was guided by authentic personalities that explained their own experiences and point of views of poverty and homelessness. They talked about many aspects of why and how people of Vienna endure and how they can over come unfortunate circumstances. It might not be...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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