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Why be a Local Guide?

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00024IMG_00024_BURST20170204131716_COVER (1).jpgPhoto Caption: Image of myself, @i_yudhi and @shirley jumping during a trip to Vancouver in January 2017.

There are millions of Local Guides around the world who share reviews, photos, and knowledge on Google Maps. Doing this helps others find great local places, supports small businesses, and can even make it easier for people to get vital information. (Think about the importance of knowing whether a place is wheelchair accessible or the hours of operation for a nearby clinic.)

 

There are many reasons why Local Guides contribute, but whether you love to review vegetarian restaurants or add missing info, you can make a huge impact on a global scale. By sharing your knowledge on Google Maps, you’re telling your story and having it seen by people all around the world. Being a Local Guide could also lead to being featured in a Local Guides video or getting an invitation to Google-hosted Local Guides events like last year’s Summit or this year’s Connect Live. If you have a story you want to tell on camera, tell us about it using this casting form.

 

In addition to helping others, connecting with like-minded Local Guides, and getting your stories told, your contributions could also get you perks. As a special surprise, perks may be offered from time to time to say “thanks!” for being a Local Guide. Recent perks include a digital subscription to The New York Times, free movie tickets from Atom, and discounted redBus tickets.

 

Didn’t get a perk? The Local Guides program is constantly evolving, and so are perks. We are always looking to offer more perks to more Local Guides, so be sure your email preferences have perks emails enabled by visiting your Local Guides home.

 

If you have a suggested partner, or a perk you would like to see offered in your area, we welcome your feedback in the comments below.

 

Sergey.pngPhoto Caption: Image of Local Guides from last year’s annual event in front of a LOVE sign in San Francisco. Photo credit: @SergeySud

 

 

86 Comments
Level 8

Hi Everyone,

 

This is Abrar Ahmad from Dubai, UAE. I am a level 8 Google Local Guide. I have been volunteerly contributing to  Google Maps since last fours years. Initially I did it as a hobby but now it’s a passion of my life. Because, I always had a dream to help people and it came true with the Google Maps where millions of people are getting help from my contributions to find their required routes and destinations and to get authentic informations about the places what they are looking for. 

I love traveling, meeting new people and exploring various cultures and places around the world. During my travel I have always been getting help from Google Maps and also trying to update the map by adding missing informations about the places. I love to take pictures of the place and share it on the map and review my experience with the services and facilities provided at the place I visit. 

I would like to hear from other local guides from around the world about their interests and experiences. 

 

Thanks

Level 10

@Abrar-Dawar Happy to see you here.

Keep it up and will see you at the top

 

Sudhi

 

 

@Abrar-Dawar Best of luck with your application for Connect live!

Level 8

Thank You Aslam and Best of Luck to you also.

 

@AslamMohammed

Level 8

Thank you so much Mr. @Sudhi for your lovely wishes. And best of luck for you also

Level 7

Lets meet up Guys. 

Can we have Dubai Meet up Please

Level 10

Hi @Abrar-Dawar,

 

It is great to know you a bit more.

 

All the best for the event

 

Jul

Level 8

Thank you so much @Julien44 .

Congrats for your big success of reaching to level 10.

Best of Luck for the event.

Level 8

Great idea Mr. @gbp125

 

Let’s have a meet up here in Dubai to see each other. Reply me with your suggestions.

 

thanks

Level 6

I agree with you it has become hobby and passion for me as well. I got involved in this program because it was useful to me in the past when looking for a place and recommendation about it. The reviews and photos posted on that place made me to make an informed decision and helped me in my course. I thought to myself to return the goodwill since I share the same passion for taking photos and writing reviews :)!

Being a local guide is a beautiful experience, because one can help other people around their environment and the world.

One of the things that I liked most about being part of this good google project is that it allows people to share their photos and comments in a free and objective way. It is also satisfying to know that our photos help others to reach the places they do not know, it is also important to use this tool because in countries like mine, where there are very dangerous areas and one needs to reach the specific place without deviating from the route.

 

And you, why do you like to be localguide?

My name: Rodolfo Otero

My country: El Salvador, La Libertad

My date: 24

About me: Computer engineering student, writer, I love listening to music all the time and my experience in localguides has been, so far excellent.

 

Hi @Rodolfo_Otero Welcome to Local Guides Connect.

 

 

Since you are new on the Community,

Please feel free to ask questions and engage with the Community.

Warm regards,

 

Billy Anderson.

Level 9

hello sister and brother..nice to meet u..nice photo and view..more contribution on connect and google maps

Ok, thanks, Billy.

Level 10

Thank you for sharing.

Best Regards
Rezgar

Level 9

Hi @TraciC

The Local guides are really motivate and encouraged by Google from time to time perks ,

Thank you for the link ,we would love to share our stories,

Have a nice day

Level 10

Hi @TraciC,

 

Thanks for sharing.

 

I didn't know there was a casting process. It is good to know.  

 

 

See you around!

 

Jul

 

Level 10

One big diverse family!!!

Level 8

Hi @TraciC i want another Go-Pay voucher from GO-JEK.

Thanks 🙏 

Level 8

Your jump is always very inspiring to me @TraciC.

 

I loved the shared photos. Thanks for sharing.

And enjoyed the writing.

 

Sajol Kumar Das

Bangladesh

Level 9

Jumping Traci, Jumping Ivan Yudhi, Jumping Shirley

 

Nice sharing @TraciC :D

 

For me, there is no reason to be a Local Guide, but to help others through Google Maps.

 

Have you ever heard about passive income theory by Robert T Kiyosaki? Do a little investment, then money will come to you continously.

 

In Google Maps, we 'invest' a little contribution, and we will earn everlasting happiness because of many people will helped by our past contribution :)

Local Guide Connect is a platform to make us known each other.

That will improve the relation helping the people in need, say a person in need of special treatment in a location.

The volunteers can play the role even by sending information to the authorities about a mishap in an unfamiliar area.

I want you too to discuss about this.

 

https://youtu.be/VuPKNZV-95Y

Level 5

Its always good to help others in need. It is also inspiring to know that people use information and pictures that you share.

Level 8

we miss this type of posts from you @TraciC ,very nice photos :)

the last story i shared is here and  i am very motivated to share more stories about me and my country and soon i will share on the link you shared very very nice idea :)))

one last thing is it okay to talk with businesses owners in our areas to get perks for local guides members ??

 

 

I really appreciate that.

Thanks for sharing. @TraciC you're right there are many reasons why Local Guides contribute and i also  believe being a local guides trough gmap platform is a way to connect and transfer information and knowledge we have with  others..

 

 

So, What if the team is considering giving back free Strorage in Google Drive or maybe in the future Google One? :)  . The best perks for Indonesia is GO-JEK, Airy Room, AyoPop, Thanks Local Guides :))))

Level 6

Muchas gracias por compartir...Saludos desde Ecuador

Level 8

I would like to recommend a traveloka/tiket.com voucher for a perk, as this app really related to googlemaps, and the voucher could be reedemed for flight tickets or hotel ;)

 

Level 10

Great post @TraciC. I would like to see perk specific for Cambodia too. How about getting free promo code for free ride on Taxi App? Like Pass App here https://www.facebook.com/passapptaxis/. LG like exploring so offering transport perk make sense. Please!

Level 6

@TraciC wrote:

00024IMG_00024_BURST20170204131716_COVER (1).jpgPhoto Caption: Image of myself, @i_yudhi and @shirley jumping during a trip to Vancouver in January 2017.

 

There are millions of Local Guides around the world who share reviews, photos, and knowledge on Google Maps. Doing this helps others find great local places, supports small businesses, and can even make it easier for people to get vital information. (Think about the importance of knowing whether a place is wheelchair accessible or the hours of operation for a nearby clinic.)

 

There are many reasons why Local Guides contribute, but whether you love to review vegetarian restaurants or add missing info, you can make a huge impact on a global scale. By sharing your knowledge on Google Maps, you’re telling your story and having it seen by people all around the world. Being a Local Guide could also lead to being featured in a Local Guides video or getting an invitation to Google-hosted Local Guides events like last year’s Summit or this year’s Connect Live. If you have a story you want to tell on camera, tell us about it using this casting form.

 

In addition to helping others, connecting with like-minded Local Guides, and getting your stories told, your contributions could also get you perks. As a special surprise, perks may be offered from time to time to say “thanks!” for being a Local Guide. Recent perks include a digital subscription to The New York Times, free movie tickets from Atom, and discounted redBus tickets.

 

Didn’t get a perk? The Local Guides program is constantly evolving, and so are perks. We are always looking to offer more perks to more Local Guides, so be sure your email preferences have perks emails enabled by visiting your Local Guides home.

 

If you have a suggested partner, or a perk you would like to see offered in your area, we welcome your feedback in the comments below.

Sergey.pngPhoto Caption: Image of Local Guides from last year’s annual event in front of a LOVE sign in San Francisco. Photo credit: @SergeySud

 

 


Thanks for sharing!

Connect Moderator

Haha @TraciC, besides another great post. Thanks for using @SergeySud’s photo. I know he, @AnuradhaP @SampsonF @TimBull @BellaLui and Esther will appreciate seeing this photo again and the fun morning we had exploring San Francisco’s Union Square during last year’s LGSummit17.

 

Cheers,

Karen

Level 8

@KarenVChin Thanks for tagging me...

Level 8

This is an amazing re-encouragement. Thanks share this @TraciC. I am a proud member of this community ..

Happy Guiding!!!

Level 8

@KarenVChin @TraciC

Amazing!

 

That day was such a fun day! Great Photo! Its amazing being a local guide and getting to share such amazing experiencing. 

Level 10

I will try to explain my thoughts:

 

1) because it's fun

2) because it's useful

3) because you could be a local guide wherever and whenever you want

4) because you can take 3-4 months of vacation without any advice :D

5) because is addictive, and push you out of your comfort zone

6) because could improve your photography skills

7) because will help you to see the world with different eyes

8) because you will visit countries like a local, with the global Local Guides friendship

 

More to come :)

Level 8

Thanks for sharing with us #TraciC

Level 3

thank u 

Level 7

Thank you Tracie. Is there anyway to email back and forth with an administrator briefly to help get rid of some of the bugs and problems I have with my setup. I should become Level 7 today and I don't want beginners problems slowing me down. Thx, StLouisBill

Level 9

thanks for sharing this info @TraciC

Level 6

También me gustaría transporte para boletos de avion desce Ecuador a otras partes del mundo gratis ya que así podríamos contribuir más y más.

Level 3

I am interested to help other and working with Google is also my dream 

Level 6

7number

Level 1

Thank you for sharing. It is a good platform for us to know more and share more

Level 5

Thank's for your inform.

Level 6

Thank you for writing this and solving my all problems . I am a sri Lankan and can i get perks feom google like t shirt

Just signed in few minutes ago. I am still new at this. Any recommendations to be a local guide?

Level 7

It help us in finding local map so good, thanks you alot

My web, also use Google local guide, thanks again

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Level 10

Important article
thank u 

Level 7

Thank you

The best perk for us Indian Local Guides will be "Flipkart" or "Bookmyshow" gift voucher.

That will make us really happy.