Visit the United Nations
About the Visitors Service
Visiting the United Nations in Vienna offers a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the work of international governmental organizations. We are the global centre for issues ranging from nuclear technology and disarmament to space satellites and combating transnational organized crime, to name a few. Every year our multilingual tour guides introduce more than 55,000 people from around the world to the Vienna International Centre and the work of the UN organizations based here.
The Visitors Service offers a range of different tours and activities, specializing in formats for young people such as our flagship thematic tours on human rights and sustainable development for secondary schools, Kinderkonferenz and Ferienspiel programmes for younger children, and a lecture programme catering to academic audiences.
Our guides come from around the world and represent the linguistic and geographical diversity of the United Nations themselves. Each guide is fluent in English and German, and usually in least one other language. Languages currently spoken within our team include Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Slovak and Spanish.
We receive many inquiries about how to become a tour guide. The Visitors Service usually conducts a recruitment round every 1-2 years - look out for openings on careers.un.org where vacancies are posted. What does it take to be a UN tour guide? You will need at least a high school diploma and some good basic UN knowledge to build on. But most of all you should be an engaging presenter who sincerely enjoys inter-acting with people from all walks of life.