FOC Walking Tour Guides

If you are interested in being considered for 2022 class contact the office at 504-523-3939 or Clink the link above for the application and return to the email

The Friends of the Cabildo (FOC) Walking Tour Guide Training Program provides intensive and comprehensive training for tour guides.

The classes are under the expert direction of Friends of the Cabildo Tour Guide Committee led by Robi Robichaux and Grey Sweeney who are assisted by a staff of volunteer FOC tour guides. The program provides an intensive overview of New Orleans History, architecture and culture.

In addition to the academic component, trainees are provided training in presentation techniques, procedures for conducting tours, and other practical guidelines. An extensive reading list is provided. Trainees must also complete a series of “tag alongs” with certified FOC guides to give them proper field experience.


Students are guided in the creation and practice of their own self-designed walking tours of the French Quarter.

Students must pass a one-on-one tour with an evaluator, as well as a critiqued tour with a group under the observation of an experienced guide. Students are prepared for a written examination conducted by the city of New Orleans as a prerequisite to obtaining a tour guide license.

Those who complete the program are expected to make a commitment to the FOC to serve as a volunteer guide for a period of two years. Guides are generally scheduled to give tours one or two times per month during this period.

The walking tour guide class is offered one time per year at the Cabildo. Please email us if you would like to receive alerts about upcoming class information as it becomes available. Acceptance into the program is contingent upon an interview process following application.

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