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SENIOR TRIP EXPERIENCE LEADER @ RIOGUIDES.BIZ
Koen Vandezande
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ABOUT ME

Koen Vandezande

SENIOR TRIP EXPERIENCE LEADER @ RIOGUIDES.BIZ
I am Koen Vandezande, I was born in Leuven, a city in Belgium in 1968. It is also the city where I grew up and got my degree of Information Technology. After my military service I worked for 19 years in a hospital in Brussels, where started as a junior programmer and ended my career in IT as an IT manager in the same hospital. In 2008 I moved to Brazil and I decided I wanted to do something completely different in life and follow my passion, travel. So, I started a new career as a local guide in Rio de Janeiro and as a trip leader in South America and Western-Europe.

EXPERIENCE

RioGuides

LOCAL GUIDE & TRIP LEADER @ 2008 – Present (+12 years)

Independent contractor since 2008, providing services as local guide in Europe and Rio de Janeiro, as well as a trip leader for groups in South America and as a Program Director on river cruise ships in Western Europe.

Clinique St. Etienne Kliniek

ITC MANAGER @ 2005 – 2008 (3 years - 6 months)

Management of the Information Technologie service of a small Belgian hospital.

Clinique St. Anne St. Remi St. Etienne

SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR @ 1999 – 2004 (6 years)

Management and administration of the entire Information Technology and Communications parc of 2 hospitals in Brussels.

Clinique St. Etienne Kliniek

SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR @ 1996 – 1998 (2 years - 11 months)

Management and administration of the entire information technology park. The physical machine room (Mainframe, Mini’s, Intel based servers, network, etc. …) as well as the maintenance of system software’s for the entire park.

PROGRAMMER ANALYST @ 1991 – 1996 (4 years - 9 months)

Programming on mainframe in a VM/ESA and VSE/ESA environment. Analysis and programming in COBOL, REXX, RPG II and Assembler. Configuration and maintenance of standalone PC's (DOS 3.x and OS/2) and Helpdesk.


Belgian Armed Forces (Military Service)

SERGANT S2/S3 @ 1990 – 1991 (10 months)

Military training and working with IT infrastructure for operations and security.

Clinique St. Etienne Kliniek

Junior Programmer @ 1989 – 1990 (6 months)

Programming and maintenance of legacy software in a CICS/Cobol environment on a mainframe architecture.

Neels N.V.

LABORAR @ 1989 (4 months)

Distribution of drinks in catering establishments in and around Leuven. Loading and unloading trucks with a forklift.
EDUCATION

Protur Escola Técnica de Turismo, BR

REGIONAL GUIDE OF RIO DE JANEIRO @ 2008 – 2009

Regional Guide in the state of Rio de Janeiro at Protur, Rio de Janeiro, BR

Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven, BE

BACHELOR'S DEGREE IN COMPUTER SCIENCE @ 1987 – 1989

Bachelor's degree in computer sience at Rega School Leuven, BE

Don Bosco Haacht, BE

PHYSICAL SCIENCES @ 1980 – 1986

High School, Haacht, BE.
LANGUAGES

Dutch / Flemish

NATIVE LANGUAGE

French

FLUENT

Spanish

READING - WRITING - UNDERSTSANDING - SPEAKING

English

FLUENT

Portuguese

FLUENT

German

READING - UNDERSTANDING
TESTIMONIALS
‘ Wonderful personality and language ability enabled him to navigate every location with ease. He was effective in regard to problem-solving and very diplomatic. I would say he was one of our favorite trip leaders. Certainly enjoyed just being around him. Because of him, our group was cohesive and well managed. ’
‘ We loved Koen. For a Belgian living in Brazil and being a Program Director through Germany, we thought his historical knowledge was excellent. My husband is a history nut and Koen was able to answer all his questions. Koen is definetly a leader who was always available to assist in any way needed. He is very perceptive and senses when people may be holding back. Koen has a great sense of huor and while he may seem a little crazy, he is really a fun person and made all our walking tours enjoyable. We liked Koen so much as a Program Director that we are seriously considering a new OAT trip through Brazil, Argentina and Chile that he is leading starting in November. ’
‘ Koen was our "coach" and we were his atentive "team"! What an excellent ambasador for Brazil, OAT and our natural world. Koen found countless opportunities to introduce us to the local residents, converse with them, tell us, about their individual lives, jobs, education, etc. and translate for us from Portuguese, personal stories they shared. He was a great problem solver, atentive and pro-active.’
CLIENTS
OAT
GCCL
Blumar
Passion Brazil
Voyageurs du monde
Castelo Viagens
Kuoni
Amahuaca
CONTACT ME
+55(21)985.906.685
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koen@rioguides.biz
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R. das Laranjeiras, 391; Rio de Janeiro, 22240-005
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