THE work of a tour guide can be difficult and challenging considering they're the first point of contact for a group of visitors or tourists to a particular place.
They're learned about their surroundings, cultural links and historical sites here and there, helping the tourism industry rake in much needed investment and income for the economy and their own families.
For Joseph Nayacalevu, being a guide for visitors to Wainiyabia Village has a lot of benefits.
The village belongs to the yavusa Toluga, mataqali Nakauraki under the guidance of the the turaga ni yavusa taukei Qamo in the province of Serua.
He attended Lomary primary and secondary school until he found a job at the Uprising Beach Resort in Deuba.
For four years, his role as a tour guide forged many friendships with tourists from Europe, United Kingdom, Alaska, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand.
"This job allows you to meet people from different countries and backgrounds," he said.
"You get to share your culture and traditions with them.
"They in turn share about where they're from it's the best job in the world.
"I'm also a qualified jet-ski operator so it's fun when your job teaches you something new in life.
"There's the Waisese waterfall tour at the village in collaboration with Uprising for tourists and visitors.
"They go through a trek from the village and sometimes end the tour with a ride down the river. There was a time when a disabled tourist wanted to go on the trek but the tour guide wouldn't let him.
"I volunteered to carry him all the way to the waterfalls which are about an hour away and back. I felt good and happy that I was able to put a smile on this tourist's face and gave him the Fiji experience he came here for.
"When visitors need rest or are struggling with the hike, we are on hand to help them reach their destination.
"Just recently, a group of Dutch tourists spend an overnight camp at the waterfalls.
"They wanted some guys from the village to be their security so we went up with them. They really enjoyed our Fijian hospitality. We made a lovo for them - dalo, chicken and palusami.
"Then we brought our guitar out and played them some taralala tunes. It was a lot of fun for them and us as well.
"When they come to Fiji, they always look forward to this kind of experience.
"You think they'd vasisila the mud or swampy trek, no way.
"They were excited about going through the bush and listening to stories we shared with them about our ancestors and how they lived."
The young bloke is planning a holiday trip abroad soon and hopes something positive could come out of this visit. The former Davuilevu Knights rugby league player who also had a stint with the Namatakula Tigers is optimistic about securing a club contract and employment in Australia.
Over the Easter weekend, he was given a special role to play during the enactment of the Stations of the Cross.
"I was chosen to play Jesus so I had to grow my beard," he said touching his face.
"It was an important role and I was privileged to play the part of Jesus on his final journey to his crucifixion."
In the meantime, Joseph says his focus now is helping out with village projects and development.