Call for Chinatown Democracy Tour Docents

Agency Description

Established in 1965, the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco is a community based non-profit that seeks to spark intercultural discovery and promote a more diverse society.  We pursue our mission through international art exhibitions, educational  programs for all ages, and a variety of cultural events.

Position Description:  Democracy Docents

The Chinese Culture Center seeks energetic communicators to lead groups of 15 to 20 people all ages on tours of San Francisco Chinatown to educate both community residents and visitors from afar about the important role that Chinese Americans have played in the development of California’s multi-ethnic democracy.  Tours last up to 2 hours.  Docents introduce a dozen sites to participants, telling stories, providing historical context, and encouraging interactive conversations.

Compensation:  $50 per tour, starting



  • Lead groups on interactive 2 hour tours of Chinatown, ensuring safety, learning, and enjoyment.  Groups vary from school-age to adult.  Tours take place on weekday and weekends, usually 10 am to noon.

  • Educate participants about the contributions of Chinese Americans to our multi-ethnic democracy utilizing curriculum created by the Chinese Culture Center.

  • Participate in 10 to 15 hours of training (depends on familiarity with Chinese American history)

  • Introduce groups to the art gallery as available

  • Mindfully serve as a representative for the Chinese Culture Center and the Chinese community.


  • Excellent communication, public speaking, and interaction skills.

  • Enjoys interacting with school children and adults.

  • Previous study or familiarity with Chinese American history or the experiences of people of color in America preferred.

  • Willingness to learn, create dialogue, share perspectives, and stimulate discussion with the public about the Chinese American experience.

  • Able to walk the hills of Chinatown.

  • Availability on weekdays preferred.


  • Flexible schedule

  • Complimentary membership entitles you to discounts in our programs, classes, and gift shop.

  • Opportunity to explore culture and become part of the Chinatown community!
Please send your resume to: tours[at] and/or complete the Docent/Volunteer application on our website (