Role and Expectations
The Role of a Trip Leader
Trip Leaders are responsible for educating their participants on social issues impacting their service site(s), familiarizing them with the community in which they will be working, and training participants on the skills they will need to successfully and effectively complete the project. Resources to guide this education process will be provided in trip leader training sessions.
Plan Trip and Pre-Trip Logistics
Trip Leaders are required to coordinate pre-trip meetings with participants, plan a detailed trip schedule including free-time activities, organize team fundraisers (as requested by participants), and facilitate group teambuilding experiences on and before their trip. Support will be provided by Buck-I-SERV Advisory Board members throughout the planning process.
Trip Leaders will help plan and ensure the facilitation of reflection activities on each day of the break trip. As a crucial component of each trip, reflection must be encouraged by trip leaders in a positive and thoughtful manner.
Trip Leaders oversee daily logistics, manage group dynamics, enforce and educate the Substance Free policy, and facilitate daily reflections. Through this oversight, trip leaders should help to build team unity, encourage full participation, and promote a fun and open environment for learning about oneself and others before and during the trip.
Mandatory Leader Trainings and Events
If selected as a winter trip leader, full attendance and participation at the following trainings and events is required. Please mark your calendars for the following dates.
Leader Training #1- September 22nd from 5-7pm (Ohio Union- Cartoon Room 1)
Winter Break Kick-Off Event- October 4th at 6pm (Ohio Union- Performance Hall)
Leader Training #2- October 6th from 5-7pm (Ohio Union- Great Hall Meeting Rooms 1 & 2)
Leader Training #3- October 20th from 5-7pm (Ohio Union- Cartoon Room 1)
Leader Training #4- November 3rd from 6-8pm (Ohio Union- Interfaith Prayer & Reflection Room)
Pre-Departure Meeting- November 24th from 5-7pm (Ohio Union- Cartoon Room 1)
Due to significant time and energy committed on the part of leaders toward the management and overall success of their trips, leaders will attend trips AT A REDUCED COST, contingent upon adherence to all expectations listed above. Missed training sessions and trip-related events will result in an increased cost in trip, up to the full participant price of the designated trip.
Short Answer/Essay Questions
Trip leaders will be expected to respond to the following application questions. We encourage applicants to review and draft responses prior to accessing the application to avoid issues with the system "timing out".
What strengths would you bring to a Buck-I-SERV team as a leader?
What do you hope to gain by serving as a leader on a Buck-I-SERV trip?
Do you believe providing education before the trip and reflection during the trip is important AND why?