Who are the staff on your trips?
Our team is made up of experienced, mature adults. All staff are re-certified annually in First Aid and CPR. In addition, we run background checks and put candidates through an extensive interview process before they are considered for employment with us. All of our staff participates in an annual staff training workshop, and our Trip Leaders undergo further training. The staff we choose are experienced, responsible, good natured, and fun, so our participants enjoy sharing experiences with them. Most of our Trip Leaders have lived and studied or worked in their destination country and are extremely knowledgeable about the history and culture of that place. The vast majority of them are also fluent in the language of that country.
It is the job of the staff to keep the fun clean and happening, the learning and the laughter in good balance, and most importantly to oversee the safety of the participants. Minimum staff to student ratios are one staff member to every seven participants, but usually the ratio is actually 1 to 5. Trip Leaders and Senior Counselors account for most staff. Trips may also include one or two Junior Counselors, who are college students with a history of TFT travel, and one or more Counselors in Training (CIT’s) with limited responsibility. CIT’s are not counted in staff-participant ratios.