VOLUNTEERING AS A CHAPERON ON A SCHOOL TOUR TO AFRICA

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I would like to volunteer as a chaperon for a students educational tour to Africa. Are there any special qualification that one should have? Where can I apply for the position and will the school pay for all my expenses for the safari?


ANNE HUYSMAN REPLIES

When school, colleges or clubs that handle minors organize educational trips abroad or even day trips they vet the tour leaders / chaperons with care.

Often learning institutions are more likely to source a chaperon within their internal network, either current teachers or parents of current students rather than openly advertise for the position. The main reason for this is that the eduactional trip abroad is still part of the school curriculum and the school remains responsible for the welfare of the students.

So bringing in an outsider as student chaperon, however qualified he may be, if the school has not associated with him on the day-to-day student affairs the risks are too high if it turns out that the chaperon is found wanting in the course of the eduactional trip.

On qualification of the chaperon, social qualification weighs more than academic. So if you want to apply, seek to do so with schools that you interact with either as parent or a volunteer and where they can vouch for your social qualifications.

And should the school pay for the chaperon's safari? Most likely not, unless on your own you are bringing a big number of subscribers who can off set your expenses.