Our programs have many different levels of Breakaway Leader positions that provide support on all programs from start to finish.
Where do our Trip Leaders come from?
The Breakaway Tours Leaders come from a wide and eclectic background but all believe that working with youth and helping them travel and explore other places is the best job in the world. Our Trip Leaders range in age 21 (Trip Leader) to 40+ (Senior Program Directors) and all are available throughout the trip to the travelers for support, guidance, suggestions, and assistance.
Breakaway Leaders on destination must undergo background checks and a comprehensive training program before they are assigned to a destination. Our senior Trip Leaders have been to the destination on numerous occasions and are very familiar with the programs, destinations, hotels and tour partners to ensure that the group has the best experience possible.
What is the Leader/student ratio?
On our programs we aim for no less than a 1:25 ratio for our Breakaway Leaders to travelers. These are the ones on the program to run the events, make sure everyone is having fun and is safe, and to interact daily with the travelers (think of a camp counselor).
What other Breakaway Leader roles are there?
Beyond the Leader that travels to and from destination with our groups, there is a network of other Leaders to help make sure the program runs without issues. This includes a Program Director, Hotel Coordinator, Activities Coordinator, a Staff Coordinator, a Student Coordinator, event staff, Security, MCs, and others to support the Trip Leaders. Back in our head office we also have a team running the 24/7 emergency line.
Where/when does staffing start?
Our Breakaway Leaders will meet the group at the international airport gateway for our Beach trips or at the bus pick up location for our bus trips. They will be waiting in full uniform to meet the group and help them with check in, customs and immigration (if a beach trip), and will be on the flight/bus with them to their destination.*
**Please note domestic flights may not be staffed, and travelers will meet their Leader at the gate for their international flight.
How does staffing work in destination?
Upon arrival to our international destinations the Trip Leaders transfer with them to the hotel and hold a welcome meeting where the code of conduct is reviewed along with the trip itinerary, emergency procedures, notes and other issues relevant to the program, hotel or destination.
For our domestic bus trips, upon arrival to the hotel a welcome meeting will be held as well so that we can make sure everyone is on the same page about safety, what will be the itinerary day to day and other important information that our travelers need to know.
Trip Leaders will be around at the dedicated Breakaway Tours info desk during the daytime for both our bus and beach programs.
For our Beach trips, the Trip Leaders will also be monitoring areas like the beach, pool, and other common areas.
For our Bus trips, they will be joining our travelers on the slopes if skiing is included, going to the mall and will be around in other popular areas of the city that our travelers tend to flock to in case they need anything.
Since our night events are Breakaway exclusive, our Trip Leaders also will be at the night even making sure that everyone is having a good time in a safe environment. For our night events we also hire extra security to make sure only our travelers and staff are part of our party and to make sure we are creating the safest space possible.