Staff Leader Position
The position of staff leader is an integral part of the service experience. This opportunity is unique because it offers the faculty or staff member the ability to work and interact with students in an off-campus service setting. An important component of the staff leader role is balancing the fostering of good relationships and a necessary advisory role with that of being the ultimate decision maker. We strongly encourage student empowerment and development. We expect the staff leader to give students opportunity to do such. However, if a situation or an emergency arise, we expect the staff leader to make decisions on the behalf of the welfare and safety of the entire group.
The staff leader position entails:
- Attending preparatory meetings (While this may be difficult, it is crucial to the well-functioning of the trip that you are seen as an essential part of the group. We strongly encourage you to attend at least two meetings both in the fall and in the spring semester.);
- Attending and supporting fundraising events;
- Lending assistance and support to the Service Trip participants;
- Possessing an active CPR/ First Aid certification. (We will offer the class if you do not possess a certification);
- Must obtain and/or provide a copy of your Pennsylvania Criminal Check. You will need to attend Mandatory Reporter Training;
- Must possess current health insurance and driver license;
- Attending a pre-departure meeting (TBD)
During the service trip, the staff leader:
- serves as a resource for students regarding logistical questions and emergencies (staff leaders should feel comfortable handling emergencies and/or high stress situations if an incident arises);
- helps coordinate students’ daily jobs (cooking, cleaning etc);
- works on the job site with students;
- attends cultural events with students (speakers, museums, etc.); and
- will meet with student coordinators on a daily basis to evaluate the day and discuss plans for the following day and any concerns, logistical items, etc.
The ideal staff leader will be flexible: often details and logistics of the trips change last minute and on the fly. Staff leaders need to be adaptable to these changes and, most importantly, help students adapt to changes. The ideal staff leader also will be comfortable living in community with students: often on the service trips all participants live in one small space, be it a hostel or gymnasium floor. Personal space and personal time are limited on Service Trips.
The staff leader is asked to uphold the goals, rules and mission of the Lasallian Service Trips program and La Salle University. Costs of the trip will be incurred by University Ministry and Service. Please note individual staff/faculty members must determine leave policies and approvals with their immediate supervisors.
If you have any questions and/or concerns, feel free to contact Sean Hutchinson either by phone at 215.951.1423 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your consideration!
The Lasallian Service Trips are funded majority from student fundraising efforts. The University does not provide direct funding to these programs. To help keep the trips affordable to our students, we asked our staff leaders to pay for certain aspects of the trip.
Lasallian Service Trips will pay for the following:
- Transportation to/from service destination.
- This includes airline tickets, vans, bus, etc.
- Transportation to/from the airport (if applicable) when the trip travels from La Salle
- Program Fees
- Food and Lodging during the duration of the trip
- Travel Insurance for international trips
Staff members are expected to pay for the following:
- Passport and/or visas needed to enter the country
- All international trips need passports valid for at least six months pass the departure date
- The following countries need visas:
- Dominican Republic ($10)
- Kenya ($50)
- Vaccines and/or medication needed for area of travel. Please visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention for more information
- Any background materials needed per University policy, UMAS policy, or partner agency
- Food to/from service destination (i.e. in the airport)
- Transportation (if applicable) to/from the airport when the trip does not travel from La Salle
Browning, MT – May 2015
A small group of students will travel to Browning, MT to volunteer at the De La Salle Blackfeet School located on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Two La Salle volunteers are assigned to each classroom from 4th grade to 8th grade. These students assist the teacher with any needs that arise, from teaching a class to tutoring students in a one-on-one setting. This week long service trip focuses on the importance of a strong educational foundation for the students living on the reservation. For more information, please visit: http://www.dlsbs.org
Camden, NJ- May 2015
La Salle University will partner with the Center for Environmental Transformation, located in Camden, N.J., for a seven-day immersion trip, taking upwards of 20 students. The goal of the program is to give students a better understanding of the economic and societal challenges that Camden faces as one of the poorest cities in the United States while performing meaningful service. During the week, students will be doing service related to urban gardening, storm water management, and waste recycling. Students will also have the opportunity to work with various nonprofits in the community.
Luperon, Dominican Republic – Spring Break 2015
La Salle students will partner with the Village Mountain Mission in Luperon, Dominican Republic where they work side-by-side with local communities in a variety of development initiatives. Twenty volunteers will spend one week building homes for families whose current living conditions are below the level of basic needs. The Village Mountain Mission Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance for families in the Dominican Republic living in poverty. For more information, please visit: http://villagemountainmission.org
Equipo Esperanza- Returner
Luperon, Dominican Republic –May 2015
A small group of past participants on the initial ‘Equipo Esperanza’ trip will return to Luperon, the Dominican Republic, in late May to continue serving the community. These are experienced volunteers who are dedicated to further pursue work with the Village Mountain Mission with development and construction initiatives alongside community members living in poverty. For more information, visit http://villagemountainmission.org
Habitat for Humanity
Forsyth County, NC- Spring Break 2015
One of two La Salle Habitat trips, the Spring Break group is made up of nine participants. As part of the Collegiate Challenge, they work in North Carolina on construction and home rehabilitation projects for families in need. This is an annual location and accepts returning volunteers. For more information, see http://habitat.org
Habitat for Humanity
Location TBD – May 2015
In mid-May, approximately twenty students will partner with Habitat for Humanity, Collegiate Challenge. These trip participants will work on home rehabilitation and construction projects for families in need. Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate homelessness in today’s society. For more information, please visit: http://www.habitat.org
Port-au-Prince, Haiti- Spring Break 2015
During spring break, a group of seven students will partner with the Saint John Baptist De La Salle School in the Cazeau section of Port Au Prince, Haiti. The Saint John Baptist De La Salle School is a primary school for pre-k through fifth grade. Students will have the opportunity to teach classes and assist in classroom activities. Students would also execute mentoring programs for the children. Students may additionally teach ESL (English as a Second Language) classes after school hours. Knowledge of the Spanish, French, and/or Creole language is not a requirement for this trip, but is a desirable advantage in the selection process.
Harlan, KY – Spring Break 2015 and May 2015
In its 39th year, Project Appalachia will spend one week partnering with COAP-Christian Outreach with Appalachian People. Volunteering in Harlan, Kentucky, these students participate in home development projects for low-income families that are struggling to maintain quality living conditions. Through this process, the students gain an enhanced understanding of the culture and the underlying causes of the economic hardship that this particular area of the Appalachian region faces. They also have the opportunity to develop lasting relationships with their fellow Lasallians and the people of Harlan County.
Nyeri, Kenya – May 2015
In late May, ten students will embark on a three week service trip to Nyeri, Kenya. Here, students will partner with St. Mary’s Boys Secondary School, a fellow Lasallian institution. Volunteers will mainly work with the Juniors Program where Kenyan students range from age four to eighteen. Students will have the opportunity to teach classes as well as provide tutoring on an individual basis. They will perform development work for the program such as to improve upon St. Mary’s administrative processes as well as general school conditions.
Volunteers in Mission
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic – Spring Break 2015
In this service trip’s first year, La Salle University will be partnering with Volunteers in Mission, a Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Program. Approximately ten to twelve students will travel to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic over Spring Break. Students will teach classes in grades Pre-K through 4th grade across various disciplines including English as a Second Language, computer skills, music, and art. A few students will also have the opportunity to work in the health clinic, assisting in nursing and teaching hygiene. Knowledge of the Spanish language is not a requirement for this trip, but is a desirable advantage in the selection process.