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Student Leader FAQ’s

What is a Student Leader?

A Student Leader oversees the entire break experience, from educating the participants, handling daily logistics, and managing conflict within the group. There are two student co-leaders on each trip. The terms Student Leader and Site Leader are used interchangeably.

What are the responsibilities of a Student Leader?

  • Attend mandatory Site Leader orientation/training held in January.

  • Organize and co-lead two or three pre-trip planning meetings with trip participants that include trip logistics and education for the issue you will be working with.

  • Participate in a pre-trip teambuilding experience with your group.

  • Attend meetings with OSE BreaksAway Coordinator and other Leaders leading up to the trips.

  • Work cooperatively with the co-leader to consistently address the needs and safety of the group throughout.

  • Help finalize and confirm trip logistics by working with the host site.

  • Delegate responsibilities to individuals in the group before, during and after the trip.

  • Take responsibility to handle all emergencies and/or conflicts that may arise while on the trip.

  • If able, agree to be one of the trip van drivers.

  • Agree to enforce all MSU policies for student travel plus MSU BreaksAway Alcohol/Drug policy. (Reminder:  these are substance free trips!)

  • Responsible to lead a daily reflection session and end of service closing with the group.

  • Help organize, promote and lead a post trip celebration for all MSU BreaksAway participants, their friends, families and any interested parties on campus.

  • Assist in participant recruitment/public relations.

  • Maintain consistent and positive communication with your co-leader, your participants and the OSE.

What are the benefits of being a Site Leader?

  • Build group facilitation techniques and skills.

  • Enhance problem-solving skills.

  • Gain professional leadership experience to note on personal resumes.

  • Enjoy the satisfaction of giving.

  • Travel and experience a different community.

  • Receive half off the cost of the MSU BreaksAway trip

How much time is involved as a Site Leader?

Pre-Trip: Expect to contribute about 15-20 hours during the spring semester for meetings and logistics.  Time involved will increase as the trips come closer.  Post-Trip:  Expect to contribute about 3 more hours after the trips are over for wrap-up meetings, celebration preparation and attending the celebration.

What trip will you lead?

We try to place Site Leaders on their preferred trip, but we cannot guarantee that this will happen.  If you are chosen to be a leader we will consider your trip preference as well as your skills and experiences to try best matching you with a co-leader.  If you are chosen as a Site Leader, but not for the trip of your choice you will have the option to decline the position and still go on your chosen trip as a participant.