Wild Studies Group Leader Tips .pdf
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“Act like you know what you are talking about. Be confident in presenting this trip to students, parents and the community, even if you
haven't yet been to the destination yourself. Don't make up answers, but convey a strong sense of confidence in the program and you
will have a group assembled in no time at all. You have to be fully convinced first that it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for your
students. It definitely is just that.”
-Emily, Chicago Public School Teacher
Show the Program Video and/or colorful PowerPoint slides to as many classes/students as possible.
Give the students and/or parents something to take home (details about your trip, dates for when they
need to commit and the link to the website). The Student Pre-Application and other promotional material
are included in this document.
VERY IMPORTANT: Get a list of interested students and their parents’ names and contact information.
Call the parents/guardians and invite the student on your trip. This is the most effective way to recruit
students. Their kids won't necessarily be the ones who convince them that this trip is a good idea. Talk
about college credit and the workbooks that the kids will do. It is a very experienced-based educational
trip. The kids will not be overwhelmed with work, but with learn more in one week of travel than they
do normally do in six classes. Be sure to invite the parent/guardians too. Parents are usually the first to
express what a fun time they had and more often than not, participate in multiple adventures.
Parent/Guardian tuition is the same as the student.
Print the Wild Studies Posters in color and hang them around the school to catch the attention of
students and parents. Be sure to write in your contact information.
Create a buzz in your school about your travel plans. Interested participants will seek you out. Ask other
teachers to spread the word about your trip and if you have a central announcement system (over the
loud-speaker, the school website, email or newsletter) be sure to utilize that resource to advertise your
trip. Give your information to schools in your area and invite anyone you think would want to
participate in your trip. Friends and relatives are welcome!
Offer scholarships. By going to parents in your community, local grant agencies, local chapters of
service groups you will eventually put together enough money to offer a partial or full scholarship for
one kid. Parents have offered to pay for a another student's trip or contribute an extra $50+ toward the
scholarship. It never hurts to ask if anyone is interested in making that kind of donation. If you would
prefer to spread the wealth, offer fundraising challenges and divide the funds among the kids who help
out to decrease the costs of their individual trips. Have the kids write letters to potential donors about
what they hope to get from the experience. Mention that they can ask relatives for trip-assistance money
instead of gifts at the holidays.
(Once you are certain you can pay for a partial or full scholarship, make sure that the students apply to
you for that award. By answering a few questions or writing an original essay you will very easily
identify scholarship candidates. You can also ask your administrators or counselors for help identifying