Group Leader Academy
Hurrah! You’ve registered and added students to your travel group. Staying on top of all the little steps and to-dos between now and the beginning of your trip will help ensure a smooth departure when the time comes. We can help.
6-9 Months Before Departure
Use the Checklist
Let our dynamic Group Leader Checklist be your guide to staying organized for your trip. Check out the My Checklist section in My Account to learn more.
Check if any participants are returning separately from the group. If so, ensure those participants have submitted their Alternate Return Request Form.
Check if Your Participants are Behind on Payments
Log into My Account, select your upcoming trip and click on Participant List. For any participants who are behind on payments and at risk of being cancelled, the Balance Due amount will appear in red. You can select the check box next to each of those individuals and use the Email Participants feature at the top of this section to alert them that they’re behind on payments.
Graduate Professional Credit
3-6 Months Before Departure
Finalize Optional Activities
Consider any available optional excursions or entrances, and decide if you’d like them added to your tour. Any optional activities not selected will be automatically declined at 45 days prior to departure, so it’s smart to discuss them with your Program Consultant now. Also, it’s a good time to begin planning your free time, so let us know if you need ideas. We’re always happy to offer suggestions.
How to Select Your Assistant Chaperones
When you are planning a trip, it is important to select additional chaperones that you can rely on. Here are some tips on how to choose the perfect Assistant Group Leader(s) for your trip.Learn More
A Bit of Paperwork
Review your travelers’ designated rooming. You can see what each person has elected in My Account by selecting your upcoming trip and clicking on Participant List. You’ll see Requested Rooming listed as a column. If anyone is expecting a single, twin or double but is not listed as such online, they need to contact ACIS so we can make this adjustment.
You should be receiving your Stipend Preview soon. Your response to this Stipend Preview lets us know how to distribute your participant credits for your free chaperone places, so it’s very important that you confirm this for us as soon as possible once you receive it.
Emergency Contact List
Has your group already selected a Group Contact for ACIS? This is the person ACIS would reach out to on your group’s behalf while overseas to communicate any important information (example: a last-minute hotel change). Your Group Contact in turn is responsible for disseminating this information to the rest of your group’s Emergency Contact List members. It’s helpful to discuss this in a meeting so everyone can decide how this will happen (Group email? Texting?) and ensure that the Group Contact has all the correct information in order to reach out to everyone with any updates if necessary.
0-3 Months Before Departure
Host Pre-Departure Meetings
Now is the time to reignite excitement and prepare everyone for travel!
Some Final Paperwork
Does ACIS have ALL signatures on file, including your own and any assistant chaperones? A quick way to look is to open My Account and click on Participant List. If you have participants whose signature column is not checked off, contact the participants and their parents or guardians as soon as possible. They should check for emails from ACIS containing the e-signature link or log into My Account and submit their e-signature there. For participants under the age of 21, we must have a parent or legal guardian signature on file. Submitting these forms to ACIS is so important—without all signatures your final package with e-ticket info cannot be sent.
Complete the Notes for your Tour Manager
ACIS Tour Managers love to hear about you and the group before you arrive. In My Account, select your trip and click Tour Manager to find the section called “Notes for your Tour Manager.” Your responses to these questions can be entered up until 14 days prior to departure at which point we print and place them in your Tour Manager’s Tour Packet to read before you arrive. If you haven’t done this yet, go fill them out online today!
- It is customary to tip the tour manager and touring bus driver for a job well done. The tip is an incentive to give an outstanding performance.
- We recommend collecting all tip monies in advance so there won’t be an issue of travelers running short while on tour. Tipping envelopes are provided in your Pre-Departure Package. The standard recommended amount for your tour should be sent to you shortly if you have not already received it. Customarily, you should plan on $6 a day for your ACIS Tour Manager and $4 a day for your ACIS Bus Driver, per person, including yourself and chaperones. Ask your International Program Consultant if there are any tipping considerations unique to your particular travel destination.
Note: You never have to worry about tipping waitstaff during a meal provided by ACIS.
Get your Participants Ready to Travel
The ACIS website contains a wealth of information to help prepare participants for their tour. Participants can access this through the Getting Ready section of their online My Account and you can share the link with them. Make sure your group members check it out!
Use the ACIS Travel App
Well before departure, encourage everyone to download the ACIS Travel App to easily share flights, hotels and itinerary info with family via text or email. The app can also be used to access maps and explore upcoming destinations without the use of Wi-Fi.Learn More