Sprout leaders travel, have fun and contribute to the lives of others by co-leading vacations throughout the United States for small groups of people with developmental disabilities. Groups usually consist of 11 participants and 3 Sprout leaders.
What do vacation leaders do?
Sprout leaders’ primary goal is to give adults participants the opportunity to experience and enjoy recreational, educational and leisure activities through vacations. Leaders are responsible for the overall safety and enjoyment of their group, 24 hours a day, while on a Sprout trip. Duties include safety monitoring, personal hygiene assistance, providing physical and emotional support, activity planning, budgeting, logistics, and enhancing fun. The work is hard yet immensely rewarding as you develop leadership skills and gain insight into your own abilities.
Who are Sprout participants?
Our participants are generally 21 and older, with an average age ranging from the mid-40’s to mid-50’s.While most participants can be classified as moderate-to-high functioning, individual needs will vary. Some individuals will require a fair amount of assistance with basic living skills, while others will be quite independent.
What type of training is provided?
Leaders must complete a pre-service training, which provides the necessary procedures and tools to run a safe, successful and enjoyable vacation. Leaders who are drivers receive extra training on how to safely drive our 15-passenger vans. In addition, all leaders receive a copy of Sprout’s Leadership Handbook to help with policies and guidelines. All leadership teams have a Primary Leader. This title is reserved for leaders who have participated in many trips and who have demonstrated an understanding of trip logistics and the overall Sprout philosophy. These leaders are responsible for much of the on-the-road training that new leaders experience during their first trips with Sprout.
What is the time commitment?
Sprout vacations last 3 – 7 days depending on the time of year and destination of the trip. Sprout trips begin and end at our office in New York City, therefore all leaders need to be available to meet there. Some leaders only choose to lead one trip a year while others spend several months. Sprout strives to make our program flexible for our leaders’ schedule.
Do leaders have any personal time while on a trip?
Sprout trips are working vacations for the leaders who choose to participate. Because Sprout leaders are responsible for their group 24 hours a day, there is no personal time allotted. In order to provide proper supervision to our participants, Sprout leaders must be present throughout the duration of the trip. If there is time in the schedule between trips, leaders will have free time in New York City.
What type of vacations does Sprout offer?
A majority of Sprout trips take place within a day’s drive of New York City. Destinations include Atlantic City, Amish Country, Boston, Lake George, Cleveland, Maine and Virginia Beach. Exotic trips like cruises, Hawaii, and Europe are presented to leaders who have demonstrated high levels of commitment, service hours and have gained positive feedback from participants, co-leaders and Sprout office staff.
Are there any special skills or requirements?
No special background or education is required to become a Sprout leader. We encourage people from all cultures and professions, and of all ethnic and educational backgrounds. Individuals capable of driving a 15-passenger van are preferred.
-Must be at least 21 years old
-Speak fluent English
- Participate in an interview
-Willingness to complete necessary background checks
-Participate in various training sessions
-Comfortable interacting with people with developmental disabilities
-An ability to add to the participant’s enjoyment while on the trip