VOLUNTEER WITH US SPECIAL JOURNEY'S
1:1 TRAVEL COMPANIONS & HEAD TRAVEL COMPANIONS
A dedicated 1:1 Travel Companion travels with, and cares for, a specific traveler who needs a higher level of assistance. 1:1 Travel Companions are either a family member or a staff member from the traveler’s agency or group home. These individuals will room with their specific traveler and only provide care for this one traveler.
If you are a 1:1 Travel Companion from an agency coming with a traveler on a vacation:
Each trip will also have a number of Head Travel Companions, who have been on multiple past trips and have completed a dedicated training program. Each Head Travel Companion supervises and assists a small group of individual Travel Companions. Throughout the trip they work with each Travel Companion and the travelers assigned to them to ensure they have a successful trip. This means ensuring that the travelers are well cared for and having a great time.
Head Travel Companion Responsibilities:
Manages Travel Companions
Ensures the Traveler Cares are completed and travelers are well cared for
They are the person to whom the Travel Companion immediately reports to
Enures the Travelers are in their rooms and the doors are locked
Fulfills Travel Companion Responsibilities for the Travelers assigned to them
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
In 2017, our son made his first trip with Special Journeys to the Kansas Speedway to see his favorite NASCAR driver. In 2018, he made a plane trip to the West Coast to enjoy some great baseball games. In each case, these trips were Evan’s first opportunities to have a vacation without his mom and I.
After he returned from his first trip, I decided to volunteer as a Travel Companion and have found each trip to be special and unique. I don’t believe I have ever worked or volunteered at anything where I have felt more joy and accomplishment.
I have been truly blessed to be a member of the Special Journeys team and to be aware of this effort to provide special vacation opportunities for special persons. If you have special needs and want to travel, this is a great way to go. If you are interested in joining the team, it is a great way to see other parts of the country and make a difference in the lives of some special people.
– Michael, retired pastor and teacher