Workshop 2 
All abroad: training your trip leaders

Date: Tuesday 9 October 2018
Time: 9am – 12pm
Location: ICC, Sydney

Registration fee: $300/$355

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Student mobility in Australia is at an all-time high. Government support through the New Colombo Plan and Endeavour mobility grants has spurred universities to create innovative short-term programs. As the number of short-term programs rises, more academic and professional staff are leading overseas groups than ever before. Adequate preparation for trip leaders is essential to the success of these offshore programs. 

Led by experts in international health and safety and risk management, this ‘train the trainer’ style workshop will equip you with the skills to provide training and support for trip leaders at your institution. You will explore several case studies and real-life situations, enabling you to test and evaluate your crisis management and contingency plans for faculty-led mobility programs.

You will come away with a template for trip-leader training presentations, which you can customise to fit the context of your institution. You will also receive tips for running your own training sessions and developing risk management resources for internal stakeholders. 

Key interest area: Mobility (MOB)


Steven McDonald, Manager, Short-term Mobility, Western Sydney University, Australia

Gary Rhodes, PhD, Associate Dean, International Education, College of Extended and International Education, California State University, United States

Christopher Daniel, MA, CEM, Director, International Health and Safety, International Studies and Programs, Michigan State University, United States

Learning outcomes

Attendees will:

  • develop an understanding of best practice for learning abroad short program design
  • gain an understanding of the essential steps in preparing staff to lead programs abroad.

Target audience

This workshop will be of interest to:

  • learning abroad practitioners
  • academic program leaders.
  • professional staff involved in short programs.