Information for Staff

Group photo in Bankok


Under the UTM Abroad program, UTM staff with previous travel, administrative, and crisis management experience have the opportunity to travel as the safety support person for the UTM Abroad Co-Curricular Experiences and UTM Abroad Courses. If selected, the staff would travel with a group of students and a faculty member to help support trip logistics and ensure the safety of the participants.

UTM Abroad Co-Curricular Experiences and UTM Abroad Courses in Tanzania and Cambodia will be led in partnership with Operation Groundswell (OG) and will include two OG Program Leaders that will run the program in-country. All other UTM Abroad Courses are developed independently from OG, therefore, the staff member will provide leadership on all logistics and safety responsibilities. 

The cost of participation in the international experience and required training will be covered through the UTM Abroad program. This would not include personal travel insurance or overtime, which must be approved by the staff member's supervisor. While you will be working during the experience, you will not receive additional compensation beyond the costs of travel associated with the program. Staff will need approval from their department to participate.

What to Expect

  • A unique opportunity to connect with students, support their experience, and learn together;  
  • An international professional development opportunity;
  • A grassroots way of travelling where the group will stay in hostels, guesthouses and homestays (in Guatemala, Thailand, and Cambodia);
  • An active travel experience that includes strenuous activities accessible to most healthy travelers. E.g. in the past groups have hiked up a volcano in Guatemala and built a road in Thailand;
  • An experience you will never forget!

Staff Expectations

  • Staff must have previous crisis management and travel experience as applicable to the experience of their choice;
  • Staff will be required to travel and remain with the group at all times, including during the flights;
  • Staff will be asked to participate in the pre-departure sessions, training sessions (as required), and post trip reflection session. The dates for the pre-departure and post trip sessions can be found on the individual program pages and will be updated over the coming months;
  • Staff will be expected to take a leadership role and act as a role model for students while working collaboratively with the faculty member and/or the OG program leaders (where applicable);
  • Staff will act as the University of Toronto administrative and emergency response lead for the duration of the trip including administrative duties at the airport;  
  • Staff will be expected to understand the University of Toronto's Safety Abroad requirements and international travel guidelines (additional training and support will be provided).

2017-18 Opportunities

UTM Abroad Co-Curricular Experiences

UTM Abroad Courses

Application Process

  • Interested staff should complete the application below detailing the training and experiences that would make them a good fit for the program;
  • Applications will close at 11:59 pm on Sunday, June 25, 2017;
  • Decisions will be sent out by July 17, 2017;
  • For additional information please contact us at