Belo Tours

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Overview

Belo USA Travel is an American travel operator based in Chicago specializing in cultural, educational, and tourist trips for international exchange students. Belo USA Travel has contracted with AFS-USA and other exchange organizations for more than 15 years. Belo USA Travel has designed trips specifically for AFS-USA students that will incorporate our mission and the idea of intercultural education. Belo USA Travel has a great appreciation for the AFS-USA mission and the desire for our students to participate in activities that follow these values. All trips will be chaperoned by AFS-USA volunteers/staff and Belo USA Travel staff.


Timeline

December 5, 2016: Application Opens

January 15, 2017: Application Closes

January 2017: Belo Chaperones Notified


Volunteer Chaperone Eligibility

The primary responsibility of a Belo USA Travel Chaperone is the welfare of participants traveling on a Belo USA Travel bus tour to destinations in the United States. In addition, the Chaperone is an official representative of AFS-USA. The Chaperone will meet participants at the beginning of a specific bus tour and will participate in the arrival orientation presented by Belo USA Travel staff.

Other requirements include:

  • Be 25 years old as of February 1, 2017.
  • Be a registered AFS-USA Volunteer, with at least two (2) consecutive years actively volunteering at the time of application. Volunteers are involved with a local Chapter/Team and/or at a National level which may include orientations, working with students, liaisons, team/national leadership roles, advisory groups, and/or committees.
  • Agree to fully comply with any and all mandatory training sessions.
  • Assist students with their luggage, if needed.
  • Have experience as a chaperone or group leader.
  • Have organizational and problem solving skills.
  • Be flexible and open to new experiences.


How to Apply

  • Complete the Flight/Belo Chaperone Application.
  • Submit two References. At least one Reference must be a registered AFS-USA Volunteer; the other can be someone familiar with your qualifications and responsibilities as an AFS-USA Chaperone.
  • References may not be related to the Applicant.
  • It is the Applicant's responsibility to ensure two (2) References are submitted by January 15, 2017.
  • Click here to download Flight & Belo Chaperone Reference Form 2017

Please email Application and References to: flightchaperone@afsusa.org


Belo USA Tours in 2017

Hawaii Expedition: February 11-18, March 11-18, March 25-April 1

California Adventure: February 25 - March 4

New York City: March 11-15, April 15-19

NYC, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C.: March 11-18, April 15-22

East Coast: June 5-18

West Coast: June 2-15 and June 5-18


Student Travel

Because AFS-USA believes in the value of Belo USA Travel as an enhancement to our programs, the AFS-USA National Council has amended the AFS-USA Independent Travel Policy in regard to Belo USA Travel:

  • Student travel must be approved by the Host Family, natural parents, the host school (if any school will be missed), local Support Coordinator and AFS-USA.
  • Students are required to submit a request form that is approved by the Support Coordinators before they can sign up for a trip. Included in this request form is approval/acceptance by the Host Family.
  • Students should not purchase tickets until obtaining approvals from all designated parties.
  • Travel waivers will be required for all trips.
  • Students would be allowed to miss up to 5 days of school to travel on a Belo USA Travel bus tour (upon receiving approvals as indicated above).
  • Host siblings are permitted to join the trips.


Travel Forms

AFS-USA and Belo USA Travel require specific forms to be completed for any students interested in participating in Belo USA Travel trips.


Contact Us

Volunteer Recognition Committee: volrecognition@afsusa.org


See Also

Learn more about Belo USA at www.belousa.com

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Belo Letter to Volunteers

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