Our Volunteer Program
Volunteer Travel Companions travel on the vacations with all of their expenses covered except snacks and souvenirs. The Travel Companions supervise groups of 3 to 4 travelers. Before the vacations, volunteers are screened and then trained via web-based training. The vacations are led by Tour Leaders who have almost 400 trips of experience. On the trips the Travel Companions are assisted and supervised by Head Travel Companions.
Our Special Needs Travelers
Travelers are individuals with developmental and/or physical disabilities who would benefit from a fully-staffed chaperoned vacation. Most of our Travelers are in services with a special needs agency and receive case management services. Most of our Travelers hold a community job which allows them to pay for the vacation.
Traveler Vacation Registration
Travelers select and purchase vacations through Special Journeys, LLC. This Omaha based travel agency has offered almost 400 chaperoned vacations since 2004. Every trip is led by one of both of our two Tour Leaders – Lexi & Tom Mann. The vacations are offered to special needs travelers on a private pay (self-pay) basis.
Travel & Travel Companion Safety
Our two Tour Leaders have been leading chaperoned vacations for over 20 years, with almost 400 trips under their belt. We have well-honed processes and procedures developed over two decades for specific types of trips (bus, flight, cruise) and situations. We believe that if we plan for the 95% of what we can pre-plan for, we’ll be prepared for the 5% of situations we can’t anticipate
Our trip preparation and on-trip operations are supported by our extensive, in-house-developed software. The vacations also operate with specific equipment and materials custom produced to ensure safe and efficient on-trip operations. The company is also fully insured and we have a 32-page Agreement & Release document for our special needs travelers that covers everything we’ve learned and encountered in 20 years.