How to become a Team Leader

Team Leader Training

How to Become a Team Leader


Xperitas Community Immersion Team Leader Training 

Each fall, Xperitas offers a training course for those interested in becoming a Team Leader for our cultural immersion and service learning programs. We focus on building the competencies needed to successfully lead groups through an Xperitas cross-cultural learning experience. Our dedicated Team Leaders are what make our programs unique!

Our curriculum was developed through decades of collaborative experience and field research including input from:

  • Trainers and Team Leaders
  • Partner Communities
  • Program Participants


Training topics include cross-cultural communication skills, conflict management, philosophies of development, group dynamics, leadership styles, and more. 


The Role of Team Leader 

Team Leaders have a lot of responsibilities and a wide range of skills!

  • Facilitates trip logistics & finances
  • Serves as the primary cultural liason between participants the host community
  • Leads daily team reflection and experiential learning exercises


What are we looking for in a Team Leader?


  • Must be at least 21 years old to be a Team Leader or 18 years old to be a Leader-In-Training
  • Attend the Team Leader Training weekend workshop.
  • Contribute as a leader-in-training (LIT), during which you work as an “apprentice to a Team Leader on a CP program. (LIT is responsible for air travel for their program.)
  • Serve as a CPP Team Leader. (All program costs are covered)



  • Cross-cultural experience
  • Leadership experience
  • Experience working with youth or college-age students



  • Strong leadership and relationship-building skills
  • Strong collaboration skills and ability to work in a team
  • Group facilitation skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Foreign language skills (preferred)



  • Willingness to commit to CP principles and approach to partnering with communities
  • Enthusiasm for life outside of your comfort zone
  • Desire to experience new culture, foods, and customs
  • Flexibility and adaptability


Xperitas Team Leader Training

If you would like information about Team Leader Training or upcoming virtual engagement opportunities, please contact Brooke Marchewka.


Meet our Team Leaders