Group Leaders

Learn more about being a Group Leader. At EO you will frequently see the terms Group Leader and Tour Host used interchangeably. Find out more about what it means to be an EO Tour Host and use the button below to sign up!

Why Lead a Group?

Catholic Travel — a surprisingly simple addition to your dynamic, authentic ministry.

When Educational Opportunities began in 1974, our goal was to enrich the ministry and lives of those who preach and those who teach. We offer educational Christian travel. In addition, we offer clergy scholarships on a variety of travel programs.

What Makes Christian Travel a Ministry?

Catholic Travel is a Spiritual Retreat which Enriches Spiritual Life, Enriches Individual Lives, Increases Knowledge and Develops Christian Community.

Why You Should Lead a Group?

  • Renew Your Own Spirit
  • Develop Deep Interpersonal Bonds
  • Educate Faith Formation Teachers
  • Build Parish Leaders
  • Be the Spiritual Leader

Four Powerful Benefits of Bible Land Travel for Clergy:

  • Deliver powerful sermons based on knowledge and images from the Bible. 
  • Understand the location of Biblical events and how the geography of the land impacted those events
  • Rediscover the excitement of learning about the Bible.
  • Enrich the lives of your parishioners as you rediscover the importance of being their Spiritual Leader

How Your Ministry will be Enhanced by Catholic Travel…

Educational Value

  • Increase Biblical Literacy: Your church members will learn more and recall more about the scriptures because they have seen the land. They will be better teachers because they have experienced the Land of the Bible, come face to face with the central personalities of the Bible and learned first-hand about the ministry of Jesus and the apostles.

  • Better Understanding of the Contemporary Situation: The journey will open your mind to new insights into the political, social and economic situation of each area you’re visiting.

Spiritual Value

  • Revive Spiritual Awareness: The journey will awaken the spiritual dimension of your parishioners’ faith in a way no other experience can! Prayer life will be enriched as will one’s personal understanding of the Gospel.

  • Create Deep and Lasting Friendships: Church members who travel together will be connected by a shared spiritual experience, deepening the bonds which they already share with each other and you.

Personal Value

  • Enhance Life: Sacred journeys and Pilgrimages open new horizons and provide a lifetime of memories for the those who travel. It can also meet the emotional needs of various members of your congregation, such as those who need to connect with others, those who are struggling with marriage issues, who are questioning vocational choices, or who need comfort after the loss of a loved one.

Twenty Two Reasons to Lead a Group

  • Biblical Education
  • Spiritual Restoration
  • Church Loyalty
  • Teaching
  • Preaching
  • Leadership Development
  • Missions
  • Evangelism
  • Denominational Heritage
  • Lasting Fellowship
  • Reaching Those in Need

Read the Full List…

Interested in learning more about becoming a group leader/host? Call 800-247-0017 and select option 4.

Information on Becoming a Host

22 reasons clergy and strong lay leaders should lead a christian travel group with Educational Opportunities:

  1. Lead your church members to a Closer Relations with God
  2. Help Increase Biblical Knowledge
  3. Increase Church Involvement when members return home
  4. Educate Church Teachers
  5. Build Church Leadership
  6. Provide an opportunity for an Intense Spiritual Retreat
  7. Increase church member's Confidence to Share the Gospel Story with others
  8. Provide an Intense Christian Education Experience
  9. Provide Relationship Recovery for struggling marriages and parent/child
  10. Provide an opportunity for Spiritual Restoration and Revitalization
  11. Develop Deep Christian Bonds among fellow travelers
  12. Increase Bible Study by your church members
  13. Connect with your Church Members through a unique shared experience
  14. Reach the spiritually disconnected through "experiential ministry"
  15. Enrich Individual Lives with a once-in-a-lifetime Christian experience
  16. Develop a more Christ-like understanding of other religions
  17. Develop a more Christ-like understanding of other cultures
  18. Provide an opportunity for church members to be a representative for Christ in a foreign land
  19. Christian Travel is a Resource for your Preaching and Teaching
  20. Christian Travel will help you Develop Deep Interpersonal Bonds with Church Members
  21. Christian Travel will Renew Your Own Spirit
  22. Be the Spiritual Leader during a spiritually renewing experience

Interested in learning more about becoming a group leader/host? Call 800-247-0017 and select option 4.

Share the Ministry and Earn $500!

Share the ministry with a fellow clergyman/church leader and they will receive the benefits Christian travel and you will receive $500 in your tour host account.

2 Ways to Share

  • 1 — Co-Host a Trip

    Inviting someone to co-lead a group with you is a great way to share the ministry (fill a bus and there are many additional benefits).

  • 2 — Refer a Friend

    Let them know what Christian travel has done for your church and ministry.

Earn $500 in travel bucks when you sign up a friend who has never traveled with Educational Opportunities as a host. This bonus is on top of your normal host benefits. Your friend must recruit a group of 5 or more passenger on a program having a retail price of $1500 or higher. Every time your friend brings a group of 5 in the first 5 years, you will receive an additional $500 travel bonus.

NOTES: "New to EO" means never traveled with EO as a host. No reciprocal, chain or post-booked referrals allowed. Bonus is added to your Tour Host Bank Account after the group departs. *Qualified Program = retail price of $1500 or higher. *Not combinable with other special offers. *Does not apply to cruises that depart from the U.S. and Canada. *$500 travel bonus can only be used on EOT travel programs.

Some information is available only after logging in with your Group Leader ID and password.

Interested in learning more about becoming a group leader/host? Call 800-247-0017 and select option 4.