The safety of delegates is taken extremely seriously in Peace Bus. please add adhere to the risk management section of the CISV Canada handbook.

Leaders

  • Have Criminal Record Check
  • Have a special 15 passenger van license and ideally experience driving a large vehicle
  • Have had their references checked
  • Have significant experience with youth and travel
  • Have 4+ years with a clean driving record (leaders submit a driver’s abstract)
  • Have valid Food Safe Certification
  • Have valid CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Have attended CISV training
  • Have received Peace Bus specific training in-person and via WebEx
  • Speak English and ideally speak functional French
  • Have experience camping
  • Have experience resolving conflicts, and guiding others in conflict resolution
  • Have been through the interview process which includes Peace Bus related questions and risk management hypothetical situations

Van and driving

  • Leaders have a special 15 passenger van license and usually have experience driving large vehicles
  • Leaders are 24+ years old
  • Both leaders have 4+ years with a clean driving record (driver’s abstract is submitted to Peace Bus coordinators)
  • Both leaders have had a license 5+ years
  • Both leaders are awake and in the front two seats at all times
  • Requirements of driving a 15 passenger vehicle include recording number of hours slept and number of hours on duty before driving every day
  • Before driving, every day an intensive circle check is done, paperwork on the van check is then are filled out and collected at the end of Peace Bus to adhere to National Safety Code standards
  • Having two drivers significantly reduces driving time
  • Distractions are kept to a minimum while driving. Examples: potentially no music if this is distracting to the driver, delegates yelling “Stop!”  or “Watch out!” as a joke is not tolerated, drivers never talk on the phone, even if it is hands-free as it results in suspension of license)
  • Drivers maintain open communication of their needs/energy levels/driving preferences to one another (example: the more experienced driver will drive through the Rockies, one leader may sleep in longer or go to bed earlier to catch up on sleep)
  • 15 passenger van standards include stopping before all level train track crossings to check for a train
  • Generally there are about 5 long driving days, which for Peace Bus are 6-7 hours. If you divide this between two leaders this is 3-4 hours of driving per leader in one day.
  • Driving stops and bathroom breaks occur every 1.5-2 hours
  • Leaders get approximately one day off per week, and more days off are possible and readily available if leaders are feeling tired, stressed, or have not been sleeping well
  • NSC requires a max 13 hours of driving, min 10 hours off duty every 24 hours of driving, no driving after 70 hours on duty in 7 days on “Cycle 1”. As you see, Peace Bus drivers do not go any where near approaching NSC driving hour maximums.
  • The van goes through full inspection before the start of the Peace Bus journeys
  • The schedules are flexible, if both drivers are too tired to drive, the drivers can cancel an activity to plan a sleep-in morning, or if needed the group can always stay at a place an extra day
  • The drivers are aware that safety is the most important aspect of Peace Bus, and that safety overrides the Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO)
  • The Peace Bus will not be driven in cases of extreme or unsafe weather

Accommodations

  • Males and females sleep in separate rooms/tents always, no exceptions
  • Billeting occurs at delegates’ family house, a CISV family house, or a delegate/leader’s close family friend’s house
  • All adults at billeting houses have Criminal Record Checks

Lice and Ticks
Just like other CISV programs, lice checks are performed upon arrival of  delegates and the importance of not sharing brushes or hats is reiterated. For tick safety, please read Tick Safety