I'm an NQT in a state secondary school teaching languages. The head of department is new this year and it's her first time as HoD. At the start of the year she asked me to run a day trip abroad but I said no as I have never been on a school trip before, let alone organised one abroad. There were some running in the schools I trained in last year but unfortunately there was no space for me to go on them. However, as an NQT I don't feel it's appropriate being expected to organise a trip when this year is hard enough as it is. Luckily my mentor stepped in and backed me up. She seemed to leave it alone for a while but now she has come back asking me to 'just research' a trip abroad. I told her once again that I don't feel comfortable running a trip when I've never been on one but she insisted she was only asking me to 'research'. A week later she then sent me an email asking me to get quotes and implied she wanted to run it this summer, and that she wants to discuss it at the end of term. I am feeling increasingly frustrated as it feels like she is still trying to get me to run this trip. I am only just starting to manage having an actual work/life balance and I do not see why I should be asked to obtain quotes for a trip that I'm technically only 'researching'. Am I being unreasonable here? I told her at the start of the year that I wanted to focus on my teaching as there are still several classes that I'm struggling with (though they have improved a lot) and I honestly have found it very difficult finding a work/life balance. During the first term there were several times when I wanted to quit but now finally I feel like I'm starting to settle down and really enjoy teaching. I don't want that to be ruined by the stress of this trip! Am I within my rights to say that I don't want to be involved in researching this trip? It is something that I would potentially be interested in doing in future but for the first time I would rather help out on a trip than run it. If you're helping out on a trip would you also be expected to do this kind of research or is that down to the person organising it? I would be very grateful to anyone able to answer any of my questions and give me some advice!