Program Staff Seasonal Jobs

We are Global Leadership Adventures (GLA), a fast growing company committed to delivering life-changing journeys for high school students. Our mission is to inspire the next generation to realize their potential to transform the world and their role in it. We proudly operate service-learning programs in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

GLA has welcomed and trained hundreds of staff from all over the world to lead superior quality trips. Each year, trip leaders (International Directors & Mentors) are carefully selected from a pool of highly qualified, well-traveled, passionate educators who are seeking a fulfilling summer experience abroad. Our International teams are hired to work in collaboration with our local counterparts.  All positions are based outside the USA and require a minimum commitment to the program dates.

Summer Staff Application and Job Description Directory:

Open Summer Staff Positions
Required Qualifications
Required Certifications
Preferred Extras
Position Responsibilities
Important Notes
Compensation and Benefits
How to Apply
Application Process
Step 1: Online Application
Step 2: Interviews
Step 3: References and Background Check

Open Summer Staff Positions

International Director

Mentor

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree
  • A minimum of two years of experience working with teens - teaching in a classroom or in an alternative education setting
  • Mastery relating with teenagers
  • Extensive international travel experience
  • Flexibility - Our staff have the ability to find comfort in the discomfort, no matter what the day’s wifi connectivity is!
  • Exceedingly personable and positive demeanor
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and cross-cultural awareness
  • Collaborative in nature; skilled in problem solving
  • Good physical and mental health. Staff must posses the ability to actively participate in all elements of the program’s experience
  • Ability to talk things out - willingness to express your professional opinions while considering your personal feelings and the feelings of your colleagues
  • Natural aptitude to motivate and energize students in a variety of settings and situations

Required Certifications

Mentors: CPR and First Aid Certification

International Directors: CPR and First Aid Certification

*Note: GLA does not accept online CPR/First Aid certifications. Certifications must be attained prior to staff’s contract start date and will be at the expense of the candidate.

Preferred Extras

  • Fluent in Spanish for programs in Spanish-speaking countries
  • For Directors and Mentors: Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Aid, or Open Water Lifeguard certifications may be required for certain programs in remote locations; an additional stipend is offered for staff certified as a WFR or WFA
  • Extensive experience in the country or region where you are interested in working
  • Advanced language skills in a language of the country where you are interested in working
  • Ability to surf, swim, and lead a solid ice-breaker
  • Strong biology background - for biologically diverse programs like the Galapagos
  • Master's degree in a field related to the program theme

Position Responsibilities

International Directors collaborate with the Local Program Director (from the host country) to facilitate a positive summer experience for Mentors and participants. Program Directors work to maintain the safety and health of each student, ensure program logistics are properly coordinated, and implement GLA’s service-learning leadership curriculum. Communication, teamwork, and flexibility are critical throughout this process. Local Directors are responsible for managing, supporting, and guiding local team members in their roles. International Director responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

Physically attend and participate fully in GLA  Director Training in Mexico! (April 27-30th)

  • Read and prepare questions on all resources provided by GLA
  • Lead one awesome teambuilding activity or workshop

Plan for and prepare for the program

  • Participate in introductory and planning calls with your Local Program Director
  • Participate and/or lead introductory and planning calls with Mentors
  • Co-lead In-Country Training with Local Program Director

Work to establish positive team dynamic with Local Program Director, Mentors, and all support staff

  • Support Mentors in their own professional development by conducting check ins, feedback, and goal setting sessions
  • Live alongside students; you have responsibility for the students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week while programs are in session
  • Protect the health and safety of students at all times
  • Facilitate the implementation of GLA’s service-learning leadership curriculum
  • Guide students through personal growth experiences
  • Resolve student discipline issues
  • Manage parent communication, as well as communication with GLA Headquarters
  • Provide constructive feedback for further program and curriculum development

Mentors participate in all aspects of programming alongside students including community service and excursions. Mentors facilitate activities implementing GLA’s service-learning leadership curriculum as well as discussion and reflection sessions to help students process their experiences. Mentors will facilitate discussions directly with a small group of students regularly and occasionally lead activities with larger groups of students.

Participate fully in GLA Mentor Training including:

  • Read and prepare questions on all resources provided by GLA
  • Participate in introductory and planning calls with your team
  • Attend In-Country Training 5 days before the start of your program

Work to uphold positive group dynamic

  • Live alongside students; you have responsibility for the students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week while programs are in operation
  • Protect the health and safety of students at all times
  • Work as part of a team to implement GLA’s service-learning leadership curriculum
  • Mentor and counsel students through personal growth experiences
  • Provide constructive feedback for further program and curriculum development

Important Notes

You must be available for the full range of dates to apply for a position within a program. Please review our website for program dates. Note: International Directors must be available 7 days prior to the program start date. Mentors must be available 5 days prior. Both are required to stay two days after the program end date.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive stipend of $525/week for International Directors and $325/week for Mentors
  • Living expenses (food and lodging), including days in-between program sessions
  • Roundtrip airfare to your program site
  • Flexibility to extend travel plans before or after contract dates
  • Medical Insurance for the duration of your contract
  • International work experience alongside like-minded individuals
  • Professional development and networking opportunities
  • 4-day professional training in beautiful Mexico, all expenses paid (International Directors only).
  • The ability to make an impact on students and local communities
  • Awesome “Be the Change” t-shirt

How to Apply

Application Process 

We begin interviewing for positions in October of each year. The hiring process has multiple steps, including careful placement - this usually takes 3-6 weeks. Communication will mainly be done via email; please remember to check your spam folder for a response from us regarding the status of your application. To apply now, follow this link: http://www.tfaforms.com/309213

Step 1: Online Application

Fill and submit an online application. You will be asked to upload a cover letter, resume, and 3 references. Applicants who do not complete the entire application process will not be considered. If you experience any issues or do not receive a confirmation email from GLA, please email hr@experiencegla.com.

Note: Your cover letter should highlight your experience in facilitating experiential education programs, youth development and leadership, and any experience you have living/traveling the country or region where you are interested in working.

Step 2: Interviews

We will review your application, cover letter, and resume. If your application is selected, we will invite you for a first interview via telephone. Successful candidates applying for a mentor role will complete a minimum of two interviews before they are offered a contract.  Persons interested in a director role will complete three.

Step 3: References and Background Check

If you make it through the interview process successfully, we will run a background check on you and contact your references. Assuming all goes well, you will be offered a position!