Experiment Group Leader and/or Youth Program Leader
Experiment leaders guide a group of 10 to 16 high school students on a journey between 2 and 6 weeks in one of 26 countries. Experiment programs provide high school students with the opportunity to connect deeply and engage meaningfully with the richness and complexities of another country through hands-on experiences in local communities and through the lens of a specific program theme. Two adult co-leaders travel alongside the group and serve as the students’ primary support throughout the program. Leaders are responsible for helping students integrate into local cultures and host families, increase their knowledge of the host country and culture, develop communication skills, and cultivate new attitudes and awareness by conducting group excursions and guiding students through discussions of and reflections on their experiences. Leaders work closely with The Experiment’s US-based staff and in-country partners to maximize students’ health and safety and to ensure the program is meaningful, challenging, and experientially rich. At the end of the program, leaders help students synthesize their experiences and assist them in considering how they can integrate what they learned about themselves, their identities and the world into their lives moving forward.
Youth Program leaders facilitate an immersion exchange program in the US for 3 to 4 weeks with youth from Iraq, Mexico, and countries in the Caribbean in groups of 25 to 100 students. World Learning Youth Programs encourage cultural exchange and strengthen ties between youth in different countries with their American peers. Leaders maximize the wellbeing of participants in order to foster meaningful and memorable learning experiences by facilitating workshops, dialogue sessions and teambuilding activities, addressing health and safety, coordinating program logistics, and collaborating with a large staff team to address and support group dynamics. Leaders deliver educational content and are knowledgeable in the design and delivery of active, engaging workshops on current global issues, civic activism, social justice, volunteerism, leadership skills and project planning. During the host community portion of the program, leaders represent World Learning and manage partner relationships with integrity and professionalism, oversee the delivery and continuity of program curriculum, and monitor and support participants’ adjustment to the host family experience.
–Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion—
The Experiment and World Learning Youth Programs is committed to recruiting and supporting students of diverse backgrounds. We value leaders who represent diverse geographic, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds, and are skilled in creating inclusive group environments for their students.
For detailed information about each program and position, please look over our websites carefully.
Learn more about The Experiment’s mission, history, and programs at http://www.experiment.org. Find more leader-specific info at https://www.experiment.org/apply/become-a-group-leader/
– including leader responsibilities, benefits, hiring timeline, application checklist, and FAQs.
Learn more about World Learning Youth Programs at https://www.worldlearning.org/what-we-do/people-to-people-exchanges/. Find more leader-specific info at https://www.worldlearning.org/what-we-do/global-youth-exchanges/youth-program-leader/
including leader responsibilities, benefits, hiring timeline, application checklist, and FAQs.
Leaders are dedicated to the field of youth development and love working directly with young people. Leaders have extensive experience with youth education, travel logistics and management know-how, experience with health, safety and risk management, and are ready to spend a month living and learning with their participants. They are dynamic, flexible, energetic and team players who succeed in multifaceted, intense, fast-paced and collaborative environments. They are professionals who are responsible, and able to manage challenges and uncertainty with poise and compassion. Experiment leaders have local expertise in the country or region of their program, language abilities, and knowledge in their program theme. Experiment co-leaders and Youth Programs staff teams are paired strategically to complement one another and provide comprehensive support to all members of their groups.
• Are professional, flexible, resilient, resourceful, pro-active, caring, warm, friendly, and love to laugh
• Genuinely enjoy spending time with high school students
• Have strong organizational and logistical skills, and are able to manage a budget
• Are willing to put their students’ learning and development ahead of their own experience
• Are ready for an intense, challenging, and rewarding summer
• Demonstrate skills and experience in cross-cultural sensitivity and communication
• Bring a wide variety of backgrounds and social identities
• Are aware of and committed to addressing bias, systemic inequalities, power, privilege, and oppression
• Are, above all, educators and facilitators
—Minimum Required Qualifications—
• Experience working with high school students in a leadership capacity
• In-depth experience studying, working, or living in one or more of the regions in which The Experiment operates (The Experiment)
• Awareness of and interest in U.S. politics civics, social issues and global issues, and commitment to conflict transformation, inter-group dialogue and leadership education (World Learning Youth Programs)
• At least 21 years of age (Applicants must be 21 or older by June 1, 2019.) (Experiment only)
• A bachelor’s degree (Current undergraduates may apply if they are on track to obtain their bachelor’s degree by June 15, 2019.) (Experiment Only)
• Ability to pass a criminal background check
• Eligibility to work in the United States
• A current passport (valid through January 2020) (Experiment) or valid U.S. driver’s license (Youth Programs, preferred but not required)
• CPR / first aid certification (The Experiment provides all hired leaders with a $95 certification stipend that can be used toward CPR / first aid certification. If a leader is currently CPR / first aid certified, the certification stipend may be used to pursue higher safety certifications, such as Wilderness First Responder. This is a benefit offered by The Experiment only)
• Physical ability to participate fully in the planned activities of your assigned program (All programs require leaders to be able to lift at least 50 pounds and walk for long stretches of time throughout each day. Many of our programs also include outdoor physical activities such as hiking, swimming, and biking.)
• Complete availability for the duration of your assigned program and Staff Training in Brattleboro, Vermont (June 24-29, 2018)
• Willingness and ability to complete post-program evaluations and reports
Apply to be an Experiment leader and/or Youth Program leader online at www.worldlearning.org/leaderapplication
–Final application deadline: January 20, 2019–
Questions? Please visit our webpages at https://www.experiment.org/apply/become-a-group-leader/ and https://www.worldlearning.org/what-we-do/global-youth-exchanges/youth-program-leader/ to find more information about the leader positions. If our website doesn’t answer your question, then please contact The Experiment at firstname.lastname@example.org.