Rustic Pathways is a student travel organization which offers the world's finest experiential education, community service, foreign language, and adventure programs. Our destinations stretch from the white-sand beaches of Fiji to the rainforest canopies of Costa Rica, the high Himilayan mountains to the Great Barrier Reef, and many places in between. We provide superior quality travel and service in some of the most welcoming countries for students around the world.
Rustic Pathways demands professionalism and integrity across all of our operations, insists on quality in all aspects of our programs, and places the safety of our students above all other considerations. We enrich the lives of our students and our staff, benefit parts of the world we serve, and build cultural bridges that lead to greater global understanding and cooperation.
Program Leader (Summer 2017)
Rustic Pathways is a student travel organization which offers the world's finest experiential education, community service, foreign language, and adventure programs. Our destinations stretch from the white-sand beaches of Fiji to the rainforest canopies of Costa Rica, the high Himalayan mountains to the Great Barrier Reef, and many places in between. We provide superior quality travel and service in some of the most welcoming countries for students around the world. Rustic Pathways demands professionalism and integrity across all of our operations, insists on quality in all aspects of our programs, and places strong emphasis on the safety and well-being of our students and staff. We empower students through innovative and responsible travel experiences to positively impact lives and communities around the world.
Program Leader at Rustic Pathways
As a Program Leader, you’ll work directly with students, community partners, activity operators, and Rustic Pathways staff to lead our summer programs for high school students. Employment is from June through August in one of our 18 destination countries.
Expect to work long days in some of the most welcoming communities on the planet. Logistics lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, community service professionals, and globally conscious travelers are encouraged to apply.
Must be high energy and safety oriented, with a passion for experiential education.
This is a seasonal exempt position.
Embody Rustic Pathways’ mission, vision, and values
Act as a role model and mentor to students
Follow Rustic Pathways’ safety protocols during interactions with students and program activities
Facilitate discussions drawing from your own personal experience and RP Discussion Guides
Deliver specialized curriculum related to the area of focus (select programs)
Manage day-to-day program logistics, financial responsibilities, and administrative tasks
Create positive and inclusive group dynamics
Monitor and manage student well-being and respond calmly to issues as they arise
Act as a liaison between Rustic Pathways and our community partners
Demonstrate responsible leadership and judgment
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university OR equivalent work experience with some college
At least 2 years of relevant professional experience in service learning, tourism, outdoor leadership, youth mentorship, or experiential education.
At least 2 years of experience working with young adults and/or adolescents.
At least 6 months of international living experience, such as study abroad, volunteering, or a work exchange OR 6 months of professional experience in a cross-cultural environment.
Must be 22 years of age or older by May 30, 2017.
Demonstrated maturity and leadership skills.
Professional working proficiency in English.
Basic CPR and First Aid certification from a licensed provider. NOTE: Certifications must be obtained through classroom or in-person training only. Online certifications are no longer acceptable. Certificates must be submitted to Rustic Pathways at least three weeks prior to start of program leader training.
Fluency in Spanish required for employment in Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Peru.
Professional working proficiency in Arabic, Burmese, French, Hindi, Khmer, Lao, Malayalam, Mandarin Chinese, Mongolian, Swahili, Thai, Tibetan, or Vietnamese a plus.
Professional working knowledge in the following areas and/or roles:
Sociology or Anthropology
Environmental Studies or Conservation
Mountaineering or Technical Climbing
TEFL or TESL
Middle School or High School Educator
Community Service Coordinator
Preferred Certifications (Including but not limited to):
Wilderness First Responder
Teaching Certifications (ex. TEFL/TESL)
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Appreciation for diversity in cultures and experiences
Excellent communication skills
Patient, enthusiastic, analytical, flexible, and solution-oriented
Passion for discussion-based learning and helping students make meaning of their experiences
Understands the value of experiential education and travel for high school students
Eager to learn from colleagues and enjoys open collaboration and teamwork
Able to maintain excellence under pressure and ever-changing conditions
Ability to work in one of our 18 country destinations from June through August for at least 6-10 consecutive weeks at a time (some schedule requirements may apply for program leader training in country).
***New for 2017: Critical Issues Programs***
New for 2017, our Critical Issues programs take a closer look at global issues as they are lived on-the-ground. These are programs are designed for students seeking to become change makers in their local communities or affect change on a global scale. On these programs, students explore specific issues with program leaders who have experience delivering content related to the program's area of focus, local experts, and like-minded peers, giving them the skills to become global citizens and impactful leaders. Critical Issues topics we are tackling in 2017 include global climate change, wildlife conservation, refugee and migration challenges, access to quality education, access to health and social services, international development, peace-building, to name a few.
Rustic Pathways is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
Each employee of Rustic Pathways is employed “at will,” which means either the Company or the employee may terminate the employment relationship at any time, for any or no reason, with or without advanced notice. No individual or representative of the Rustic Pathways can change this at-will relationship absent a specific, written contract signed by the Company’s Chief Executive Officer or designee.
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