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.
Field Instructor | Identity, Politics, and Equity
Cleveland, Costa Rica, Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, Multiple Countries
Verto Education is an innovative new way for students to start their college career. Through Verto, students can study abroad for the first semester or year of their undergraduate career, while still earning college credits to keep them on track to graduate in four years. Verto also partners with over a dozen colleges, including High Point, James Madison University and the University of Oregon, to give students an admission decision and facilitate their transition on campus upon completion of a semester or year abroad.
Verto’s mission is to empower every student to spend impactful time abroad during their college career, and graduate with a better understanding of themselves, and the world around them. Verto Education is accredited through Mills College in Oakland, CA and partners with Rustic Pathways for all program operations.
Identity, Politics, and Equity Field Instructor, South Pacific / Costa Rica
As a Verto Field Instructor for Rustic Pathways, you will serve as the lead facilitator of a freshmen-level course in Identity, Politics, and Equity. Through a dynamic combination of classroom instruction and experiential fieldwork, Field Instructors guide students through an Identity, Politics, and Equity course in which students pair theoretical concepts with real-world experience. This positions exists on Verto's South Pacific Semester and Costa Rica Semester.
Provide an engaging classroom experience through a combination of lectures and structured academic activities.
Deliver course instruction in-person at the program locations.
Engage with students and help them connect the coursework to what they are experiencing in the field.
Facilitate coursework in compliance with credit requirements as set by the Course Director.
Maintain flexibility with curriculum as dictated by a changing travel itinerary.
Build and maintain positive relationships with Verto students, staff, and community partners.
Evaluate students’ course submissions and provide a final marking of students’ mastery of course objectives.
Other duties as reasonably assigned.
Master's Degree from an accredited university in Sociology, Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, or a closely related field.
Minimum of 2-4 years of experience in college-level classroom teaching.
A demonstrated record of teaching excellence and ability to work with undergraduate students in a close student/faculty relationship.
Experience delivering a curriculum and facilitating experiential education with proven success.
Must be 24 years of age or older by September 1, 2019.
Must attend the Field Instructor training in August 2019.
Ability to be on-program overseas from September to December 2019 and February to May 2020.
Fluency in Spanish for consideration for courses taking place in Latin America.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
Patient, enthusiastic, analytical, and solution-oriented.
Follow through with Verto and Rustic Pathways specific documentation practices.
Appreciation for diversity in cultures and experiences.
Knowledge of local and regional customs and norms in program location(s) through firsthand experience.
Passion for discussion-based learning and helping students make meaning of their experiences.
Understands the value of experiential education and travel for young people.
Eager to learn from colleagues and enjoys open collaboration and teamwork.
Able to maintain excellence under pressure and ever-changing conditions.
Able to follow organizational protocols while working independently.
High level of proficiency with Google Drive, Skype, and WhatsApp.
Work and Environmental Conditions
This position is based in a remote setting in one or more of our destination countries.
The work pace is continually fast-paced and work is required for more than 4 hours at time.
Low supervision from managers with infrequent prompts.
Travel is required up to 75% of the time in-country.
The environment in which the job is performed outside may include exposure to extreme temperature, noise, heights, or other hazards.
All of the above remains the same for any additional requirements for training, protective clothing, or monitoring.
Ability to work in one or more of our country destinations or regions for at least 13 weeks at a time during September-December and February-May semesters.
Verto Education and Rustic Pathways are Equal Opportunity employers. 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.
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This application will close on June 30th. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.