Career Opportunities

TBB hires for our US staff and international Program Leader positions throughout the year. Below is a list of our current openings and the employment application.

We currently have multiple positions available that are described below. Thinking Beyond Borders hires throughout the year for our Program Leader positions and opportunities to join our US staff. 

Applicants for TBB staff positions must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a Master's degree or higher in education, international development, or a related field.
  • Have lived and worked abroad for an extended period of time.
  • A minimum of 3 years experience teaching in either a traditional or non-traditional educational setting.

Global Gap Year Program Leader

TBB’s Global Gap Year (GGY) allows a group of up to 18 students and 3 program leaders to compare the challenges and opportunities for change in communities and cultures around the world. This unparalleled 28-week gap year program includes extended stays, fieldwork, and academic study in Guatemala, India, and Ghana. Students study public health in Ghana, education in India, and natural resources and agriculture in Guatemala. The program culminates in Washington DC where students meet with leaders from the policymaking and advocacy world, and share their own learning from the program.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The Program Leader position is an individual who serves as part of a three person teaching team traveling with the student group for the entirety of the program. Together, these educators maintain the safety and health of each student, lead the students through a rigorous curriculum, and ensure that the daily travel and program logistics are properly coordinated. The Program Leader guides students through personal and intellectual growth with mentorship and constant support.

Responsibilities:

  • Travel with the program group for 28 weeks, from early September to early April. Program Leader training begins in mid-August.
  • Work as part of a three person teaching team to facilitate the curriculum.
  • Mentor and counsel students through personal growth experiences.
  • Assist in the further development of the program design and curriculum.
  • Assist in coordinating daily logistics of travel and programming.
  • Protect the health and safety of the students at all times.

Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Education, International Development, Psychology, or a related field.
  • Minimum of three years experience teaching in a classroom or alternative education setting.
  • Proficiency in at least one language other than English that is spoken in the countries on the TBB itinerary is preferable.
  • Extensive experience traveling and living overseas.

Commitment:

The position is built as two year commitment. During the first program, the educator will travel with an experienced Program Leader from the organization, learning the teaching approach and managing the program group. The second year, the educator will travel with two new staff members to train/orient them to the program, teaching philosophy and itinerary.

COMPENSATION

$15,000 for the Global Gap Year Program (mid-August to early April)

BENEFITS

  • Living and travel expenses paid for during 28 weeks travel.
  • Stipend for two weeks’ vacation while on the program.
  • Travel insurance while Program Leader is on program outside the US.
  • Stipend provided for US health insurance while Program Leader is in the US.

Gap Semester Program Leader

TBB’s Semester programs allow a group of up to 18 students and 3 Program Leaders to compare the challenges and opportunities for change in communities and cultures in different regions around the world. Positions are currently open for:

The program culminates in Washington DC where students meet with leaders from the policymaking and advocacy world, and share their own learning from the program.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The Program Leader position is an individual who serves as part of a three person teaching team traveling with the student group for the entirety of the program. Together, these educators maintain the safety and health of each student, lead the students through a rigorous curriculum, and ensure that the daily travel and program logistics are properly coordinated. The Program Leader guides students through personal and intellectual growth with mentorship and constant support.

Responsibilities:

  • Travel with the program group for 13 weeks, from early September to mid-December. Program Leader Training begins in mid-August.
  • Work as part of a two or three person teaching team to facilitate the curriculum.
  • Mentor and counsel students through personal growth experiences.
  • Assist in the further development of the program design and curriculum.
  • Assist in coordinating daily logistics of travel and programming.
  • Protect the health and safety of the students at all times.

Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Education, International Development, Psychology, or a related field.
  • Minimum of three years experience teaching in a classroom or alternative education setting.
  • Proficiency in at least one of the languages spoken in the Semester program’s region (Spanish essential, Thai or Hindi preferable but not essential).)
  • Extensive experience living and traveling internationally, with experience in the countries on the itinerary preferred.

Program Leaders who serve during the Fall Semester are encouraged to stay on and serve in TBB’s Spring Semester programs which run from February through May.

COMPENSATION

$6,000 total pay for the Semester program(mid-August to mid-December)

BENEFITS

  • Living and travel expenses paid for during 13 weeks travel.
  • Comprehensive travel insurance while Program Leader is on program.
  • Stipend provided for US health insurance while Program Leader is in the US.

Frequently Asked Questions About Working for TBB

Where do the students come from? – Most of our students come from all over the United States, both rural towns and urban centers. Recently we have been seeing increasing interest from international students.

How does health insurance work for Program Leaders? – Program Leaders are covered by our TBB policy (health, dental, and vision)  pre and post program departure and are covered by an international medical insurance policy while overseas.

Where do Program Leaders live during the program when students are with host families? – Leaders live in a variety of accommodations arranged through our partner organizations. They range from a room in someone’s home to a separate apartment for leaders. It depends on the community, our partners and what is available. Leaders never share accommodations with students but may have to share rooms with colleagues from time to time.

What are some highlights of this role? – Program leaders repeatedly say this is one of the most meaningful teaching experiences they’ve ever had and have grown tremendously in their capacity as an educator. It also provides an environment to get to know students on a deep level (emotionally, intellectually, spiritually) and create lasting and meaningful mentoring relationships.

What is challenging about this position? – This will vary depending on the individual. However, a common sentiment is that being away from home and committing your life to this job for 8 months is intense. This position asks a lot of you, and can sometimes be draining and exhausting.

What kind of training will I receive prior to departure? – Program Leaders receive an intensive 12-day Program Leader training prior to departure. Some topics included are TBB pedagogy, seminar facilitation, safety, team building/collaboration, mentoring and logistics. Leaders also earn a certificate in Wilderness First Aid.

What support does the TBB staff provide PLs out in the field? – Knowing this can be quite a challenging job, TBB Program staff provide leaders with as much support as we can so they are able to do their job to the best of their abilities. The support we provide comes in the form of weekly team check-ins, monthly personal check-ins, providing country specific details and daily support when managing emergent issues. The US-based Program staff includes our Program Director and Manager, our CEO, and our Psychological Consultant. We work collaboratively to ensure our Program Leaders are well supported.

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South America Gap Semester applicants must have at least intermediate level proficiency.
You must have at least a Master's degree to qualify for this position.
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