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TBB hires for our US staff and (traveling) Program Leader positions beginning in March each year. Below is a list of our field staff positions and the employment applications.

Thinking Beyond Borders hires at various times through the year for our Program Leader positions and opportunities to join our US staff. We are not currently hiring.

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 social change in communities and cultures around the world. This unparalleled 28-week gap year program includes extended homestays, fieldwork, and academic study in Guatemala, Thailand, and Ghana as well as enrichment weeks in between in Panama, Cambodia and Morocco. Students study public health in Ghana, education in Thailand, and natural resources and sustainable 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. Students will conclude the program in Virginia, preparing a Presentation of Learning and debriefing their program experience with their peers and Program Leaders.

JOB DESCRIPTION:

The Program Leader position is an individual who serves as part of a two or 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, academic, service-learning curriculum, and ensure that the daily travel and program logistics are properly coordinated. The Program Leader guides students through personal and intellectual growth experiences with mentorship and constant support.

Responsibilities:

  • Report directly to the Director of Programs as primary supervisor.
  • Work as part of a teaching team to facilitate the curriculum.
  • Participate in 2 week Program Leader training (Date: TBD)
  • 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.
  • Conduct program and in-country student orientations.
  • Protect the health and safety of the students at all times.
  • Keep accurate field logs and expense reporting on a weekly basis

Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Education, International Development, Psychology, Environmental Science, Public Health 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.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and cross-cultural awareness
  • Experience leading or facilitating groups (preferably with students age 1720)
  • Good physical health and ability to actively participate in all elements of the experience
  • Strong communication skills, including written and interpersonal
  • Must possess a valid passport and unlocked smart-phone

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 & BENEFITS

  • Monthly stipend
  • Contract (W9) employee status
  • CPR and Wilderness First Aid Training
  • All-inclusive meals, housing, and travel expenses while with the group
  • Emergency health and evacuation insurance while on the program.
  • Employee travel stipend of $500.00 given for two weeks’ vacation while on the program

HOW TO APPLY

1. Complete the TBB Employment Application by ​CLICKING HERE
2. Send a resume and cover letter to ​[email protected]​ with the subject line “PL Application - Your Name”

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Hiring is closed until March, 2020

Thinking Beyond Borders' next hiring cycle begins in March, 2020 for our Program Leader positions and opportunities to join our US staff.  We are not currently hiring.

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.

Latin America Gap Semester Program Leader


Thinking Beyond Borders’ Latin America Gap Semester Program (LAM) allows a group of up to 18 students and 3 program leaders to compare the challenges and opportunities for social change in communities and cultures around the world. This unparalleled 13-week gap semester program includes extended homestays, fieldwork, and academic study in Costa Rica and Guatemala as well as an enrichment week in Peru between the two core countries. Students study education in Costa Rica and sustainable 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 two or 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, academic, service-learning curriculum, and ensure that the daily travel and program logistics are properly coordinated. The Program Leader guides students through personal and intellectual growth experiences with mentorship and constant support.

Responsibilities:

  • Report directly to the Director of Programs as primary supervisor
  • Travel with the program group for 13 weeks, from early September to mid December.
  • Participate in 2-week Program Leader training (Date: TBD)
  • 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.
  • Conduct program and in-country student orientations.
  • Protect the health and safety of the students at all times.
  • Keep accurate field logs and expense reporting on a weekly basis

Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Education, International Development, Psychology, Environmental Sciences, 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.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and cross-cultural awareness
  • Experience leading or facilitating groups (preferably with students age 1720)
  • Good physical health and ability to actively participate in all elements of the experience
  • Strong communication skills, including written and interpersonal
  • Must possess a valid passport and unlocked smart-phone

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 & BENEFITS

  • Monthly Stipend
  • Contract (W9) employee status
  • CPR and Wilderness First Aid Training
  • All-inclusive meals, housing, and travel expenses while with the group
  • Emergency health and evacuation insurance while on the program.

HOW TO APPLY

1. Complete the TBB Employment Application by ​CLICKING HERE
2. Send a resume and cover letter to ​[email protected]​ with the subject line “PL Application - Your Name”

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Hiring will begin in March, 2020.

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 provided a stipend for pre and post program coverage 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 7 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 2-week 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 Director of Programs, our Director of Outreach and Program Development and our Psychological Consultant. We work collaboratively to ensure our Program Leaders are well supported.

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