We currently have no positions available. Thinking Beyond Borders hires throughout the year for our Program Leader positions and opportunities to join our US staff. We recommend checking back in the late fall and early spring, as those are our most common hiring periods.
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.
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.