Field Director (opportunities in Sierra Leone & Guatemala)

First Things Foundation

About the organization

Aid is all about good plans and cool projects, right? Fixing stuff and helping poor and uneducated people? Well, that’s not quite the way we see it. Plans, projects and help are fine, but in our experience, if they aren’t rooted in humility and relationship, plans quickly morph into idealism and help unravels into hurt. We’ve found that when we live simply, close our mouths and quiet our minds, and share in the experience of those who suffer we gain humility and acquire insights. Good projects and healthy change start with sacrifice and are fueled by authentic relationships. At First Things Foundation, people matter more than plans. We believe beauty will save the world. And the beginning of beauty is the sacrifice of the self. It’s the reason we ask hard working individuals to give up their comfortable existence for one to two years.


As a Field Director, you will be one of the two points of contact for anything happening in your location. You will work in tandem with the existing Field Director to continue creating a network of friends, Impresarios and stakeholders.

You will spend months 0-8 (months 1-3 for Appalachia):

- Learning the local and colonial languages (if applicable) (5-10 hours study and tutelage per week)

- Working one or multiple local jobs with your Immersionship partner(s) (12-30 hours per week)

- Creating deep, authentic relationships with friends and neighbors through shared drinks and meals (at least once per day)

- Speaking with FTF’s Director and Executive Field Director (once per week)

- Writing blogs about your experiences (one per month)

You will spend months 9-24 (months 4-12 for Appalachia):

- Facilitating entrepreneurial projects and performing one-on-one consulting services with Impresarios

- Continuing to build a network of folks who can partner with us, fund us, provide us with additional advice, or just become good friends

- Creating profiles for our Impresarios to illustrate their ideas

- Training your replacement Field Director who will replace you when you leave


- A desire to better your soul by undertaking a serious challenge

- An adventurous attitude to explore the world and share a meal or drink with people you don’t know

- Willingness to learn new languages, make fun of yourself and be made fun of

- Our Field Directors have typically completed at least four years of college

This isn’t luxurious living. We live simply and humbly alongside our neighbors. We sometimes sleep on floors, walk almost everywhere, drink water out of a filter, and occasionally come down with a parasite (or in Africa's case, malaria). This is not your average job or volunteering gig. But if you want an opportunity to learn how to endure discomfort and become profoundly transformed, and help a few folks in the process, this is the job for you.


Equivalent to that of a Peace Corps volunteer

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

To apply please send an email to Daniel Padrnos ([email protected]). Include a resume and a one-page letter of interest which includes who you are and why you think your future aligns with FTF's ethos and opportunities. We highly encourage you to check out our podcast, blogs, and about pages to learn more before applying.

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