Field Instructor

Where There Be Dragons

About the organization

Dragons offers small group, custom-crafted educational travel programs for high school, Gap, and college students in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Our students are led by the best educators in the industry to develop an understanding of critical global issues through immersive travel, meaningful engagement, and empowered student leadership. Over the past three decades, our work has created a global community representing 6 continents, over 30 countries, and countless languages, villages, NGOs, religions, host families, students, perspectives, and stories. We believe that future leaders will be required to think beyond borders in order to cultivate a more inclusive, collaborative, and just future. Our goal is to help students develop the self awareness and cross-cultural competencies to be active participants in the world.

Duties

In order to encourage our students to challenge their personal limits and to support them throughout their journeys, instructors must play a variety of roles:
- Dragons instructors are responsible for leading safe, conscientious and professional programs which are sensitive to the needs and issues of our students and local communities.
- Dragons instructors are attentive to risk issues and committed to the physical and emotional safety of the student group. They must adhere to and maintain high standards of safety and risk management throughout the course, in many different contexts.
- Dragons instructors work within a team of co-instructors to facilitate successful group dynamics and to nurture growth and learning within each student.
- Dragons instructors offer formal and informal lessons throughout the course on subjects as wide-ranging as history and culture, geology and weather, language, politics, development, and ethical wilderness travel, and they’re sensitive to students’ needs as they process their experiences and observations.

In the end, all Dragons instructors are confident in a single teaching tool: themselves! It is the power of their personalities, enthusiasm, and love of sharing adventure and exploration which has an immeasurable impact on our students. As role models, they cultivate in students the necessary sensitivity to the host country, and respect for oneself and others which results in a successful course.

Qualifications

While we don’t expect that every applicant will meet all of the below criteria, the ideal candidate will:

- Demonstrate unique in-country experience, regional fluency and strong contacts in any of the countries where we run programs (please speak to this in your application)
- Demonstrate foreign language skills relevant to the program area.
- Demonstrate experience leading groups and/or working with adolescents.
- Demonstrate a dedication to the field of teaching and ability to educate the whole student.
- Exhibit significant experience in a relevant field (i.e. education, guiding, development work, service learning, wilderness, non-profits, etc).
- Possess a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) certification.
- An understanding of risk management and navigation of challenging environments within the developing world.
- Capable of instructing a safe, educational, dynamic and engaging course.

Application instructions

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