Gap Semester Field Instructor

ARCC Programs

About the organization

ARCC Programs is the leading provider of Adventure, Community Service, Travel, and Wilderness programs for teenagers and young adults in the United States. ARCC Gap Semester programs offer an educational and cultural bridge between high school and college. The ARCC Gap Semester programs are an opportunity to live, work, learn and explore in some of the greatest classrooms on earth. ARCC Gap Semesters have a rich academic fabric complementing each location. Going beyond the weekend visit, students take the time to plant their feet in each location, becoming part of the community at large. Working in partnership with area leaders, students pinpoint worthwhile service projects and collaborate with community members to achieve a common goal. Semesters are organized around five major themes including Literacy and Education, Public Health, Urbanization and the Movement of Peoples, Environment and Conservation, and Microfinance and Economic Growth.


ARCC is looking for Instructors who are enthusiastic about working with students aged 17-20 and who have strong experience working with groups. ARCC Instructors provide an academic framework and structure relevant to their location, as well as teach the curriculum designed for each location and global themes. In addition, Instructors focus on fostering constructive group dynamics, implementing ARCC’s leadership progression, facilitating games, activities, and initiatives, overseeing outfitted activities, and ensuring that each person in the group is able to safely achieve goals consistent with his or her abilities. Two Instructors will guide a group of up to twelve students through rigorous settings while facilitating academic curriculum. These semesters are both mentally and physically challenging for instructors and participants, with many unexpected obstacles and issues.

ARCC seeks Instructors who will be a positive influence on the participants, supporting them throughout the semester and creating a fun, safe, and supportive environment in which they can thrive. Our Instructors are not supervising each student 24 hours a day for the semester, but rather helping them develop their own comfort in each location, setting them up to achieve positive development in a safe environment.

Travel logistics
Food buying and food management for group
Management of group budget
Organization of community service projects
Facilitate educational curriculum


Must possess at least a BA or BS degree
Current certification in Wilderness First Responder (WFR, EMT, or WEMT)
Excellent health and physical condition
Preferred applicants are 24+ years old.
Experience traveling
Experience camping and/or backpacking
Experience leading groups (preferably ages 17-20)
Demonstrated experience working with a co-leader
Demonstrated experience facilitating educational curriculum at a high school level
Experience leading volunteer groups
Experience hosting discussion, debate, lecture, mediation or town council style meetings focused on controversial issues
Professional, fun, motivated and enthusiastic individuals who are flexible and creative
Required for semester employment from September through end of November or early December for fall 2020 Semester

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

How to Apply
To apply, please complete the online application using the external application link on Handshake. You will be prompted to create an account to complete the online application. Upon completion of the application, you will be asked to upload your resume and a cover letter. You will also be given the opportunity to submit your references’ email addresses. Your resume, cover letter, and three references are required for a complete application.

We are reviewing applications now for fall positions, so please apply as soon as possible.

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

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