Global Service Learning Leaders and Assistant Leaders 2020

Lakeside School

About the organization

Lakeside School is an independent coeducational day school located in North Seattle, and currently enrolls 851 students in grades 5 through 12 from diverse ethnic, racial, religious, and economic backgrounds.


Lakeside School, an independent coeducational day school located in North Seattle is currently recruiting Global Service Learning (GSL) Leaders and Assistant Leaders for trips that will take place in the summer of 2020. Lakeside's Upper School GSL program combines a weekend-long leader training retreat (approx. June 12-14, 2020) a four day on-campus pre-trip curriculum program (approx. June 16-19, 2020) with four weeks of on-site service learning with cultural immersion in mostly rural areas in the developing and near-developing world (approx. June 20-July 22, 2020) and culminating with an on campus debrief meeting within 1-2 days of return to Seattle post-trip. GSL locations for summer 2020 may include sites in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Rwanda, Fiji, Cambodia, and China.

GSL Main and Assistant leaders report to Lakeside’s Associate Director of Global Programs and are responsible for managing and executing all aspects of the assigned trip in accordance with the program design developed by the Associate Director in collaboration with host country partners. All trip leaders must attend the leader training retreat and facilitate country specific meetings with students on campus during pre-trip curriculum week. Main leaders are also responsible for overseeing overall trip success and delegating tasks to assistant leaders.


Qualified candidates will have experience in leading student groups overseas. Fluency in one or multiple languages other than English is a plus as well as significant time spent in rural areas in the developing world. Training and/or experience in experiential and/or outdoor education is desirable. A hardy constitution is important and references should speak to the applicant’s integrity, flexibility, and ability to be an effective member of a team. Leaders must be available to attend leader training retreat, pre-trip week, and travel to/from Seattle to host country with students (as outlined above). In addition, leaders must be available for a post-trip debrief meeting within two days of return from the trip. All applicants must have a college degree; non-Lakeside alumni must be 25 years of age and all applicants will be subject to employment and reference checks. Required Wilderness First Aid/CPR certification will be covered at Lakeside’s expense if needed. Successful candidates must satisfactorily complete a nationwide criminal and sex offender background check.

We seek candidates with demonstrated cultural awareness, including knowledge of themselves and the cultural lenses they bring to interactions. Candidate will understand different perspectives; interact respectfully with cultures other than their own; and cultivate meaningful relationships with people that have different cultural framework.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

At Lakeside we are committed to sustaining a school in which individuals representing diverse cultures and experiences instruct one another in the meaning and value of community. To learn more about working at Lakeside, including our professional development and mentoring programs, benefits, diversity and inclusion, and opportunities for involvement in non-academic programs, please visit our Careers page on the Lakeside School website.

Lakeside School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

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