Summer Program Leader

Student Diplomacy Corps

About the organization

The Student Diplomacy Corps (SDC) is a 501c3 not-for-profit educational organization that uses scholarship-funded summer abroad programs as college-readiness and skills-building tools for academically gifted students from underserved areas of the United States.

SDC programs are designed to introduce successful applicants to university-level inquiry into issues facing communities around the world, and in so doing help young people build the cultural adaptation skills they will need for success in higher education.


Student Diplomacy Corps Summer Program Leader requirements and duties vary slightly across all program areas during a 4-week summer program : Albania, Aotearoa (New Zealand), Chile, China, France, Greece, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, North Macedonia, Spain, and Uruguay

All program leadership positions include the following duties:

- Attend a 4-day US based leadership training and preparation course (funded by SDC) before departure abroad
- Travel from the United States to program host country with a group of 10-11 US students
- Be present and available to all Student Diplomats during the entirety of the 4 week program abroad: Program Leaders travel, learn, explore, participate in homestay and facilitate engagement in all aspects of programs alongside their students
- Work with in-country non-profit partners to help Student Diplomats learn to navigate local language, culture, and customs in a self-directed and independent manner that leads students to build skills and self confidence, in a safe way
- Help Student Diplomats prepare for the rigor and joy of an individual homestay during the second week of the program
- Help students apply skills learned during seminars and lectures to homestay and other program elements
- Prepare studnets, many of whom have never traveled abroad before, for the difficulty of re-integration into US culture after a busy, challenging, and moving experience abroad


SDC Summer Program Leaders Should have:

- A Bachelors Degree
- Some professional experience working with youth
- Experience living, working, or traveling in countries or related regions to the SDC program portfolio
- Medium to high level fluency in languages used in SDC program areas
(Individuals with limited language skills, but strong experience in SDC program areas are encouraged to apply)
- A desire to learn with and mentor brilliant young people and share experiences abroad
- Experience with or a desire to learn about experiential education techniques

SDC Program Area Experience Specifications:
- Morocco and North Africa: Experience in Arabic language areas with some on-the-ground experience in Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia acceptable
- France: Experience in French language areas outside of France acceptable with at least one on-the-ground experience in France.
- Spain and Latin America: Strong Spanish language skills are considered to be applicable across all Spanish speaking SDC programs
- China: On-the-ground experience in China or Taiwan required plus low-to-mid level fluency in Mandarin
- Japan: Low level fluency in Japanese acceptable with strong on-the-ground experience in Japan
- Italy: Mid-to-high level language abilities and travel experience in Italy required
- Albania, Greece, N. Macedonia and Montenegro: Experience in the Balkan region preferred, no language skill requirement
- Aotearoa: Experience in Polynesia preferred



Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

When applying please visit for details on program areas, languages used, program themes and content and other details on SDC scholarships, leadership requirements, students experiences and more

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