Summer/Gap Community Service Trip Leader

VISIONS Service Adventures

About the organization

VISIONS has set the standard for international community service programs for high school and middle school students for 30 years. Collaborative service work and cross-cultural living help our teen volunteers understand a complicated world & learn meaningful ways to contribute productively.

VISIONS collaborates at the grassroots level, with a strong commitment to our community partners. We have lived and worked in the Dominican Republic, Montana Indian reservations and British Virgin Islands for nearly three decades. Most of our other sites have hosted VISIONS teens for at least 20 years. When we develop new programs, we do so with long-term partnerships in mind. These enduring relationships translate into exceptional opportunities for deep cultural learning. You will interact with local people who know and care for us. And you will leave with a greater understanding of what life is like in other parts of the world.

Duties

Leaders supervise and mentor teens during 12-day to 4-week programs (8-week programs for Gap Semester). They work with and supervise students in all aspects of the program: service projects, recreational activities, cross-cultural events, and even day-to-day chores such as cooking and cleaning. The first priority is creating a positive and productive experience for the participants that cultivates growth and global understanding.
This is a residential program, with leaders and teens living together in a community center, rented house, or similar place that we call home for the summer, usually in a local neighborhood. We have long-term ties to the places we work, and thus are a part of the community. Leaders work hard, but the work is incredibly fulfilling when it’s the right fit. VISIONS leaders commit to a work attitude that is respectful, cooperative, positive, safety-conscious, and community-spirited.
Most VISIONS summer leaders are mid-20s to mid-30s, with a minimum age of 22 for our teen summer programs and 24 for out Gap programs, with no upper age limit. We maintain a 1 to 4 or 5 leader to student ratio. Leaders receive a pay stipend, round-trip travel to the program site, and meals / lodging. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

LOCATIONS:​ British Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, Montana reservations, Montana Farm and Ranch

Qualifications

APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS
Minimum age 22
First Aid and CPR certified before the program begins
Background check, required of all trip leaders upon job offer
For language immersion programs: fluent or conversational-level Spanish or French

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS (Depending on location assignment)
Experience working with teenagers
Carpentry skills
Lifeguarding experience
Farming experience
Advanced medical training (WFR, EMT, etc.)

Salary

Dependent upon chosen program

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

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