Trek Coordinator, Part-time

buildOn

About the organization

buildOn is a not-for-profit organization working to break the cycle of poverty, illiteracy and low expectations through service and education. We’re not a charity, we’re a movement.

In the United States, we run intensive service learning programs in under-resourced, urban high schools in six major cities. Through these programs, buildOn empowers youth to transform their communities through high-impact service. Over the last 27 years, buildOn has empowered more than 100,000 urban youth to contribute more than 2.3 million hours of service that has touched the lives of more than one million people living below the U.S. poverty line. Moreover, 98% of buildOn students graduate high school, and most go on to college.

Globally, teams of students from buildOn programs fan out across the world to help build schools in the economically poorest countries on the planet. We have now built over 1500 schools in Haiti, Nicaragua, Mali, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Malawi, Nepal, and Guatemala.

Duties

buildOn US Trek is an experience facilitated by buildOn to engage students from urban high
schools in the construction of a buildOn school and to immerse in a different culture. Trek is not a vacation, a cultural tour of poverty, a necessary labor for school construction, or an act of charity. Trek is an act of solidarity to live, work and learn together with an international community. In order to achieve this and to differentiate this buildOn US Trek experience from harmful “voluntourism” trips, buildOn puts a strong emphasis on solidarity through school construction. All Trek participants are expected to work in solidarity. This means contributing 3-4 hours on the worksite each day. In short, Trek is about building a school together. Trek is intended to challenge volunteers to step away from their daily routines and to “walk in the shoes” of host community members. Volunteers live with host families, eat local foods and participate in all aspects of rural community life. Volunteers are expected to work hard on the construction site to demonstrate their compassion, commitment and belief in access to education for all.

The Trek Coordinator’s primary focus is to support the buildOn US Trek for our Service Learning
Programs stateside. Trek Coordinators will work closely with Trek Managers and buildOn’s US Program staff to ensure a smooth and empowering preparation process for all students in the US and their families, to prepare them for a powerful in-country Trek.

Qualifications

• Must be 21 years of age
• An outgoing, creative and self-sufficient individual who is able to work independently and has a proven passion for service
• Experience living or volunteering in the developing world is a plus
• Available up to 25 hours per week during business hours and on Saturdays as necessary
• Knowledge and experience in the US-based region and school system
• Committed Individuals with a desire to work in a fast-paced environment
• Access to a computer
• Strong interpersonal skills
• Demonstrated leadership
• Organizational ability to balance and coordinate multiple projects simultaneously
• Strong sense of responsibility
• Proven record of following through on assigned tasks
• Positive role model
• Ability to communicate clearly and effectively
• Sound judgment/decision-making and ability to remain calm in crisis situations
• Fluency in French/Spanish a plus

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

please submit resume and cover letter to [email protected]

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