Leadership Requirements

We seek extraordinary people.

Much of Putney Student Travel’s success over the last 64 summers of high school and middle school summer programs abroad stems from hiring the most engaging, enthusiastic, and dedicated group of leaders and instructors. Putney staff are fun, energetic, creative, safety-conscious, and knowledgeable. They enjoy working with teenagers in dynamic environments, and seek opportunities to get to know each participant as a mentor and friend. We seek to hire people whose positive impact on our students extends well beyond the length of the program.

GENERAL

To join our team of Putney Student Travel leaders, Pre-College staff members, and National Geographic Student Expeditions leaders you must be able to motivate and engage students in a wide range of situations and settings.  Leadership on all programs requires extensive interaction with and mentoring of students. Leaders are granted a high degree of independence and responsibility, and excellent personal leadership skills and the ability to handle multiple ongoing tasks are crucial. Successful candidates have the ability to inspire, lead, mentor, educate, and set limits. In most scenarios programs are led by one male and one female leadership team, however larger programs may have a leadership trio, and our Pre-College programs are led by a larger team of instructors.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

All applicants that finish the interview process and are offered a position with Putney, Pre-College, or National Geographic Student Expeditions are required to complete a background check.  Returning leaders must submit a background check form every year of employment.

COMPENSATION

Leaders for Putney, Pre-College, and National Geographic Student Expeditions receive a stipend, the rate of which is calculated to reflect their seniority at Putney, level of education, in-country experience, language ability, and level of first aid/CPR certification.

Putney also covers all travel to and from orientation in Vermont, as well as room and board for that weekend.  Travel to and from the destination country, room, board, and all activities during the course of the program are also covered by Putney.  Our pay rates are competitive within our industry, and we take pride in providing all other travel, room, board, and entertainment to our leaders over the course of their program.

Specific Requirements
Community Service Programs

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher.
  • High proficiency in the language spoken in the country.
  • Travel/Study/Work experience in the country or a similar country. Preference is given to applicants with extensive in-country experience.
  • Certification in Basic First Aid and CPR at your own expense by June 2015.
  • Ability to drive stick shift (required for some, but not all, programs).
  • Must be available to attend Leader Training, June 4-7, 2015.

Language Learning Programs

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Fluency in the target language.
  • At least six months of experience traveling/studying/living in the country.
  • Experience teaching the target language.
  • Certification in Basic First Aid and CPR at your own expense by June 2015.
  • Ability to drive stick shift (required for some, but not all, programs).
  • Preference is given to applicants with extensive teaching experience and/or in-country experience.
  • Must be available to attend Leader Training, June 4-7, 2015.

Global Awareness in Action Programs

  • College degree.
  • Proficiency in the language spoken in the country
  • Educational background or work experience related to the issue focus of the program.
  • Certification in Basic First Aid and CPR at your own expense by June 2015.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with fluency in the language(s) spoken and specific in-country experience.
  • Must be available to attend Leader Training, June 5-8, 2015.

Cultural Exploration Programs

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Proficiency in the language spoken in the country.
  • Travel/Study/Work experience in the country or a similar country. Preference is given to applicants with extensive in-country experience.
  • Certification in Basic First Aid and CPR at your own expense by June 2015.
  • For specialized Cultural Exploration programs, preference is given to applicants with specific professional and/or educational experience.
  • Must be available to attend Leader Training, June 4-7, 2015.

Foundations Middle School Programs

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • High proficiency in the target language.
  • Certification in Basic First Aid and CPR at your own expense by June 2015.
  • Preference is given to applicants with travel/study/living experience in the program location, and experience leading/teaching 7th and 8th grade students.
  • Must be available to attend Leader Training, June, 2015.

Pre-College Instructor (All Pre-College Programs)

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Significant academic and/or work experience with the subject matter for the classes which you are applying to teach.
  • Ability to work independently to create a hands-on curriculum that brings your subject matter to life.
  • For international programs, preference is given to applicants who have spent time traveling/studying/living in the country.
  • Preference is given to applicants with an advanced degree and/or fluency in the language spoken in country.
  • Availability to attend in-country Leader Training one week prior to the start of the program.

Pre-College Program Assistant (International Programs)

  • Completion of third year in college.
  • Preference is given to applicants who have spent time traveling/studying/living in the country.
  • Preference is given to applicants who are fluent in the language spoken in country.
  • Availability to attend in-country Leader Training one week prior to the start of the program.

Pre-College Program Assistant (Amherst College)

  • Completion of sophomore year in college.
  • Preference is given to applicants with prior residential living experience.
  • Valid U.S. Driver’s License.
  • Availability to attend Leader Training in Amherst, MA, one week prior to the start of the program.

National Geographic Student Expeditions

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher. Preference is given to applicants with an advanced degree.
  • Proficiency in the language(s) spoken in country.
  • Experience traveling/studying/living in the program destination(s).
  • Extensive academic and/or work experience with one of the On Assignment specialties offered in the expedition.
  • Certification in Basic First Aid and CPR at your own expense by June 2015.
  • Availability to attend Leader Training in late May 2015.

CONTACT US

If you have specific questions about employment opportunities or the hiring process, please contact the Hiring Directors directly:

Putney Student Travel – jobs@goputney.com

National Geographic Student Expeditions – jobs@ngstudentexpeditions.com

Pre-College – precollege@goputney.com

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