Global Navigator Program Leader

Summer 2023 applications this fall

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The Job of a Lifetime!

Are you interested in playing an essential role in shaping the global leaders of tomorrow? Do you believe that studying abroad changes lives for the better and brings people closer together? Do you want to help high school students safely experience the world beyond their homes as their mentor and leader? Do you enjoy facilitating thoughtful discussion and reflection about cultural differences and similarities? If so, we encourage you to apply for this fun seasonal position!

The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) is looking for experienced and enthusiastic teachers, counselors, and coaches to lead our high school participants through their summer study abroad experiences around the world. Global Navigator High School Summer Abroad programs are three to four weeks long and operated by CIEE Centers in one of 30 international locations. These programs give curious, motivated high school participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in another culture, to learn and practice a world language, to develop self-awareness and leadership skills, or to conduct field research in a subject of interest.

This year more than ever, we're excited to get back out into the world and have extraordinary teachers like you lead the way, modeling flexibility and curiosity for our students, in a fast-changing travel landscape.

CIEE is proud to offer the Global Navigator Scholarship to participants according to their academic merit and financial need. We typically provide scholarships to 75% of our participants – many of whom received full tuition funding. The Global Navigator Scholarship enables many exceptional participants to be the first of their family or peers to study abroad and to bring international experience back to their community. These scholarships not only expand access to study abroad but also diversify and enrich our participant cohorts.

Summer 2023 applications opening this fall

Primary Responsibilities

  • Support our participants  24/7 for the duration of the program by counseling them on homesickness and culture shock, facilitating thoughtful discussion and reflection about their experience, sharing your enthusiasm for the local language/culture/program subject, and supervising and participating alongside them during activities and excursions.
  • Meet participants and parents at gateway airports and chaperone the group flight to and from the program location. Provide participant support in the case of flight delays and cancellations, as required by CIEE.
  • Be able and willing to arrive to a gateway airport one day before group travel, and/or depart the gateway airport one day after travel.
  • Cultivate a positive group dynamic and help participants connect with peers from diverse backgrounds. Support interpersonal development.
  • Conduct weekly one-on-one check ins with participants and issue participant update forms on a twice-weekly basis.
  • Manage participants’ behavioral and academic issues and provide reports to CIEE staff as needed.
  • Report all medical or behavioral incidents to CIEE Center Staff with detailed documentation within 24 hours. Immediately report any serious concerns.
  • Meet with CIEE Center Staff regularly to share information about participants’ health, behavior, and needs, and to discuss the program curriculum and schedule.
  •  Assist CIEE Center Staff with program logistics, group management and other duties as assigned by the Program Coordinator.
  • Actively participate in all program activities and excursions.
  • Collaborate with co-leaders to publish weekly blog posts for the High School Summer Abroad Blog for the duration of the program.
  • Complete an online training course (15-20 hours for language programs, 10-15 hours for all other program themes) and a three-day (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon) in person training or virtual training in late April or early May. (Dates TBD)

Program-Specific Responsibilities

Language programs

  • Speak in the target language at all times, unless there is a health or safety risk, and use only the target language when talking with participants as well as other Program Leaders and CIEE Center Staff.
  • Encourage and engage participants to stay in the target language outside of class and provide feedback, when appropriate, on their language use.
  • Be a learning bridge by helping participants apply what they learn in class in the community. Facilitate experiential learning outside of the classroom by asking open-ended questions and engaging participants in reflecting on their experiences and observations and making connections.
  • Attend the last 30 minutes of class to co-facilitate the lesson Wrap-Up with your assigned language instructor. Observe and take notes on participants’ language needs and prepare participants for their daily Community Conversation through use of different instructional strategies (e.g., modeling language, role-playing, strategically pairing participants, etc.).
  • Monitor participants’ personal and intercultural growth through regular review of their reflection journals; facilitate structured debriefs on participants’ reflection journals once per week.
  • Assist participants as they complete an online post-program assessment to measure growth.
  • Submit grades and evaluate assignments in an online learning platform (Canvas) on a weekly basis.

Leadership programs

  • Help participants connect with the local community, getting to know people and understanding local culture. Help participants understand how a local NGO is addressing a community challenge. Guide participants to the understanding that the solutions to local challenges are best created and sustained by members of the local community.
  • Live in participant housing (if participants are not in homestays) and be ready to assist at all hours.
  • Engage in service activities alongside participants.
  • Lead daily check-in discussions and reflection journaling sessions.
  • Support local instructors by leading activities and facilitating project work from our Service & Leadership curriculum.
  • Assess participant learning using rubrics and help them set personal goals.
  • Assist participants as they complete online pre- and post- program assessments to measure growth.
  • Share assessments and student projects with the Portland office.

All other programs

  • Help participants make connections between lectures, field research, activities, and excursions through reflection and discussion activities.
  • Live in participant housing (if participants are not in homestays) and be ready to assist at all hours.
  • Support classroom instructors as needed by, for example, facilitating project work time, leading small groups, or reviewing student work and assessments. (Duties vary by location).
  • Assist participants as they complete online pre- and post- program assessments to measure growth.
  • Support participants with the planning and delivery of their final projects and share content of final presentations with Portland office.
  • Help participants develop a plan for sharing their final project with their home community.

2022 Program Dates

Check out program dates and details below.
Please note all the programs italicized are no longer accepting  program leader applications. 


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K-Pop Immersion in Seoul, South Korea 6/12, 7/3, 7/24
Japanese Pop Culture: Anime, Manga & Gaming in Tokyo, Japan 6/12, 7/10
Creative Arts Studio in Prague, Czech Republic 6/12, 7/10
Exploring Rome Through the Arts in Rome, Italy 6/12, 7/10
Theater Arts Behind the Scenes in London, UK 6/12, 7/10

Environmental Science

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Starting this year, all Program Leaders will enjoy

  • A new weekly pay scale, adjusted for seniority:
    • 1st year: $400/week
    • 2nd year: $450/week
    • 3rd year and beyond: $500/week
  • Training and professional development opportunities: 30 hours of asynchronous and in-person training on group management, emergency response, intercultural learning, experiential learning and more.
  • Discounts for all your students, friends, and family: share a $200 discount with anyone in your community, valid on any Global Navigator program (check your CIEE account for details)
  • Referral bonuses: receive $50 for every new program leader you refer to CIEE and who travels on a Global Navigator program (check your CIEE account for details)

In addition, returning Program Leaders can expect:

  • An early sign on bonus: apply to summer 2022 before October 15, 2021 and receive $250!
  • Two Trainings or Seminars led by CIEE staff on topics including:
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Current event topic led by overseas staff
    • Intercultural Development
  • An extra half-day during our annual program leader training to cover themes such as intercultural communication and Diversity and Inclusion training*.



  • Experience working with high school students in a leadership position required.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, graduate degree is a plus.
  • Extensive experience in the host country and knowledge of culture, customs, and navigation (please speak to this in your application).
  • It is strongly recommended that leaders for Language & Culture programs have experience working as full-time high school world language teachers.
  • Flexibility – a willingness and appreciation for unanticipated changes to your specific responsibilities, program components, and participant support needs.
  • Ability to adapt to logistical changes and challenges while maintaining positivity.
  • Intermediate proficiency or higher in the language of the host country; fluency in language of host country and any applicable regional dialects desired.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and intercultural communication skills; a strong ability to work across cultures and in a diverse leadership team.
  • Ability to embody CIEE's mission, culture, and values.
  • Computer literacy and experience working in online learning and/or blogging platforms.
  • Experience creating positive and inclusive group dynamics amongst participants from diverse backgrounds.
  • Passport valid through February 2022. CIEE will cover the cost of visas where necessary but cannot reimburse passport fees.
  • Ability to attend 3-day Program Leader Training in Spring 2022 (virtual or online).
  • Authorization to work lawfully in the United States.
  • Due to Federal Regulations, a background check will be conducted as a condition of employment.


  • Walking and standing for up to 8 hours per day, often times outdoors in sun and heat, on uneven surfaces and/or in inclement weather.
  • Riding a bicycle, swimming, and hiking.
  • Leading participants while maintaining a positive mental state in a physically challenging environment.
  • Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination as defined by the CDC. Read more information about our COVID-19 vaccination policy.

CIEE provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, CIEE complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

CIEE expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of CIEE’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

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