Global Navigator Program Leader Summer 2020

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Seeking extraordinary leaders

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 44 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 position is a challenging and rewarding opportunity to take part in transformational experiences for youth abroad.

CIEE is proud to offer the Global Navigator Scholarship to participants according to their academic merit and financial need. Last summer, CIEE provided scholarships to 75% of our 2,200 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.

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 (10-15 hours for Service & Leadership and Global Discovery, 15-20 hours for Language and Culture) and a three-day (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon) in-person training session May 1st-3rd, 2020.

Program-Specific Responsibilities

LANGUAGE & CULTURE

  • 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.

SERVICE & LEADERSHIP

  • 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.

GLOBAL DISCOVERY

  • 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.

Program Dates

Check out program dates and details below.

Global Discovery Programs

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Program Name Session 1 Session 2
Aquatic Ecosystems & Sustainability in Lisbon, Portugal June 14 - July 4 July 12 - August 1
Australian Wildlife Conservation in Perth, Australia June 14 - July 4 July 12 - August 1
Botswanan Wildlife Conservation in Gaborone, Botswana June 14 - July 4 July 12 - August 1
Building a Sustainable Mega City in Beijing, China June 14 - July 4 July 12 - August 1
Building a Sustainable Planet in Monteverde, Costa Rica June 14 - July 4 July 12 - August 1
Creative Arts Studio in Prague, Czech Republic June 14 - July 4 July 12 - August 1
Digital Filmmaking & Documentary in Seville, Spain June 14 - July 4 July 12 - August 1
Diplomacy in Practice: Problem-solving with Russian Students in Moscow, Russia June 14 - July 4 N/A
Exploring Madrid Through the Arts in Madrid, Spain June 14 - July 4 July 12 - August 1
Exploring Rome Through the Arts in Rome, Italy June 14 - July 4 July 12 - August 1
Exploring St. Petersburg Through the Arts: Classical to Cutting Edge in St Petersburg, Russia N/A July 12 - August 1
Gaming & eSports Culture in Seoul, South Korea June 14 - July 4 July 12 - August 1
Global Entrepreneurship in Berlin, Germany N/A July 12 - August 1
Global Entrepreneurship in Dublin, Ireland N/A July 12 - August 1
Global Entrepreneurship in Portland, United States N/A July 12 - August 1
Global Entrepreneurship in Santiago, Chile N/A July 12 - August 1
Global Entrepreneurship in Shanghai, China June 14 - July 4 July 12 - August 1
Japanese Pop Culture: Anime, Manga & Gaming in Tokyo, Japan June 7 - June 27 June 28 - July 18
K-Pop Immersion in Seoul, South Korea June 14 - July 4 July 12 - August 1
Marine Science & Field Work in Palma de Mallorca, Spain June 14 - July 4 July 12 - August 1
Queer life and Activism in Amsterdam, Netherlands June 14 - July 4 July 12 - August 1
Theater arts behind the scenes in London, UK June 14 - July 4 July 12 - August 1
Tropical Biodiversity & Sustainability in Monteverde, Costa Rica June 14 - July 4 July 12 - August 1
World Government in Brussels, Belgium June 14 - July 4 N/A

Language & Culture Programs

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Program Name Session 1 Session 2
Arabic Language & Moroccan Culture in Rabat, Morocco June 14 - July 11 July 12 - August 8
Chinese Language & Culture in Beijing, China June 14 - July 11 July 12 - August 8
Chinese Language & Culture in Nanjing, China June 14 - July 11 July 12 - August 8
Chinese Language & Culture in Shanghai, China June 14 - July 11 July 12 - August 8
French Language & Culture in Paris, France June 14 - July 11 July 12 - August 8
French Language & Culture in Toulouse, France June 14 - July 11 July 12 - August 8
French Language Intensive in Rennes, France June 14 - July 11 July 12 - August 8
German Language & Culture in Berlin, Germany June 14 - July 11 July 12 - August 8
Italian Language & Culture in Ferrara, Italy June 14 - July 11 July 12 - August 8
Japanese Language & Culture in Kyoto, Japan June 14 - July 11 July 12 - August 8
Spanish Language & Culture in Barcelona, Spain June 14 - July 11 July 12 - August 8
Spanish Language & Culture in Madrid, Spain June 14 - July 11 July 12 - August 8
Spanish Language & Culture in Seville, Spain June 14 - July 11 July 12 - August 8
Spanish Language Intensive in Alicante, Spain June 14 - July 11 July 12 - August 8
Spanish Language Intensive in Palma de Mallorca, Spain June 14 - July 11 July 12 - August 8
Spanish Language & Argentinian Culture in Buenos Aires, Argentina June 14 - July 11 July 12 - August 8
Spanish Language & Chilean Culture in Valparaiso, Chile June 14 - July 11 July 12 - August 8
Spanish Language & Dominican Culture in Santiago, Dominican Republic June 14 - July 11 July 12 - August 8
Spanish Language & Mexican Culture in Yucatan, Mexico June 14 - July 11 July 12 - August 8
Spanish Language & Peruvian Culture in Pisac, Peru June 14 - July 11 July 12 - August 8

Service & Leadership Programs

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Benefits

COMPENSATION

  • $1,200 compensation for three-week Service & Leadership and Global Discovery programs
  • $1,500 compensation for four-week Language & Culture programs
  • Round-trip airfare to the program and in-person training and other travel costs (ground transport, meals, one checked bag)
  • Full room and board for the duration of the program and in-person training
  • Red Cross CPR and First Aid training (if you are not currently certified)
  • iNext International Travel and Health Insurance
  • Inclusion in all program activities and excursions
  • Visa fees where necessary
  • Vaccinations required by embassy in order to apply for a visa to the program location

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The Global Navigator Program Leader positions provide a unique opportunity for professional development. All Program Leaders will undergo training in intercultural communication, diversity and inclusion, risk management, and mental health. Language & Culture Program Leaders will receive training on the CIEE world language curriculum and on facilitating language learning outside the classroom. They will return to the U.S. with new language teaching skills which they can apply in their own classrooms. Service & Leadership Program Leaders will receive training on how to facilitate the CIEE service learning curriculum. All Program Leaders can receive a certificate of completion which includes the hours spent in training and working on the program.

Requirements

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Leaders for Language & Culture programs must be full-time high school world language teachers.
  • 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).
  • 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 2021. CIEE will cover the cost of visas where necessary but cannot reimburse passport fees.
  • Ability to attend 3-day Program Leader Training in May 1st-3rd, 2020.
  • All Program Leaders who did not lead in summer 2019 are required to complete an online Sexual Harassment training.
  • Authorization to work lawfully in the United States.
  • Due to Federal Regulations, a background check will be conducted as a condition of employment.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • 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.

Application Process

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