American companies centred around adventure and educational travel for high school and middle school students are beginning their recruitment for tour leaders and counsellors for the summer.
With destinations around the world trips for teenagers and young adults are orientated towards either culture and languages or adventure activities. Some companies specialise in one more than the other.
Trips for Teens describe a typical leader as a problem solving role model, a team player fluent in English and proficient in another, experienced working with youth, passionate about travel and cultural learning and with physical and mental stamina. Leaders should also have a willingness to work unusual hours with limited time off.
Trip leaders can expect a small wage, based on seniority and qualifications, travel to and from the destination and accommodation and board while in-country. Most staff are Americans but other nationalities are also represented in the ranks of the companies listed below.
Travel for Teens
Travel for Teens design their programmes to engender a love for travel, hunger for learning, and a curiosity about differences. Trips in 2015 included adventure and Spanish in Costa Rica, Classic Italy, Berlin, Paris and London, and China Discover. Potential trip leaders and counsellors must be over 21 years old and able to commit to at least two summers. They draw their staff from a worldwide pool but applicants must be fluent in English.
Find out more at www.travelforteens.com/employment-opportunities-2/
As the name suggests, Wilderness Adventures falls more into the adventure category. Their activities include mountain climbs, rock climbing, sea kayaking, whitewater rafting and kayaking, ice climbing, canyoneering, sailing, snorkelling, SCUBA diving and trekking. Experience in these activities is helpful, but not required. Other leader responsibilities include supervision of meal planning, keeping a daily expedition journal, managing trip funds, and organising activities and games in the evening. WA begin recruiting for 2016 on October 1 and applicants should have a Wilderness First Responder certificate and be 21 by the beginning of the trip on June 12 and available to work until August 11.
Find out more at www.wildernessadventures.com/become-a-leader/
Putney Student Travel
Putney staff are fun, energetic, creative, safety-conscious, knowledgeable, and enjoy working with teenagers in dynamic environments. Applicants with foreign languages and experience living abroad will have an advantage for some positions. A look through the profiles of their recent leaders reveals backgrounds that include the Peace Corps, wilderness canoeing in Canada, growing up in Chile, volunteering in US national parks, studying abroad in France and Ecuador, teaching English in Thailand and New York, and managing an organic farm in India.
Find out more at www.goputney.com/our-leaders/lead-for-putney/
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