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The Experiment in International Living, International Group Leader, Application Deadline, BTT Gateway Job ID 9910

Wed, February 4, 2015


Explore this position and learn how to apply via your BTT Gateway account,  9910  

 The Experiment in International Living is currently hiring exceptional professional individuals to serve as group leaders to guide our summer 2015 programs in over 20 countries worldwide! 

The Experiment, the founding program of World Learning, has been sending students on immersive abroad programs since 1932, and we continue to be on the cutting edge of international education. Our programs provide high school students with the opportunity to connect deeply and engage meaningfully with the richness and complexities of another country through hands-on experiences in local communities and through the lens of a specific program theme. 

Each program has two adult co-leaders who work together to guide a group of 10 to 15 high school students on a 3- to 5-week journey. Our leaders are our most critical on-the-ground resource, traveling alongside the group and serving as the students’ primary support throughout the program. Leaders take on a wide range of responsibilities, including helping students integrate into local cultures and host families, conducting group excursions, and guiding students through discussions of and reflections on their experiences. Leaders work closely with The Experiment’s US-based staff and in-country partners to maximize students’ health and safety and to ensure the program is meaningful, challenging, and experientially rich. 

The Experiment’s group leaders come from diverse backgrounds, but all share a commitment to intercultural and experiential education. Leaders: 
--Have at least a bachelor’s degree 
--Have leadership experience working with young people, preferably high-school age students 
--Have in-depth experience in one or more of the countries or regions in which The Experiment operates 
--Are competent in the language of the program country 
--Are flexible, resilient, resourceful, organized, dynamic, proactive, and emotionally mature 
--Are, above all, educators and facilitators 

---Ongoing Support from Program Start to Finish--- 
Experimenters are met by their two group leaders at a specific meeting location in the designated departure airport in the US. Group leaders immediately start engaging students in conversations and ice-breaker activities. Right away - and continuing throughout the in-country orientation - leaders work with Experimenters to increase their knowledge of the host country and culture, develop communication skills, and cultivate new attitudes and awareness. During the course of the program, leaders keep in close contact with homestay families, conduct group excursions, and guide students through discussions of and reflections on their experiences. At the end of the program, leaders help students synthesize their experiences and assist them in considering how they can integrate what they learned about themselves and the world into their lives moving forward. 

Leaders benefit from an intensive weeklong professional development training, the chance to experience a familiar culture from a new perspective, and an opportunity to use your language skills and expand your professional network. The Experiment covers leaders’ program-related travel expenses, including domestic travel to the Leader Training Workshop in Vermont and then home after the program; meals and lodging during the Leader Training Workshop; international flights to and from the program country; and transportation, lodging, meals, emergency travel medical insurance, communication, and incidentals while on the program. In addition, leaders receive a stipend based on program length. 

Learn more about The Experiment’s mission, history, and 2015 program selection at 

Find more leader-specific info at - including leader responsibilities, hiring timeline, application checklist, FAQs, and a sample of past leader bios. 


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