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Summer Jobs Overseas Leading Tours
Summer jobs overseas leading teen nature and adventure trips are a rewarding experience. Photo by Erica Rounsefell.

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"When introducing myself at a recent alumni event for my college, I spoke of teaching history and managing a boys’ dormitory at a boarding school. The crowd’s reaction was, “you run a dorm, very brave.” When I mentioned my summer job of leading high school students to Africa, the response was “even braver!” Maybe they had a valid point. Leading 16 adolescents on a month of community service work and safari in rural Tanzania does come with great responsibility. If you think you are not qualified to work with high school students abroad, stop and consider what you have to offer, and you might just find that your resume is more competitive than you thought.

"Many student travel companies offer international summer programs for high school students. Group size varies, but usually hovers in the teens with two co-leaders. Lengths generally fall between three and six weeks. Program themes range from community service to language acquisition, cultural exploration, academic study, global issues, and wilderness adventure. In the past, programs outside of Europe and North America were rare, and while these destinations remain popular, programs in South America, Asia, and Africa are now a hot commodity among adventurous teenagers. A European summer program presents its own set of challenges. However, programs in the developing world demand that leaders have the skills to meet program objectives, amid unforeseen obstacles, and often without access to first world resources. 

"Fundamental to your leader application is experience interacting with teenagers on an individual or group basis. Experience can be demonstrated through past work as a teacher, dorm parent, tutor, club or extracurricular adviser, mentor, college admissions officer, outdoor educator, camp counselor, or coach. Equally important is experience in the country or region in which you intend to lead. So, the college semester you spent in South Africa, the winter term course you took in China, or the summer you spent backpacking in East Africa, will add major weight to your resume. Do not discount experiences which might seem trivial such as the few days you spent volunteering while on vacation in Mexico. Each experience lends insight to your regional and country expertise.

..."In those first years after college, when so many graduates have yet to settle on a full time job, taking a summer to lead a high school program overseas may be a perfect option. Summers while in graduate school often work well too. Although pay tends to be minimal, the benefits are many. You can reconnect to your own experiences abroad as a student and use these as a foundation for transitioning to the role of leader. In that capacity, you will have the opportunity to influence how younger generations conceptualize the sustainability of travel vs. tourism. You will gain invaluable international work experience which can be applied to careers in development and diplomacy. For careers in education, in just a short time, you can boost your confidence in your ability to work with teenagers and youth. And, for some, leading will be a first step towards an exciting career in the field of study abroad."  — John B. Linsley

Work and Learning Abroad Programs

InterExchange, a nonprofit organization with more than 50 years of cultural exchange experience, offers work and volunteer programs for U.S. citizens in a variety of countries around the world, including Work & Travel, Volunteering, Teaching English, Language Learning, Educational and Cultural Travel.

Programs are offered in Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Peru, Guatemala, and the U.K.

Summer Jobs and Gap Year Work Abroad
BUNAC USA has been leading travel experts since 1962, offering a range of summer work abroad opportunities in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK and Ireland. From summer internship placements to paid jobs in a wide variety of sectors and accommodation support, get your summer sorted with us. Full-time university or college students and recent graduates are eligible. Got a question?

Teach English in Summer Camps in Italy & Austria The English Camp Company
Teach English in Summer Camps in Italy and Germany
Teach English to children aged 6 to 14 years old in a fun, interactive summer camp environment throughout Italy, Austria and Germany during the summer. Travel, teach, meet new people, and immerse yourself in a new culture!

American Village Camps
American Village Camps
Work as a Camp Counselor in France in Spring/Summer/Autumn
Do you want to teach ESL both in AND out of the classroom? American Village Camps seek energetic, creative, initiative-takers who are native English speakers & love working with children. We’ve been running English immersion camps in France since 1994! Our English Language Counselors live at our immersion camps, scattered in the countryside across France. It gives you experience, making lesson plans, using ESL games, working with beginners, and practicing TPR. For more seasoned ESL teachers, it is a good fit if you are ready to get out of the classroom and onto the playing field!

Shared dorm-style housing with other counselors, bedding included. Meals included.
Free laundry services are available at least once a week.
All counselors may request a 100€ defrayal of train travel to their village.

ARCC Programs
Paid Summer Adventure Trip Leaders
Spend the summer leading, teaching, and inspiring teenagers while traveling to some of the world's most beautiful destinations—ARCC Programs is seeking Trip Leaders! ARCC Programs are designed for teenagers (13-18 years old) who want a summer experience that combines trying new activities, exploring new areas, experiencing the independence of traveling with a small group, conquering challenges, and meeting students from all over. ARCC Trip Leaders focus on fostering constructive group dynamics, facilitating activities and initiatives, overseeing outfitted activities, and ensuring that each student is able to safely achieve certain goals consistent with his or her abilities.

Abbey Road Programs
Seeks teachers to work in their summer language immersion and pre-college programs in Spain, France, Italy, and in the U.S. for high school students.

Summer jobs for qualified camp counselors to instruct and supervise teens in sailing and scuba diving activities in the Caribbean, Australia, Galapagos and Ecuador, France, Monaco and Italy.

Alaska Summer Jobs
Work in Alaska in a variety of industries including Alaska fishing and processing, cruise ship, fishing lodges and resorts, oil, outdoor jobs, land tour, timber, and construction work

Anywork Anywhere
Resources for work, adventure and travel throughout the UK, Europe, and Worldwide. Many opportunities provide accommodation and are full-time temporary positions, with contracts running from 1 week to 12 months, permanent vacancies are also advertised.

Bold Earth Teen Adventures 
Summer camp jobs for leaders supervising teen activities such as biking, hiking, sailing, surfing, scuba diving and safaris in Asia, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the South Pacific.

For over 20 years, Broadreach has expanded the horizons of over 17,000 middle school, high school and college students. On 70+ summer adventures in 40+ countries, our students have pursued their interests, unlocking the world, understanding its people and finding themselves along the way. We are currently hiring for a variety of different Summer Instructor Positions. We are looking for staff that find reward in educating high school students through hands-on experiences around the world. Please visit the website for more specifics.

Camp Counselors USA
Summer jobs as camp counselors in Canada and Croatia. Holiday work, including travel jobs, for up to 12 months in Australia and Canada. New Internship options ranging from Ecuador to Mexico. Many volunteer opportunities available through their partnership with Love Volunteers.

Canadian Camp Experience Program (CCEP)
Short-term, seasonal, and summer jobs of all kinds that helps young adults (19-30) travel to Canada to work at resident summer camps. NYQUEST and its overseas recruiting partners, work together to train, place and support participants so that they are well prepared and cared for during their stay in Canada. We also take great pride in carefully placing you at a camp that matches your interests, dates of availability and your preferences related to work environment and type of campers. Participants can apply to the program from anywhere in the world. NYQUEST will complete all the work related securing the participant's work permit. Participants do not need to go to a Canadian embassy to apply for their work permit.

Global Experiences: Summer Internships
Internship programs sends hundreds of students abroad each summer to gain practical work experience and enhance their global experiences. Enroll early for the summer and reserve your place in a professional internship program in Barcelona, Dublin, Florence, London, Milan, Paris, Shanghai, Stockholm, Sydney, and other great locations.

Global Leadership Adventures
Summer jobs to qualified individuals leading students through life-changing service-learning journeys abroad.

Moondance Adventures
Summer jobs available for trips leading teen adventure tours worldwide.

Outward Bound Costa Rica
Summer internships as Field Instructors to outdoor professionals, principally those who have participated in Outward Bound Costa Rica's Leadership Semester course and training. Instructors guide OBCR programs in Costa RIca, Panama and Nicaragua.
A UK site that provides a very diverse listing of jobs for all seasons overseas. This excellent site also provides tools by which those who have such work experience may stay in touch and network with past co-workers via their active message board.
A directory of short-term jobs overseas, many related to tourism and hospitality.

Vision Service Adventures
Offers summer community service programs for teenagers that blend construction-based service work, cultural immersion, travel and adventure. Programs operate in under-resourced communities in locations worldwide. We are currently looking for leaders interested in supervising and mentoring teens on service-oriented trips. Must have an interest in cross-cultural living, working with youth, and hands-on community service.

Where There Be Dragons
The educational organization offers jobs abroad for qualified leaders of summer and seasonal teen adventures tours, often in the developing world.

Wilderness Ventures
Jobs are available for qualified applicants for summer outdoor adventures worldwide.

World Challenge Expeditions
A UK organization that has need of expedition leaders for summer schools’ educational expeditions to Central and South America, Africa, and Asia. Four-week period of work between late June and late August. Usual minimum age 24 and minimum qualification mountain leader training and experience of working with 14-18 year olds.


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