What dates do Leaders need to be available?
All Leaders are required to attend the Leader Training Week in Vermont prior to leading a program. The Leader Training Week is scheduled for June 25-July 1, 2018.
Programs run between two and six weeks in length, and you can find dates for specific programs here. Groups begin departing the United States for their program country on July 1, and the majority of programs return to the United States between July 29 and August 5, 2018.
Do Leaders get to choose their program?
On the application, we ask you to list your three program preferences based on experience, language, program themes, and past Experiment program leadership. Your application gives us a very good idea of which program(s) you would be qualified to lead. We discuss program qualifications and preferences with applicants during interviews. Note that applicants may or may not be offered placement on one of their three preferred programs.
The bios of past Leaders highlight people with very extensive international experience. Do I have to have lived abroad for multiple years to be considered for a Leader position?
While the majority of our Leaders have extensive experience abroad, we do occasionally hire Leaders who have only lived abroad for a semester — especially if those individuals have other strong qualifications such as thematic expertise or extensive experience facilitating youth programs.
In addition, we sometimes assign Leaders to countries where they don’t have direct in-country experience. For example, we might assign a Leader to our South Africa program if they have extensive experience elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa and expertise in the program theme.
Do I have to speak a foreign language to be considered for a Leader position?
Given that each program set-up varies slightly, there are several programs (e.g., South Korea and Vietnam) for which we don’t require our Leaders to be fluent in the country’s language(s). Typically in these countries, our in-country partners provide a native guide 24/7 who can assist Leaders with translation. However, for the majority of our programs, Leaders do need to have a strong working proficiency of the language. For some of our programs (e.g., Japan and France), it is critical that Leaders are fluent in the language of the host country, and for these programs, we will often ask candidates to do a language check interview as part of the selection process.
I noticed that past Leaders have led in countries that are not listed for upcoming summer. Do the countries change each year?
Our programs do change slightly from year to year. While many of our programs have run for years and continue to do so, we are constantly evaluating and updating our portfolio to refresh our current programs and to create innovative new programs. In this process, there are sometimes programs we stop running or place on hiatus while we improve them.
Do my references need to provide recommendation letters?
Please do not submit letters of recommendation with your application, The Experiment office will contact references via email upon application submission.
I see that students have to pay an application fee and program tuition. Is there an application fee for Leaders, or other costs I should be aware of?
Group Leaders are professional employees of World Learning and not participants; therefore, there are no fees to apply for a Leader position.
The only program-related expenses Leaders are responsible for are their own personal elective expenses, having a current passport valid through January 2019, and obtaining immunizations if you choose to do so.
Are Leaders responsible for paying for their travel?
In addition to providing Leaders with a stipend for their work, The Experiment covers leaders’ program-related travel expenses, including:
- Domestic travel from your local airport to the Leader Training Week in Vermont, transportation from the Leader Training Week to the domestic departure city prior to the program, and domestic travel from the return city to your local airport after the program;
- Meals and lodging during the Leader Training Week;
- International flights to and from the program country;
- Transportation, lodging, meals, emergency travel medical insurance, and incidentals while on the program; and
- Visa application fees (if a visa is required for entrance to your program country, The Experiment will assist you with the visa application process).
Where do Leaders stay during the Leader Training Week?
The Leader Training Week is held on the World Learning campus in Brattleboro, Vermont. We provide Leaders with lodging and meals.
Where do Leaders stay during the programs? Do Leaders stay with a host family like the students do?
The Leaders stay in all the same places as the students, and this varies based on program. You could find yourself in a tent, a hostel, a dorm, a hotel, a yurt, etc. Generally, each Leader is assigned a host family during the homestay portion of the program.
Can I stay in-country after the program?
The program officially ends upon the group’s return to the United States. The group is doing lots of reentry processing and program wrap-up and is cherishing those last bonding experiences in the final hours of the program, even continuing through the flight back home — so it’s a very important time! Thus, we require all new Leaders to accompany their group back to the United States. Return Leaders may have the option of staying in-country after the program, and The Experiment team will share more information with return Leaders about this benefit as they are hired.
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