International Trip Leader

Global Student Embassy
Bahía de Caráquez & Cuenca (Ecuador) or León & Boaco (Nicaragua)
Job Type
Deadline for Applications
Where to Apply

Global Student Embassy (GSE) is hiring International Trip Leaders for our exchange programs in Ecuador and Nicaragua. In trip leader teams, dedicated Nicaraguans, Ecuadorians and international leaders work together to facilitate service-oriented educational trips for US-students, helping students to experience deep personal growth and understand how their work relates to GSE’s greater mission.

Why work with GSE
GSE’s mission is to develop community leaders through action-oriented environmental education.

We use the increasing interconnectedness of the world to connect communities and tackle issues such as sustainable agriculture, environmental restoration and leadership development. Thousands of high school and college students are involved in year-round, hands-on projects in California, Nicaragua and Ecuador. Focusing on common ecological concerns faced by young people everywhere, we are building powerful community-to-community connections.

GSE students are young, action-oriented leaders who contribute to projects in their own community and practice international grassroots relations by traveling and collaborating with their international peers. We connect them to the larger world, expose them to unique cultures and new ways of thinking, and also empower them to bring what they’ve learned back to their communities. Exchange programs are reciprocal and each year selected students from each local community in Ecuador and Nicaragua travel with scholarships to the United States to support student-led grassroots initiatives in California.

This position is a great opportunity to work in a multicultural team of engaged local and international leaders. In your cover letter, please explain how your skills and experience can help to successfully fulfill the following key responsibilities:

Key Responsibilities
•       Successfully lead 9 – 14 day student exchange trips for US-high school and university students to Ecuador or Nicaragua
•       Plan trip logistics, such as transportation, accommodation, food, cultural and ecotouristic activities, as well as projects, working together with local GSE staff
•       Create in-depth educational experiences by facilitating workshops and group discussions
•       Translate between Spanish and English to facilitate interaction between locals and US students

•       Be a leadership role model and mentor to students
•       Lead groups of local and international GSE students to achieve their objectives together
•       Nurture strong positive relationships with fellow trip leaders, teachers, parents,  students, providers and GSE staff
•       Ensure health, safety and well-being of all participants by establishing clear expectations and boundaries

•       Manage GSE’s resources responsibly by keeping track of trip expenses
•       Solve problems in changing environments.  Redirect things with a smile when they don’t work out as originally planned. Fulfill tasks depending on the needs of the program
•       Report to the Exchange Program Manager and provide valuable feedback to constantly improve the quality of programs

•       Undergraduate degree
•       Fluency in English and Spanish, spoken and written
•       Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Google Drive

•       Minimum of 2 years of professional work experience
•       Previous work with high school/college aged students
•       Experience living and working abroad
•       Up-to-date Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification
•       Work experience in the fields of international education, travel industry or outdoor education

1.      Monthly stipend: $550.-
2.      Health insurance
3.      Wilderness First Aid certification
4.      Performance-based bonus payout at the end of term
5.      Social security contributions for Nicaraguan and Ecuadorian trip leaders
6.      Visa and round-trip flight provided, if not Ecuadorian or Nicaraguan national
7.      Working with local and international staff in a Spanish-speaking work environment

Depending on the needs of each program, terms can range between 4 to 7 months. Start dates for trip leaders in Nicaragua are December 2016 and February 2017. Start dates in Ecuador are December 2016 and February 2017. The program season ends in July 2017

Trip leaders will be responsible for their own housing arrangements, though Global Student Embassy will provide support to find homestays, hostels or apartments. Programs in Ecuador are located in Bahía de Caráquez and Cuenca. Programs in Nicaragua are located in Managua, León and Boaco.

To Apply
This is a leadership position in every sense of the word and requires initiative, responsibility and personal commitment. Qualified applicants are asked to email a cover letter, resume and contact information for 2 professional references

Email subject line should read: [your name] – International Trip Leader – [country of preference]

We will be accepting applications until November 21st.  Resumes without cover letters will not be considered. Applicants will be notified by email if GSE requests more information or an interview.

Please refer to to learn more about the organization. We expect candidates to understand GSE\’s mission, history, and educational approach.

Esta posición es para candidatos internacionales y candidatos nacionales del Ecuador y Nicaragua. Si usted conoce a un amigo, familiar o conocido que cumpla los requisitos, por favor reenvíe este anuncio.