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Global Service Learning (GSL) Leaders and Assistant Leaders

Position Type
Start 3/4/2019
School Name Lakeside School
City, State Seattle, WA 
Posted 09/26/2019

Global Service Learning (GSL) Leaders and Assistant Leaders
Summer 2020

Lakeside School, an independent coeducational day school located in North Seattle is currently recruiting Global Service Learning (GSL) Leaders and Assistant Leaders for trips that will take place in the summer of 2020. Lakeside's Upper School GSL program combines a weekend-long leader training retreat (approx. June 12-14, 2020) a four day on-campus pre-trip curriculum program (approx. June 16-19, 2020) with four weeks of on-site service learning with cultural immersion in mostly rural areas in the developing and near-developing world (approx. June 20-July 22, 2020) and culminating with an on campus debrief meeting within 1-2 days of return to Seattle post-trip. GSL locations for summer 2020 may include sites in Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Rwanda, Fiji, Cambodia, and China.

GSL Main and Assistant leaders report to Lakeside’s Associate Director of Global Programs and are responsible for managing and executing all aspects of the assigned trip in accordance with the program design developed by the Associate Director in collaboration with host country partners. All trip leaders must attend the leader training retreat and facilitate country specific meetings with students on campus during pre-trip curriculum week. Main leaders are also responsible for overseeing overall trip success and delegating tasks to assistant leaders. Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  1. Attend pre-trip meetings such as the medical meeting and trip logistics meeting (March 4 and May 5, 6:30-8:30pm at Lakeside);
  2. Attend leader training retreat (approx. June 12-14) and pre-trip week meetings (approx. June 16-19 8am-4pm daily);
  3. Travel with students and co-leaders to/from Seattle to host country service site and reside in the community with the group (obligatory);
  4. Facilitate informational and curricular meetings with student participants and parents/guardians;
  5. Oversee all aspects of the program on site and in accordance with the program calendar that will be provided by the GSL office (travel logistics, home-stay arrangements, and program activities), pre-trip curriculum, and language training (if applicable); service work with the partner organization; students health and safety; planning and overseeing daily reflection and curricular meetings;
  6. Maintain financial records of expenses incurred during the trip;
  7. Evaluate the project, submit written comments on students, and turning in all receipts and a budget report within two week of return.

Main Leaders and Assistant Leaders not residing in the Seattle area may have modified responsibilities and a decreased stipend. Lodging and transportation fees are covered by Lakeside when travel is required.

Requirements and Qualifications
Qualified candidates will have experience in leading student groups overseas. Fluency in one or multiple languages other than English is a plus as well as significant time spent in rural areas in the developing world. Training and/or experience in experiential and/or outdoor education is desirable. A hardy constitution is important and references should speak to the applicant’s integrity, flexibility, and ability to be an effective member of a team. Leaders must be available to attend leader training retreat, pre-trip week, and travel to/from Seattle to host country with students (as outlined above). In addition, leaders must be available for a post-trip debrief meeting within two days of return from the trip. All applicants must have a college degree; non-Lakeside alumni must be 25 years of age and all applicants will be subject to employment and reference checks. Required Wilderness First Aid/CPR certification will be covered at Lakeside’s expense if needed. Successful candidates must satisfactorily complete a nationwide criminal and sex offender background check.

We seek candidates with demonstrated cultural awareness, including knowledge of themselves and the cultural lenses they bring to interactions. Candidate will understand different perspectives; interact respectfully with cultures other than their own; and cultivate meaningful relationships with people that have different cultural framework.

Working At Lakeside
At Lakeside we are committed to sustaining a school in which individuals representing diverse cultures and experiences instruct one another in the meaning and value of community. To learn more about working at Lakeside, including our professional development and mentoring programs, benefits, diversity and inclusion, and opportunities for involvement in non-academic programs, please visit our Careers page on the Lakeside School website.

Lakeside School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

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