Program Facilitator Role

World Learning Youth Programs bring international high school age youth to the U.S. for short-term intensive leadership and peacebuilding programs and exchanges. 

The programs have traditional summer camp elements combined with academic content on global issues, civics, peacebuilding, cross-cultural and language studies. All programs follow a similar format of orientation, group development and training in a first location, followed by an excursion to a homestay community and further exploration of the program theme, concluding with re-entry, reflection and, in some cases, project design in a final location. The U.S. programs start in one of three locations: the SIT Graduate Institute campus in Vermont; Washington, DC, or the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The homestay segment is implemented by one of our over 20 local partner organizations spread across the U.S. who design and implement the homestays in close coordination with our staff.  Most programs end in Washington, DC. Several programs expect student to create an issue-based project design which will be implemented post-program in their home communities. Some of the domestic programs include U.S. youth and some of our programs take U.S. youth overseas. We have more than 1,000 youth participants on over 20 programs each year.


Applications for 2018 Leader positions have closed. We will begin accepting applications for 2019 Leader positions in fall of 2018.




Please note: We request that applicants contact us via email and not phone; due to our small staff and the large volume of applications we receive, we cannot field inquiry calls.

Program Facilitators

World Learning seeks individuals who have demonstrated interest in youth development and experiential learning, and experience working with young people and leading high school summer programs. Program Facilitators maximize the wellbeing of participants in order to foster meaningful and memorable learning experiences. Facilitators deliver educational content and are knowledgeable in the design and delivery of active, engaging workshops. Program Facilitators also represent World Learning in host communities and manage partner relationships with integrity and professionalism.

World Learning Program facilitators are dedicated to the field of youth development and love working directly with young people.  They are dynamic, flexible, energetic and team players who succeed in multifaceted, intense, fast-paced and collaborative environments. They are professionals who are responsible, and able to manage challenges and uncertainty with poise and compassion and compromise.


Our Facilitators

  • Are dynamic, flexible, energetic, pro-active team players;
  • Genuinely enjoy spending time with high school students;
  • Are caring, warm, friendly, and love to laugh;
  • Are willing to put their students’ learning and development ahead of their own experience;
  • Are ready for an intense, challenging, and rewarding summer;
  • Have a high level of social and emotional intelligence;
  • Have organizational and logistical skills;
  • Come from a wide variety of backgrounds; and
  • Are, above all, educators and facilitators.


These highly demanding positions require a significant amount of stamina, positivity, teamwork, flexibility, diplomacy, initiative, as well as experience working with high school students. The successful candidates will have at least the following qualifications:

  • Proven commitment to young people
    Candidates must enjoy interacting with teenagers: being with them 24/7; building positive and empowering relationships that bridge the ‘adult’-‘teenager’ divide; and supporting adolescent dynamics including relationships, health needs and other developmental concerns.
  • Education experience, preferably with high school age students 
    Teaching, training, or facilitation background in formal K-12 public, private, or in alternative educational environments, such as summer programs/camps, study abroad trip leading, mentoring, outdoor/experiential education or expeditions, arts programs, etc. 
  • Commitment to conflict transformation, inter-group dialogue and leadership education
    Demonstrated by related work in the field, relevant study at undergraduate or graduate level, or prior peace education work. 
  • Strong awareness of and interest in U.S. politics, civics, social issues, and global issues
    Community engagement or some form of prior activism work is highly preferred.
  • Strong facilitation and public speaking skills
    Ability and willingness to create workshops and engage in lively discussions with teenagers. 
  • Significant international travel and/or cross-cultural experience
    At least 3 months traveling outside of their home country, and/or have spent time immersed in a different cultural context, preferably one that required language study and skills.
  • Humility and a willingness to learn
    Perceptive and intuitive self-awareness is a crucial. Must be willing to learn new skills and ask for help when needed.
  • Eligibility to work in the U.S.
    World Learning does not sponsor work visas for non-U.S. citizens to be hired as Program Facilitators. To be considered for a Facilitator position, non-U.S. citizens are solely responsible for obtaining a valid US work visa on their own. Before their application will be considered, non-U.S. candidates must provide World Learning with proof of a U.S. work visa valid through October 2018.
  • Current First Aid and CPR certification
    Must be obtained by June 21, 2018 and valid through November 2018. Wilderness First Aid, WRF, WEMT, Water Safety, and Life-guard certifications are highly valued.
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license
    Many staff, but not all, will be required to drive 12-passenger vans and/or rental cars or SUV's as part of the role, and as such must have a valid US driver's license.
  • SPECIFIC SKILL SETS: Candidates must have skills, interest, and preferably past teaching experience in at least 2 of the following 4 areas:
      Proven interest, direct lived experience, and preferably prior teaching experience with global issues.
      Including public speaking, listening, project design, group facilitation, activism, mediation, fundraising and public relations, logistics planning, strategic questioning.
    • ARTS
      Drama, crafts, poetry, music, visual arts, murals, dance, storytelling, etc.
      Including teambuilding activities, sports instruction (volleyball, soccer, basketball, ultimate frisbee etc.), canoeing and kayaking, hiking, low and high ropes courses, camping, orienteering etc. Comfort with spending time and working outdoors is strongly recommended but not required.

Candidates with exceedingly high degree of motivation to work with youth are encouraged to apply. These highly competitive and demanding positions require a significant amount of stamina, positivity, teamwork, flexibility, diplomacy, initiative, as well as extensive cross-cultural experience. Responsibilities of these multifaceted positions include teaching and facilitation, as well a great deal of behind-the-scenes support work. Responsibilities and tasks include the following:

Education and Facilitation

  • Teach workshops on a wide range of topics including arts and leadership;
  • Facilitate small-group discussions and dialogue groups;
  • Co-lead teambuilding activities;
  • Co-facilitate and participate in large-group simulations and role-plays;
  • Speak with confidence and clarity in front of groups of 75 or more on a daily basis;
  • Prepare workshops, simulations, and discussions in short amounts of time;
  • Design new program components on the fly to accommodate student interests;
  • Facilitate “Leaders of the Day” groups.

Student Life

  • Pay close attention to student needs, group dynamics, issues and problems;
  • Monitor student health needs, and facilitate medical attention if required;
  • Nurture and foster the development of positive, supportive relationships among the students;
  • Live on campus, in the dorms or yurt with students, during Vermont program weeks, or at various program site locations in other locations;
  • Maintain positive, harmonious, and healthy living conditions;
  • Gather students into their own dorms 15 minutes before room check;
  • Conduct room checks each evening;
  • Ensure that all dorm and program rules are respected by all participants;
  • Mediate and diffuse roommate and other participant disputes and tensions;
  • Facilitate student’s timely arrival at activities.

Outdoor and Physical

  • Spend significant time outside – in sun, rain, mud, storms, buggy areas, woods, rivers, etc;
  • Instruct and supervise sports electives;
  • Accompany students on all off-campus activities and community field trips;
  • Leaders may be asked to swim in rivers, paddle a canoe, and kayak on flat water.


  • Attend all program components as described in weekly staff schedules;
  • Attend regular staff meetings;
  • Do supply runs to the store at all hours of the day and night;
  • Maintain timely and accurate petty cash accounting;
  • Drive 8 or 12 passenger vans and pick-up trucks, and do airport runs.
  • Take pictures with digital cameras, help manage photo storage, slideshows, etc.;
  • Other duties, as assigned.
  • Facilitators receive $100-$110 per program day, plus full room and board. Note: Facilitators are on World Learning payroll, and income is taxable; no staff can be independent contractors.
  • Facilitators work a summer contract which ranges from 3 to 9 weeks depending on program assignments. Staff receive approximately 24 hours off every 7 days, plus occasional mornings and afternoons free.
  • Facilitators receive immersive 7-day Staff Training in late June. Room and board during this intensive professional development training is provided, but it is not paid time. Note: Facilitators are responsible for their own travel costs to the staff training, and post-program travel home.
  • Program itineraries are planned in advance, allowing Facilitators to focus their energy and skills on fostering student growth, leading workshops, managing group dynamics, and facilitating experiential learning and reflection.
  • Workers compensation is provided; there is no medical insurance available with these positions.
  • Facilitators gain new colleagues and friends as they become part of World Learning’s network of educators, development professionals, and alumni that spans 85+ years and 60+ countries.
  • After facilitators have worked one program summer, they are eligible to be hired for the youth programs which occur during the rest of the year. 

Applicants must complete all the following sections of the online Leader application:

Personal Information

Provide your name (as it appears on your passport), contact information, citizenship (if you are a U.S. citizen, please be prepared to share your passport expiration date; if you are a non-U.S. citizen, please be prepared to share your work visa type and expiration date), and criminal background.


Provide details regarding your youth experience, international experience, homestay guest and/or host experience, expertise in our program themes, language expertise, comfort level with outdoor/physical activities, relevant certifications, and past experience with World Learning.


List the colleges/universities you have attended.

Short Essay Questions

Answer the question set that applies to you. Answers should range from 200 to 400 words in length.

New Leaders

  • Describe your leadership style and your approach to working with youth. How do you encourage your students’ growth and learning? (200–400 words)
  • Working with youth, co-leaders, and international staff in an international setting, Leaders are asked to fulfill many roles, including: educator, parent, friend, guide, colleague, and others. What do you feel would be your major strengths and areas for growth as a Leader? What skills and experience of a staff team would most complement yours? (200–400 words)
  • Please state your primary reason for wishing to serve as a Leader with The Experiment and World Learning Youth Programs. (200 words maximum)

Return Leaders

Please write a cover letter including your primary reasons for wanting to return as a Leader. Please also include your biggest strengths and areas for improvement as a Leader. Please use any feedback you received to help inform your answer. How will you build upon your past performance for the upcoming summer?


Please provide a 100- to 200-word biography about yourself (written in the third person) describing your background, interests, education, and work experience. Keep in mind that if you are hired as a Leader, this biography will be publicly shared and accessible to parents and students.


Please provide the names and contact information of two references. One must be an individual who has overseen your academic and/or professional work (e.g., manager, boss, dean, professor, etc.). The second reference may be another supervisor, or it may be a former or current colleague or student who knows you well. We will contact references via email upon application submission.

Note for Return Leaders

Please provide the name and contact information of one professional reference who has overseen your academic and/or professional work (e.g., manager, boss, dean, professor, etc.).


Upload your current résumé in PDF format.

How much do I design the exchange structure and curriculum?

The programs are actually year-long and the exchange design has been in the works for months prior to the student’s arrival. The design is based on previous years’ experience and World Learning pedagogy. Many workshops have curriculum already developed. Program Facilitators will be given curriculum and asked to update it to the students’ context and their particular skills. The program manager will review the different pieces and is responsible for overall curriculum flow. The Program Facilitators will be teaching constantly on the program, in between and during workshops. They are closest to the student’s and their experience and will be able to advocate for and shape any changes in approach throughout the week collaboratively with the team.   

What does time off look like? How many hours will I work a day.

You will have between two and three chunks of time off per segment that are coordinated with the rest of team. We are responsible for the students 24/7 and will trade off evening bed checks. You will be working between 15- and 18-hour days. During those working hours your responsibility level will vary depending on how many workshops you are leading and how the team chooses split tasks including following up with individual students.

How long has the program been in process before the temp staff join? What happens after?

At least 5 months of prep have occurred before the exchange. After the exchange the students will be implementing community projects with the support of their adult mentors with a deadline of 6 months to 1 year after the exchange.

Do I have to speak the language of the students?

Nope! The program is in English and students are encouraged to speak it as much as possible to get the added benefit of language immersion. *IYLEP Arabic requires applicants to have Arabic language skills. Interpretation and translation skills are highly preferred.

Who are the participants?

Youth Programs participants are active in their communities and interested in increasing understanding across cultures. Many are from underserved populations that could not afford an international experience without a similar program. Programs may have Adult Mentor participants as well. These adults come from various walks of life, but have experience working with youth (in the classroom, community groups, etc.) and are interested in gaining deeper understanding in how to mentor and support young people in their own communities.  Youth participants are between 15 and 18 years old; and Adult Mentors tend to be 25 years old or older.

Do I have to be a certain age to qualify for this job?

You have to be at least 18 years old, however at least 21 years old is preferred due to the students age. There is no cap of how old you can be and we encourage everyone to apply.

Do I have to have outdoor technical skills?

No, while we spend time outside and are active, there is no technical skill required for this exchange for outdoor sports or adventuring.

I have x religion/allergy/disability, can I apply?

Yes. We know that job requires stamina during long, energy-driven days, but it is also highly collaborative and planned to each staff’s needs and skills. We are more than happy to work with you to make sure your needs are met during the program. This may include specific time off, meals created separately, or a shift in how a task can be accomplished. It is the goal of World Learning and its partners to ensure the full and equal participation of everybody regardless of gender, race, sexual preference, disability or otherwise. It is our policy to make necessary, reasonable accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible by both students and staff.


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Please note: We request that applicants contact us via email and not phone; due to our small staff and the large volume of applications we receive, we cannot field inquiry calls.

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