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Join the Team

Welcome to the Walking Tree Team Center! We are always looking for dynamic individuals who share our passion for exploration, personal growth, and making the world a better place. This page is meant to serve as an overview to the various positions that become available from time to time. Please check out the below descriptions and feel free to apply to any that are a good match.

Country Directors

Walking Tree maintains a Country Director in each of our host countries to help organize, prepare for and manage our programs. The job is seasonal with very flexible hours, offering a great way to make a supplemental income. Specifically, Country Directors are in charge of helping to establish and conceptualize the program, help with a safety and risk assessment, find service providers, make necessary reservations for hotels and transportation, talk to interested participants, make contact with potential homestay communities and identify, interview and prepare homestay families, make preparations for service projects and activities and be on call while any program is in-country, among other duties. Essentially, the Country Director is our in-country expert for all things related to their host country. In addition to these core duties, our Country Directors are able to earn additional income while helping Walking Tree recruit more international students and teachers to our programs and generally help promote our philosophy of travel to perspective travelers.

The ideal candidate will be a person who lives permanently (or at least the vast majority of the year) in the host country, has a profound understanding of the culture and language, and speaks at least English and the dominant local language fluently. He or she is someone who has worked with young adults, traveled extensively in the host country, and supports the ideals of community service and cultural engagement.  The individual is organized, self-motivated, has access to reliable transportation, email and phone, comfortable with budgeting with excel, and has a flexible schedule. Finally, we are looking for someone who is fun-loving, passionate about the transformative power of international travel and who works well within a team.


A set amount is paid upon completion of each of the below:

  • Per program that runs
  • Per custom program referral
  • Training and setup stipend
  • Per participant recruited for other programs
  • Per published press piece
  • Per day of school presentations

Program Leaders

Our leaders are a select few who have shown dedication to the pursuit of foreign languages, cultural exploration and community development and want to share their enthusiasm with young adults. Leaders must be able to handle multiple issues at the same time, serve as a positive and energetic role model, and play friend, counselor, parent, guide and medical practitioner all at once, usually in at least two languages. It is a very challenging job, but even more rewarding. Our leaders have diverse backgrounds, but many are graduate students, educators and recent college graduates as they tend to have extensive time to travel during the American summer. The average age of our leaders is 28 and all of them have graduated from a distinguished college or university. If you are excited about the prospect please read our FAQs at the bottom of this page, then fill out the online application.

Walking Tree leaders are all unique, highly educated, well-traveled and dynamic people. We share our enthusiasm for travel and cultural exploration with high school students in adventurous and safety-conscious programs in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Peru and China. Leaders will cultivate sensibility, leadership and cultural awareness in our participants, communicate with the program director, organize daily activities, and facilitate the safest, most memorable experience possible. The programs last between two weeks and one month. Educators, recent graduates and graduate students tend to be great matches for this position.

Minimum Requirements For Leadership Position:

  • Four-year degree from a notable college or university
  • Fluent in host country’s local language (Spanish, French, Mandarin)
  • Experience working and traveling with high school students
  • Extensive travel experience (preferably in destination’s region)
  • Passion to inspire young people

    -This is a paid position and compensation depends on experience and length of program. Walking Tree will cover all expenses associated with our programs, the three-day training weekend before departure, and the first aid and CPR certification course.

Outreach Associates

Outreach Associates are responsible for informing students, parents and teachers of new and existing Walking Tree services. They directly reach out to members of their communities and help interview and engage students to see if they are a good fit with a Walking Tree program. Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Communicate with community members via phone, email or in person
  • Schedule and conduct meetings with community members
  • Give presentations on Walking Tree programs
  • Develop leads based on local knowledge
  • Data entry
Coming Soon!


Coming Soon! For now, check out our Junior Leaders page to learn about one summer internship opportunity.

Other Positions

We also have positions that open up in sales, PR, airport liaisons, admissions, finance, design, HR and beyond. If you would like to discuss one of these roles or have an idea of a new position that might be a good fit, please send along a resume and cover letter to


All of our leaders must be graduates of a reputable college or university. They must have extensive travel experience preferably in the region in which they are applying to guide. Leaders should have leadership experience, ideally having worked with high school aged students. Leaders must be nearly fluent in the first language of the country they are applying to lead in. Leaders must be First Aid and CPR certified (or able to become certified before the program begins), have at least two weeks free during the summer to lead a program, be able to attend a three-day leadership orientation (paid for by Walking Tree) in the late spring and be able to drive stick.

When do we start to hire our leaders?
We search for great leaders year round, but usually finish our hiring by March.
What is the process to apply?
First, applicants must become familiar with Walking Tree by exploring our website. If you are still interested, please read the eligibility requirements and fill out the online application. We will review your application and get back to you to schedule an interview if necessary. We will only offer a position once an interview has been conducted.
What is the compensation for leader positions?
Compensation depends on many variables such as program type, length and destination. Salary offered is typically equal to or above industry standard and will be discussed in details during the interview. All expenses on the program and during the training weekend are covered by Walking Tree.
Can I apply for more than one leadership position at once?
When we review your application we will consider you for any/all positions that you are qualified for. Please specify your first and second choice when filling out the application. Further, Walking Tree has opportunities beyond leadership positions and may present you with an alternative.
What is a typical profile for a Walking Tree Leader?
For profiles of current and past Walking Tree leaders:

Are there employment opportunities other than leadership positions?
Walking Tree also has openings for paid and unpaid interns, airport contacts, marketing, graphic design and SEO management. To inquire about any non-leadership position please email us at