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Join the Team

Walking Tree Travel is always looking for dynamic people who share our passion for travel. 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 26 and all of them have graduated from a distinguished college or university. If you are excited about the prospect please read our FAQs, then fill out the online application. A Walking Tree representative will respond to your application in a timely matter and schedule an interview if necessary. Thank you very much for your consideration!


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