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.
- Program Leaders (French and Spanish-speaking
- Junior Leaders (anyone in college or one year out of college)
- Cuba Country Director
- Outreach Associates (located outside the USA)
- Summer Interns
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
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. Leaders will cultivate sensibility, leadership and cultural awareness in our participants, communicate with the Country Director and core team members, organize daily activities, and facilitate the safest, most memorable experience possible. If you are excited about the prospect please read our FAQs at the bottom of this page, then fill out the employee application.
- 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. We will also pay for any participants or teachers you recruit that end up traveling on one of our programs.
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. Check out the below:
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBLITIES
- 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
SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED
- Effective communicator on the phone and in person
- Highly organized and punctual
- Self-motivated and results-oriented
- Able to work with a variety of people
- Positive attitude and a team player
- MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point) Proficient
- GoogleDocs Proficient
- Currently enrolled in an accredited university or community college
- BA or BS degree or higher
- Fluency in a second language preferred
This is a flexible, part-time position. All presentations take place during school hours (7am-4pm) on weekdays. Associates work from home and report to the Outreach Director. Training is provided.
- Presentation fee
- Per student commission
- Mileage reimbursement
- Meal reimbursement
Your basic responsibility will be to gather all participants and flight chaperones at the designated meeting point in the airport and make sure everyone gets checked into the group flight without complications. If an individual has a delay with their connecting flight, you need to be able to communicate with the airline, the Walking Tree office, parents and participants and make the appropriate decisions. You will need to be at the airport when the first student arrives and stay until everyone checks in for the group flight (this is typically about five hours). In the case a participant misses the group flight, you will need to stay with them until we can resolve the situation. We also ask that you are available on the travel day when groups return from their program in case something happens. You do not need to come to the airport on these days unless a situation arises that requires another adult (other than the flight chaperone) to be at the airport.
We are looking for a very responsible, personable and organized person. Teachers, coaches and people with experience working with students are great candidates. We also want to hire someone who lives near the airport and can be flexible since travel can be unpredictable.
Compensation is paid per day you spend either at the airport or on- call. You will need your own transport to the airport and we will compensate you for parking.
Coming Soon! For now, check out our Junior Leaders page to learn about one summer internship opportunity.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
PROGRAM LEADER FAQS
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.