Costa Rica
Employment Type
Contract Length
1-3 Months
Camp Jobs Instructor


Job Description

We are Global Leadership Adventures (GLA), a well-established organization committed to delivering life-changing journeys for high school and middle school students. Our mission is to inspire the next generation to realize their potential to transform the world and their role in it. We have proudly operated our global service-learning programs in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and Latin America for more than a decade and are excited to offer our new Europe Discovery programs focused on educational, exploratory travel.

GLA has welcomed and trained hundreds of staff from all over the world to lead superior-quality trips. Each year, trip leaders (International Directors & Mentors) are carefully selected from a pool of highly-qualified, well-traveled, passionate educators who are seeking a fulfilling summer experience abroad. Our international teams are hired to work in collaboration with our local counterparts. All positions are based outside the U.S. and require a minimum commitment to the program dates. Staff are hired to work multiple, consecutive program sessions throughout the summer.


International Directors collaborate with the Local Program Director (from the host country) to facilitate a positive summer experience for Mentors and participants. Program Directors work to maintain the safety and health of each student, ensure program logistics are properly coordinated and implement GLA’s service-learning leadership curriculum. Communication, teamwork and flexibility are critical throughout this process. Local Directors are responsible for managing, supporting, and guiding local team members in their roles.

Mentors participate in all aspects of programming alongside students, including community service and excursions. Mentors facilitate activities implementing GLA’s service-learning leadership curriculum, as well as discussion and reflection sessions to help students process their experiences. Mentors will facilitate discussions directly with a small group of students regularly and occasionally lead activities with larger groups of students.


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum of two years of experience working with teens; either teaching in a classroom or in an alternative education setting
  • Mastery relating with teenagers
  • Extensive international travel experience
  • For Europe Discovery programs, experience living in-country and speaking the local language is mandatory
  • Flexibility – our staff have the ability to find comfort in the discomfort, no matter their location
  • Exceedingly personable and positive demeanor
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills and cross-cultural awareness
  • Collaborative in nature; skilled in problem solving
  • Good physical and mental health – staff must possess the ability to actively participate in all elements of the program’s experience
  • Ability to talk things out and a willingness to express your professional opinions while considering your personal feelings and the feelings of your colleagues
  • Natural aptitude to motivate and energize students in a variety of settings and situations
  • International Directors: CPR & First Aid Certification; Epinephrine Administration Training [Some programs require a wilderness certification (Wilderness Advanced First Aid or Wilderness First Responder); some programs require a Lifeguard certification.]
  • Mentors: CPR & First Aid Certification
  • [Preferred] Advanced language skills in a language of the country where you are interested in working
  • [Preferred] Experience working with animals and familiarity with veterinary care for our animal and wildlife programs
  • [Preferred] Strong biology or environmental background for conservation programs



- Competitive stipend of $525/week for International Directors and $375/week for Mentors
- Living expenses (food and lodging), including days in between program sessions
- Round-trip airfare to your program site
- Flexibility to extend travel plans before or after contract dates
- Medical insurance for the duration of your contract
- International work experience alongside like-minded individuals
- Professional development and networking opportunities
- Five-day professional training in stunning Costa Rica, all expenses paid (International Directors only)
- The ability to make an impact on students and local communities