ARCC is looking for instructors who are enthusiastic about working with students aged 17-20 and who have strong experience working with groups. ARCC Instructors provide an academic framework and structure relevant to their location, as well as teach the curriculum designed for each location and global theme. In addition, instructors focus on fostering constructive group dynamics, implementing ARCC’s leadership progression, facilitating games, activities, and initiatives, overseeing outfitted activities, and ensuring that each person in the group is able to safely achieve goals consistent with his or her abilities. Two instructors will guide a group of up to thirteen students through rigorous international settings while facilitating an educational curriculum. These semesters are both mentally and physically challenging for instructors and participants, with many unexpected obstacles and issues.

ARCC seeks instructors who will be a positive influence on the participants, supporting them throughout the semester and creating a fun, safe, and supportive environment in which they can thrive. Our instructors are not supervising each student 24 hours a day for the semester, but rather helping them develop their own comfort in each regional location, setting them up to achieve positive development in a safe environment.


-Must possess at least a BA or BS degree
-Current certification in Wilderness First Responder (WFR, EMT, or WEMT) is a preferred qualification, but not required for spring 2021
-CPR and AED certification, or able to obtain before the start of your employment
-Excellent health and physical condition
-Prior experience leading programs for ARCC Programs (preferred)
-Basic proficiency in a relevant foreign language for Asia, East Africa, and the Pacific Islands (preferred, but not required)
-High intermediate to advanced fluency in Spanish (required for Centro-Caribbean and South America)
-Preferred applicants are 24+ years old.
-Experience traveling in the developing world (international programs)
-Experience guiding in the outdoors, including camping and cooking skills (domestic programs)
-Experience leading groups (preferably ages 17-20)
-Demonstrated experience working with a co-leader
-Demonstrated experience facilitating educational curriculum at a high school level
-Experience leading volunteer groups
-Experience hosting discussion, debate, lecture, mediation, or town council style meetings focused on controversial issues
-Professional, fun, motivated, and enthusiastic individuals who are flexible and creative
-Available for Staff Training

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Conservation, Instruction and Guiding, Teaching/Education, Water Skills

Required Skills:


-Travel logistics (including border crossings, money exchanges, etc.)
-Food buying and food management for group
-Management of group budget
-Organization of hands-on projects
-Facilitation of educational curriculum
-Troubleshooting cultural differences
-Being available to students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
-Excellent communication skills
-Ability to create and foster educational experiences
-Management of group safety
-Communication and updates with ARCC office

About ARCC Programs

ARCC Programs (www.arccprograms.com) was founded in 1983 with the goal of introducing young adults to outdoor challenges in a fun, safe and educational environment. Over the years we have evolved from offering primarily wilderness-based programs to a roster of both domestic and international service and educational based programs.

ARCC summer programs and Gap Semesters take place in locations all over the world. ARCC programs are structured to strike the balance between hard work and hard play while exploring off-the-beaten-path locations. ARCC students return home with a willingness to face new challenges, a greater sense of responsibility and, most importantly, confidence in themselves.

Application Instructions

To apply, please complete the online application. You will be prompted to create an account to complete the online application. Upon completion of the application, you will be asked to upload your resume and a cover letter. You will also be given the opportunity to submit your references’ email addresses. Your resume, cover letter, and three references are required for a complete application. Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.