Carpe Diem Education and Global Routes offer international experiential education programs for high school and gap year students. For 8-10 weeks during the semester or 3-5 weeks over the summer, you are asked to be a mentor and role model, to be a leader and to teach leadership, to push your students’ comfort zones while supporting them through challenges and confronting your own. We look for staff who are committed to growth for both their students and themselves, who can help support our students as they navigate a new culture for the first time – often confronting unexpected realities both internally and externally. If you feel you have the right balance of leadership and mentorship, travel sensitivity, cultural understanding, community living skills, risk management experience, and a passion for working with students ages 17-22, we encourage you to apply for an Overseas Educator position.

We are seeking applicants for Fall ’24 semester programs. Candidates with experience Italy, Greece, Guatemala, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Australia, India and/or Nepal are especially encouraged to apply. We accept applications and conduct first round interviews on a rolling basis. If you are interested in Spring or Summer ’25 you are welcome to apply any time.

Carpe Diem Education considers all applicants holistically and is committed to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive staff. We strongly encourage applicants from historically underrepresented groups, including but not limited to folks with lived experience in communities of color and LGBTQIA+ communities.

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Able to work legally in the U.S. (either a U.S. citizen or possess a working Visa or Green Card)
Current Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and CPR by start of staff training
Professional experience leading or facilitating groups (preferably with students age 15 - 17 for summer or 17 – 22 for seemster)
Experience successfully working with a co-leader or co-teacher

Required Skills:

Direct experience living, working or independently traveling in the regions for which you apply.
For our Latin America programs, we require an intermediate to advanced level or Spanish proficiency.
Valid Drivers License for our South Pacific and Italy & Greece programs

Preferred Skills:

Flexible and able to perform well under constantly changing environments
Inclusivity and diversity consciousness
Strong mentorship skills
Effective organization skills
Excellent communication skills
Strong conflict resolution and problem solving skills
Experience practicing intercultural communication and culturally sensitive travel

About Carpe Diem Education

Carpe Diem Education offers a variety of gap year education opportunities for students interested in exploring opportunities outside of the traditional classroom. We organize dynamic, fast-paced adventures in regions around the world to help facilitate higher learning and personal growth. These programs incorporate language learning, homestays, and volunteer projects in each 8-12 week trip to provide a more well-rounded learning experience.

Our gap year programs are designed to safely challenge every student. Through service, travel, community, and cultural exchange, our students receive a unique and personal insight into themselves and the cultures they live within. Our programs fully immerse our students in local culture while simultaneously providing valuable, real-world skills. We challenge our students by consciously teaching them how to be better group leaders and better self-leaders—and how to safely travel independently anywhere in the world.

Application Instructions

Please apply online: https://www.carpediemeducation.org/employment/