Since 1951, much of Putney Student Travel’s success in creating and running summer abroad programs stems from hiring an incredibly engaging, enthusiastic, responsible, and dedicated group of leaders and instructors. Putney staff are fun, energetic, creative, safety-conscious, experienced, and knowledgeable. They enjoy working with teenagers in dynamic environments and seek opportunities to get to know each participant as a mentor and a friend. We strive to hire people whose positive impact on our students extends well beyond the length of the program.
To join our team of summer leaders and staff, you must be able to motivate and engage students in a wide range of situations and settings. Leadership on all programs requires extensive interaction with and mentoring of students from 6th through 12th grade. Leaders are granted a high degree of independence and responsibility. Excellent personal leadership skills and the ability to handle multiple ongoing tasks are crucial. Successful candidates have the ability to inspire, lead, mentor, educate, set limits, and enforce rules. In most scenarios programs are led by a two-person leadership team, however some programs may have a leadership trio, and our Pre-College, Academia, and campus-based programs are led by larger teams of instructors with an on-site Program Director.
Putney has a clear code of conduct that our students read and sign in order to participate. We expect our leaders to enforce these rules throughout the program, and live by them as well.
Our returning leaders agree that some of the most important skills necessary to lead a successful program include endless energy, good judgment, flexibility, passion for and knowledge about the destination and program themes, patience, and a deep desire to work with youth.
About Putney Student Travel
Putney Student Travel seeks candidates to co-lead small groups of students (ranging from 6th-12th grade) to destinations all over the world during the summer. Our programs range from two to six weeks and fall into the categories of Language, Career, Exploration, Service, and Pre-College Enrichment. Putney also hires summer staff for our collaboration with Smithsonian Student Travel.