American Association of Teachers of Arabic


Language & Culture Program Leader, CIEE Summer High School Abroad

13 Nov 2015 4:17 PM | Ali Kimbrell (Administrator)

Position: Language & Culture Program Leader, CIEE Summer High School Abroad
Department: CIEE High School Summer Abroad
Reports To: Director, CIEE High School Summer Abroad and CIEE Resident Director
Location and Dates: Rabat, Morocco (Arabic)
June 9 – July 9, 2016 or July 10 – August 8, 2016

Program Description

CIEE offers three and four-week programs at CIEE Study Centers and Universities in 19 countries around the world for high school students in the 2016-2019 graduating classes. There are three types of programs: Language & Culture, Service & Leadership, and Global Discovery.

For the Language & Culture program, CIEE will hire U.S.-based high school teachers fluent in the target language to lead our participants abroad. Our programs provide participants with a unique CIEE experience. Participants will be immersed in the culture of the host country through 60 hours of intensive language instruction, homestays, peer interaction and free time, cultural activities and excursions. The Program Leader will facilitate teaching moments, reinforce language skills, inspire participants’ curiosity, and manage the group. The Program Leader is responsible for providing a safe environment for the participants with assistance from CIEE’s 24/7 resident staff and CIEE’s 24/7 support services. The goal of this program is to facilitate intercultural, experiential opportunities from which the participants will gain understanding, acquire knowledge, and develop skills to live, and excel, in a culturally diverse world – CIEE’s mission.

Please visit the High School Summer Abroad in Rabat website for more specific details on the program. For general information on CIEE High School Summer Abroad please visit our homepage.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Complete the online mandatory health, safety, and program management training prior to March 1, 2016 (20 hours)
  • Participate in the in-person component (three days, Fri-Sun, in April 2016)
  • Travel from the gateway airport (TBD) on the program start date with participants and return to the gateway airport (TBD) from program site with participants on program end date
  • Serve as the primary contact for participants on the program from departure from U.S. gateway airport to return to U.S. gateway airport
  • Assist participants outside program hours in the case of behavioral or medical issues. This includes assisting CIEE Staff with disciplinary measures, escorting participants to the hospital, and following up on any medical/health issues.
  • Respond to participant needs in a timely manner and seek assistance immediately from CIEE resident staff for challenges/situations outside the scope of your training
  • Attend all required program activities and excursions - actively participate and encourage participant participation
  • Play an important role in co-curricular activities, organized by the CIEE Study Centers with input from instructors and program leaders and led by the program leaders
  • Support language learning and provide ongoing guidance and mentoring during daily programs
  • Administer curfew and touch base with participants at the end of each day
  • On return to the U.S., participate in program de-brief, safety assessments, and evaluations

Eligibility & Position Requirements

  • Candidate must be a full-time high school teacher based in the U.S. with at least 1 year of teaching experience in the target language
  • Bachelor degree required, Master degree preferred
  • Possess and demonstrate strong leadership skills and a desire to work with, and lead, high school participants
  • Ability and willingness to work as a productive member of a team with the collective goal of creating positive participant experiences
  • Commitment to putting the interest of the participants first throughout the experience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Outstanding intercultural communications skills
  • Ability to set, and maintain, personal boundaries and follow through with disciplinary measures
  • Strong understanding of risk management
  • Valid passport
  • Certification in CPR and prior training in first aid procedures; Wilderness First Responder certification preferred

Due to Federal Regulations a background check will be conducted as a condition of employment. CIEE also requires reference checks as part of the hiring process.

Work Environment

Physical Demands Include:

  • Walking and standing for up to 8 hours per day, often times outdoors in sun and heat
  • Riding a bicycle, swimming, and hiking
  • Leading participants while maintaining a positive mental state in a physically challenging environment
  • Additional Eligibility Requirements: Rabat, Morocco
  • Fluency in Modern Standard Arabic and Darija (Moroccan Arabic) with the ability to communicate in a variety of different contexts including medical settings, with third party providers, and with host families
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in Rabat (preferred) or Morocco
  • A commitment to putting the program, and participants, first despite other connections and relationships one may have in Rabat or Morocco
  • Independent travel while the program is in session is not permitted

Additional Eligibility Requirements: Rabat, Morocco

  • Fluency in Modern Standard Arabic and Darija (Moroccan Arabic) with the ability to communicate in a variety of different contexts including medical settings, with third party providers, and with host families
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in Rabat (preferred) or Morocco
  • A commitment to putting the program, and participants, first despite other connections and relationships one may have in Rabat or Morocco
  • Independent travel while the program is in session is not permitted

A Typical Weekday

7 am Wake up and have breakfast
8 am Daily prep: review the afternoon’s activity and plan related “can-do” tasks for participants; download pictures from the day before; update the program blog online
9-11 am Free time
12 pm Teach language class
12 pm Team meeting at CIEE Study Center: review afternoon activities and discuss potential participant issues; determine if any changes to staffing are necessary based on participant needs
1 pm Lunch with participants
2 pm Participate in the participants’ afternoon cultural activity; leverage “teaching moments” to practice communicative tasks; encourage participants to work on their “can do” tasks related to the activity; discipline participants as needed and escalate cases to CIEE HS Coordinator
5 pm Follow-up with individual participants and touch base with CIEE HS Coordinator
7 pm Dinner with co-leaders or on your own
9 pm Free time; touch base with participants; receive and respond to requests for support as needed

Professional Development

The CIEE High School Summer Abroad Program Leader positions provide a unique opportunity for professional development. Program Leaders will be provided a certificate of completion for the pre-departure training; including hours and content covered, and will also receive a certificate for leading programs. Leaders will be trained on curriculum, facilitation of language learning outside the classroom and will go through intensive risk management preparation and intercultural training with the goal of preparing teachers to be effective Program Leaders in the field. Program Leaders will return to the U.S. with a new perspective on language learning and will be able to use their improved skills to benefit their own language classrooms.

Compensation

In addition to providing a $1,500 stipend, CIEE covers the following:

  • Costs associated with online and in-person training
    • First Aid/CPR training
    • Travel costs (round-trip domestic flight, ground transportation, and food stipend while in transit)
    • iNext International Travel and Health Insurance
    • iNext Comprehensive Policy – see details here
  • Costs associated with travel to/from the U.S. gateway city
    • Accommodations at airport hotel in U.S. gateway city (if required), food stipend, round-trip domestic flight, one piece of checked luggage, ground transportation
    • Round-trip economy international airfare between U.S. gateway city and host country
  • In-country accommodations (shared apartment or homestay), stipend for food or meals provided, ground transportation, admission fees for all activities, local cell phone

Candidate Instructions

Interested applicants are invited to apply for the posted position by visiting the CIEE Careers website, creating an account and uploading a cover letter and résumé. Applications are being accepted until December 1, 2015.


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