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2022 Summer Trip Leader


Posted by Putney Student Travel on 05/22/2022

Job Basics

Industry Sector: Action, Bike, Outdoor

Job Categories: Camp Staff & Counselors, Guide (raft,fish,bike hunt,horse etc.), Instructor Including Ski & Patrol, Outdoor Education, Outfitter- Adventure Travel Staff

Company Type: Recreation, Service, Retail, TravelandTourism


City: World Wide

Country: Africa, Argentina, Australia, Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Fiji, France, Galapagos, Germany, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Nambia, New Zealand, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam

Required Experience: 0 - 1 year

Contact Name: Mike Oster

Business Phone: 802-387-5000

Job Type: Seasonal Full Time

Salary: $1000-$3000 per contract

Required to Relocate: No

Required to Travel: Yes

Employee May Telecommute: No

Job Seeker Must Live Within: Telecommute

Job Description & Requirements

2022 Summer Leadership Opportunities

Who We Are Looking For:

Putney Student Travel seeks candidates to co-lead small groups of students (ranging from 6th-12th grade) to destinations all over the world.  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. Most positions are for candidates that will hold at least an undergraduate degree by May 2022, or have considerable professional experience related to the program theme.  We encourage all candidates to apply! Candidates will be considered for all available positions for which they qualify.   

Where We Travel:

Putney and Smithsonian Student Travel programs take place across six continents and over 30 countries.  Candidates should have significant travel or living experience in the destinations they apply for.  

For a full list of specific programs, destinations, and itineraries please visit:

 Putney Student Travel

Smithsonian Student Travel

For Certain Programs, Fluency or Proficiency is Required in Languages Such As:

Arabic, English, Spanish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Kiswahili, Mandarin, Thai, Vietnamese, and more.

Qualifications and Skills:

Leaders must be passionate about working and living with students 24/7 in a wide range of situations and settings.  Leaders fill a variety of roles including mentor, friend, educator, authority figure, and more.  Due to the high degree of independence and responsibility granted to leaders, successful candidates must have a substantial capacity to self-motivate, organize, educate, and collaborate. Past leaders agree that the most important skills to possess include a strong desire to work with youth, flexibility, enthusiasm, energy, patience, and a sense of humor.  

Leaders receive a stipend in addition to having all expenses paid during their program. Leaders are responsible for their own health insurance, required to be certified in Basic First Aid and CPR at their own expense, and fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  All leaders are required to attend training prior to departure.  Interviews are held between December and April until all positions have been filled. These are highly competitive positions so please consider applying early in our hiring cycle.  

Please visit the Leadership pages of our website for more detailed information.

Putney Student Travel and Smithsonian Student Travel Leadership Application

Pre-College, Academia, Harvard Youth Summit, and Columbia Climate School Leadership Application

About Putney Student Travel

Since 1951, Putney Student Travel has run high quality experiential education programs for middle and high school students around the world. From Service to Exploration, and Language to Pre-College and Career themed programs. 

Every year we hire candidates to lead each group, manage program logistics, cultivate a strong group dynamic, add content, and make our programs fun, engaging, and life-changing.