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TYPE OF POSITION:​ Seasonal (summer) trip leaders in the British Virgin Islands, Montana Blackfeet Reservation, Dominican Republic, and Peru. A full job description can be found here

OVERVIEW: VISIONS runs teen summer programs that focus on community service, cultural immersion, and adventure. 

DESCRIPTION: VISIONS leaders are the backbone of our successful teen service programs. We seek exceptional people who are hard-working and spirited mentors. 

Our leader teams are individuals who are respectful of other cultures, have good judgment, and are positive role models for teenagers. Typical teams include teachers, graduate students, returned Peace Corps Volunteers, outdoor educators, carpenters, adventurers, and alumni of VISIONS programs.

Leaders supervise and mentor teens during 12-day to 4-week programs. Many locations have back-to-back sessions with a few days of break in between. Leaders work with and supervise students in all aspects of the program: service projects, recreational activities, cross-cultural events, and even day-to-day chores such as cooking and cleaning. The number one priority is creating a positive and productive experience for the participants that cultivates growth and global understanding. 

This is a residential program, with leaders and teens living together in a community center, rented house, or similar place that we call home for the summer, usually in a local neighborhood. We have long-term ties to the places we work and thus are a part of the community. Leaders work hard, but the work is incredibly fulfilling when it’s the right fit. VISIONS leaders commit to a work attitude that is respectful, cooperative, positive, safety-conscious, and community-spirited. 

A VISIONS leader is a team player first and foremost. We maintain a 1 to 5 leader-to-student ratio, including the Program Director. We place leaders in VISIONS program locations where their skills are the best fit and also keep in mind complementary leadership styles for a well-rounded team.

Most VISIONS summer leaders are mid-20s to mid-30s, with a minimum age of 21 with no upper age limit. Leaders must be First Aid and CPR certified before employment begins (you may obtain your certifications between your hiring and the beginning of the summer) and more advanced medical certifications such as WFR, WFA, EMT and Lifeguard certification can bolster an application.VISIONS also hires carpenters for several of our sites. Solid foreign language skills are required for our language immersion locations.

Leaders receive round-trip travel to and from an international program site, travel reimbursement for a domestic site, and meals/lodging. Feel free to contact us with any questions.


  • Minimum age 21
  • First Aid and CPR certified before the program begins 
  • For language immersion programs (Peru and the D.R.): fluent or conversational-level Spanish

SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS (not required, but may prioritize your application)

  • Advanced medical training (WFR, EMT, etc.) 
  • Carpentry skills
  • Lifeguarding experience


Salary is commensurate with similar employment opportunities and experience, and varies depending on the program duration. Please email [email protected] if you would like more details. 


Employment duration ranges from 6-10 weeks in early June through mid-August, depending on the program location, and includes 10-12 days of on-site training before participants arrive. 


Leaders are a crucial component of that positive experience. Days are jam-packed with teenagers, bookended with early mornings and late nights, which means leaders perform tiring work. We’re always on the go, and you’re going to be surrounded by students most of the time. (If you need a lot of “me” or downtime, this job probably isn’t for you.) However, we consistently hear that this is the best job our leaders have ever had—working alongside teenagers and like-minded coworkers, getting to spend the summer in another territory, creating long-lasting friendships, and having an incredible lifelong impact on a young person’s life. The outcomes of being a VISIONS leader are endlessly positive and powerful. If you feel you would be a good fit for our programs, please complete the application (below). 

Apply online at: https://visionsserviceadventures.com/jobs 

Please email any questions to: [email protected] 

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