International and Domestic Summer Leader Positions – Republic, MO

International and Domestic Summer Leader Positions

VISIONS Service Adventures

Republic, MO


International and Domestic Summer Leader Positions

VISIONS Service Adventures • British Virgin Islands, Montana Blackfeet Reservation, Dominican Republic, Peru


Contact: [email protected]

Posted: February 3, 2023

Deadline: April 14, 2023

Leading a VISIONS program is challenging and a lot of hard work but also exceptionally rewarding.

You and your team are responsible for facilitating a fun, engaging, impactful and safe experience for a group of diverse teenagers far from home. You are a role model, helping students process their experience and make it successful according to VISIONS core values. To do this, you must be culturally sensitive, flexible, patient, kind and hard-working.

As a VISIONS leader, you are the continuation of many years of programs in our locations. These communities look forward to VISIONS returning year after year. Leaders uphold our reputation and relationships with host communities and are positive ambassadors.

On-Site Training: You will have 7-10 of training at your program location before the kids arrive. You will learn the blueprint of VISIONS programs, our values and how they play out during the summer, how to implement a safe experience, how to deal with conflicts and various scenarios, and how to become an effective leader team.

Program: You will work six days a week, with one day off per week. For those six work days, you will be constantly interacting with the kids, other leaders and community members. Most Mondays through Fridays will be at a worksite where you are expected to participate and model a strong work ethic. One day a week, you will stay back at homebase with your homebase crew (a group of participants), and you will clean the homebase and cook meals for the group. You will also participate in scheduled activities during the afternoons and weekends. Read more about typical daily life on a VISIONS program here.

VISIONS is pleased to offer competitive compensations dependent on experience, skills, education and certifications. Leaders also receive travel stipends and reimbursements, all-inclusive employment (accommodations, meals, activities), and pro-deal access to outdoor brands. In addition, personal and professional skills learned are applicable to many different careers for years to come such as leadership, communication, resilience, a strong work ethic, relationship building, and feedback. Most importantly, leaders have the opportunity to be a teacher, mentor, and friend to students.

It is rewarding to see the impact that a VISIONS program has on the participants. Leaders are a crucial component of that positive experience. Days are jam-packed with teenagers at your side and the mornings, days and evenings are full, which means that stamina and energy are needed. We consistently hear that this is the most rewarding job our leaders have ever had and many return for repeat summers. If you are ready to give of yourself and expand upon the skills and work ethic you already possess, then please complete the summer job application here: or email [email protected] with any questions.

“I worked as both a leader and a Program Director for VISIONS, and it has changed my life. VISIONS is not like other summer experiential programs – it is evident that the home office has put in a lot of work and compassion to establishing connections with community members in their site locations. Some partners have had a relationship with VISIONS for over 30 years, and that is hard to come by nowadays in this industry. The projects are thoughtfully crafted in direct coordination with the communities in need, and there is no essence of ‘white saviorism,’ which is apparent in many other ‘voluntourism’ programs. The communities have full autonomy in the projects from conception to completion. The students that VISIONS enrolls are caring, well-meaning, and want to make a difference, and it is a fulfilling experience to mentor them on their experience in cultural immersion and coming to terms with their privilege. If you are looking for a job where you can open your eyes to how other parts of the world live, while becoming a better leader and human being, I would highly recommend VISIONS as a summer job. Having finished my second summer with VISIONS, I feel like more than just an employee, but a part of the family. I have established incredible relationships both with the home office and with our community partners and friends in the DR.” – VISIONS Leader Georgia Calimares


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