THE RICHNESS OF OUR GAP YEAR AND SUMMER LEARNING ADVENTURES IS LARGELY ATTRIBUTED TO THE AMAZING LIFE EXPERIENCE OF OUR COURSE INSTRUCTORS.
An international job with Dragons is challenging, yet also infinitely rewarding! Our instructors are empowered with a multitude of responsibilities, requiring a specialized skill set that many applicants possess only after spending considerable time living, working, volunteering or studying in a community within the developing world. Our instructors average 28 years old.
While we don’t expect that every applicant will meet all of the below criteria, the ideal candidate will:
These are the broadest of our instructor qualifications. As you can imagine, the specialized nature of the work means that there are also many sub-qualifications. The ideal candidate for an international job with Dragons needs to demonstrate other talents, including strong interpersonal skills, technical skills, and risk management skills. There are many hats — both collective and individual — that must be worn by the members of an instructor team. The list is exhausting, and a little overwhelming, but don’t worry; we understand that few individual applicants will carry the skill set needed to wear all of them! Some may bring a wealth of in-country contacts; some may bring a great deal of experience working with adolescents; and some may bring a strong background in wilderness medicine and emergency response. No matter the hats that an individual wears, all are equally valued.
ALL MEMBERS OF DRAGONS FIELD STAFF COME WITH DIVERSE EDUCATIONS AND LIFE EXPERIENCE.
But they all possess one similar quality: the desire to provide students with the most complete and exceptional educational experience possible. International jobs with Dragons are unique in that instructors are given great flexibility in designing and running programs that dynamically respond to students’ needs, interests and goals.
Instructors work together in teams of 3, drawing from each other’s individual skills and backgrounds to formulate a strong course vision. Our teams are built with an equal distribution of instructor responsibilities, such that there remains a non-hierarchical structure in which every instructor is able to contribute equally to the success of the course.
And while the essential framework and structure for the course is defined by the Dragons Administration, each team’s vision is largely supported by instructor’s personal in-country contacts, as well as a personalized experiential curriculum. Over the 23 years that we’ve been working with students, we’ve found that the best courses are consistently the ones where instructors’ actively direct and inform the content, breathing exceptional life into the experience.
In order to encourage our students to challenge their personal limits and to support them throughout their journeys, instructors must play a variety of roles:
In the end, all Dragons instructors are confident in a single teaching tool: themselves! It is the power of their personalities, enthusiasm, and love of sharing adventure and exploration which has an immeasurable impact on our students. As role models, they cultivate in students the necessary sensitivity to the host country, and respect for oneself and others which results in a successful course.
Leading a Dragons program demands great flexibility, dedication and commitment, but the rewards are numerous. Many instructors consider their international jobs with Dragons to be the most fulfilling career possible.
Dragons is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, marital status, age, veterans’ status, disability, pregnancy or union activity.