Asia Program Leaders

Faculty-led travel terms are a significant part of the SSU academic experience. In order to successfully facilitate these trips we need to have people with the right personality, interest, background and training to accept the challenge of leading them. Right now we are looking for leaders to be involved in our annual Southeast Asia trip. The descriptions below give a clearer picture of what we’re looking for in a Study Abroad program leader.

If you’re interested in being a program leader, please email Walter Thiessen: [email protected]

If you’re interested in being a program assistant, please email Sarah MacPhail: [email protected]

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Asia Program Leader(s) (sometimes this role would be shared by two leaders) We expect a program leader will be:

  • A Faculty member: Someone with a graduate degree in a relevant discipline, preferably with some history of teaching at SSU.
  • Experienced: Someone who has travelled on at least one previous SSU Southeast Asia trip (or near equivalent); someone who has demonstrated cultural sensitivity in cross-cultural contexts. Preference will, of course, be given for those who demonstrate experience and competence in facilitating experiential and intercultural education, and who model being a co-learner along with other leaders and students.
  • Team Leader:  with the personality and confidence to lead the team (both other leaders and students), and with good interpersonal skills and demonstrated effectiveness with positive group dynamics. The program leader will be trusted and respected by other leaders and students; someone who has demonstrated skills with adaptability and problem-solving, both independently and collegially; someone who is able to represent SSU well with Asia partners and contacts.
  • Logistical Leadership: Someone who has the ability to collaborate with the Logistics Coordinator in managing a wide range of details, including budgets, program components, student information, transportation, and managing finances during the program.
  • Aligned with SSU mission and vision: Someone who demonstrates support and commitment to the vision of SSU as outlined in our Community Handbook and mission statement; someone who is able to walk alongside of students on their personal and spiritual journeys with respect for the diversity and uniqueness of these journeys; someone who provides a stable sense of continuity with the ethos of life at SSU.
  • Health and Self-care: Someone with robust physical and mental health/fitness who is likely to withstand the rigours and stress of travel; someone who prioritizes appropriate self-care prior to and on the trip.

Program Assistant: one or two interns or staff members travel with the team to focus on student life and communication, as well as assisting the program leaders in various capacities. We would like this person to be:

  • An Experienced traveller – Someone who has successfully travelled well in the past, preferably on an SSU trip and preferably in Asia.
  • A BA graduate – Someone who has successfully completed an undergraduate degree, preferably one that integrates a travel component.
  • A Team Player – Someone with the personality and confidence to assume a positive role among the leaders team and as a leader for students in a travelling context; someone who has demonstrated positively contributing to group dynamics, especially under stress; someone who has good listening skills and is approachable to students; someone able to take initiative and be flexible when circumstances change; someone with good communication skills.
  • Aligned with SSU mission and vision: Someone who demonstrates support and commitment to the vision of SSU as outlined in our Community Handbook and mission statement, and who is able to walk alongside of students on their personal and spiritual journeys with respect for the diversity and uniqueness of these journeys.
  • Caring about themselves and their health: Someone with good physical and mental health/fitness who is likely to withstand the rigours and stress of travel; someone who prioritizes appropriate self-care prior to and on the trip.
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