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The Pangaea Project is hiring 4 International Team Leaders!

Become an International Team Leader with The Pangaea Project!  The Pangaea Project is excited to announce that we are hiring four International Team Leaders for our 2009 programs in Ecuador and Thailand. 

The Pangaea Project is a leadership exploration program that empowers low-income youth to become local community leaders with global perspectives.  The program is designed around local and international service-learning, community leadership, social action, human rights, team building, social justice and global awareness.  The goal is to inspire participants to recognize their own capacity to be agents of change through exposure to inspiring changemakers who have overcome adversity to become community leaders.  Please read below for more details…

Benefits *  Stipend of $1,500 paid in one or two installments in June and/ or August *  All trip costs covered by Pangaea, including plane ticket from Portland, lodging, food, fees, educational costs, transportation etc.  * 

Applications are due by March 13th, 2009 at 5pm  To receive an application, please email Deb at [email protected] For more information visit www.thepangaeaproject.org  

The Role of the International Team Leaders: Each Team will have two International Team Leaders (ITLs), who are critical members of the Pangaea Team.  ITLs enhance student learning, identify, strengthen and utilize students' leadership skills, help to ensure the health and safety of the group at all times, and support and guide students throughout all three phases of the eight-month program. 

International Inspiration, the month-long component of the program that takes place in Ecuador in July, includes a two-week Learning Journey, a two-week home stay experience, and various service projects related to social justice issues. In addition to being a Team Leader in Ecuador, the ITLs help form and strengthen the team during the World CLASS training component from April until July. 

Upon return to Portland in August, the ITLs help their Team to process their experience, attend select meetings to support students in designing educational presentations, and work with the group to carry out service projects and a social action campaign. Serving in the role of an ITL with The Pangaea Project will provide opportunities to build leadership skills, experience the world through the eyes of youth, see areas of Ecuador not often visited by travelers, and to both teach and learn about important social justice issues.  Although the experience is challenging in many ways, the rewards the ITLs gain are immeasurable.

International Team Leader Qualifications REQUIRED: *  Experience with low-income youth *  Experience in culturally diverse settings *  International experience *  Local or international volunteer experience *  Experience in group mediation/ conflict resolution or similar skills *  Understanding of social justice and human rights issues *  Must be over 25 years old *  Must have a valid Oregon driver's license *  Must possess a current United States passport prior to departure *  Must have all required vaccinations prior to departure *  Must be in good mental and physical health *  Must successfully pass all criminal background checks *  First Aid and CPR certified within one month of departure to international destination *  Confidently able to respond to both minor medical issues and/or emergencies *  Flexibility, patience, and a good sense of humor!

PREFERRED: Experience: *  Teaching experience in an experiential, team-oriented setting *  Experience in South America, preferably Ecuador *  International immersion with host families Knowledge: *  Knowledge and interest in leadership development *  Knowledge of local and South American social justice issues *  Knowledge of South American and Ecuadorian cultural practices and norms Skills: *  Excellent written and personal communication skills *  Speak conversationally fluent Spanish *  Public speaking skills International Team Leader Responsibilities and Commitment World CLASS training meetings

REQUIRED to attend (April-June): *  Three full weekend sessions -April- Peace Jam 4/25-4/26 -May- Camp Collins 5/9-5/10 -June- Eagle Creek  6/20-6/21 *  Three all day Saturday sessions -Dates TBD *  A two-hour weekly session from April until July(each ITL minimally attends every other session – though you are invited to attend all of them) -Day/ Time TBD

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: *  Able to commit to the entire month-long program abroad, despite other issues such as family needs, weddings, sickness, etc. *  Bring spending money for shopping at local markets, phone, internet and laundry OPTIONAL: *  Attend Family Night Q & A sessions(dates TBD) *  Participate in follow-up activities upon returning to US during Local Leadership(August-November): *  Service learning activities *  Ongoing leadership development with students *  Meetings with the Partner Teacher to facilitate transition *  Participate in selected community presentations, radio shows and the Final Celebration in November

Deb Delman Co-Executive Director, The Pangaea Project 503.517.8999, [email protected], www.thepangaeaproject.org   -- Deb Delman Co-Executive DirectorThe Pangaea [email protected]