Global Youth Village, a project of Legacy International
Impact Youth from Around the World
Legacy International's Global Youth Village annually brings together over 100 young people (ages 14 - 18) and 20 staff from more than 15 nations and cultures to its program site in Virginia, U.S.A. GYV's experiential programs address issues concerning young people today: war and peace, arts & culture, distribution of world resources, prejudice, environmental concerns, and other social pressures. Cultural programming and cooperative living help participants learn to respect differences and discover similarities that transcend cultural, religious, and political barriers.
Working at Legacy is a unique opportunity for “practical idealists” to gain experience and share knowledge in new ways. The low staff/youth ratio lends itself to personalized instruction and mentoring in a caring atmosphere. The year-round staff is composed of people with diverse talents, some of whom have worked in the field of intercultural relations for more than 30 years. (Visit Legacy's website for details on other projects.) Many seasonal staff are professionals or graduate students, with 2-10 years’ experience in their fields, and typically range in age from 21-45. The expertise of the year-round staff, combined with carefully selected summer staff, creates a dynamic, cooperative learning community representing various abilities, experiences, and viewpoints.
Positions are open for teachers / trainers (conflict resolution/peace building, ESOL & US culture, environmental education), administrative staff (camp management, event planning, activities design), counselors with skills in arts & crafts, pool life guarding, rock climbing, social media & video, sports and recreation; health care staff; plus experienced and entry level food service staff. Dates:
June 25 – August 8, 2015 (Some jobs begin as early as June 15.)
Positions available fall into several categories (details are posted on the GYV web site):
Workshop (Teaching) Positions:
Living SideBySide™ (Dialogue & Peace Building)
English Language & U.S. Culture
Evening Programs Coordinator
In addition to serving as a counselor, cabin counseling staff carry other programmatic duties: lifeguarding, rock climbing instruction, arts and crafts instruction, and much more.
Health Care Positions:
Food Service Positions:
Meal Managers / Cooks (experience required)
Assistant Managers (experience required)
- Enjoys learning about different cultures and people, and has sought out these types of experiences, either outside or inside North America.
- Is passionate about (and experienced in) working with teens, preferably in a residential setting or travel program.
- Values experiential education.
- Looks forward to working in a setting where personal limits are stretched to find new flexibilities and strengths.
- Demonstrates a strong commitment to safety and can place him or herself in the mindset of a parent.
- Enjoys living in a rural setting, with limited cell connections, no TV, dust, lots of bugs and other creatures.
- Enjoys healthy, vegetarian food. (It really is very yummy!)
- Minimum age of 21 is preferred, although 20 year olds will be considered for select support positions or internships.
- Non-smokers only.
Legacy seeks individuals with a balance of hard and soft skills. Clearly, staff must be competent and comfortable in working with teens. They must also possess qualities of empathy, a sense of humor, quick thinking, flexibility, and creativity. Each summer, 25-50% of the seasonal staff are people who have worked here before.
We also have a handful of young adults who were participants at GYV, returning for first time as staff to “give back”. These staff play an essential role in establishing and conveying the core values and spirit of community cooperation that make the GYV experience so compelling.
Room and Board
Accommodations for counseling staff are in cabins with youth. Other staff are housed in similar cabins, with adult staff only. Centralized bathhouses serve each cluster of cabins. Select program areas are air-conditioned, but not sleeping cabins.
Legacy serves delicious whole foods, vegetarian meals. Special dietary needs can usually be met. Poultry or fish entrees are served once each session.
Working at the Global Youth Village is a very rewarding experience. Alumni staff say it best:
“There is something amazing about the Legacy experience. I always leave feeling incredibly hopeful and inspired. It is really quite unique and wonderful. The experience always activates some hidden corner of my mind and heart... It never ceases to be positive and personally transformative for everyone involved… I will continue to reflect on and discover all this experience has taught me, questions it has given rise in me, and to contemplate how I can expand my role as a voice and agent for positive change and how I can work to create an increasingly peaceful world.” -- Marie Lewis, NYC, alumni staff and professional educator
All positions include:
- a modest stipend is negotiated, ranging between $225-$450/week gross, depending on the position and level of experience.
- room and board
- medical and accident insurance (subject to specific limitations)
- weekly laundry service.
The training and skill development provided also attracts many volunteers. Professional educators may find this training as a means to fulfill continuing education requirements.
Academic Credit: Many staff have earned graduate or undergraduate credit while working at the Global Youth Village. If you would like to receive credit, Legacy's administrative staff will work with you and your academic adviser to design and monitor a learning program. (Staff interested in pursuing credit are responsible for making arrangements with their institution, and for paying any additional tuition.)
Getting Here and Getting Around
Staff members are welcome to bring their own cars.
The nearest bus station is Lynchburg, Virginia; the nearest airports are in Lynchburg (LYH) or Roanoke (ROA), Virginia; the closest train station is in Lynchburg. We will pick up staff arriving into either city.
Some staff choose to fly into Washington, DC. From DC, there are a couple of options (bus or train) to get to Lynchburg where someone can be picked up for the drive to GYV's site in Bedford County.
Enjoy the beauty of Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains on your days off. Whether it's a jet skiing at Smith Mountain Lake, hiking the Appalachian Trail, taking in the historic sites of Monticello, or visiting the market, restaurants and clubs in downtown Roanoke, you'll find lots of options within a one to two hour drive.
Back on campus, staff can utilize our facilities and equipment during off duty time. It is a great opportunity to return to a favorite activity you haven't had a chance to do in a while or try something new. There is a staff lounge, open 24 hours a day. Computers with internet access are also available for staff on a daily basis. Special staff events are organized on occasion such as a late night pool party or movie night.
How to Apply
Staff candidates must complete an application and submit two references. Please visit the Global Youth Village web site to review detailed job descriptions and to download application materials.
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