Legacy International / Global Youth Village
Work with 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. Experientially based 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 cross-cultural relations for more than 30 years. Visit our website for more details on other projects. Many seasonal staff are also 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/prejudice reduction, ESL & US culture, arts and human rights, environmental education), administrative staff (event or trip planning, activities design, and coordination), counselors/program specialists 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:
July 5 – August 15, 2014 (some jobs begin July1)
Positions available fall into several categories (details are posted on the GYV web site):
Workshop (Teaching) Positions:
Dialogue & Diplomacy
Arts & Human Rights
English & US Culture
Youth Activities & Scheduling Coordinator
Special & Evening Program Coordinator
Environmental Educator & Trip Coordinator
Counselor / Program Specialist Positions:
(For both men and women)
In addition to serving a counselor, staff carry other programmatic duties in such areas as lifeguarding, rock climbing instructions, arts and crafts, and much more.
Health Care Positions:
1st aid certified “lay” health care manager
Food Service Positions:
Meal Managers / Cooks (experience required)
Assistant Managers (experience required)
Our Ideal Candidate
- Enjoys learning about different cultures and people, and has sought out these types of experiences, whether it be outside the U.S., or in North America.
- Is passionate about, and has experience with working with teens, preferably in a residential setting or travel program.
- Values experiential education.
- Looks forward to working in an intensive setting where personal limits & boundaries will be 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 camp setting, with limited internet and cell connections, no TV, dust, lots of bugs and other non-human mammals
- Enjoys healthy, vegetarian food. (It really is very yummy!)
- Minimum age of 21 is preferred, although 19 & 20 year olds will be considered for select support positions.
- 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. The staff team as a whole demonstrates many different leadership styles. These traits ensure many teachable moments and a summer that is memorable and fun. 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, but with adult staff only. Centralized bathhouses serve each cluster of cabins. Select program areas are air-conditioned.
Legacy serves a delicious vegetarian diet. Special dietary needs can usually be met. Poultry or fish entrees are served on rare occasions.
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, alumni staff and professional educator
All positions include room and board, medical and accident insurance (subject to specific limitations), and laundry service. A modest stipend is negotiated, ranging between $225-$400/week gross, depending on the position and level of experience. (Staff are responsible for their own transportation costs.) The training and skill development provided also attracts many volunteers. Professional educators may find this training as a means to fulfill continuing education requirements.
Many staff have earned graduate or undergraduate credit from their colleges or universities for work at the Global Youth Village. If you would like to receive credit, Legacy's administrative staff will work with you and your academic advisor 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 or Roanoke, Virginia; the closest train station is in Lynchburg. We will pick up staff members at either city. Some staff chose to fly in to Washington, DC. From DC, there are a couple of options (bus or train) to get to Lynchburg where a camp representative will be available for a pick up.
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, we encourage staff to use 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. Special staff events are organized on occasion during the session such as late night pool parties and movie nights.
How to Apply
Staff candidates must complete an application and submit two references. Please visit the Global Youth Village web site reviews detailed descriptions and to download application materials.
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