Arrival Orientations Teacher, YES Program

American Councils for International Education
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Mar 07

Position description

American Councils provides arrival orientations to over 450 participants of the YES program throughout August. These orientations will run Tuesday-Friday each week in August 2018. Orientations consist of groups of approximately 100-140 students, divided into five to six classrooms. The Arrival Orientations Teacher is responsible for preparing participants for their exchange experience using materials provided by American Councils/DC administrative staff; planning orientation sessions with the local orientation team and YES program alumni; delivering sessions as a team with a YES alumna/-us in English about American culture and family life, adjustment issues, among other topics.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Learn the established goals and objectives of the program and the DC orientation materials.
  • Attend the entire four-day Training of Trainers workshop (TOT) held in Washington beginning on August 1, 2018 to become familiar with the assigned DCO curriculum.
  • Live on-site with the students and other teaching teams throughout the duration of each DCO cycle (Monday evening-Friday afternoon)
  • Work with American Councils staff to complete logistical tasks including:
  • planning meetings
  • student’s international arrivals on Tuesday
  • preparation for airport transfers on Friday (very early AM)
  • Team-teach classes consisting of 17-23 students and assist in the teaching of larger sessions of up to 120 students.
  • Create a well-organized classroom atmosphere that follows the orientation schedule and encourages student participation.
  • Work and plan effectively with Alumni Instructors to co-facilitate sessions.
  • Assist American Councils staff with non-classroom responsibilities, as requested.
  • During the DCO, teachers are obligated to attend meals, evening and other non-classroom activities.

Reports to: American Councils Orientation Coordinator and YES Program Manager (Inbound)


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in relevant field (International Affairs, English as a Foreign Language, Second Language Acquisition, K-12 Education, Literacy, etc.);
  • Attended middle school and high school in the US, and native English language skills.
  • Teaching experience, preferably with high school students.
  • Experience with international exchange highly preferable.
  • Experience living with a host family and adapting to living in a new culture highly preferable.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills and ability to function with staff of different ages and cultural backgrounds.
  • Available to teach all four orientation cycles between August 6 and August 31, 2018, and attend the entire TOT, August 1-5, 2018.


Teachers will be paid $1200 gross, bi weekly, plus an additional $200 for the training period (approximately $2600 gross for the entire assignment). Housing will be provided throughout the entire training and orientation period. Meals will be provided during the entire training period and when orientations are in session. Teachers are responsible for meals outside of the orientation weekly schedule, Friday afternoon through Monday evening, and local transportation not related to orientation activities.

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