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International Educator

CHINA - LAOS - THAILAND - ECUADOR - GALAPAGOS - PERU - COSTA RICA - NICARAGUA

Duration

90 Days

Location

Global

Description

Leading change on a global scale. Helping small communities revive ecological regions. Protecting native biodiversities. Helping to break the cycle of poverty. Travelling with a difference, travelling making a difference.

2019

10 Jan - 9 April

2019

10 June - 7 Sept

OVERVIEW

Our program is not only about how you can help, its about how you can lead your own international programs to create change.

 

You’ll learn how to assess and develop service programs in collaboration with local communities, lead programs of volunteers, and run or coordinate your own sustainable projects. Gain confidence and skills to drive change.

 

This 3 month program is broken into 3 modules that give you some varied experiences of volunteer projects happening around the globe. You’ll learn how these work and begin to develop your own planning and educator skills as the program progresses. Each module builds on the one before - as the course progresses so will your skills; your proficiency as a global traveller, to effectively give back, and your confidence to lead others. The itinerary itself also progresses into more challenging global regions, continuously immersing you in learning experiences and developing key global program educator skills.

  

BECOME A VALUABLE CONTRIBUTOR, NOT JUST A VOLUNTEER TOURIST

We created this program as an immersive learning experience, where the assessment occurs naturally during everyday experiences, your proficiency will grow as the program itself gets progressively more challenging.

 

The itinerary was chosen specifically to complement each stage of the training. As the level of skill required increases, the destinations chosen will simarly become more challenging with language barriers, logistical challenges, por infrastructure.

 

You’ll leave this program confident in your global travelling skills, in your ability to plan, develop and execute effective community engagement projects, environmental service and volunteer programs, and ready to tackle any new venture that you may be planning.

Includes

  • 3 month international educator training and qualification program
  • Dynamic, immersive course that progresses with each new destination
  • Focus on mentorship & learning through shared experiences
  • Qualified & experienced global educators and a program manager hosting in all countries
  • NZOIA Leadership Qualifications (completed internationally)
  • NZQA Adult Education & Training (Level 5)
  • International Wilderness First Aid & First Responder certificates
  • Accommodation and most meals provided all program
  • All technical equipment, program related transport & travel (except your flight to and from home)
  • Gain experience in adventure travel management, expedition/travel medicine, community service projects, youth work, peer leadership, and volunteering

Prerequisites

  • English Language Fluency
  • Be 18 years or older at time of commencement
  • Moderate fitness is recommended. All professional development and training is provided
  • Have a passion for travel, adventure, & tourism
  • A desire to accept challenges, a thirst for knowledge, a love of outdoor activities or for our natural environment
  • Be a social team player that enjoys helping others discover adventure!

Note spaces on this program are extremely limited, as work placements are held with tourism operators for limited staff numbers. 

 

STRUCTURE

Month 1 - Adventure Travel Guiding - China, Laos, Thailand

Time for an introduction to the essentials that will become your bread and butter for the next 4 months - the core skills needed for global travel in groups: Budgeting, logistics, dealing with operators, hygiene, safety, eating, airports and new cultures. You’ll also cover the foundation hiking and guiding skills you’ll need for the training ahead.

WHAT YOU’LL GAIN: Developing world travel experience Guiding management experience adventure guiding core skills

WHERE YOU'LL BE: Chengdhu, Tiger Leaping Gorge - China, Luang Prabang - Laos, Chiang Mai & surrounds - Thailand

 

Month 2 - Consolidating skills - Ecuador, Galapagos, Peru

From here, we move to the stunning Central Americas. As well as being immersed in some incredible cultures, you’ll be actively involved with the planning and management of your team’s itinerary - this will be the projects you’re working on, booking your travel from place to place, the itinerary creation and logistics required for trekking. Cultural and language barriers may make some tasks difficult, but literally every day will be a lesson in problem solving, group management, and planning.

Highlights of this part of the course include stunning exploration of the Galapagos Islands, and once in a lifetime treks to Machu Picchu and the rainbow mountains of Ausangate.

 

WHAT YOU’LL GAIN: Outdoor guiding qualifications Project work and community service, developing world experience in Latin America, more advanced treks & leadership opportunities

WHERE YOU'LL BE: Quito - Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Cusco, Sacred Valley Machu Picchu, Ausangate - Peru

Month 2 continued - Cultural & historical learning - Peru

Next up, in the beautiful mountains of Peru, a small local village will be your classroom for a fantastic cultural exchange.

Your homestay experience will focus around cultural and historical learning, and helping small communities become subsistent, sustainable and economically strong.

WHAT YOU’LL GAIN: Simple research techniques Risk assessment skills for project appraisal Learn practical skills to help community projects- mixing concrete, framing, gardening, basic carpentry Study the impact of tourism in alpine Peru Homestay experience in Peruvian mountain village

Month 3 - Expedition Leader Training - Supported Expedition Trekking at altitude - Nepal / Northern India

The Himalaya, what many feel is the spiritual home of adventure. This beautiful, rugged country will host your crew as you put into practice the technical, educational and learning principles developed throughout this program. The nature of the high alpine environment will provide a tough classroom at times, but is the ultimate way to learn. You’ll leave a better person, more confident in your skills and richer from an amazing Nepalese experience.

Note, due to the wild nature of the monsoon weather experienced in the Himalaya during June, our program for the June intake takes place in Manali, Nothern India rather than Nepal. Let’s not be fooled here, this region is just as beautiful with less people, arguably better food and unreal landscapes. Both should be on your bucket list for sure!

Highlights will include completing a 3 week high altitude trek with supporting horses and crew, testing your skills under pressure!

WHAT YOU’LL GAIN: High altitude trekking management skills, application of your skills learned to date, experience in coordinating high altitude expeditions

WHERE YOU'LL BE: Annapurna Sanctuary & Chitwan National Park - Nepal, Shimla Pass, Manali, Northern India

 

NOTES

This is a sample itinerary. Modules may occur in a different order due to weather conditions or scheduling requirements