Each summer, PSYL seeks to hire a team of passionate educators that embodies different identities, styles of leadership, and life experiences to bring together diversity in the fields of youth leadership education, social and environmental justice, and community change-making. We invite applications from individuals who are passionate about intercultural learning, transformative pedagogy and stepping outside of their own comfort zones.
Curriculum Coordinators are asked to commit to the full program, including a training week prior to animator arrival and a debriefing week following program’s end. The dates for 2020 are 27 June to 6 August.
The Curriculum Coordinators and the Program Director work as a core team to develop and implement the three week Pearson Seminar on Youth Leadership. The position begins with 2 days of planning in the spring (dates TBD), where we will build upon core curriculum and add the offerings of new team members and guest speakers. In late June, we meet on campus with a week of program planning and preparation. A team of 16 youth volunteers (“Animators”) join us for a second week of preparation, where we provide them with peer-facilitation training and they assist us in designing and delivering activities in the program. The seminar in 2020 begins on 12 July and concludes on 1 August. The core team continues for 4 days of debriefing, evaluations, celebration, and wrap-up. The seminar is an intense community experience with long days; it is highly demanding and phenomenally rewarding!
These positions are usually advertised in the fall have a rolling deadline until we find the right team.
We are close to finalizing the team and are no longer accepting applications. We look forward to introducing the 2020 Curriculum Coordinators soon!
The Animator team is comprised of students from the international UWC network, as well as past PSYL participants. The Animators have integrated and participatory roles within PSYL. We place high expectations on the animators to model inclusive community and to positively encourage participant learning. We also support Animators’ learning to grow their own skills and to step into new positions of leadership. While PSYL cannot provide travel funds for Animators, they will incur no expenses once they arrive on our campus: we provide full accommodation, all meals and program materials. As well, Animators are asked to commit to the full program, including a training week prior to participant arrival. The dates for animators are 6 July to 1 August, 2020.
We are now accepting applications for positions on our Animator team!
The deadline for submitting applications was originally 1 March, 2020. We are extending this to 5 March to accommodate exam and Project Weeks across the different UWCs. Some UWCs colleges may have further extended deadlines due to unique extenuating circumstances.
After the deadline, we will forward your application to your respective UWCs for their recommendation, and in the case of PSYL alums, we will review those applications internally.
Final decisions will be communicated by 27 March, 2020.
Other opportunities for involvement
Do you love what we do but the dates or roles are not quite working out for you? Are you a PSYL alum looking to reconnect with us outside of organizing team roles? You might be able to join us on campus or help make PSYL amazing by supporting us remotely.
Whenever we have specific needs throughout the year (e.g. video editing, media content, administrative help) we will announce those here. Check back to see if your knowledge and skills hold the answer to our puzzle!
If you have a vision for volunteering your time and talent with us, we look forward to hearing more about it! If you are a fellow educator looking to exchange experiences and best practices, we would love to learn with you! Reach out to us and let’s talk
Depending on need and availability, accommodation and meals can be provided when you are volunteering with us. On-site volunteers must have a criminal record clearance.
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Victoria, BC, Canada