Summer Abroad: Youth Development Facilitator


Cause Areas


Mon May 01, 2017 - Thu Aug 31, 2017


39 Eldridge Street4th FloorNew York, NY 10002


Global Potential (GP) transforms youth from underserved communities through education, service learning and cultural exchange into globally competitive leaders of positive change in their lives and communities.

GP is an 18-month transformative out-of-school time and summer program based in New York City. The GP program includes 14.5 months of workshops locally and 1.5 months of international service learning and cultural exchange in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Nicaragua.

  • Global Potential seeks energetic facilitators to help us conduct preparatory workshops and evaluations with youth and community members
  • Facilitate participatory dialogue between GP partner communities, GP youth councils, local leaders (international), partner high schools (local), NGOs (IDDI, CEDESO, Peace Corps, World Vision, Municipal Government), GP youth, and the GP staff team to ensure empowerment of the community and equal and respectful power dynamic
  • Attend staff meetings, conferences, external meetings, professional development trainings, conference calls, webinars, and networking events as appropriate
  • Provide and receive feedback to/from supervisors locally and internationally, report back to supervisors on a weekly basis on all tasks
Job type: Volunteer

Job location: Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Haiti

Volunteer Fees: All expenses covered by Global Potential (including flight and accomodations & meals)

Job length: 4 Months

Start date - End date: May 1-August 31, 2017

Commitment hours: 10-15 hours per week in May and June; full time+ from July 1st to August 18th (approximate dates) with 2 days/1 night off (contingent upon coordination with your team and community); 10-15 hours per week after trip to deliver all paperwork.

Position reports to: Chief Program Officer or International Program Director and Field Staff Director

Specific responsibilities:

  • Guide workshops, youth development, evaluation, and needs and impact assessments
  • Work closely with GP youth participants to provide support for youths’ personal development through weekly individual and group advisory/evaluation meetings
  • Work together as team members and role models with GP youth participants and GP’s Youth Councils on infrastructure and social development projects in GP partner communities
  • Work closely with GP Youth Councils in administering evaluation and needs and impact assessments, organizing community service events, workshops, and conducting site visits
  • Collaborate in the planning and implementation of the GP Youth Leadership Conference
Other Work Requirements:
  • Adhere to GP’s rules and procedures, including time and duty commitments; commitment to learning new technologies and social media platforms; and maintenance of GP’s cloud-based office spaces.
  • Be open-minded, adaptable, flexible, culturally sensitive, professional, respectful, tolerant, and work to build solidarity with the communities we serve.
  • Ensure a SAFE and EDUCATIONAL experience for staff, youth, and community members.
  • Be an integral part of the team and the daily life of the youth participants.
Skills and Knowledge Requirements:
  • Creation and management of groups, teaching and/or facilitating group discussions.
  • Experience working with youth and communities that are historically marginalized.
  • Ability to be both a leader and a compatriot, an inspiration and a guide to youth participants.
  • Experience living in challenging conditions and rural areas internationally.
  • Adept interpersonal skills; strength in developing and maintaining relationships with youth, families, community members, GP staff, and partnering agencies.
  • Self-motivated and capable of working independently as well as with a team.
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish or Haitian Creole) speakers with experience working and living in developing countries are especially encouraged to apply.
  • We are especially interested in individuals who would like to remain involved after the summer.
  • Graduate degree or in process preferred.
  • College degree required (unless significant equivalent experience can be demonstrated)
  • Appropriate fields include: Social Work, Education, International Development, Counseling Psychology, Anthropology, Media, Arts, Social Entrepreneurship, Political Science, Health/Fitness/Outdoors.
  • Certification in First Aid/CPR preferred

What we can offer you:

  • An opportunity to be exposed to the workings of a nonprofit grassroots enterprise with a vast network of innovative professionals.
  • Exposure and access to the NGO and international development community.
  • Training in an organization that is fast-paced, innovative, collaborative and creative.

Youth and Volunteers who participate in GP demonstrate increased:

  • Skills in advocacy, activism, fundraising, and social entrepreneurship.
  • Self-esteem, confidence, and sense of purpose.
  • Belief that challenges lead to opportunities.
  • Academic completion rates.
  • Unprecedented professional experience in youth and international development.

Interested candidates should immediately send cover letter and resume to

Indicate "International Youth Development Facilitator" in the subject line.


  • People Skills
  • Youth Services
  • Mentoring
  • CSR / Volunteer Coordination
  • Relationship Building
  • Group Facilitation

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Requirements & Commitment

  • 4 months, Including travel

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