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GSP Educator Alumni (2023)

African Leadership Academy

African Leadership Academy

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2022

ALA Global Scholars Program (GSP) 2023

African Leadership Academy (ALA) seeks experienced education, summer program and youth development professionals with demonstrated passion for experiential education coupled with strong organizational and group/classroom management skills for an exciting, multi-faceted summer position. GSP brings together students from across Africa and the rest of the world for 10-day, + -18-day and custom programs that integrate ALA’s signature entrepreneurial leadership and design-thinking approaches with cross cultural engagement, adventure, and South African history.

The GSP Alumni Educator program provides the opportunity for continuing professional development in the emerging field of youth Entrepreneurial Leadership education. The Alumni Educator may look forward to further develop his/her abilities to pursue a camp director role in future camps.

GSP is a full-time residential program that requires all educators to reside on ALA campus in student dormitories for the full program session and for its pre-program 5-day Educator Orientation & Training. Educators will also be expected to fulfil the roles of chaperone, mentor, and advisor to students throughout the program session. Educators have evening/night dorm duties most nights. Time off is scheduled throughout the session.

GSP Alumni Educator

The Global Scholars Program (GSP) Alumni Educator is responsible for organizing, leading, and implementing existing curricular and extra-curricular programs and experiences for campers in small group settings. They will also be responsible for the general safety and development, growth, and skill achievement of the participants in his/her group. The Educator will provide high quality educational and recreational experiences for participants that focus on ALA core values (Integrity, Compassion, Curiosity, Diversity, Humility, Excellence) and its Pillars of Leadership.

You will also be expected to follow strict camp rules for campers and staff; these generally include no smoking, no drinking of alcoholic beverages on camp, and a nightly curfew.

Key Requirements and Skills

  • Currently in University/ College with a strong background in communication, writing and research.
  • On a Gap year and seeking to engage in challenging and exciting activities
  • Creative thinkers who always seek opportunities to do things better.
  • Hard working and willing to do menial tasks.
  • Ability to work under pressure and navigate around unexpected challenges.
  • Fluent in English. Other languages will be an added advantage.
  • Fast learner who is eager to master new tools.
  • Organised and dependable.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Work effectively and professionally with a team of educators, including ALA alumni, to deliver an excellent Global Scholars Program (GSP).
  • Facilitate curriculum, including readings, lessons, class activities and experiential learning activities, including lesson/activity preparation before
  • Lead and support an advisory family of 5-8 students
  • Facilitate different types of camp activities (Community Engagement Project (CEP) with South African entrepreneur and NGO partners, Electives, Game Design etc.)
  • Chaperone off-campus excursions
  • Risk management of student group on and off-campus
  • Communicate regularly with the Session Director about student experiences and report all concerns
  • Assist in maintaining accurate program records including incident reports, logbook documentation, and daily attendance
  • Coordinate student-led groups leading recreational, co-curricular and sporting activities (e.g. assemblies, storytelling, talent night, movie night, opening and closing ceremonies
  • Report issues, resource shortages, student needs, educator tool and support needs to director/s
  • Know, enforce, and follow all safety guidelines and emergency procedures both on and off-campus
  • Understand and follow all policies and procedures outlined in the GSP Educator Handbook


  • Experience in educational programming for teens, preferred (e.g., teaching, summer program, after-school programs, outdoor/adventure programs)
  • Strong organizational and group/classroom management skills
  • First-Aid trained or certified, imperative. (Basic training acceptable)
  • Three years of full-time work experience, (advantageous)
  • Previous experience as a GSP educator, (advantageous)
  • BUILD certification but not necessary (advantageous)
  • Previous experience with ALA's unique Entrepreneurial Leadership curriculum, (advantageous)

Profile of an Ideal Candidate

  • A passion for youth, Africa, global citizenship, entrepreneurship, and/or leadership
  • Creative, energetic group facilitation skills
  • Strong organizational, logistics, and communication skills
  • Flexibility and easily adaptable to changing circumstances
  • Works well within a team environment
  • Able to manage own time and make most of time available for lesson and activity planning
  • Works well under pressure
  • Self-aware and knows own limitations
  • Engages others and able to ask questions and seek the help and advice from others
  • Excited about learning and shows willingness to try new things that might not be personal strengths
  • High energy, enthusiasm and a great sense of humour
  • Experience delivering entrepreneurship or student leadership curricula a plus

Physical Demands

GSP is physically demanding. The hours are long and the season takes place at a fast pace. Educators must have the ability to lead and participate in program activities which may include, but are not limited to, hiking/walking, service activities, team-building initiatives, and physical games and sports.

Application Closing Date: 28th February 2023

Location: ALA Campus, Johannesburg, South Africa

Stipend: 3000 zar or its USD equivalent for GSP Explore and 4500 zar or its USD equivalent. ALA will also provide the cost of return flight tickets for alumni on the continent only.

Direct Supervisor: Session Director/s

Other Reporting lines: Head of Short Programs

Start Date: Multiple Start Dates (NOTE: All Educators are required to attend a 5 day Educator Orientation & Training prior to the start of their chosen session

ALA GSP 2023 Session dates

Engage Africa Session 1: 26th June 2023-13 July 2023 (18 days)

Educator Training: 19th June 2023 to 23rd June 2023

Explore Africa Session 1: 26th June 2023-05th July 2023 (10 days)

Educator Training: 19th June 2023 to 23rd July 2023

Engage Africa Session 2: 17th July 2023 to 03rd August 2023 (18 days)

Educator Training: 10th July 2023 to 14th July 2023

Explore Africa Session 2: 17th July 2023 to 26th July 2023

Educator Training: 10th July 2023 to 14th July 2023

Engage Africa Session 3: 31st July 2023 to 17th August 2023

Educator Training: 24th July 2023 to 28th July 2023

Explore Africa Session 3: 31st July 2023 to 09th August 2023

Educator Training: 24th July 2023 to 28th July 2023