Rustic Pathways International Business Development Rotational Program

Location: (Multiple states)Department: Global Sales
Type: Full TimeMin. Experience: Entry Level

About the Company

Rustic Pathways is a student travel organization offering the world’s finest experiential education, community service, foreign language, and adventure programs. Our experiences range from kava ceremonies in Fiji to rainforest canopies of Costa Rica, from rural Tanzanian villages to the Great Barrier Reef, and many places in between. We provide superior quality travel and service in some of the most welcoming countries for students around the world. Rustic Pathways demands professionalism and integrity across all of our operations, insists on quality in all aspects of our programs, and places strong emphasis on the safety and well-being of our students and staff. We empower students through innovative and responsible travel experiences to positively impact lives and communities around the world.

About the Position

Are you high energy, ambitious, engaging, and flexible? Are you looking for a job where you can learn and grow, while having a tangible impact on company success and the communities you work in?

Rustic Pathways is recruiting candidates for a two year rotational program. The program is designed to support our three core areas of business – Sales, Business Operations, and Programming – while providing recent college graduates with an opportunity to explore different career paths and build professional skills within a global, mission-driven company.

The position will rotate through set modules each year, meeting the business need of the company while building upon your professional skills and abilities. You can expect your year to look like:

Year 1

  • October – December: Training, Skills, Program Knowledge, and Territory Familiarization
  • January – April: Outside Sales, Brand Ambassadorship, and Community Building
  • May: Projects and Program Training
  • June – August: Programming Support
  • September: Inside Sales

Year 2

  • October – December: Projects, Client Presentations
  • January – April: Outside Sales, Brand Ambassadorship, and Community Building
  • May: Projects and Program Training
  • June – August: Programming Support
  • September: Inside Sales & Rotational Program Completion

Upon successful completion of this program, you will have explored different career paths within a global company and developed the skills to pursue the next step in your professional journey, whether within Rustic Pathways or outside the organization, as an excellent manager of your own work and career development.

Responsibilities

General

  • Embody Rustic Pathways mission, vision, and values
  • Represent the company as a respectful and knowledgeable ambassador of our teams around the world
  • Act as a role model and mentor to students
  • Employ your creativity and intellect to find new opportunities for company growth
  • Regularly take advantage of the opportunity to participate in initiatives and activities of other teams including inside sales, group travel sales, marketing, personal travel advisors, administration, finance, program operations, shipping & logistics, and human resources

Outside Sales, Brand Ambassadorship, & Community Building Module

  • Generate excitement and conversation about Rustic Pathways at every opportunity by leveraging your energy, enthusiasm, knowledge, and passion for student travel
  • Build community centered around travel and experiential learning for student, parent, and teacher audiences
  • Perform professional presentations, generate leads, and distribute literature about Rustic Pathways’ offerings at 5+ schools or community groups per week. Visit venues will include schools, fairs, conferences, home visits, or other events
  • Maintain and develop a sales territory and portfolio of schools, organizations, and contacts, including booking meetings and planning events
  • Partner with sales professionals in your region to support revenue generation
  • Learn and leverage platforms to lead to this success, including Salesforce, the Google Suite, Cirrus Insight, and Small Improvements, among others.

Programming Support Module

  • Support summer programming in one (or more) of our 17 countries, as a Program Leader, Global Communications Coordinator, or logistical and administrative support.
  • Create positive and inclusive group dynamics
  • Follow Rustic Pathways’ safety protocols during interactions with students and program activities, including monitoring and managing student well-being, and calm response to issues as they arise
  • Facilitate discussions drawing from your own personal experience and Rustic Pathways Discussion Guides
  • Act as a liaison between Rustic Pathways and our community partners
  • Depending on the destination country, you may be asked to write and send email communications to clients from remote and challenging locations.
  • Depending on the destination country, you may be asked to maintain a Rustic Pathways Instagram account. Must be able to select images, write captions, record videos, and post to the site.
  • Depending on the destination country, you may be asked to take on additional administrative, logistical, or communication responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate responsible leadership, judgment, and ambassadorship of Rustic Pathways in trainings and interactions with students and communities

Projects Module

  • Develop professional skills through assigned or proposed projects to impact sales and other departments
  • Employ your creativity and intellect to find new opportunities for company growth
  • Explore career paths by providing support to Sales, Business Operations, or Programming teams in new or ongoing initiatives
  • Additional responsibilities will vary by project assignment

Am I the Right Fit?

You’re passionate. About a lot of things, but especially about travel. You have cross-cultural experience, and know first-hand the transformational power of experiencing a culture other than your own. No matter how hard you try not to, you always end up telling stories about “that time when you were in…”

You’re energetic. Your energy is magnetic. You love social interaction.You’re just as comfortable talking to a crowd as you are in a one-on-one setting. You love the idea of building community, a movement, around something you believe in.

You’re a high achiever. You haven’t met a challenge you’re not excited to take on. Your friends are headed for investment banking, consulting… more traditional business careers. But that sounds monotonous to your entrepreneurial spirit. What you’re looking for is a job where you can develop and hone transferable professional skills and gain insight into different career paths, while having a tangible impact on a purpose-driven company.

You’re up for an adventure. You’re highly flexible. Change is a way of life – without it, you get bored. You’re excited to travel within your sales territory as you share your passion for student travel with Rustic Pathways. You can’t wait to travel among our 17 countries as you experience our programming. You love the idea of rotating roles and responsibilities as you learn about the inner workings of a growing, successful business.

Qualifications

Years of Experience: 0-2 years of promotions, sales, student leadership, and/or travel experience

Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience with some college.

Requirements:

  • Travel, leadership, and/or education with high school students
  • Professional working proficiency in English. Additional languages are a plus
  • Valid driver’s license and eligibility to work legally in the US or other regions as needed
  • Must be 22 years of age or older by May 30, 2019

Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities :

  • Understanding of the value of experiential education and travel for high school students
  • Patient, enthusiastic, analytical, flexible, and solutions-oriented personality
  • Personal experience in student travel as student or leader, or similar cross-cultural experience
  • Passion for experiential education and travel for high school students
  • Appreciation for diversity in cultures and experiences
  • Eager to learn from colleagues and enjoys open collaboration and teamwork
  • Able to maintain excellence under pressure and ever-changing conditions
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Interested in a fast-paced, rapidly developing role with opportunity for growth and ownership
  • Proficient with Google Suite, and able to rapidly learn and leverage software to meet business expectations

Location & Travel

Your location will change through the year as you move through modules. During the course of the rotational program, you can expect to travel to a minimum of four of our countries of operation, as well as explore varied communities and cultures within your sales territory. You should be excited by the prospect of joining the field team elite, with 75-100% of your time spent traveling or on-site.

Outside Sales, Brand Ambassadorship, and Community Building Module

Experience the road warrior life as you live and work from one (or more) of our Sales Territories.

  • USA, New England
  • USA, New York
  • USA, New Jersey/PA
  • USA, Mid-Atlantic
  • USA, Southeast
  • USA, Midwest
  • USA, Southwest
  • USA, Southern California
  • USA, Northern California
  • USA, Pacific Northwest
  • International, Europe
  • International, Middle East
  • International, Asia
  • International, Latin America

Sales Territory will be assigned based on availability, market demand, and personal preference.

Programming Support Module

Spend three months living and working in one (or more!) of our 17 countries of operation:

  • Australia
  • Cambodia
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic
  • Fiji Islands
  • Laos
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar
  • New Zealand
  • Peru
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • United States
  • Vietnam

Country assignment will be based on availability, your skills, knowledge, and abilities, and personal preference. Depending on your in-country responsibilities, you may live in one centralized location, travel around the country as you lead programs, or a combination of the two.

Projects Module

Depending on the demands of the project, you may spend Project Modules living and working with your cohort at one of our international facilities, or you may have the option to work from your own preferred location.

Timeline

Candidates will be reviewed, and offers made, on a rolling basis. Please submit your application prior to August 20.

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Latin American News Digest Seeking Interns

The Latin American News Digest is seeking qualified students for a limited number of internships for Fall 2018. Because the goal of the Digest is essentially a didactic one, to spread the word about news from Latin America, we feel strongly about providing the opportunity for students to participate in this process. Student writers and researchers contribute to our weekly issues by aggregating and writing summaries of news articles found in Latin American sources. Ideally, internships happen in tandem with an independent study led by a faculty member of the appropriate department, but this is not a requirement. The result is an enriching experience for students who discover a variety of perspectives within the Latin American media. Students are able to identify trends and anomalies in the region, giving them a much greater breadth of knowledge and understanding of the hemisphere in which they live.

Intern responsibilities: 
Interns must be able to write brief aggregations in English that summarize multiple perspectives from newspapers written in Spanish, and sometimes in Portuguese or English. Typically, interns write 1000-1200 words per week (3-4 section articles or News in Brief items). Interns generally work approximately five-six hours per week with most of that work falling on Wednesdays and Thursdays since submissions are due on Fridays. This internship does not require onsite work. Interns work remotely, but need to be readily available via email, cell and skype.

Fall 2018 internships begin on September 1 and end on January 5, 2019. Interns are expected to be available during that time; however, consideration will be given to “breaks” in the schedule if they are arranged with sufficient prior notice.

Intern qualifications:
Interns must possess excellent writing skills in English and advanced reading skills in Spanish.  Ability to read Portuguese is a plus.  Familiarity with Latin American civilization and culture, as well as general current events is highly recommended.  The ability to meet deadlines is essential.

Application process:
Interns should submit a letter of interest as an example of their writing skills to Dr. Jana M. DeJong (jdejong@hsc.edu). The letter should outline the intern’s experience (coursework, travel, etc.) as it pertains to language skills and knowledge of Latin America. The names and contact information for two references must be included.  One of the references must address the applicant’s ability to write in English, while the other should address the applicant’s reading ability in Spanish and/or Portuguese.  One of the references should also speak to the applicant’s familiarity with Latin America. The letter of interest and contact information for two references must be submitted by August 24, 2018.

If you have any questions, please contact wjohngreen@latinamericannewsdigest.com

If you would like to learn more about us, follow this link: https://ejopa.missouristate.edu/index.php/ejournal/article/view/65/7

Spring 2019 Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship Application Open

The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) application cycle to uniquely fund Spring 2019 is open! Please visit the website at: http://fundforeducationabroad.org/applicants/ for information about requirements, scholarship opportunities, and a link to the application.

For the first time ever, FEA will host a dedicated Spring application cycle, only awarding for programs starting in Spring 2019. The application for Spring 2019 will close on September 18 at 12 PM EST.

In addition to offering general scholarship opportunities, FEA has partnered with a number of program providers to identify and fund underrepresented students to go on their programs. In the Spring 2019 application cycle, Access Partners CET Academic Programs, Institute for Study Abroad, and USAC: University Studies Abroad Coalition have available scholarship funding. Other Access Partners, including AIFS, CAPA The Global Education Network, CIEE, The Intern Group, SIT World Learning, and the University of Auckland, may offer additional funding opportunities as well. For a full list of Access Partners, please visit: https://fundforeducationabroad.org/access-partner-scholarships/.

FEA scholarships are awarded with a preference for underrepresented students and those with a demonstrated financial need. Including this year’s recipients, a total of 268 scholars, including minority, first-generation college and community college students, have benefited from over $1.3 million in scholarships granted since FEA’s inception in 2010. In the last FEA application cycle, 93% of the students awarded were of minority backgrounds, and 91% were first-generation college students. Additionally, 32% of scholars have a community college background.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Michelle Foley at mfoley@fundforeducationabroad.org, or at 202-349-7356.

Sustainability in Peru, Info Session 7/26 with Professor Ortega

Sustainability in Peru: Meet Professor Ortega

Join The GREEN Program for an online info session on Thursday, 7/26 at 6:30 PM ET for a first-hand look into Peru’s sustainability practices with GREEN Program Professor, Oscar Ortega.

During the info session, The GREEN Program will be covering everything from: sustainability in Peru, studying abroad in Cusco, Water Resource Management & Sustainable Practices 101: a sneak peek into our course, and more.

For more information and how to RSVP: goo.gl/s3K9uZ

Strait Talk Symposium Invitation 2018 at Brown University

Do you want to learn more about the Taiwan Strait Issue? Are you interested in meeting people from China, Taiwan and the United States? Are you an open-minded individual who is prepared to engage in an intellectually stimulating dialogue with people from all sides of the issue? If you answered “yes” to all three questions, then you are ready to apply to 2018 Brown University Strait Talk Symposium, held at Brown University from Thursday, October 4 to Thursday, October 11, 2018!

Strait Talk is a nonpartisan, youth-run organization that exists to foster peaceful progress on the Taiwan Strait issue through educating, connecting, and empowering young leaders from both sides of the Taiwan Strait and the United States. Currently in its twelfth year, Brown University Strait Talk has brought together more than 250 Chinese, Taiwanese, and Americans to learn about and take action on the cross-Strait issue. The symposium has inspired many delegates to go on to initiate programs and activities that promote a peaceful cross-Strait future in their hometowns and around the world.

The week-long symposium will bring together 15 delegates from Taiwan, the US and China to engage in over 35 hours of constructive dialogue sessions as well as conflict resolution workshops to come up with feasible proposals for a sustainable cross-Strait future. Prominent speakers and professors from different US universities and think tanks will also meet and speak with the delegates and discuss cross-Strait issues in various panels throughout the week. At the end of the week, delegates will have the chance to discuss and present their proposals.

We hope to recruit interested students or young professionals (ages 18-32) to apply as part of the American, Chinese and Taiwanese delegations to the symposium. Application forms and additional information can be found on our website: straittalkbrown.com. Should you have any questions, please feel free to email us at straittalk@brown.edu. The application deadline is August 1, 2018 at 11:59 EST.

BYU Conference on “Religion in the Public Sphere”

The Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) has funding available for the following conference. Please contact is-fellowships@umich.edu if you are interested in attending.

The Wheatley Institution is pleased to announce the 2018 Wheatley Conference on Religion in the Public Sphere. The theme of the conference is “Religious Pluralism in a Secular Age” It will be held from Tuesday, November 6 to Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Aspen Grove, a university-owned lodge and conference center near the Sundance Ski Resort in Provo Canyon.

The conference will bring together students from across the nation for what should prove to be a lively and exciting exchange of ideas. Student delegates will select a roundtable that focuses on a specific aspect of religious pluralism and secularism, and is directed under the leadership of an expert in that field.  Roundtables of 8-10 students are the heart of SCRIPS. In a series of roundtable discussions, delegates will have the opportunity to discuss pre-assigned readings, analyze their subtopic, and develop relevant policy recommendations.  On the final day of the conference delegates will present their roundtable’s recommendations to peers and receive substantive feedback from roundtable chairs.

Spaces for the conference are limited and are given on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you do not already have a registration code, contact us at scrips@byu.edu Once the conference is full they will be unable to admit other delegates.

For information on the conference and to access registration, please visit this link: https://wheatley.byu.edu/2018-wheatley-conference-on-religion-in-the-public-sphere/

NGOabroad – International Humanitarian Work

NGOabroad is a unique service to help people enter or advance in international humanitarian work and provides affordable, custom-fit international internship and volunteer opportunities. What makes NGOabroad unique? The volunteer programs tackle humanity’s challenges: e.g. helping build decent housing for people getting out of the slums in Africa; teaching entrepreneurship to life people out of poverty; helping Syrian refugees; working in and learning about renewable energy. They have great volunteer & internship opportunities for people in International and Comparative Studies in Africa, Asia, Central & South America and the Middle East & North Africa (MENA).

The following is a sampling of potential international volunteer programs suitable for International Studies students:

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & WRITING: MOROCCO – exciting new opportunity. Well suited to people with strong writing skills who can publish advocacy papers on their programs – e.g. how their youth program prevents radical extremism; how their women’s empowerment program impacts Islamic feminism. This is a great placement for learning about participatory approach in community development. Great place to practice your French, Arabic or Berber.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT: PERU – Come help with community development in the Sacred Valley of Peru. Fluent in Spanish? Teach in under-served schools; or assist with nutrition program; grant writing or when they do medical camp.

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT: JORDAN – This is one of the most welcoming placements in Jordan. Work with at-risk youth in refugee camps and throughout the country. Teach leadership skills; vocational & computer skills or teach English. Helpful if you are working on your Arabic, but English also suffices.

SYRIAN REFUGEES: LEBANON – Many people have asked how they can help Syrian refugees.  Run by Syrian refugees themselves, this school system is dynamite! I have never seen kids so excited about learning. Help in Applied Science class/ inventions; robotics; computers; art/graphic design or teach English, the language of the internet.

TUTORING: UGANDA – secondary school. (This is one of our best placements because the director is so, so committed.)
If youth do well on the national exam, they get a scholarship to Makerere, the best university; it is a ticket out of poverty.
So can you tutor in Math, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and/or English (writing, grammar and literature)? We need you!

OUT OF THE SLUMS! UGANDA – From Living in the Slums to Decent Housing. This is another one of our new programs. It has a dynamic director who has lifted himself up by bootstraps now wants to help others out of slums. You are welcome to come make bricks for new homes. Every house will have solar and biogas so if you are interested in renewables, this is a great placement. Or they most urgently need people that can help get the word out about this housing option. So good at advertising, marketing, organizing events, talking to churches, or putting up flyers? We need you!

TRAFFICKING: NEPAL – Sex traffickers prey on young women in rural Nepal that want out of poverty.
Traffickers promise them a job; instead girls are tricked into prostitution and sexual exploitation in India.
Come help in the remote rural villages: teach English & literacy to create another life for these girls. + Need grant writers.

PUBLIC INTEREST LAW -> DEMOCRACY BUILDING: NEPAL – Over the last decade, Nepal has moved from monarchy to Maoist rebels to a shaky democracy.
This organization is doing important work in human rights, environment, anti-corruption + more.
If you have a background in political science or are pre-law or are good at legal research, we need you!

WOMEN: Morocco, Cameroon, Costa Rica & Lebanon – Women in these countries are considered the property of their husband; they have no rights.
Teach women their rights in Uganda, Cameroon, Lebanon or Morocco.
Or work in domestic violence program in Costa Rica.

PEACE BUILDING & JOURNALISM: Israel/ Palestine – Founded by an Israeli and a Palestine journalists, this organization has been devoted for decades to informing regional and international audiences about events, key figures, attitudes and how peace can be forged.

VOCATIONAL SKILLS TO CONGOLESE REFUGEES: Uganda –The elders in this Congolese refugee community decided that their youth really need to learn skills that will earn income. Do you have a practical skill that you can teach? Hair cutting/ dressing? Repairing electrical appliances or electrician? Masonry & construction? Catering & culinary? Bookkeeping? Cell phone repair? What else? We need you!

POPULATION & REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH/ FAMILY PLANNING: Uganda, Ghana & Cameroon – Due to the lack of family planning, more than half of the world’s growth is expected to come from Africa by 2100. One of our directors in Uganda, Ghana and Cameroon have asked for help with family planning, contraception, sexual and reproductive health. The people of the community realize that they would not be so poor if they did not have 10 mouths to feed and 8 children’s school fees to pay. You do not need to be a Public Health student to do this placement, but do need strong background in sexual health.

If you have strong business skills:
MICRO-FINANCE & SMALL ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT: Costa Rica, Ecuador, Rwanda, India & Lebanon

The following 2 placements require that you have your Bachelor’s degree already and strong skills:

HUMAN RIGHTS: Africa – For years, we have had requests for a human rights placement, and I’d say, “Do you mean the detention, the torture or the killing part?” In other words, where there are gross human rights violations, it is usually dangerous to speak up.

We are proud to finally have an excellent (and safe) human rights placement: work on civic education, training people about their rights; electoral and democracy building – emphasizing term limits yo thwart leaders from becoming despots and Presidents-for-Life; criminal justice work  in the prisons or anti- corruption (which is a big deal throughout Africa).

MONGOLIA: Democracy Building, Policy Research & Anti-Corruption – Mongolia is a young democracy. For decades it aligned with Russia to protect it from Chinese domination. When the Soviet Union collapsed, Mongolia was now on its own to build civil society.

This internationally recognized organization is doing important democracy building and anti-corruption work.
a. Help with policy and research –” We need volunteers that can help us learn how to shape questions and analyze data.”
b. Monitor implementation of laws and contracts esp. access to information law and mining contracts because Mongolia is experiencing a mining bonanza
c. Help in conflict of interests; anti-corruption; election monitoring or election finance

NGOabroad also offers career services for people aiming to enter international development work. The following offers excellent experience:

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Rwanda, Peru, Morocco, Tanzania – Aiming to go into international development? These are a great place to get experience. This Rwanda multi-sectoral organization can give experience in Monitoring & Evaluation, income generation/ micro-finance, health and health campaigns, and work with marginalized populations. Tanzania gives great experience in participatory model of community development as does Morocco.
But if you are aiming to go into international development, it may be smart to do Career Consultation to discuss the skills that you need to build because you really need to position yourself. Then we can figure out which placement is best for you

Interested?
Please read NGOabroad website
http://www.ngoabroad.com/
and send answered Questionnaire and resume to:
info@NGOabroad.com

These are volunteer opportunities. Both students & seasoned professionals are needed. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.