The AASD is seeking an Experiential Learning Program Coordinator to assist the EL Program Manager in the development, coordination, and implementation of all programs and activities of the AASD’s EL Department. The Coordinator engages in all aspects of the organization’s EL programs including curriculum design and implementation, logistics and scheduling, recruitment, and execution of follow-up procedures with program participants. This position is for a minimum of 18 months and requires the ability and willingness to work a flexible schedule to accommodate AASD programming including early mornings and weekends as necessary. Learn more below about the organization and the position requirements, as well as how to apply.
The Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development (AASD) is a grassroots non-governmental organization based in the Peruvian Andes that strives to harness the strengths and resiliency of local indigenous communities by connecting them to the tools they need to create sustainable development initiatives. We collaborate with rural, indigenous communities and socially responsible entities to create a positive, lasting environment that supports human development and a healthy future.
Through experiential learning programs, the AASD utilizes the knowledge of students, faculty, and academia to support these initiatives, providing communities with both skilled experience and financial resources. We foster long-term relationships between the communities and educational groups to create replicable models of sustainable development founded on local strengths and innovative academic methods. This empowers Andean communities to drive their own development and students to engage in a deep learning experience.
Experiential Learning (EL) Programs Overview
As an organization founded by graduate students, we understand first-hand that students seek opportunities to integrate impactful field experiences into their education. Our EL programs employ learning models that challenge conventional approaches to international education and rural community development. Each program is designed to be relevant to ongoing community development initiatives. Program participants come to Peru and work directly with local community actors to create real products aimed at improving local programs or policy while also experiencing a cross-cultural exchange.
Our EL programs offer students of all ages a transformational learning experience that takes them out of their comfort zone. They provide students the opportunity to apply their education in the field, discover their personal strengths and weaknesses, and learn from the knowledge and culture of traditional, indigenous communities of the Peruvian Andes.
Key Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
• Direct outreach and recruitment for EL programs, review candidate applications and coordinate and lead candidate interviews
• Communicate program-specific information, policies, and procedures with program participants prior to and throughout program implementation
• Recruit and train host families as needed to prepare them for student groups or individual students participating in homestay programs
• Coordinate logistics for all program activities including transportation, lodging, meals, and site visits and activities
• Create and update training manuals for staff and participants and administer program orientation for each student group as needed
• Implement and facilitate program curriculum and activities as needed
• Maintain relations with local organizations and service providers involved in program activities
• Design and implement systems to monitor and evaluate programs to capitalize on successes and discern areas in need of improvement
• Provide general program support to the EL Program Manager and collaborate on AASD programs as needed
• Bachelor’s Degree in related field, Master’s Degree preferred, or equivalent to a minimum of 2 years experience in field work overseas, preferably in Latin America
• Conversational level of Spanish
• Ability to work and interact well with individuals from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds in a culturally diverse environment
• Knowledge of sustainable agriculture techniques and practices
• Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
• Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to develop and maintain systems and processes
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including comfort presenting in front of groups and customer service orientation to respond to participant inquiries
• Knowledge of basic finance, budgeting, and accounting practices
• Strong computer skills specifically in Microsoft Office Suite applications
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