Thursday, February 11, 2016

Graduating in May? Speak Arabic or French? Like Working with Teens? Fancy a Summer in Morocco?

Legacy's Arabic Language Institute (Morocco) - Resident Advisor / Trip Leader

Legacy International's Arabic Language Institute offers both summer programs for high school students AND academic year programs for students who recently graduated from high school. Both offer US students the opportunity to increase their knowledge of Arabic while exploring Moroccan culture. It is interactive, academic, and culturally diverse, exposing the students to many facets of Moroccan life. (Legacy's ALI program is part of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. )
Legacy International is currently seeking three qualified staff to mentor and lead 30 American teens and recent high school graduates during our summer language-culture study program to Morocco. The groups will be based in Marrakesh and Rabat.
Dates: June 8 - July 28, 2016 (This includes staff orientation in Washington, DC and wrap-up, also based in DC.)
Resident Adviser Responsibilities:
  • Responsible for effectively managing the group dynamic and ensuring safety throughout the program, beginning with the pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C. until the group's return to the U.S.
  • In collaboration with Center for Language & Culture (CLC) staff, create a warm, harmonious learning environment for the youths, maintaining standards of health, safety, and program quality consistent with program goals, and offering consistent guidance and discipline as necessary. (CLC is Legacy's partner in
  • Monitor students' academic progress. (May periodically attend Arabic classes. No language instruction is required, but staff do, at times, help with homework.)
  • Closely monitor behavior in host family settings reporting potential problems to CLC staff and Legacy's Program Director.
  • Conduct weekly individual and group debriefs with students to deepen learning and evaluate program effectiveness.
  • Send weekly progress reports to Legacy's ALI Program Director.
  • Travel with the group on all outings.
  • Design and plan recreational activities and short over night excursions periodically throughout the semester in consultation with CLC staff and Project Director.
  • Mentor youths, helping with cultural adjustment and offering behavioral guidance; making sure timely communications with parents have occurred; solving any host family / roommate problems; monitoring cultural and religious needs. Anticipate the needs of the youths. Be proactive. Report problems and adjustments to Legacy's Program Director.
  • Create opportunities for cultural sharing and exchange, and facilitate cross-cultural communication.
  • Oversee evaluation processes and assist with post program activities.
  • Manage a modest travel budget and reconcile balance at the end of trip. Returns all documents to Program Director in a timely manner.


  • Minimum bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.
  • Conversant to fluent Arabic language ability. (Working knowledge of French is also acceptable instead of Arabic, and an asset.)
  • Previous youth work experience, preferably with teens. Proven ability to work with and lead young adult students, preferably in a travel program setting.
  • Previous travel or living in Morocco required.
  • Proven ability to adapt to cultures / settings different from one's own. Preference given to those who have traveled in Arab world.
  • Ability to mentor others and facilitate creative and self-motivated learning. Facile with creating multiple strategies for keeping the group engaged in a long term learning process.
  • Demonstrated practical, working knowledge of: group management, discussion leading, creative/critical thinking, and problem solving.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively with others, including the media and community-at-large, serving as a representative of Legacy International.
  • Receptive to and knowledgeable of delegates' cultural, spiritual, and personal needs.
  • Ability and aptitude to properly administer the group's travel funds, maintaining accurate expenditure record following Legacy's fiscal requirements.
  • First aid and CPR certified (current).
  • Stamina and sound health to work in hot North African climate. (Those hired will be required to submit a current medical history.)
  • U.S. Citizen or authorized to work in the U.S. (green card)

Application instructions

Please send a cover letter/email & resume by April 1, 2016 to: Leila Baz, HR Coordinator: staff@legacyintl.orgPlease note "ALI" in subject line.
Interviews will begin in April, with final hiring decisions made by early May.