Outdoor/Adventure Education Internship

Do you love to learn? Are you passionate about working with youth in the outdoors? Do you want to participate in the creation of the school of the future? Our Dream School is seeking an outdoor/adventure education intern to help us develop highly impactful outdoor learning experiences for our youth programs.

Our Dream School’s mission is create a paradigm shift in learning worldwide. We are creating a new school model that empowers happy, lifelong learners, and is responsive to the needs and preferences of today’s and future generations.

We see outdoor education as an incredible way to help our learners build self­-confidence, become more responsible, develop a love of the Earth, and learn a wide variety of skills. You will play a vital role as our outdoor education intern with our first cohorts of youth, ages 10­-18. Working with a small, high­-powered team of expert learning guides, you will design, coordinate, and execute outdoor learning programs.

This is a startup! So we are looking for someone who is collaborative, communicates well, understands the importance of strong personal relationships and who thrives in a fast­paced, innovative and agile environment.

Key Tasks:

This is a non­-static, hands­-on internship. Some of your responsibilities will include:

  • Developing activities that can be done both in town in preparation for outdoor experiences as well as activities to be done in the outdoors. These activities will focus on: team building, socio­-emotional skills, and self­-awareness.
  • Identify low­-cost or free outdoor opportunities
  • Plan and co­-facilitate local daylong outdoor adventures
  • Plan and co­-facilitate weeklong wilderness excursions
  • Help develop partnerships with gear providers
  • Create budget proposals for all outdoor programs
  • Create a small outdoor committee with learners and Involve them actively in the planning process

Ideal Profile:

  • Ability to quickly connect and build trust with both our youth and our team.
  • Technical skills in outdoor education such as: climbing, randonneuring, canyoning, kayaking, etc.
  • Experience supporting youth: guiding, coaching, facilitating, mentoring, counseling, tutoring, etc. At the core of all of these is the capacity to build strong, positive relationships, and to identify what role you need to play for each youth.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in English (Spanish a plus)
  • Ability to work collaboratively and creatively in a fast­-paced, agile environment
  • You are ready to learn from failure, embrace an iterative process and you understand that success comes sooner with trial and error.
  • You are flexible and open­-minded, especially working in a startup environment. Successful candidates are optimistic, generative, and open to new ideas and ways of working.

The internship is unpaid but you will gain valuable experience for your CV through working on a wide variety of tasks and through ongoing coaching, giving you the chance to improve both your professional and personal skills. As Our Dream School is still in startup mode, you will have greater responsibility than in other internships and you will have the chance to make a real impact in the lives of our learners and in the development of a model that will impact youth worldwide. The Our Dream School model is based on rapid scalability. An internship with us will certainly make you look like a more attractive candidate to fill positions as we quickly grow worldwide. We also provide assistance in applying for grants like Erasmus+.

Time engagement: 20 hours per week (longer during multi­-day outdoor trips)
Length of the internship: 6­-9 months
Application period: July 15­-September 1
Interviews: September 3­-7
Start date: Flexible start date through September/early October

Please send us your CV and a 2­-3 minute video that describes A) why you are interested B) why you would be good in the role C) your vision for outdoor programming at Our Dream School. Feel free to email us with any questions you have that will help you answer these questions. Send applications to devin@ourdream.school.