2019-20 DCPS Study Abroad Travel Ambassador Application
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Travel Ambassador for the DCPS Study Abroad program! Please read this entire page before beginning your application. The application should take you approximately 60 minutes to complete. There is no way to save your work, so please ensure you have sufficient time to complete your submission.
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APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 9:00 AM EST

Position Overview

DCPS Travel Ambassadors play a critical role in launching and sustaining DCPS Study Abroad, the district’s first fully-funded travel program for students. DCPS Study Abroad provides educational tours for students and educators to international and domestic locations. Travel Ambassadors serve as school-based liaisons and recruiters for the program. Travel Ambassadors are also assigned to lead a DCPS Study Abroad tour, where they support the implementation of a safe and equitable travel program, aligned with academic content and school experiences. Travel Ambassadors will report to the Manager, Global Programs and liaise with Global Education staff at DCPS' Central Office.

Qualifications

Current DCPS educators or school-based staff at the secondary level with at least two years of teaching or related experience are eligible to apply. Travel Ambassadors must be responsive communicators who regularly check e-mail. Travel Ambassadors should be self-starters, who can work with a team to proactively identify challenges and find solutions. Previous international travel/work experience and strong intercultural communication skills highly desired. Before applying, Travel Ambassadors should verify their availability for travel between June 20 - July 12, 2020.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

▪ Recruit students by identifying eligible and interested applicants, communicating the value of travel to students and families, sharing program requirements and expectations, and tracking participant compliance with pre-departure processes
▪ Maintain open, solutions-oriented, and consistent communication with Central Office to share updates about student preparation pre-departure, flag all incidents and emergencies during travel, support alumni engagement, and deliver timely feedback
▪ Commit to mandatory training sessions and program events, and collaborate with other Travel Ambassadors, with the understanding that events may take place outside of school and business hours (i.e. evenings, weekends) and may require travel
▪ Plan and lead before-, during-, and after-travel sessions and activities to share information, lead reflection activities, and keep students safe and supervised at all times
▪ Be a source of information about study abroad and global education for designated travel group and for other potential travelers/families
▪ Engage and work to retain students in the DCPS Study Abroad program; support and collaborate with other Travel Ambassadors in their efforts to retain and engage students in the program
▪ Abide by and enforce the DCPS Study Abroad Code of Conduct, DCPS policies (including DCPS Travel Directive), vendor requirements, and trip itinerary
▪ Comply with passport, visa, and vaccination requirements required by the U.S. Department of State, Center for Disease Control, and foreign governments
▪ Participate in travel to assigned destination(s) (domestic and/or international), supervising students at all times
▪ Engage and support student alumni

Questions?
Contact study.abroad@dc.gov.

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