Summer Jobs

Abbey Road is seeking highly qualified, energetic, dynamic and dedicated individuals to complete our summer staff and faculty.
Experience is the teacher of all things.
ALBERT EINSTEIN

These teams will lead our summer language immersion and pre-college programs for high school students in Spain, France, Italy, Greece, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and other countries. We continually screen candidates for all positions: Instructors, Program Directors, Program Coordinators, and Resident Advisors. Our summer faculty and staff are outstanding high school teachers, university instructors, graduate students, and highly qualified college graduates. It is important that those interested in a summer staff position with Abbey Road possess genuine interest in working with teenage students, in mentoring, educating, and fostering cultural immersion, in using their own creative abilities to shape exciting programming (such as academic or artistic workshops, cultural events, recreational sports, travel excursions, and more), as well as in cooperating with other team members. We look forward to reviewing your application!

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Review our website to gain a clear and thorough understanding of our mission and operations.

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Review the information on this page, especially the job descriptions, to gain a clear and thorough understanding of requirements and qualifications BEFORE applying.

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After you have carefully reviewed the information below, please fill out the online Summer Staff Application. Please do not submit or attach any unsolicited information (e.g. resumes).

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We will email those candidates who are selected for the first interview. Bear in mind that our staffing needs may change prior to and during the summer. We will keep your information on file and we may contact you at a later
time should a position become available.

Since we receive several hundred applications each year, it is essential that you meticulously follow the application procedure, as outlined above; that you submit the exact amount of requested information, no more, no less; and that you not contact us unless we ask you to do so or unless absolutely necessary. Specifically, please do not inquire about the status of your application. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Applications are now accepted for the upcoming summer!

Open Positions

  • Program Directors

    Abbey Road is seeking strong and experienced leaders to serve as Program Directors of our international and domestic programs.  The Program Director oversees the overall operation of the program, manages the program staff, and serves as the primary liaison with the parents, local partner school and local host families.

    Responsibilities

    • Oversee the planning, coordination and execution of the program, including academic, recreational, social components and,
      most importantly, student safety.
    • Oversee the entire academic process. Serve as primary liaison with the local partner school if applicable. Work closely with instructors to monitor the overall academic process and student progress. Directors are responsible for conducting student observations and student evaluations.
    • Serve as primary liaison with the local host families if applicable. The Director oversees the family placements, maintains close contact with the homestay families, and addresses student and parent concerns
    • Manage and evaluate the program staff.
    • Ensure the safety of students and staff at all times and enforce program rules and discipline

    Qualifications

    • Advanced fluency in the target language
    • 5+ years teaching or administering educational programs
    • 3+ years leading educational travel programs for teenage students, such as study abroad or summer programs
    • Demonstrated ability to manage and lead a team

    Benefits and Compensation

    • Lodging: throughout the actual term of employment
    • Airfare: group flight from JFK airport to the program site
    • Salary and discretionary, performance based bonus
  • Program Coordinators

    Abbey Road is seeking individuals with outstanding organizational and logistical skills to work as Program Coordinators and play a central role in thoughtfully planning and perfectly executing a program calendar full of travel, social, cultural, and recreational activities.

    Responsibilities

    • Plan and manage the master calendar for the program – including travel itineraries, academics, excursions, meals, day trips and other
      activities
    • Communicate the calendar and all relevant details to staff and students
    • Coordinate final arrangements for morning classes, afternoon and evening activities, weekend excursions, and the travel extension. This includes buying tickets, making and confirming reservations, planning itineraries, creating rooming lists, and coordinating all related lodging, transport, food, finances and other details
    • Manage the budget and all money-related issues. Responsible for collecting and itemizing all receipts, tracking expenses and maintaining the budget file on a daily basis

    Qualifications

    • Advanced proficiency in the target language
    • Outstanding organizational and logistical skills, energy, initiative,
      resourcefulness and attention to detail
    • 2+ years working with student travel or study abroad programs. Previous experience as a Resident Advisor or a Group Leader on a study abroad program would prove highly valuable
    • Experience working with student organizations, planning events and activities.

    Benefits and Compensation

    • Lodging: throughout the actual term of employment
    • Airfare: group flight from JFK airport to the program site
    • Salary and discretionary, performance-based bonus
  • Instructors

    Abbey Road is seeking dynamic individuals with strong academic and teaching credentials to serve as Instructors. Subjects include foreign languages (French,
    Spanish, Italian), Art History, History, Studio Art, International Relations, Business, Photography, Design etc. Instructors have an important role in shaping and executing the academic curriculum. They work with the rest of  program staff and share the responsibility for student supervision, mentoring and leading program activities.

    Responsibilities

    • Create lesson plans based on the Experiential Learning Method and research the host community to determine locations for on-site lessons and class discussions
    • Provide instruction for all regularly scheduled classes and extra tutoring when necessary
    • Evaluate and grade students in a timely manner. Provide each student with written comments and documentation of his or her grade at the mid-point and the end of the program
    • Communicate with the Program Director about any student issues in the classroom or regarding the program in general
    • Initiate, organize, and supervise students during various program activities and events, such as travel, excursions, recreation, cultural events, evening outings, etc.

    Qualifications

    • Advanced fluency in the target language, if applicable
    • 5+ years of teaching experience
    • Strong academic credentials
    • Ability to inspire and share your passion for the subject matter
      with your students
    • Ability to teach interactively, experientially, using innovative
      ideas and methods

    Benefits and Compensation

    • Lodging: throughout the actual term of employment
    • Airfare: group flight from JFK airport to the program site
    • Salary and discretionary, performance-based bonus
  • Resident Advisors

    Abbey Road is seeking highly energetic, well-rounded, safety conscious and caring individuals to serve as Resident Advisors. The primary role of the RA is to supervise and mentor the students during their summer abroad experience, to ensure their safety and encourage their academic and
    personal growth.

    Responsibilities

    • Initiate, organize, execute, and supervise students during various program activities and events, such as travel, excursions, recreation, cultural events, evening outings, etc.
    • Ensure the safety and well-being of the students at all times while enforcing programs rules and discipline
    • Assist with the overall coordination and management of the program, including various administrative and logistical tasks, communications and transport; this may include driving
    • Provide general guidance, support, and mentorship to the students
    • Respond to unforeseen circumstances and emergencies while also supporting fellow staff members

    Qualifications

    • Strong proficiency in the target language
    • Experience working with young adults; examples include volunteering with youth programs, tutoring or mentoring or serving as an RA in a college dormitory
    • Experience traveling abroad, especially in the country of potential employment.
    • Demonstrated leadership, communication, and organizational skills
    • Demonstrated ability to lead recreational, cultural, athletic and
      other activities

    Benefits and Compensation

    • Lodging: throughout the actual term of employment
    • Airfare: group flight from JFK airport to the program site
    • Salary and discretionary, performance-based bonus
  • Year Round Jobs

    If you are passionate about study abroad and international education, and if you want to share your passion with students in your town, region and beyond, consider applying for a Student Admissions position with Abbey Road. This position will give you an opportunity to talk to students, parents and educators about your study abroad experiences; answer their questions about our programs; travel, network, and promote our academic programs.

    Student Admissions Representative

    This is NOT a generic sales position. We are looking for people who are enthusiastic, energetic, passionate about international education, who are able to speak with authority and inspiration about study abroad and other academic programs.

    To apply, send your resume to [email protected], with your name and “Student Admissions Representative” in the subject heading.

General Qualifications

We do not offer our staff members paid vacations; the vacation is for our students, the work is for us. We demand the highest standards of organization, academic excellence, safety consciousness, and professionalism from all our staff members. These standards are never compromised – the safety and education of our students are always our top priority.

  • Prior work experience with educational, travel, residential or other programs for teenage students, such as school, study abroad or summer programs. Examples include such positions as Teacher, Counselor, Educational Administrator, Program or Travel Coordinator, Group Leader, or Camp Counselor.
  • Prior work experience, study or travel in the country of destination (i.e. Spain, France, Italy, Greece or Canada). Examples include travel and participation in student exchange, study abroad or homestay programs.
  • Strong proficiency in the target language (i.e. French, Spanish, Italian or Greek) for our language immersion program. You should be able to interview in the target language if necessary. For other programs, a working knowledge of
    the target language is required.
  • Great self-motivation, dedication, energy, patience, and genuine love of working with teenage students. We need people who are reliable, responsible, serious, professional, and who can be trusted with the safety and well being of our students.
  • Applicants must hold a college degree by the time of employment.

Summer Job Faqs

  • How do I apply?

    You can submit your online application here.

  • Who are typical staff members?

    Our summer faculty and staff are outstanding high school teachers, university instructors, graduate students and highly qualified college graduates. Staff positions are best suited for dynamic individuals with a passion for education, travel and working with young adults. Because our programs have a serious academic component, we look for academic credentials and experience with educational programs.

  • What are the age requirements for AR staff members?

    While we do not have age requirements, applicants must hold a college degree by the time of employment. Typically, our summer staff and faculty are outstanding university-level instructors or professors, high school teachers and graduate students. We will gladly accept applications from all qualified individuals.

  • How big are the staff teams for each program?

    The number of staff members per program varies by the number of enrolled students. Normally each program will have one Program Director, one Program Coordinator, and one Instructor/RA for each 8-10 students. Overall, we maintain a staff to student ratio of approximately 1:7.

  • Is any training provided?

    Yes. We believe that good training is essential for making our staff more knowledgeable about our operations and safety procedures as well as for creating staff camaraderie and cohesion. Each staff member will receive the staff manual, the program calendar, the
    program set up file, program contacts, maps, and other important information to help prepare for the summer. All new staff will also participate in online training and on-site training upon arrival to the program site.

  • What kind of housing is provided for staff members?

    Staff members will live together in an apartment or university residence and will typically share a double room with another staff member of the same gender.

  • What is the work schedule like?

    Our summer staff work schedule differs from that of a regular “9 to 5″ job as it is much more demanding. Our staff members are always teaching, supervising, participating, and interacting with the students regardless of position, and they are on-call at all times. The work schedule demands great energy, a positive attitude, flexibility, organization, coordination, discipline and self-motivation.

    A typical weekday morning starts with a staff meeting at 8:30am, followed by morning and afternoon classes, position-specific duties and general errands. After dinner, the workday continues with the organization and supervision of the evening activities. Ensuring the safety of the students during evening hours and their safe return to their residence at a designated time is essential. Curfew is typically between 11 and 12 am, and staff must be available until all students are checked-in before they may retire for the evening. Occasionally, late night events or emergencies may require staff members to stay on duty until unusually late hours.

  • How much personal time is provided?

    Each staff member will typically have two afternoons off per week. In all cases, taking free time must be approved by the Program Director in advance. Free time schedules may be changed and even canceled in the case of unforeseen events, pressing circumstances, compelling interests of the program and students, as well as emergencies.

    Application are now accepted for the upcoming summer