As the leader in experiential education in Central America, our team is what drives our mission and inspires leadership and character development in our students. Our organization is comprised of a unique mix of both local Costa Rican and foreign national staff who are not only knowledgeable outdoor educators but also exemplify the culturally competent, global leaders that the Outward Bound educational model strives to instill in its students.
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WHO WE HIRE
IN THE FIELD
We seek qualified, culturally-sensitive outdoor educators to join our team here in Costa Rica. The majority of our full-time foreign national field instructors are alumni of our Outward Leader Semester, which trains students in seven internationally-recognized outdoor certifications as well as in Outward Bound’s holistic approach to experiential education. Visit the program’s course page for more information on how to participate in this training program.
IN THE COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE
The Communications Office is a small, collaborative team responsible for all communications, sales, marketing and customer service tasks organization-wide. Staffers are charged with increasing course participation across all target audiences and ensuring excellent customer service with regard to stakeholder communication from prospective students, to families of students currently on course, to alumni and partners. Positions within the Communications Office are contract-based and range in duration.
We hire summer interns for positions both in our Programming and Communications Offices as well as in the field to support our organization’s high season (June-August).
Alumni of our Outdoor Leader Semester who best exemplify what it takes to become and Outward Bound educator are typically offered a paid internship as a field instructor for Outward Bound Costa Rica’s high season, with the possibility of staying on as a year-round instructor.
Hear the story of three Outdoor Leader Semester alumni who reflect on their course experience and how it led to instructor experience in the field:
Now Hiring 2 Spring/Summer Interns:
Outward Bound Costa Rica Marketing & Media Internship March – August 2017
Our Communications Office is a collaborative team of four full time staff responsible for all communications, sales, marketing and customer service tasks organization-wide. Staffers are charged with increasing course participation across all target audiences and ensuring excellent customer service with regard to stakeholder communication – from prospective students, to families of students currently on course, to alumni and partners.
Role of Marketing & Media Intern We are currently looking for a talented intern to support our Communications team. While some of the time would be spent in the field engaging with students, the majority of the time will be spent in the office, with responsibilities that include but are not limited to: organizing our media database, researching outreach strategies, assisting in the design of marketing materials, producing promotional videos, writing content for our blog, creating press releases, helping with enrollment duties and assisting with student arrivals and departures.
The ideal candidate will have:
• Strong English writing, proofreading and copy editing skills for a variety of media outlets
• Basic Spanish speaking skills
• Cultural sensitivity
• Experience with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Premier & After Effects
• Experience in photography and/or video editing • Demonstrated interest in education and/or study abroad programs
• Experience with WordPress or other content management systems
• Positive attitude & a sense of humor
Outward Bound Costa Rica does not provide any filming or editing equipment, and the intern would be responsible for bringing his or her own gear, computer and software. This would include the following:
• DSLR camera with video capabilities and magnification capabilities
• Video editing software
• Audio equipment (microphone attachment for camera or lapel mic)
• Waterproof casing and equipment
• A monthly stipend covering basic costs such as food and local transportation
• Private bedroom in a furnished, 4 bedroom / 2 bathroom house on our main base (located SE of San Jose in San Ramon de Tres Rios) – all utilities included (water, electricity, phone, cable TV, wireless internet)
• Travelers insurance – Visit WorldNomads.com for more information on their “Explorer Plan” coverage;
• Access to approved Outward Bound Costa Rica course activities & equipment for personal use;
• Use of Manuel Antonio beach base when not working & when approved by the Program Director.
Note: Airfare to and from Costa Rica is NOT included.
Duration of Contract
The contract period is March through August 2017. Actual dates of arrival and departure will be agreed upon at contract signing.
How to Apply
Submit cover letter and resume to Deb Woolley, Director of Marketing & Communications at email@example.com. Specify “Marketing & Media Internship” in the subject line. Be sure to include details on your availability, both for interviews and ultimate start date, as well as how you heard about this job opportunity. No phone calls please.
Communications Intern Duration of Contract: May 2017 – August 2017
The Communications Intern will focus on assisting with final enrollment communication concentrating on Social Media and website posts and updates. June-August is the organization’s high season, during which time approximately 250-350 students (average age: 16) participate in courses ranging from 2 to 7 weeks. The Communications Intern will be responsible for student logistics in addition to PR/Social media communications and other duties as assigned. The following description of duties is not inclusive of all tasks for which the Communications Intern will be responsible:
1. Assist with Public Relations and Marketing Projects There are a variety of ongoing projects that the Communications Intern will lead and/or participate in throughout the duration of his/her experience. These include: organizing and uploading student photos, writing and issuing press releases, contacting local media outlets, copy editing, search engine optimization, and other projects as assigned. Organization skills and marketing experience are essential.
2. Oversee Student Arrivals/Departures Outward Bound Costa Rica personally meets and transports all students to and from the airport to our main base. Due to the fact that all students make individual travel arrangements, this necessitates multiple airport runs per arrival and departure day. The Communications Intern will be primarily responsible for ensuring that these days run smoothly. This includes creating and verifying travel reports, traveling to the airport with drivers, personally greeting all students at the arrivals area and ensuring parents are informed about all students’ safe arrival. This responsibility will necessitate several very early mornings, multiple long days spent at the airport, as well as some weekend days. A cheerful morning demeanor and positive attitude are essential. Spanish proficiency is very useful and preferred.
3. Manage Program Evaluation Efforts The Communications Intern will be in charge of issuing, collecting and compiling all participant evaluations. This will require proficiency in Microsoft Office, organization skills and an interest in market research. Also, the Intern will use Salesforce (CRM platform), though prior experience with this program is not necessary.
4. Support Instructors with Student Supervision Our main base serves as the hub for all Outward Bound Costa Rica courses. At times, students will be on base for transition days, medical issues and/or behavior problems. The Communications Intern may be asked to supervise and engage students in productive activities during these times. An ability to uphold organizational values is vital. Knowledge of basic first aid would be helpful, though is not necessary.
• Monthly stipend for the duration of the internship
• Room and board consisting of a shared room in our Instructor Dorm, utilities, laundry facilities, and use of the international phone
• Basic travel insurance coverage through INS for duration of internship.
• Opportunity to go on Outward Bound Costa Rica courses (selected by the Comm Director) as part of training and for procuring information for marketing materials
• Use of Manuel Antonio beach base when not working and when approved by the Program Director and Comm Director
• Use of Outward Bound Costa Rica gear for personal recreation and/or on course per approval by the Program Director. Intern will be responsible for reimbursing any borrowed gear that is lost or damaged during personal recreation time.
How to Apply
Submit cover letter and resume to Deb Woolley, Director of Marketing & Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org. Specify “Communications Intern” in the subject line. Be sure to include details on your availability, both for interviews and ultimate start date, as well as how you heard about this job opportunity. No phone calls please.
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