Princeton Bridge Year On-Site Director Position in Dakar, Senegal

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By Christina Rivera Cogswell ( on Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 3:57 pm: Edit Post

Princeton Bridge Year On-Site Director Position in Dakar, Senegal

Where There Be Dragons is immediately seeking applicants to fill the position of: Bridge Year SENEGAL On-Site Director - a program in partnership with Princeton University. You can find a summary of the Princeton Bridge Year Program at: and a detailed country-specific program overview below:

Bridge Year Senegal: senegal/

The Bridge Year Senegal program is a 9-month service-focused program with seven participants. The students are all incoming Princeton students, aged 18-19, who apply and proceed through a rigorous selection process (through Princeton), to be awarded a tuition-free year of living abroad with a focus on community service and cultural immersion (with language study playing a key role in accomplishing these goals). As the Bridge Year Senegal On-SiteDirector, you'd be supported by a full-time On-Site Local Coordinator, seasonal Western Instructor Support, local language teachers and program staff, as well as the Dragons & Princeton Administrative offices for student group, programming, and incident management. The majority (7-months) of the program takes place in Dakar, Senegal - with some extended rural service projects and shorter weekend excursions.

Applicants should have a well-demonstrated dedication, passion, skill set and understanding of Senegal. We empower our OSD to use his/her own in-country resources, contacts, and relationships because we believe that it is the creativity and vision of our instructors that make Dragons programs the most unique and highest-quality learning experiences in the field of international experiential education. Dragons instructors set the industry standard: They are committed educators who are intent on facilitating the deepest of personal learning, reflection and growth through the most meaningful cross-cultural experiences.

Job Title: Bridge Year Senegal On-Site Director

Job Location: Dakar, Senegal

While we don't expect that every applicant will meet all of the below criteria, the ideal candidate will:

Demonstrate unique in-country experience, regional fluency and strong contacts/relationships in Senegal (please speak to this in your cover letter or application)

Demonstrate foreign language skills relevant to the program area (French, Wolof, Pulaar)

Demonstrate experience leading groups and/or working with adolescents.

Demonstrate a dedication to the field of teaching and ability to educate the whole student.

Exhibit significant experience in a relevant field (i.e. education, guiding, development work, service learning, non-profit sector, etc).

Possess a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) or Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) certification.

Have an understanding of risk management and navigation of challenging environments within the developing world.

Be capable of instructing a safe, educational, dynamic and engaging course.

Have an interest in committing to a *2-year, 10-month (per year) contract for the academic years 2013-14 and 2014-15.

Be available to visit the current program in-country between now and May 31st, 2013 in order to meet with the current OSD and be briefed on program element management.

Be able to attend Where There Be Dragons All-Staff Orientation & Training, June 15th-25th, 2013.

Additional Details: Annual contract would begin on August 1st, 2013 and includes an On-Site Directors Orientation and Student Orientation on Princeton Campus beginning August 20th. In addition to an annual salary, the position includes two weeks of paid vacation, a vacation flight stipend, and a monthly in-country living stipend. We hope to fill the position between 3/1-5/1. Accepting applications beginning 2/15.
To apply please:

1. Read through Dragons website & review the Princeton Bridge Year Senegal Program Overview.

2. Submit your application & resume/CV via Dragons website indicating, specifically, your interest in being considered for the Princeton Bridge Year program OR send a letter of interest and current resume to:

If you have any other specific questions or would like more information, please feel free to email me directly. If you know someone perfect for the position, PLEASE feel free to forward this job advertisement to any appropriate list serves or persons.

Thank you!

Christina Rivera Cogswell
Bridge Year Programs Director
Dragons International Experiential Education Programs

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