Can you believe that the hiring rate for Global Leadership Adventures (GLA) International Directors this year was lower than the acceptance rate at such prestigious universities as Berkeley and Cornell?
That’s right, our selection process is so competitive that hundreds of applications were received at a hiring rate of only 14%!
Why is this process so competitive? It is largely due to the fact that we look for only the best and the brightest to lead GLA students on our life-changing service-learning programs overseas.
For this reason, Directors go through an extremely meticulous hiring process that includes:
Four rounds of interviews with different staff members to gauge the candidates’ teaching philosophy, experience facilitating students and overall commitment to GLA’s mission
A series of scenario-based activities to better understand each candidates’ approach to safety and ability to enable group dynamics
Validation of certifications including Wilderness First Responder, First Aid and CPR certifications
An extensive mandatory background check to ensure suitability for working with teens
After each individual is approved by our Executive Director, Andrew Motiwalla, successful candidates are carefully placed in their respective countries for a summer of meaningful service alongside our students.
The preparation doesn’t end there. All Directors are invited to our Headquarters in San Diego for a 3-day Staff Training event. This year’s training event reaffirmed our thorough hiring process. Our current group of directors is committed to working together with their own creative styles to run the absolute best programs possible.
Photo: Orlando Arizandietar, Guatemala Director