July 13 – August 12, 2016

(Dates include staff orientation/planning, program delivery & wrap-up)

The Saudi Young Leaders Exchange Program (SYLEP) is multi-phased leadership experience for 38 Saudi university students (ages 20-25). Phase 1 is a 3-week U.S. based program. Phase 2 involves implementing learning – once the students return to Saudi Arabia, participants carry out an innovative project they design while in the United States.

SYLEP participants will cultivate an entrepreneurial profile through development of workplace and personal effectiveness competencies, in addition to polishing the soft skills necessary for career success. They will also observe how individuals, non-governmental organizations, and businesses address community needs through innovative, joint initiatives.

Over the course of the U.S. program, participants will engage in stimulating trainings and experiences while interacting with dozens of Americans (volunteers, host families, and community leaders). Participants will gain skills in leadership, creative program design, critical thinking, and community engagement while deepening their respect and appreciation for diversity. Participants will divide into subgroups to visit different cities in the mid-Atlantic region, where they will taste U.S. campus life and spend a weekend living with American host families.  Upon their return home, they conduct follow-on projects in their home communities or university campuses, supported by Legacy International.

General Responsibility

The Facilitator / Trip Leader will work as part of a team (4-5) to facilitate a group of 38 Saudi & 6 U.S. university students (“Cultural Ambassadors”) through Legacy’s experiential leadership training. Serves as group facilitator, trainer, mentor and process monitor throughout US program. The incumbent will:

  • Guide Saudi participants as they develop a vision of themselves as leaders and build skills in brainstorming, decision making, creative thinking, and project planning and implementation.
  • Work with US Cultural Ambassadors as they develop skills as culturally-sensitive peer mentors, while enhancing their own entrepreneurial profiles.
  • Inspire participants to continue taking an active role in their home communities and university campuses.

2016 Calendar (Additional planning/orientation may occur in June via phone or Skype)

  • July 13 – 19        Staff Orientation & planning (in Bedford, VA)
  • July 20               Staff Transit to Washington, DC, US students arrive
  • July 21               U.S. Cultural Ambassadors Orientation. Saudi students arrive (Washington, DC)
  • July 22-28           Orientation & Leadership Clinic (Washington, DC)
  • July 29 – Aug 6   Community Immersion (Pittsburgh, PA; Richmond, VA; or Blacksburg, VA)
  • Aug 7 – 11          Innovation Summit (Washington, DC)
  • August 12           Departures & Staff Team Wrap-up
  • August 15 – 19   Documentation & wrap up  (part time, as needed; remote work)

Responsibilities include: collaborating with the Project Director to adapt and deliver curriculum on topics of leadership development, project planning, and workplace competencies to enhance career opportunities. Co-plan and lead debriefs, learning games, “team challenges”, individual and mentoring sessions to assist participants in maximizing their learning. Facilitate interaction within the Saudi group and with US counterparts through formal and informal interactions, site visits, presentations and discussions. Work as part of team in planning and delivering leadership and project planning components. Escort Saudi participants during the “Community Immersion” segment, monitoring and facilitating their learning process, and integrating the US Cultural Ambassadors into the program.


  • Previous experience as a trainer or teacher in: leadership, career readiness and entrepreneurial competencies
  • Previous experience working with college students
  • Proven expertise in developing lesson plans / training sessions
  • Previous experience guiding young adults during travel programs or in community service / volunteer programs preferred.
  • Interest in history and culture of the Middle East. Preference for candidates with previous travel experience in the Middle East.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, keep group on schedule, and make appropriate adjustments as needed
  • Ability to adapt teaching style to a variety of cultural contexts and individual needs
  • Ability to create and manage a harmonious group dynamic
  • Ability to lead and moderate discussions and reflective activities
  • Ability to establish priorities, respond to unanticipated needs, and work under pressure
  • Ability to mentor others and facilitate creative, self-motivated learning
  • Ability to communicate with community-at-large and media if needed
  • Receptive to and knowledgeable of delegates’ cultural, spiritual, and personal needs
  • Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university. (May possess equivalent post-secondary coursework, training, and experience.)
  • Stamina and ability to work long, active hours
  • First aid & CPR certified (Legacy will cover cost of certification if not certified at time of hire.)
  • Minimum age: 26
  • Valid U.S. driver’s license with a good driving record
  • U.S. Citizen or authorized to work in the U.S.

 Specific Responsibilities:

Pre-arrival of Saudi participants

  1. Curriculum planning in collaboration with training team & SYLEP Project Director, including orientation sessions for Saudi participants’ and US Cultural Ambassadors.
  2. Works with SYLEP Project Director to design evaluations for Saudi and US participants
  3. Finalizing logistics and program plans
  4. Familiarizes self with detailed logistical arrangements for entire 3-week U.S. program

During U.S. Program

  1. Maintains thread of program goals, themes, and content throughout the U.S. program, to provide a coherent learning experience for all participants (Saudi & US)
  2. Deliver training and orientation components to Saudi and US participants
  3. Prepare participants for various site visits, speaker panels, meetings and transitions
  4. Monitor and guide group dynamic, maximizing everyone’s strengths and promoting equal opportunity for leadership
  5. Conduct end-of-day reflection and debriefs, recognizing achievements and lessons learned
  6. Plan and deliver sessions relating to follow-on project development & leadership.
  7. Reviews and adjusts daily logistical arrangements, identifies supply needs, etc. as needed, (with SYLEP Logistics Coordinator)
  8. Mentors participants (Saudi & US):  a) helps with cultural adjustment and behavioral guidance; b) Monitors roommate or host family experience, referring issues to appropriate person; c) Monitors language, cultural, and religious needs
  9. Serves as driver for participants in rental car as needed
  10. Able to assist with assorted tasks as needed, (i.e. word-processing, copying, phone calls)
  11. Documents evaluation summary of Community Immersion and prepares evaluation summary of overall U.S. program. Participates in evaluation session with entire SYLEP team

 Essential Functions

  1. Ability to effectively communicate with participants and staff, and to provide necessary mentoring.
  2. Auditory, visual and ambulatory ability to identify and appropriately respond to environmental and other hazards that may affect the group.
  3. Cognitive ability and experience to help delegates maximize personal, professional and experiential learning.
  4. Ability and stamina to maintain a 10-14 hour day with a group ranging in size from 14-45 participants.
  5. Cognitive ability to plan and conduct activity to achieve participant development objectives.
  6. Ability to observe and assess participant behavior, enforce appropriate safety guidelines and emergency procedures, and provide guidance and discipline as needed.
  7. Ability to operate essential office equipment needed to carry out responsibilities (i.e. telephone, computer, photocopy machine)

Terms: Salary negotiable and based on experience (typically starts at approximately $2300 for the four week period). Accommodations and meals will be provided by Legacy International. (As this is a temporary position, this person is not eligible for health care or leave benefits.)

Application deadline: May 23, 2016

Send cover letter & resume (noting “SYLEP” in subject line) to: Leila Baz, HR Coordinator; staff@legacyintl.org; Fax: 540-297-1860