Faculty/Staff Information


Current Application Cycle Deadline: January 31st

The Office of Service-Learning utilizes graduate teaching assistants, staff, and faculty members to serve as Program Leaders for our short-term Global Service Programs. As a program leader, you are encouraged to contribute your academic and professional expertise while playing an integral role in the day-to-day operations of our programs for the duration of your stay in-country. During this time, you will facilitate student service opportunities, helping them develop a sense of global citizenship through immersion in situations that involve interacting with community residents while carrying out projects intended to benefit the community.

Benefits of Participation

Program leaders may experience numerous benefits through participation in a Global Service program, such as:

  • Ability to enrich your professional career through leadership and service
  • Opportunity to create or strengthen your international contacts while engaging in community development
  • Option to gain experiences, materials, and information to add international elements to your campus curriculum
  • Possibility to incorporate your research interests into program abroad
  • Assisting with exciting, hands-on experience for students
  • TRAVEL!!

Participation Expectations

  • Commit to participate in a program abroad for a minimum of two weeks
  • Commit to participate for two consecutive years
  • Assist with marketing and recruitment of students
  • Assist with student selection after applications submitted
  • Communicate program information to students selected for your chosen program
  • Attend student pre-departure seminar facilitated by the Office of Service-Learning (OSL). Seminars held once a week beginning after Spring Break and lasting for six – eight weeks
  • Attend any pre-departure meetings with OSL Staff to review course expectations, syllabi, and other travel considerations
  • Complete any paperwork required by MU, the Office of Service-Learning, and the International Center
  • Attend International Center’s Program Director Health and Safety Workshop
  • Facilitate cultural immersion and critical dialogue about living and serving abroad with students while in-country through activities and bi-weekly reflection sessions
  • Serve as a liaison between students and host organization with regards to questions and/or concerns with living conditions, service placements, and other issues as needed
  • Serve as a liaison between students and service sites with regards to questions and/or concerns with work conditions and other issues as needed
  • Attend all meetings, group meals, and excursions with students while in-country
  • Visit all service sites while in-country
  • Supervise students and participate in daily activities at the service sites
  • Establish due dates for in-country assignments; Grade assignments according to the rubrics provided in the syllabus
  • Submit grades to Canvas before deadline
  • In conjunction with host organization, respond to any emergency situations that arise
  • Maintain communication with OSL Staff while abroad
  • Participate in any scheduled program debriefing sessions
  • Complete any program evaluations provided
  • Attend any scheduled student events
  • Assist with marketing and recruitment for following summer program

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior teaching experience
  • Prior travel experience
  • Prior service experience and a dedication to the goals of global service
  • Ability to facilitate dialogues with students about issues of race, ethnicity, religion, history, politics, and other topics that may arise during the program
  • Flexibility with regards possible last minute changes to service placements and other program specifics
  • Ability to work with students and engage them in conversation about meeting their personal and professional goals while in-country
  • Openness to learning new ways of living
  • Ability to manage expectations (students and faculty) with regards in-country amenities, cultural and work experiences, and academic requirements
  • Ability to serve abroad from two to four weeks on a program. Please indicate on your application the number of weeks you wish to participate

Program Options/Locations

Summer 2020 and Winter 2021
  • Costa Rica: Montezuma
    • Program dates: Winter 2020/2021
    • Leader prerequisite: Spanish fluency
    • Service options: environmental cleanup and education, turtle hatchery management, and community cleanup projects
  • Thailand: Bangkok and Bo Kluea
    • Program dates: Winter 2020/2021
    • Service options: Working with indigenous people. Teaching English as a second language, Communications, Tourism, Agriculture, Health.
  • Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City
    • Program dates: Winter 2020/2021
    • Service options: Education, Youth, health, children with disabilities.
  • Peru:Cusco
    • Program dates: Summer 2020
    • Leader prerequisite: Spanish fluency
    • Service options: Education, Public Health.
  • Ghana: Kopeyia
    • Program dates: Summer 2020
    • Service options: education, health education/ community & economic development
  • Ireland: Galway
    • Program dates: Summer 2020
    • Service options: education, social justice/human rights issues (Travelers; LGBTQ), elderly care, working with troubled youth

  • Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City and Cu Chi
    • Program dates: Winter 2020/2021 and Summer 2020
    • Service options: Education, Youth, health, children with disabilities.



As a program leader, you will be compensated for your time abroad. The compensation includes the following:

  • Airfare
  • Immunizations (as required)
  • Visas (as required)
  • Small stipend
  • Accommodations
  • Meals or funds to cover meals
  • Local transportation costs
  • Other academic program expenses (entrance fees, supplies, etc.)

Application Process

To be considered for the 2020/2021 Academic Year programs, please click “Apply Now”Application for Summer Programs is January 31st

Program Leader Timeline

  • October: Marketing & promotion of programs
  • November 2019: Student Pre-departure classes for Winter 2020
  • December – February 2020: Marketing & promotion of programs for summer 2020
  • March/April 2020: Student Pre-departure classes Summer 2020
  • May – August 2020: Lead Summer program abroad (based on program dates)

More Information

For more information, contact Global Service staff: globalservice@missouri.edu in the Office of Service-Learning.