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ESL Teacher/Activity Leader YES USA - New York (residential)

Posted By: YES USA <>
Date: Monday, 24 April 2017, at 9:06 p.m.

YES USA in New York specializes in running safe, educational, and cultural Summer Camp program for 12-19 year old students from around the globe. Our students come here to improve their English, take part in our exciting excursion program, and make new friends.

Location: Fordham University Lincoln Center (Midtown Manhattan)

Dates: July 9th – August 5th, 2017 (4 weeks)

Teaching Responsibilities


• To plan and deliver high-quality General English lessons to teenagers, using varied communicative language teaching methods
• To teach 20 academic hours per week (2 x 90 minute sessions per day)
• To ensure that classes start and finish on time (9.15 am – 10.45 am and 11.15 am – 12.45 pm).


• To submit accurate and complete daily records to the Director of Studies: class registers and record of work with a log of activities and resources used
• To submit a weekly progress report as well as an end of course report for each student
• To attend and participate in weekly staff meetings and discussion of academic and welfare matters.
• To assist the Director of Studies on test days (07/10, 07/17, 07/24, 07/31) in proctoring and marking written placement tests and conduct oral tests for new arrivals.

Activity Leader Duties

• To supervise and lead off-site trips and excursions and on-site activities
• To be fully prepared for excursions and activities in advance and have all necessary items ready
• To interact with students and group leaders at all times and ensure their enjoyment
• To act in a professional manner with all of YES USA's agents, clients, students and staff
• To always act as a role model and representative of YES USA
• To give clear explanations and instructions to students and group leaders and keep them well informed at all times
• To provide information about cultural and historic interpretation on organized tours
• To ensure and maintain student discipline, welfare and safety at all times. Act in loco parentis as and when needed
• To deal with all agent/student/University representatives' complaints, issues and suggestions in a positive manner
• To inform the management team about any problems or incidents during an excursion/trip, etc.
• To devise and organize on campus activities (e.g. a spa night, scavenger hunt, etc.)
• To take pictures of students on excursions and on campus and update the social media (Facebook, twitter, etc.)
• To supervise lunch (on campus) and dinner (on campus or excursion site) when on duty and ensure students behave appropriately and clean after themselves. For on campus dinners: to help serving food and then cleaning up the university cafeteria when the school arranges catered dinners on campus.
• To report to the management team that all students are present on site at the end of the evening.
• To check out with the management team at the end of each working day to report any relevant information about teaching/excursion day and return any materials, supplies and or/equipment.

Residential Duties

• To supervise daily breakfast and ensure students behave appropriately and clean after themselves.
• To do the ‘bed check’ routine and ‘lights out’ based on a rotation schedule. Ensure students are safe and quiet. To report to the management team that all students are present on site at the end of the evening
• To be an on-call staff member for overnight student emergencies on a rotation basis.

Arrival and departure days:

• To greet and meet groups/individual students at the airport and accompany them to the campus by a shuttle bus/taxi
• To assist the management team with welcome packs and other preparations for new arrivals
• To welcome new arrivals on the campus and help them to check in
• To entertain new arrivals and make them feel welcome
• To assist or conduct inductions for new arrivals
• To assist students with check outs and do room checks.

• To participate in setting up summer school as well as in the closing down
• To complete additional administrative tasks assigned by the management team
• To suggest improvements and provide feedback to the management team
• To ensure and maintain student discipline, welfare and safety.

Qualifications and Experience:
• All applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher
• CELTA certificate or its equivalent
• Native fluency in English
• Effective written and oral communication skills
• Substantial prior ESL teaching experience and at least 6 months of experience of teaching teenagers.
• Must have legal authorization to work in the United States

• Endless enthusiasm and energy
• Fun and outgoing personality
• Excellent communication skills
• High level of responsibility and authority
• Strong organizational skills
• Independence
• Knowledge of the local area (NYC and around). Staff members must also have strong knowledge of New York City public transportation system and be able to move around the city with a group of students without our step-by-step guidance.
• Strong customer service ethic
• Ability to remain calm under pressure and to always show a positive attitude to clients even when problems and emergencies arise.
• Strong problem-solving skills
• Flexibility in terms of work assignments
• A flexible approach towards working at nights, weekends and holidays

Compensation and benefits

$550 gross per week

Breakfast is provided daily. Lunch and dinner are included when on duty (when you take students out for excursions).

You'll be working from July 9th - August 5th, 2017 doing 5 shifts of teaching per week from 9.15 am till 12.45 pm (from Monday to Friday) and 8 shifts of excursions/activities or admin tasks per week (each shift is 4-5 hours). We currently have 1, 2, 3 and 4-week contracts are available.

On campus housing is provided.

Transportation costs for non-residential staff members leading excursion will only be covered during the excursion. Therefore, transportation costs to get to the school or to go back home after the excursions won’t be covered.

YES USA will require a satisfactory background check before issuing a contract. Successful applicants will be expected to attend an induction session.

How to apply:
Please email us your cover letter and resume at Please include ‘Residential ESL Teacher/Activity Leader’ in the subject line.

We also have non-residential teacher positions available. For more information, please email us at

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