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Summer Staffing

Thank you for your interest in working with USY this summer. We are no longer accepting applications for 2018 summer staff.

About Our Trips

USY on Wheels

USY on Wheels is a cross-continental tour for Jewish high school students from all over North America which allows them to travel and live with peers, while providing abundant opportunities for developing independence and personal growth.

USY Israel Pilgrimage

USY Israel Pilgrimage gives high school students from all over North America the opportunity to travel extensively throughout Israel and Europe, taking part in a variety of fun, adventurous outdoor activities and engaging in interesting educational discussions, in order to gain a new appreciation, understanding, and love for the Jewish homeland and people.

FAQ

What qualifications are needed to staff a USY summer trip?

All USY Summer Experience staff members must:

  • Be at least 19 years of age
  • Be a high school graduate and have completed one year of college or the equivalent
  • Have the ability to handle many varied responsibilities in a time-sensitive environment
  • Possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Have the ability to work-well with others in a team setting
  • Have a  strong Jewish background with a demonstrated commitment to Conservative Jewish values, Shabbat and kashrut

What are staff responsibilities on a trip?

Staff are responsible for the health, safety, and education of the group. They live and travel with the teens for the duration of the trip.

In many respects, a USY summer travel staff member’s duties are similar to those of a camp counselor. Staff members need to be:

  • An authority figure
  • A good listener
  • A friend

They must possess the ability to plan and implement programs relating to all aspects of Judaism and Israel education.

Unlike camp, however, there are no “specialists” on USY summer travel. Therefore, staff members are expected to plan and carry out many of these “specialties” such as:

  • Leading creative prayer services
  • Dealing with medical responsibilities
  • Food preparation

What are the specific responsibilities of a Wheels staff member?

Wheels staff members have various responsibilities including, but not limited to:

  • Facilitating an inclusive, positive social environment
  • Overseeing day to day travel and logistics
  • Adhering to USY’s safety and medical policies; and educational duties

For example, during the course of the summer, staff members may have the opportunity to lead/teach religious services and sichot (study groups), as well as arrange meals, shop for groceries, coordinate sightseeing, and help out in other areas as needed.

What are the specific responsibilities of an Israel Pilgrimage staff member?

Israel Pilgrimage staff members have various responsibilities including, but not limited to:

  • Facilitating an inclusive, positive social environment
  • Overseeing day to day travel and logistics
  • Adhering to USY’s safety and medical policies; and educational duties

For example, during the course of the summer, staff members may have the opportunity to lead/teach religious services and sichot (study groups), and help encourage teens’ personal growth with regard to Jewish identity and Zionism.

Responsibilities may vary according to the Israel Pilgrimage trip; for instance, staff may lead Shoah-related sichot while touring in Poland, Prague, etc.

What codes of conduct must staff follow?

USY summer travel staff are expected to conduct themselves as role models in all that they do, since the teens we work with are at a critical juncture in their lives and may look to staff members for guidance and counsel. Staff members:

  • Need to follow USY’s behavioral guidelines. For more information on staff policies and USY safety and security, please click here
  • Must display a commitment to Conservative Judaism, Shabbat and kashrut, both during the summer and in their own lives
  • Must be committed to providing fun, meaningful experiences to teens that will impact them for years to come

How many staff members are needed for each Wheels bus?

Five staff members travel on the bus with about 40-45 teenagers and a bus driver for the entire trip.

One of the five staff members is the group leader who, as a general rule, has had prior experience with the Wheels program.

How many staff members are needed for each Israel Pilgrimage group?

USY offers six Israel trips. The number of participants per group is approximately 40-45, with:

  • One group leader (Israeli or American)*
  • One American female staff member
  • One American male staff member
  • One full-time Israeli medic
  • One full-time Israeli counselor

* As a general rule, the group leaders have had prior experience with USY summer travel

What training is required to staff a USY summer trip?

All staff must complete a week-long staff training just before the trips leave.

Additionally, staff must have CPR & Basic First Aid certification (valid through August of the current year).

Are staff positions paid?

USY provides a small salary to be paid upon completion of the trip, along with all tour expenses. We do not  cover personal expenses.

Are staff insurance costs covered?

USY does not provide medical insurance, baggage or property insurance for summer staff.

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