Employment with Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem Education hires people who are dedicated to inspiring growth and transformation! Our admin and field staff are responsible for implementing our mission with students across every level of our programs– it is an environment that is both challenging and rewarding. We are driven to provide the highest level of responsiveness and support for our students and families. A trip of this magnitude can be challenging on a number of fronts, we help facilitate this process from start to finish by hiring the most passionate, committed, professional and supportive staff out there.

Carpe Diem Education considers all applicants holistically and is committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff.  We strongly encourage applications from minorities.

Field Positions

For three months, you are asked to be a mentor and role model, to be a leader and to teach leadership, to push your students’ comfort zones while supporting them through challenges and confronting your own. We look for staff who are committed to growth for both their students and themselves, who can help support our students as they navigate a new culture for the first time – often confronting unexpected realities both internally and externally. If you feel you have the right balance of soft skills, travel savvy, cultural understanding, mentorship and passion we would love for you to apply to this position.

Overseas Educator (OE)

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and interviews are conducted throughout the year for Overseas Educators.

Spring 2017: Programs run from mid-February to early May. Staff training starts in early February.
Fall 2017: Programs run from mid-September to early Dec. Staff training starts in early September.

We offer competitive salaries with increases by $500 each semester, employer-matched 401k retirement plans, access to professional development funds, and living/travel stipends between fall and spring semesters. Other benefits include travel insurance for the duration of semester, all eligible accrued air miles, all standard trip costs covered, standard expenses paid during our leadership training and travel stipends to and from Portland, Oregon. Oh, and the ability to both directly and indirectly change another human being’s life for the better!

Check out the Rogue Manual for a first-person telling of what it’s like being an Overseas Educator. Please do not call, email, or reach out via “Contact Us” with general employment inquiries, if you are serious about applying for this position please read through all of the information provided on this page and we look forward to receiving your application!

**We are currently seeking a male Overseas Educator with experience in East Africa for our spring semester**

Program Regions
  • Central America (Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Roatan)
  • South America (Ecuador, Peru)
  • Cuba (Yup, Cuba)
  • India (Northern Plains and Himalayas)
  • East Africa (Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda)
  • Indigenous Americas (Navajo, Hopi, Zuni, Apache nations)
  • South Pacific (Fiji, New Zealand, Australia)
  • Southeast Asia (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam)
Required qualifications
  • Proficiency in Spanish for our Latin America semesters
  • While KiSwahili, Hindi, and Thai proficiency are not required for our East Africa, India, or Southeast Asia semesters, priority is given to applicants with those language skills.
  • Direct experience living, working or independently traveling in the regions for which you apply (priority is given to applicants who have experience in 2 or more of the regions where we work)
  • Professional experience leading or facilitating groups (preferably with students age 17 – 22)
  • Experience successfully working with a co-leader
  • Current certifications in Wilderness First Responder or Wilderness First Aid (WFR strongly preferred) and CPR prior to departure
  • Valid Drivers License for our South Pacific and I AM semesters
  • Able to work legally in the U.S. Meaning you are either a US citizen or possess a working Visa or Green Card.
  • Typical age of our Overseas Educators is 27 – 32. We rarely hire staff younger than 25, as we are looking for candidates with significant professional experience working with youth and/or working overseas.
Desired skills
  • A strong desire to positively affect another human being's life
  • Enjoys the challenge of working with young first time travelers
  • Experience working with teens and young adults
  • Actively engaged in own personal growth and development
  • Flexible and able to perform well under constantly changing environments
  • Strong mentorship skills
  • Effective organization skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Able to establish clear guidelines and boundaries to assist others
  • Strong conflict resolution and problem solving skills
  • Enjoys being a resource for other people
  • Willing to be available to students during travel times 24 hours a day 7 days a week


About The Application Process:
When your application is received it will first be reviewed by our hiring committee. Upon completion of their review, you'll either be invited to a 30-minute Skype or phone interview, or encouraged to reapply with more experience. After the initial interview you may be invited for a second, final interview.

Interviews will be conducted in person (or via Skype) and generally take anywhere from 1.5 to 2 hours. We ask our OEs to safeguard students' lives, hence we prefer in person interviews, but are open to video Skype if it's not logistically possible for you to come to Portland. Second round interviews are conducted on a rolling basis throughout the year. If you are able to come in person we would be happy to conduct the interview whenever it works for you logistically. After your interview, you can expect to hear from us with final notifications by late November for Spring hires, and early May for Fall hires.

Administrative Positions

Think you have what it takes to support students and families as they embark on a journey of this magnitude? Do you desire to work on a collaborative team of awesome individuals? Are you committed to your own growth and transformation and that of your fellow humans? Are you hard working, dedicated, and passionate about what we do and have the administrative expertise to help us do it even better?

Program Director(s):
Southeast Asia, South Pacific, Southwest US

Job Summary:

As a Program Director, you will be a part of a dynamic and growing international education organization with a proven track record of taking students on transformational programs around the world. The primary function of this role is the coordination and supervision of 3-month cultural immersion programs for groups of up to 12 students and 2 Overseas Educators (OEs).

Essential building blocks across all CDE programs are volunteer work, cultural exchange opportunities, language study (where applicable), outdoor adventure travel, and a spiritual component. Program Directors are responsible for planning itineraries that support Carpe Diem’s vision and mission, creating a program budget, assisting in Overseas Educator (OE) training, and acting as a support for OEs, students, and students’ families before and during the program. You will report to the Executive Director and work closely with other Program Directors, and the Overseas Educators who are facilitating your program.

Working for Carpe Diem Education is a community experience. In addition to your responsibilities as a Program Director, you will be involved in weekly staff meetings, administrative tasks, answering phones, supporting OE training, and developing the strategic plan for the company. When programs are in session, you will also be required to be “on-call” for the OE Emergency Phone for 1-3 weeks during the semester.

This position may be full or part time, starts as a 6-month position with an option to extend, and is located at our headquarters in Portland, OR. Option to work remotely or internationally after initial 6 months in Portland.


Program Direction:

  • Plan a detailed 3 month itinerary for each program that supports Carpe Diem Education’s mission and vision
  • Create a program budget for each program
  • Coordinate ancillary resources for OEs to help support them on each program such as contact sheets, student information templates, program rudders, and other resources in their Google.drive
  • Support our travel agent in arranging all international airfare for each program
  • Build, vet, and maintain relationships with our local contacts and overseas partners on each program
  • Support students and parents before, during, and after each program
  • Assess risk and safety on programs, conduct biannual safety reviews of all countries your programs travel to
  • Support in a bi-annual training for our OEs
  • Be “on call” on the emergency phone for a minimum of two weeks while groups are in the field


  • Work with Latitudes students on your programs to determine and set up their Focused Volunteer Placement (FVP)
  • Working with other program directors plan and execute a 3 day orientation for all Latitudes students
  • Provide on-going support and communication to students and their families throughout their FVP

Office Support:

  • Answer phones / email inquiries
  • Attend weekly meetings
  • Support other HQ projects as needed

Working Conditions:

  • The majority of the work will be done on a computer, employee will need to be able to work at a computer for up to 3 hours at a time
  • Employee will need to meet weekly meetings and is preferred to live near enough to Portland to be present in person
  • Employee is expected to participate in weekly meetings where personal information may be shared (or personal questions asked) while doing a “check in”
  • Employee must adhere and agree to the “HQ Agreements”
  • Employee is expected to travel to relevant program regions approximately every 2 years


  • 3+ years working in Gap Year, international Education, and/or administrative experience in related field
  • Minimum requirement of a Bachelors Degree
  • Extensive background in travel, preferably having lived or worked abroad
  • International leadership experience with Carpe Diem Education or a similar company a plus
  • Program development experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Language Proficiency in any regions we travel to are a plus
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, verbal, and writing skills
  • Patience, flexibility, and the ability to work well in a team setting
  • Connections with international non-profits, organizations, and potential in-country contacts
  • Familiarity with Apple products / operating systems, Microsoft Excel, Google.drive
  • Wilderness First Responder certification preferred

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Competitive full time salaried position
    • We are hiring up to 1.5 FTE to fill these roles, part time and full time salaries will be considered based on individual applicant’s backgrounds, skill sets, and regional experience
  • Excellent benefits package including; health benefits (covered fully by employer), matching retirement plan (401k), and paid time off

For those interested in applying, please email Drew Edwards, drew@carpediemeducation.org, with your CV and cover letter. We will be actively conducting interviews throughout March and April for this position with an ideal start date of June 1st, 2017.

Carpe Diem Education will provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of race, gender, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, age or any characteristic protected under local, state, and federal laws. We believe strongly in the benefit of a diverse team environment and encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds to apply.