Nov. 2014 update: Staff outreach for GYV’s 2015 summer staff team begins in early January. Please check back at that time for an updated list of position options and to download a 2015 application.
GYV’s diverse team represents a wide range of professions and experiences. Whether a recent college graduate, a seasoned teacher / trainer, GYV’s staff show a passion for youth development, community involvement and a keen interest in learning different perspectives.
GYV hires those who demonstrate:
The average age range is 22 – 27 years. Workshop instructors, professional chefs, health staff, and key program coordinators are often older. (Minimum age is 21, although 19 and 20 years olds are considered for support roles.) It is not unusual to find people on the team who are exploring new careers.
Legacy seeks individuals with a balance of hard and soft skills; people who are empathetic, quick thinking, flexible, creative, and have a scene of humor! These traits ensure many teachable moments are “captured”, and a summer that is memorable and fun.
So what is it really like? Working at GYV is inspiring, meaningful, challenging, and intense. Some applicants have a somewhat romanticized notion of what it is like to work at GYV – “a summer spent in nature, away from the city; young people from all over the world having deep, meaningful conversations; enjoying wholesome food…” GYV is that, and much more. It is hard work!
GYV staff have tremendous responsibility caring for participant needs and serving as role models. Each staff person hired agrees to abide by GYV’s Honor Code, which outlines the individual’s rights and responsibilities as GYV community members. This code goes beyond what one might find in a typical camp, addressing issues of how we view and treat one another while at GYV, in addition to articulating who we aspire to be.
As a close-knit team, staff work to strengthen the GYV community, to realize the uniqueness of each individual. GYV guidelines are few, but necessary. GYV’s Honor Code was written jointly by past participants and staff, and provides the guidelines by which we can create a model of cooperation and broaden the experience of every Village member. Each participant and staff is expected to:
Please do not apply if you feel you cannot abide by this code. Details about other key personnel policies will be provided to those selected for interviews.
Staff also receive a modest salary, ranging between $225 – $400 / week (before taxes). Salary is discussed during the interview process, and varies depending on the position and level of experience.
Staff are responsible for transportation costs to and from Bedford. (For those taking public transport, Legacy is happy to pick-up staff from near-by airports (ROA or LYH), bus and train stations (in Roanoke or Lynchburg, Virginia.)
Staff have time off before and in between sessions. These blocks vary in length from 12 – 48 hours. Staff often enjoy exploring the region. Bedford, Roanoke and Lynchburg offer a variety of activities from shopping and nightlife to hiking, boating, or visiting one of the area’s rich historical sites.
Staff also have approximately 2 hours of “discretionary time” daily. During this discretionary time, staff remain at camp. Some choose to plan for an upcoming event, nap or watch a DVD. Others may socialize in the staff lounge, exercise, or work on an art project. Special staff events are organized periodically (evening pool party, movie night, etc.). On many occasions, small groups of staff self-organize morning yoga sessions or go running together.