December. 2014 update: Outreach for GYV’s 2015 summer staff begins January 5, 2015. Please check back for an updated positions and a 2015 application.
GYV’s diverse team represents a wide range of professionals as well as those seeking more youth work experience. All share a passion for youth development, community involvement and a keen interest in learning different perspectives, working together to create a powerful learning environment for youth and staff.
GYV hires those who demonstrate:
Working at GYV is inspiring, challenging, and life changing. Staff are key to creating a cohesive atmosphere focused on cooperation, generosity and respect. Morning workshops emphasize skill building, gaining better understanding of one’s values, and communication. Afternoon and evening activities are lively and fun. Combined with cabin life, these varied experiences deepen the participants’ understanding of one another, heightens their sense of themselves as leaders, and fosters enduring global friendships.
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 – $425 / 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 from 12 – 48 hours. 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 daily “discretionary” unscheduled time. During this short time blocks, staff have the flexibility to tend to whatever is needed, whether it be personal or work related. Some may plan for an upcoming event, nap or watch a DVD. Others may exercise or work on an art project. Occasionally, special staff events are organized, like an evening pool party. On occasion, some staff organize morning yoga or run together.