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Mission-Oriented Study Abroad Presentation

We are so proud of our CGEE staff & alumni presenting at upcoming “NAFSA” Regional Conferences! NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. We believe that sharing our unique mission and pedagogy can help create the change we wish to see in the field of international education. Continue reading “Mission-Oriented Study Abroad Presentation”

Contributions to International Education Utilizing Freirean Pedagogy

We are so proud of our CGEE staff & alumni presenting at upcoming “NAFSA” Regional Conferences! NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. We believe that sharing our unique mission and pedagogy can help create the change we wish to see in the field of international education. Continue reading “Contributions to International Education Utilizing Freirean Pedagogy”

Congratulations to CGEE Staff Published in “Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal”

Congratulations to Joseph Connelly, Experiential Education Specialist with CGEE, for his published article in the most recent volume of Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal (JHE) (Volume 10, Number 2 (2021).This volume is focused on “Solidarity and Global Citizenship”.  His article titled, A Long, Loving Look at the Real: An Experiential Ignatian Approach to Immersion can be found online for free.

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Now Hiring: Guatemala Program Director

Guatemala Program Director

Augsburg University’s Center for Global Education and Experience (Augsburg CGEE) invites applications for a Guatemala Program Director, with a proposed start date in early August 2021.  This position is located in Guatemala.    

ABOUT AUGSBURG CGEE: Augsburg CGEE delivers high-impact, experiential, social justice-oriented global learning experiences for universities, high schools, non-profit organizations, businesses, churches, and others.  Augsburg CGEE’s pedagogy is influenced by popular education, as well as other critical, experiential, feminist, Indigenous, and decolonial pedagogies that foment transformation.  The goal of all of our global learning programs is to amplify the voices of marginalized people, and to empower learners to work for personal and social transformation.

GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: The Guatemala Program Director ensures the delivery of a variety of high-quality, safe educational programs and services in Guatemala, especially with Indigenous communities in Guatemala, in order to meet the University’s core goal of “engaging as an anchor institution at Augsburg sites around the world” so that learners “will live and work as citizens dedicated to a better world.” This position requires a person with a background to teach university-level courses and to maintain strong connections with a diverse array of local communities, civil society organizations, government entities, individuals, etc. that serve as resources for different educational programs for diverse participants. The Guatemala Program Director must have demonstrated commitments to social justice pedagogies, experiential education, and intercultural learning. 

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • EDUCATIONAL: Respond to needs for educational programming in Guatemala, be it in the form of semester programs, custom programs, or virtual courses or encounters, in accordance with Augsburg CGEE pedagogy and best practices.  This includes facilitating students’ intercultural learning, leading group reflections, and designing and leading exercises that integrate theory and practice.
  • ADMINISTRATIVE: Work in collaboration with relevant counterparts at Augsburg CGEE, ensuring the financial sustainability of operations in Guatemala through appropriate budget management and involvement in student/participant marketing and recruitment efforts.
  • RISK MANAGEMENT: Oversee risk management (health and safety protocols) for all programming, service providers (lodging and transportation), and visits in Guatemala, including educating students/participants about health and safety practices while in Guatemala and ensuring emergency on-call support.
  • COMMUNITY RELATIONS:  Develop and maintain reciprocal partnerships with local communities, civil society organizations, government entities, and individuals throughout Guatemala to support community and programming needs.  Help bridge cultural differences and similarities between host communities and visiting groups.  

JOB SPECIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree in relevant field required. Doctorate a plus.
  • 3 to 5 years of relevant experience
  • Experience teaching at the university level preferred–experience teaching in study abroad programs a plus.
  • Comfort and ability to work in a “non-traditional” work environment which often includes working long hours and on weekends,  and facilitating groups in multiple locations throughout Guatemala. 
  • Ability to translate and interpret between English and Spanish is required. Ability to translate and interpret between English and one or more Mayan languages preferred.
  • Practical and theoretical background in experiential education, social justice-oriented pedagogies, and/or intercultural learning.
  • Attentiveness to group dynamics and ability to navigate differences involving race, gender, class, and culture.
  • Work effectively and collaboratively in a diverse work environment.
  • Work effectively in a team environment and work independently with little supervision.
  • Reason/analyze, maintain confidentiality, and demonstrate patience, understanding.
  • Show initiative, organize workflow,  simultaneously manage tasks related to multiple educational programs, and handle frequent interruptions.
  • Attention to detail, accuracy, and precision. 

SALARY AND BENEFITS 

  • Annual salary: $35,000-37,000 USD
  • Benefits: This position receives a generous benefits package which includes: paid holidays, vacation and sick time, life insurance, health insurance stipend, and employee and dependent tuition remission.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

  • Priority application deadline:  June 21, 2021
  • Application materials: you may apply to this position through Augsburg University’s Human Resources site.
  • For questions: please email globaled@augsburg.edu. Include the subject line: Guatemala Program Director 

Diversifying Study Abroad Presentation

On February 5, 2019, Augsburg student and CGEE Central America alumni Arianna Antone-Ramirez, gave a wonderful presentation titled, “Diversifying Study Abroad” as her Gilman Project.

Arianna was a winner of the Gilman Scholarship Award, a prestigious national scholarship for study abroad. From the Gilman website: “The Gilman Scholarship Program broadens the student population that studies and interns abroad by supporting undergraduates who might not otherwise participate due to financial constraints.  The program aims to encourage students to study and intern in a diverse array of countries or areas and world regions.” Continue reading “Diversifying Study Abroad Presentation”

CGEE Guest Speaker on Central America

Join CGEE in welcoming our newest instructor, Fernanda Soto Joya, PhD, to the Augsburg campus during International Education Week 2018! Fernanda will be discussing the current political situation in Guatemala & Nicaragua – two of Augsburg’s global study center locations.

The presentation “Social Change and Politics in Nicaragua and Guatemala” is an excellent opportunity for the Augsburg community to be updated on the current events in locations where Augsburg has a global presence, as well as meet CGEE’s newest instructor! Please join us from 3:30 – 4:30 pm in the East Commons on Thursday, November 15th, and enjoy Central American coffee and thoughtful discussion. There will be time for socializing before and after the presentation. Continue reading “CGEE Guest Speaker on Central America”

Update from Guatemala

The El Fuego Volcano in Guatemala erupted this past weekend causing 70+ fatalities and missing persons, damage to towns near the volcano, and the closing of highways and the international airport (now reopened) in Guatemala City.  See recent updates as of June 6.

CGEE programs and staff were not impacted by the eruption. There were no programs running at the time, and our program base is in Quetzaltenango (Xela) which is located over 100 miles from El Fuego.

INGUAT (The Guatemalan Institute of Tourism) made the following statement: “All of the major tourist destinations – such as Tikal National Park, the Semuc Champey Natural Monument, Lake Atitlan, Quetzaltenango, and the Pacaya Volcano, among others – are fully operational and are not under any restrictions….”

Augsburg University’s Center for Global Education & Experience stands in solidarity with those impacted by this tragedy. PBS has compiled a short list of organizations taking donations for the aid of the local people affected.