Come Work With Us

So, you want to work for Westcoast Connection/360°Student Travel? Awesome! The information below will help you understand our company and the programs we offer. We are committed to providing each and every trip member with the summer of a lifetime, and the key to achieving this is recruiting the best staff. We’re looking for people who are devoted, energetic, enthusiastic, responsible, understanding, and who love working with teens. If that sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place!

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We hire educators, college and university students, former camp counselors, Spanish language teachers, residence life coordinators, community volunteers, world travelers, and individuals with many other diverse backgrounds.

The satisfaction you get from a summer position with Westcoast Connection/360°Student Travel is unparalleled. You will have a significant amount of responsibility. Delivering a safe and unforgettable summer trip are our company’s two primary goals. We’ll be the first to admit it’s not an easy job, but if you’re prepared to put in the effort, you’ll have the time of your life!
Just think, you’ll get to try incredible activities like white-water rafting, sand boarding, surfing, hiking, zip lining, and waterfall rappelling. You’ll also have unique experiences such as volunteering with organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs and Habitat for Humanity, navigating European metro systems, interacting with small communities in Peru and Thailand, visiting world famous landmarks and so much more! Our leaders contribute so much to creating a positive experience and forming a dynamic, tight-knit group. It’s something that truly makes our programs unique.


“Each & Every” summer, beyond providing incredible experiences for our travelers, our staff themselves leave as changed individuals. New friendships are built, new skills are acquired, and long lasting memories are created. Here are some testimonials from staff reflecting on what being leader means to them and what they’ve learned from their time abroad.

Staff Goals

No matter the position you’re applying for, we expect our staff to deliver on our two main priorities:

1. Safety
It is our (and your) number one priority. In addition to the physical safety of each and every trip member, the emotional and social well being of participants is equally as important.

2. Delivering an unforgettable experience
We expect our staff to operate as team players, approach every day with enthusiasm, be respectful, and strive to create a memorable travel experience for each and every trip member.

Positions Available:

1. Trip Directors
2. Trip Leaders & Lifeguards
3. Campsite Managers
4. Communication Center Trip Monitors
5. Year Round Positions

Successful candidates are matched with a position based on their experience and qualifications. All staff are required to hold valid certificates in First Aid and CPR (through August 2017). Certification is the responsibility of the applicant. Westcoast Connection/360° Student Travel provides a non-smoking environment.

 1. Trip Director

Trip Directors (TDs) have the highest level of responsibility when their program is in progress. TDs oversee every aspect of the trip including, but not limited to, the health and safety of all trip members, the enjoyment of each and every trip member, and the execution of the itinerary as planned and outlined by WCC/360°. TDs are responsible for managing a team of staff whom they coach, supervise, and provide on-going feedback. TDs serve as a representative of WCC/360° on the road and act as our liaison to suppliers, outfitters, and vendors. TDs also provide regular communication with parents, company supervisors, and the summer communication center. Attendance at our annual Trip Director and pre-camp training weekends is mandatory.


  • Experience working with Westcoast Connection / 360° Student Travel or similar group management/team-based experience
  • Exceptional leadership skills
  • Experience coaching, mentoring and building a strong, cohesive staff team
  • Ability to create a very positive social environment for teenagers
  • Ability to manage a budget and account for funds
  • 23 years of age or older
  • Summer camp experience (an asset)
  • Travel experience  (an asset)
2. Trip Leader & Lifeguard

Trip Leaders serve as the backbone of our programs. Their primary responsibility includes monitoring the safety (physical and social), well-being and enjoyment of all trip members throughout the program. This includes but is not limited to: daily wake-ups, leading activities and programs, assisting with food prep, and managing situations as they arise. Working with the Trip Director, the Trip Leader’s goal is to provide a positive group experience. Attendance at our annual pre-camp training weekend is mandatory.

All Trip Leaders have specialty roles that are assigned by the Trip Director prior to departure (food director, photographer, programmer, sports coordinator, etc.). The Lifeguard role is assigned by WCC/360° and is outlined below. Additional compensation is offered to staff fulfilling the Lifeguard position.


  • Exceptional leadership skills
  • Experience working with teenagers
  • Summer camp experience (an asset)
  • Travel experience (an asset)
2a. Lifeguard

The Lifeguard is responsible for monitoring all water activities and ensuring the safety of all participants while in or around water. Additional compensation is offered to staff in the Lifeguard position.


  • Hold a valid lifeguard certification (through August of the current year).
3. Campsite Manager (CSM)

Our Campsite Managers oversee the logistics at campgrounds on North American Active Teen Tour programs that include camping. In tandem with the Trip Director, CSMs work with staff and trip members to facilitate campsite setup and take down. They are responsible for all camping equipment including tents, barbeques, stoves, and lanterns. CSMs are also responsible for purchasing all food items prior to the group’s arrival, keeping in mind dietary and special requests. Alongside the staff, CSMs oversee the preparation, presentation and cleanup of all meals. Attendance at our annual Campsite Manager Training (one to two days prior to the start of pre-camp) is mandatory.


  • Ability to work well independently as well as with staff and trip members
  • Strong organizational, logistical and planning skills
  • Ability to manage a budget and account for funds
  • Willingness/ability to drive a small truck
  • 21 years of age or older
  • A valid driver’s license
  • Appreciation for the open road and enjoys camping
  • Able to manage your own daily schedule
  • Cooking experience (an asset)
4. Communication Center Trip Monitor

A limited number of Trip Monitor positions are available in our New York and Montreal offices during the late spring and summer months. While not out on the road with our participants, our Trip Monitors are in many ways on the frontline of operations. Duties include everything from speaking on the phone daily with parents and Trip Directors, to working with company management to achieve our goals of providing safe and exceptional summer experiences. They are a critical communication link and assist behind the scenes with logistical support and problem solving. This is a challenging and rewarding position that provides excellent experience for anyone interested in careers in the hospitality industry or a professional development opportunity for teachers seeking administrative positions. Occasionally, positions are available that offer the best of both worlds: working in the communication center for the first half of the summer, then serving as a Trip Leader on a later departing trip.


  • Personable, with excellent phone communication skills
  • A good listener who is  sensitive and empathetic
  • Comfortable working in various software databases (training provided)
  • Ability to work some weekends
5. Year Round Positions

From time to time, we have entry level openings in our offices for year-round positions. There are two types:
a) Client Services:
This position helps potential travelers and parents learn more about our diverse travel opportunities, allowing them to make informed decisions, and assists in the many areas of pre-departure trip preparation.

b) Trip Planning:
This position requires detailed interaction with our many suppliers to research, negotiate, and organize various itineraries.

Interested parties may send cover letters and resumes to

Program Types

We offer a number of different programs. Depending on your experience and qualifications, you could be placed within one of the following divisions.

Active Teen Tours

Team Size: 6 to 7 staff members
Group Size: 40 to 50 teens
Trip Duration: 14 to 40 days

This team consists of one Trip Director with the rest of the team acting as Team Leaders. Daily duties include: trip member supervision, itinerary management, coordination of various sports/programs, meal preparation and clean up (on North American programs with camping), and other “camp counselor”-type responsibilities that promote a positive group experience.

Community Service Programs

Team Size: 2 to 3 staff members
Group Size: 10 to 24 teens
Trip Duration: 10 to 28 days

These trips offer group members the opportunity to make a difference in communities both domestically and internationally. On this team, one acts as Trip Director and the remainder act as Trip Leaders. To be considered for this program, applicants must have previous experience either as a volunteer or have worked in a volunteer setting. Daily duties include trip member supervision, meal preparation and clean up (on North American programs), itinerary management, coordination of various sports/programs, facilitating debriefing, and discussion and other “camp counselor”-type responsibilities that promote a positive group experience. On North American programs, driving is the responsibility of the Trip Directors and Trip Leaders. Staff must have a valid driver’s license and may have to obtain additional licensing. You will be reimbursed for these additional permit expenses.


Westcoast Connection/360˚ Student Travel is a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award program was developed in 2003 as a way to honor U.S. citizens and residents who engage in community service both domestically and abroad. Presidential recognition of your achievements speaks to the type of person you are and can inspire others to take positive action to change the world. The award requires completing a minimum of 100 hours of community service within a 12-month period. Your service hours with our program will count towards the total hours required for consideration.

Language Programs

Team Size: 3 to 5 staff members
Group Size: 20 to 50 teens
Trip Duration: 14 to 28 days

These trips offer members the opportunity to learn and improve their Spanish language skills. Of this team, one is the Trip Director, and the others are Trip Leaders. Daily duties include group member supervision, itinerary management, coordination of various sports/programs and other “camp counselor”-type responsibilities that promote a positive group experience. Staff on these programs must be fluent in Spanish.

Pre-College Enrichment

Team Size: 6 to 9 staff members
Group Size: 40 to 70 teens
Trip Duration: 21 or 28 days

Staff teams are dedicated to providing an enriching academic and cultural summer where teenagers gain exposure to the college lifestyle. Of this team, one acts as Program Director and the others act as Program Leaders. Daily duties include group member supervision, motivating participants in courses and during elective classes, logistical coordination, supervision, sports and recreational programming, other “camp counselor”-type responsibilities that promote a positive group experience. Staff on this program must be enthusiastic about learning and ensure trip members have an enriching experience.

Global Adventure Programs

Team Size: 2 to 3 staff members
Group Size: 10 to 26 teens
Trip Duration: 10 to 28 days

These trips are more immersive and possibly a little more physically challenging than most other programs offered. Of this team, one is the Trip Director and the remainder are Trip Leaders. Professional outfitters will provide instruction for activities such as glacier hiking or rock climbing. Previous experience in the activities is not a prerequisite for employment, but is an asset (i.e. previous backpacking experience for backpack programs). Daily duties include: trip member supervision, itinerary management, coordination of various sports/programs and a multitude of other “camp counselor”-type responsibilities that promote a positive group experience.

Training Weekends

All staff must be available for mandatory training sessions leading up to trip departures. These sessions will further acquaint you with our philosophy, policies, and procedures. During these sessions you’ll learn what it takes to successfully run a program. It’s also an opportunity for you to get to know your team members before the start of your journey together! We provide meals, accommodations and recreation activities during training sessions. An allowance is paid for travel to and from training sessions depending on your location. Final placement is contingent upon successful completion of training. Please review the schedule below to ensure you’re able to attend the training weekend for your desired position.

New Trip Director Trip Director Trip Leader Campsite Manager
New TD Training Day

April – Date TBD

(approx 3rd week of April)

City Specific

Trip Director Weekend
April 28th to April 30th
Montreal, Quebec

Campsite Manager Training
May 31st @ 12 PM

Montreal, Quebec


June 2nd to June 4th
Montreal, Quebec

Application Process

We’d love to hear from you! Once your application is reviewed you may be contacted to arrange a personal interview with one of our Directors. Please make sure that all reference information is correct and up-to-date, as we often check references prior to granting interviews.
Those who join us will experience the thrills of learning through travel and the triumphs of creating a tight knit group. Bonds formed by travelers will last well beyond summer’s end!

Please e-mail us at for further information on the application process.

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