THE BOUNDLESS SCHOOL IS HIRING OUTDOOR EDUCATORS. SPRING/SUMMER AND FULL TIME STREAM POSITIONS AVAILABLE
A registered Charity and an Independent High School, Boundless works with older teens in the Madawaska Valley of Eastern Ontario, and helps them accomplish extraordinary feats of learning and teamwork. In the Spring and Summer, we run 5-13 day adventure programs for high school credits In the Fall and Winter, we deliver an adventure-based boarding school for struggling teams
WE HIRE PEOPLE WITH THREE FOCI
The Outdoor Focus: While hard to precisely quantify, about 75% of our program is in the outdoors. In the spring and summer, we do mostly whitewater – we feel the river in our bones. In the boarding school, we do just about everything else you might want to do outside – a list too prolific to describe here. We hire applicants with solid outdoor credentials and experience from recreation programs and summer camp alumni wanting to take their experiences to the next level. Those that specialize in the outdoor focus are often, but not always, certified teachers. We value experience working with older teens (aged 15-19). Like all foci at Boundless, the outdoor staff will be crossing over to the academic focus from time to time, especially in the boarding school. Who really fits best in the outdoor stream? Emerging and experienced outdoor professionals who want more than merely recreation – those that want to connect with older teens and have greater depth in their relationships with students.
The Academic Focus
We hire certified teachers who are passionate about teaching compulsory curriculum, especially high school English, History, Science and Math. We usually hire graduating teachers or those within a few years of their graduation. Yet the capacity to teach compulsory curriculum isn’t sufficient. There must be some acumen in the outdoors, strong physical fitness and adeptness with teens. There is crossover to the outdoor focus for a sizeable portion of employment.
The Counselling Focus:
The counselling folks are the smallest of the three staff cohorts, but at critical moments, are the most needed and have a huge impact on group process. These are the people that help teens own their crap and stay balanced and happy during their stay with us. This is also true of the other foci, but the clinical crew bring something more to the table in this realm.
DT - Speaking mostly Patois on Day 1, DTs favourite new English phrase is “Free Range Chicken”. He says this describes his life back in Jamaica after both his parents died. He was shuffled about his extended family, and then one day his cousin told him “We can’t take care of you” and that he was moving to Canada. His aunt would pick him up at the Toronto Airport. Arriving in January 2015, with only the clothes on his back and a scribbled phone number, DT’s aunt didn’t show up. He sorted that one out and enrolled at C.W. Jeffrey’s Collegiate with exactly zero credits – a bright eyed 17 year old who figured that school would be his first move. But the school didn’t really know what to do with him. They sheepishly called us and asked if we could take a kid who spoke a few words of English with no credits to his name. “By the way, he was just busted for peddling weed”. Not really seeing a fit – starting high school at 17 is no picnic - we agreed to meet him anyways and were quickly awestruck by his charm and his earnest desire to make life work in Canada. He showed up in September 2015, jacketless, comically unprepared for our Canadian climate. But the rural quality of Boundless appealed to his farmer’s roots. Watching him skate made everyone pee their pants. From the first second, DT was never a problem and a joy to all. While no Winston Churchill, he is mastering English at a Jamaican sprinter’s pace. He explored everything like a toddler, grabbing musical instruments, paintbrushes and hockey sticks with impunity. He has now covered 40% of his path to graduation. The question begs, do we bring DT back next year to get him closer to graduation?