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Indonesia Summer Programs Assistant Director Position - Summer 2015

VIA’s Asia programs runs a portfolio of summer experiential education programs across Asia. We're seeking an exceptional candidate to work collaboratively with our team in Yogyakarta, Indonesia to design and manage three separate summer programs held in Yogyakarta from June-August. Our programs include an emphasis on research, leadership development, and peace and conflict resolution. Each program has a different target audience that ranges from high school students, undergraduates, and graduate students.

Our current team is comprised of a seasonal Academic Programs Director who has oversight over all short-term programs in Indonesia, a full-time Indonesia-based coordinator, and several seasonal program assistants. The Indonesia Summer Programs Assistant Director will report to the Academic Programs Director. The intent of the Assistant Director hire is to transition to the Academic Programs Director role in 1-2 years.

Position Description: This is a seasonal position to co-design and support all short-term academic summer programs in Indonesia.

Specific duties include:
• Arrange partnerships with local universities for hosting the program
• Arrange housing and orientation for the students 
•Recruit, hire and train bilingual (English-Indonesian) research assistants and a research coordinator 
• Arrange field site visits to NGOs and field trips 
• Arrange public presentations of students’ work at the end of the program 
• Run extensive cultural orientation either pre-departure (virtually), upon arrival or both 
• Set up course space (use same partner as the graduate program) and arrange for guest lecturers 
• Manage staff and budgets for all programs
• Liaise with VIA staff, local university partners, American university partners, local NGO partners and students on a regular basis ensuring clear communication and that programs are designed and implemented with the utmost of thought for all stakeholders involved
• Create all documents – calendars, pre-departure materials, MOUs, for the programs – in coordination with local and American universities where necessary
• Respond to health and other emergency situations 
•You must remain on-site during the program period

Preferred Qualifications:
• The demonstrated potential and interest to eventually transition into the Academic Programs Director position in summer 2016
• Demonstrated interest and availability to work for VIA for multiple summers
• Fluency in English and Bahasa Indonesia
• Experience living in Indonesia
• Experience managing exchange programs or working with students
• Self-starter, effective communicator, creative problem solver, strategic thinker, and strong team player
• Demonstrated interest in east Asia, international education, leadership or program logistics
• Because we also see this as a great opportunity for personal and professional development, we encourage applicants to bring their own interests, passions, and talents to the position.

Compensation and Benefits:
• Salary is competitive among international education positions; the exact amount will depend on experience
• Room, board, and program related expenses covered during program period
• Comprehensive emergency health and evacuation insurance while in Indonesia.

Position Location: Yogyakarta, Indonesia, beginning May 2015
Hire Period: Contract from spring 2015 until August 2015

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to Patrick Arnold, Senior Asia Programs Director at The priority deadline is November 1, 2014.

2015 Exploring Health Care (EHC) Coordinator

VIA is looking for students who are interested in cultural exchange and obtaining a broader, more global view of medicine to serve as coordinators for the 2015 EHC program.

Purpose of the Coordinator Position:

  • To support medical students from Japan as they analyze and critically compare U.S. and Japanese health care
  • To create an opportunity for coordinators to further develop their leadership skills through program organizing and facilitating while deepening their own understanding of important American and Japanese medical issues
  • To give American and Asian students the chance to engage in meaningful, in-depth cultural exchange


  • Solid leadership and organizational skills; proactive and able to work independently as well as in a team
  • Ability to draw from general research, academic, professional or personal experiences to form comparisons between health care systems in the U.S. and in Japan
  • A genuine interest in working with Japanese medical students
  • Superb cross-cultural communication skills
  • Clinical experience helpful but not required to excel at the coordinator role
  • Candidates with academic backgrounds in life sciences or human biology strongly encouraged to apply

Pre-program Responsibilities (December 2014 - March 2015)

  • Attend planning meetings with VIA program director (December - March)
  • Assist with planning events and activities (December – March)

Program Responsibilities (March 13 – March 26, 2015)*

  • Assist program director with smooth facilitation of daily activities; attending program-planning meetings, helping with scheduling, etc.
  • Help lead daily activities; includes visits, workshops, speakers and facilitating reflections afterwards
  • Give a presentation on an important medical issue or topic related to Japan or the U.S.

Post-program Responsibilities (April 2015)

  • Participate in EHC program review with program staff (April 2015)

VIA Covers:

  • Room and board
  • $700 stipend for travel to Japan

* Note: Coordinators are not required to attend activities that overlap with exams or classes 


To apply: 

Step 1: Download and answer a brief set of essay questions.

Step 2: Click here to complete an application and submit your essays by the application deadline: Wednesday, November 12, 2014.

For questions or comments, please contact Ellison Weeks, Medical Programs Director, at

2015 Exploring Health Care (EHC) Assistant Program Director

Job Summary:

VIA seeks an assistant program director to support VIA’s Exploring Health Care (EHC) program which brings together students from top medical schools across Japan. Participants have the opportunity to visit a number of leading health care organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. Participants then work closely with their peers, including students from local universities such as Stanford and UCSF, to use what they have learned in order to critically analyze the strengths and weaknesses of health care in the U.S. and Japan.

The ideal candidate will have background in international education, experience with international exchange programs and some familiarity with Japanese language and culture, as well as general knowledge of health care in the Bay Area. The assistant program director will be hired over 2 months (February through the end of March with flexible start and end dates) to assist the EHC program. The program dates for EHC 2015 are from March 13 to March 26. The first week of the exchange will be based in San Francisco followed by a second week of activities at Stanford and in the surrounding Silicon Valley area.

The assistant program director is part of a staff team dedicated to furthering international education through delivering innovative, transformative programs, and the position is an excellent opportunity for someone looking to gain international program experience.

Who we are: 

VIA is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to increasing understanding between the United States and Asia through public service and cross-cultural education programs. VIA’s Stanford Programs division fosters an entrepreneurial approach to designing experiential programs that provide in-depth, personal, and provocative cross-cultural experiences for students from top Asian universities for 36 years. In 2014, over 250 students from mainland China, Japan, Korea, Macau, and Taiwan participated in six transformative short-term programs. VIA has offices at Stanford University and in San Francisco. The Stanford Programs staff will be based primarily at the Stanford office although telecommuting and the use of virtual collaboration tools (Google Docs, Skype, etc.) will be encouraged during the pre-program period (see below).


         Pre-program period (February 15 - March 12)

  • Review recent program evaluation, present feedback, and work with the program director to make improvements for the upcoming program
  • Assist program director in developing program materials, arranging program logistics (including activities and transportation), and communicating program information to staff team, participants and external partners
  • Assist in streamlining the procedure for health clearance, i.e., immunizations
  • Follow through by working with Stanford’s Department of Occupational Health and UCSF’s Department of Medicine

         Program period (March 13 - 26)

  • Reside in hotel with program staff and participants
  •   Assist program director in managing program activities (e.g., leading students to site visits,  running workshops, follow-up with partner organizations)
    • Help facilitate group discussions
    • Attend daily staff meetings
    • Drive 7-passenger minivan to transport participants
    • Assist program director with the revision and administration of program evaluation survey
    • Other duties as assigned

         Post-program period (March 27 - April 15)

  • Summarize program evaluation results
  • Provide VIA feedback on program strengths and weaknesses, and suggest strategies for improvement
  • Update Salesforce database as needed

Required Qualifications:

  • Commitment to VIA’s mission to provide innovative experiential learning programs that promote cross-cultural understanding, build partnerships, and offer transformative experiences for our participants
  • Excellent detail-oriented, multi-tasking, logistical skills in planning events and outreach
  • Effective communicator with excellent verbal communications skills and writing skills for professional correspondence.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends during program
  • Legal right to work in the United States

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in program management
  • Experience working with university students
  • Experience in East Asia (general knowledge of Japan and Japanese culture a plus)
  • Familiarity with the San Francisco Bay Area and Stanford
  • Computer skills (Familiarity with: Macintosh computers, Microsoft Office, Salesforce, and Joomla)

Hiring Period:

  • Mid February through mid April


  • Total compensation of $1,500
  • Room & board and program-related expenses covered during program period

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter summarizing your qualifications for the position to Ellison Weeks, Medical Programs Director, at by the application deadline of Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

Social Impact Exchange Programs Graduate Internships in Asia

VIA is trying to change the world. We need changemakers like you to help us. Join our team for an opportunity to do meaningful work that impacts the globe.  While we seek to cultivate social change around the world, our team is small and close-knit.  At VIA, we listen to your ideas and give you the tools to implement your work. If developing your professional growth, working with passionate people, and creating real social change interest you, please read on.

VIA’s Asia programs runs a portfolio of summer experiential education programs across Asia and is seeking talented graduate students enrolled to join us in the field during June, July, and August. Join our team to gain skills for running exciting international exchange programs. At VIA, we encourage you to share your ideas and collaborate with us to foster a positive working atmosphere. This position is an excellent opportunity if you are looking to gain facilitation, logistical and cross-cultural communication skills. Programs: In Indonesia we run three separate summer programs held in Yogyakarta from June-August that include an emphasis on research, leadership development, and peace and conflict resolution.

Each program has a different target audience that ranges from high school students, to undergraduates and graduate students.

• Sports for Social Change is a three-week program in Cambodia and Vietnam from June-July that brings university students from three countries together to use soccer as a means for positive youth development and conflict resolution. The program content includes sports training and life skills workshops, delivered in a group living and learning environment that emphasizes community building.

• The American Youth Leadership Program is a three-week program held in July in Hong Kong and Guangzhou for U.S. high school students to study urban development and environmental sustainability.

• Our one-year service fellow training is held for two weeks in Chiang Mai, Thailand in August, 2015. At this training we focus on leadership development, cross-cultural communication, and professional skill development for the education and NGO sectors.

Interns are able to contribute to VIA within the following thematic areas:

• Program Design and Management
• Social Entrepreneurship
• Leadership Development 
• Monitoring and Evaluation
• Peace and Conflict Resolution

The internship is designed to be part-time work that is done remotely in the spring (start dates are flexible) and full-time on program in Asia. During the program, you will be living and working side-by-side students and staff and it is a full time commitment. Your room, board, travel and program-related costs will all be covered during this time. Because we also see this as a great opportunity for personal and professional development, we encourage applicants to bring their own interests, passions, and talents to the position.

Position Description: You will work with the program directors and VIA staff to develop and implement a short-term social impact or experiential education program.

• Assist in logistics including organizational visits, workshops and other activities
• Help create and update program content for VIA’s website and platforms
• Work with a team to create and communicate pre-program content for participants
• Assist student coordinator training with the program director
• Administer program evaluation, summarize results and develop program recommendations based on data
• Maintain accurate expense records • You must reside in the hotel and dormitory during the program period

Preferred Qualifications:
• Self-starter, effective communicator, creative problem solver, strategic thinker, and strong team player
• Demonstrated interest in east Asia, international education, leadership or program logistics

• Experience an immersive, engaging program in action with participants from Asia.
• Room, board, and program related expenses covered during program period
• Support with thesis or capstone, obtaining university credit or federal work-study/ external fellowship requests

Intern Period (option to work remotely during program planning phase, must be onsite during program):
• Beginning spring 2015 and finishing during summer 2015

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter which explains your interest in a particular program by email to Patrick Arnold, Senior Asia Programs Director at Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis to join our short-term summer programs and our one-year fellowship in-country training.

VIA is an equal opportunity employer.


Apply to Open Programs!

    Programs in Asia:
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*Nov 30, 2014- Round 1 Deadline

*Jan 15, 2015- Round 2 Deadline

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