Staff Applications


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MANDATORY Summer Comittment: June 14th - August 12th, 2015                  

Ionian Village is a summer camp and travel program in Greece for Greek Orthodox youths, grades 8 through 12, operated by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Two sessions are offered each summer. Working as a Staff Member for Ionian Village should not be viewed as a vacation. You will be expected to work a 24-hour day, 7 days a week while camp is in session. While demanding, it is an extremely rewarding experience.

Your acceptance as a staff member includes round-trip airfare from JFK Airport in New York to Greece and full room and board while you are working during the camp sessions. Travel to New York is at your own expense. Any personal shopping while camp is in session is at your own expense. You are responsible for your own travel, lodging, and meals during the three day break in-between session.

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Staff Member responsibilities at Ionian Village include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Direct supervision of a cabin of between 12 and 18 campers with one or two other staff members.
- Supervision of all aspects of the campers’ day: prep times, chapel, cabin clean-up, meals, daily and evening activities, cabin time, preparing for bed, and at all times during excursions.
- Assignment to a specific department, planning and execution of department activities.
- Assignment to and execution of specific duties on excursions.
- Assistance in airport pick-up and drop-off in Athens.
- Any other duties specified by the Director.

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Expectations of our Staff Members include, but are not limited to, the following:

- Be able and committed to work June 14th - August 12th, 2015.
- Maintain a professional appearance and demeanor at all times, recognizing that we are guests of the Greek Government and representatives of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
- Be a positive Orthodox Christian role model for campers and others, which includes adhering to camp policies and rules, maintaining cleanliness, punctuality, sportsmanship, table manners, proper dress attire and Orthodox faith and morality.
- Be willing, open, and able to work with teenagers.
- Demonstrate enthusiasm, a sense of humor, patience and self-control.
- Ensure the physical, emotional, spiritual health and safety of the campers.
- Execute and support the camp policies and procedures.
- Supervise all aspects of the campers’ day.
- Work well in close proximity with others throughout the summer.
- Be willing to take charge and motivate others.
- Be able to take direction and constructive criticism.

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- No alcohol, drugs or acting out of any kind.
- Extreme care must be exercised in all interpersonal relationships involving staff members and with campers.
- Non-professional conduct will not be tolerated and may be grounds for dismissal.

**Staff Members may be sent home or asked to leave the program at any time at the discretion of the Camp Director.**


The Staff Application process includes three main components: the online application and references, the 90-second video, and the live interview. The process is weighted, with different sections being worth more of the overall evaluation of your application. Please note this.

The Staff Application must be completed online and all supplemental documents must be received by the deadline of January 25, 2015. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.

In order to complete the following online application, please be prepared to:
     - Read and understand the expectations of an Ionian Village Staff Member.
     - Allow yourself approximately 40 minutes to complete this application.
     - Upload a photograph of yourself.
     - Answer questions regarding your personal, employment, education, and camp history.
     - Answer if you currently hold any certifications, such as Lifeguard, CPR, First Aid etc.
     - Answer questions regarding your medical history, including vaccinations and medications.
     - Name three emergency contacts.
     - Supply the names of three references total (one professional, one personal, and one spiritual), who will also complete the electronic reference form on your behalf prior to January 25, 2015.
     - Answer several essay questions about why you feel you are ready to serve as an Ionian Village Staff Member.

Being a Staff Member at Ionian Village means that being creative, fun and just plain silly are major parts of what we do everyday! In that spirit, we ask that you create a 90-second video starring YOU! Show us who you are and why you want to serve as a Staff Member for Ionian Village. Remember, creativity and fun are encouraged, don't just talk at the camera!  Videos that go past 90 seconds will be disqualified in total and will not be considered.

Once complete, all videos must be uploaded to YouTube with your name and "#IV2015 Staff Application" in the title. Please e-mail a link to your video. In addition, if you choose to make the video private, please be sure to share it with The video must be received by January 25, 2015.

This video is worth half of your total application, and it is the first impression of you we get, so be creative and have fun!!!

Once we have received all parts of your application and your file is considered complete, you will be contacted by the Office of Ionian Village to set up a time for an interview. Interviews are conducted via Skype with members of our administration team.


We ask you to keep in mind a few things while applying to be on Staff. Here are some examples of an ideal Ionian Village Staff member. Applying to be a Staff Member at Ionian Village means you…

- Are ready to devote yourself fully, not only to the mission of Ionian Village,

but also to our campers and our faith

- Are 21 or older (as of June 14, 2015)

- Enjoy working with youth and encouraging them in our faith

- Are able to dedicate a whole summer to Ionian Village (serving one session is not an option for first time applicants)

- Are excited about traveling around Greece with teenagers, learning with them,

and acting as a spiritual and physical guide

- Are a dependable individual, and exhibit good character

- Want to become a positive influence in the lives of our youth

- Take an active role in our faith

- Work well with others in a close environment, knowing when to be a leader and when to be a follower

- Are ready to give 150% of your energy at all times

- Are willing to take on the intense and demanding physical commitment that is expected of our Staff

- Can love those around you unconditionally

If these things sound like you, then you should apply to be a part of the Ionian Village Staff!

Applications for Ionian Village Staff 2015 are currently closed