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EC English Language Centers

Helping students succeed in a global community


Established in 1991 EC Malta was EC’s first and only school.  This small school quickly gained a wonderful reputation and became one of the leading English language schools in Malta.  Fast forward to today and there are 29 year-round schools in eight countries on four continents, retaining their excellent reputation for delivering English Language courses globally.  EC has a Young Learners division which incorporates EC Academy, EC Study Tours and Embassy Summer and manages over 30000 weeks from students from over 140 countries helping them to improve their language skills, meet new friends and take part in a wide range of activities and cultural excursions that will help them develop important life skills.


Successful Activity Leaders demonstrate leadership, effective communication and social skills, flexibility, positive energy and sensitivity to the needs of international students.  AL’s lead our students on all off-campus and on-campus activities to ensure their well-being and enjoyment. 

We offer a competitive salary with room and board included at one of our beautiful campus locations working with students from around the world. This position would be at our summer campus at York (Toronto) or Montreal. Please see for more information about each location. 

Job Purpose:

To lead and supervise course participants on off-site and on-campus activities and trips, meal times and bed times at the center.  This position requires considerable amounts of walking on guided tours, carrying sports equipment from the center to sports fields and moving furniture in preparation for indoor activities.

Work Schedule:

The full-time work week is comprised of morning, afternoon and/or evening shifts, with at least one full day off per week; shifts may vary with split hours in the morning and evenings. This position can be residential or non-residential.

Residential Activity Leaders are full-time temporary staff.  You will receive a compensation package that includes room & board, and a weekly salary (to be paid bi-weekly).  Work consists of approximately 35 hours per week.  In addition to your regular pay, you will be paid for any overtime hours worked at the applicable overtime rate(s) as required by law.

A flexible work approach towards the position with the ability to work nights, weekends and holidays is required.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure customer satisfaction in the leading and supervision of activities and trips at center and off-campus
  • Explain the activities to students and group leaders in a clear and positive manner and keeping them well informed 
  • Be prepared to learn and LEAD activities and trips in the style of a tour guide
  • Contribute to student’s development of life skills
  • Ensure adequate planning & preparation for all activities and trips, ensuring that activities start and finish on time, and clearly explaining meeting points and times
  • Enthusiastically and clearly guide and communicate to students about different sightseeing trips or city tours
  • Ensure and maintain proper levels of student discipline, welfare and safety of all students during activities
  • Inform the Activities Manager and/or the Center Manager about any problems or incidents during an activity or excursion
  • Carry out residential responsibilities, including meal and bed time supervision and guardian duties, check-in and check-out during weekends and linen exchange based on a rotation schedule
  • If necessary, assist with airport greeting responsibilities, which includes assisting the center management staff at the center to meet incoming groups or sending departing groups off to the airport

Qualifications & Training:

  • High School Graduate or G.E.D equivalent
  • 1 year experience working with or supervising minors (at a summer school or language camp setting; residential experience desired).
  • Good communication skills; good organizational skills
  • Ability to demonstrate enthusiasm, patience and flexibility
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • First aid or CPR certificate (Desirable)
  • Lifeguard and/or coaching qualification (Desirable)
  • Knowledge of the local area (Desirable)
  • Knowledge of multiple languages (Desirable).   Those with Mandarin language skills are especially encouraged to apply

Approximate camp dates are June 23rd – August 4th but please check for exact timelines. There are mandatory paid training days held as follows at each location but your start date/end date may not be the entire camp period (depending on enrollment and agreement). 

Montreal does NOT have housing available to staff. 

Mandatory training dates:

  • TORONTO – YORK – Thursday, June 25th
  • MONTREAL – Monday, June 29th, Tuesday June 30th and July 1st
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