Activity Leader

The role of Activity Leader is an important one, directly concerned with the welfare and enjoyment of overseas junior students.

  • Salary: GBP 240 - 319 per week, including accommodation allowance
  • Location: UK Summer Schools
  • Division: LAL UK Summer Schools
  • Contract length: Summer Job

This requires the post-holder to lead a full range of activities and excursions both on and off site. Activity Leaders will also conduct airport transfers and offer constructive support as required to all aspects of the summer school operation.


The ideal Activity Leader will be enthusiastic, responsible and outgoing. We need our Activity Leaders to be confident and effective in their communication with others. We aim for all our Activity Leaders to have as much fun as possible with students whilst always acting with high regard for the rules and policies of LAL and maintaining discipline throughout the course.


Main Responsibilities and Tasks:


Leisure Responsibilities

  • To actively encourage students to take part in the leisure programme.
  • To organise, set up and lead fun, engaging and safe activities for the students.
  • To lead students and International Group Leaders on excursions to a variety of locations, providing cultural information about the places they are seeing.
  • To ensure that all aspects of the leisure programme run smoothly and safely.
  • To assist in daily administrative and pastoral tasks as requested by line management, including meal monitoring.
  • To carry out arrival and departure airport transfers, providing an excellent first and last impression of LAL Summer Schools.


Welfare Responsibilities

  • To provide House Parent cover as and when required (up to 2 nights per week) which includes:
  • Managing the residence, ensuring that it is a secure, welcoming and functioning environment – maintaining order and cleanliness.
  • Remaining on-site and in the designated residence at all times when on House Parent duty, ensuring students know where to go if they have a problem during the night.
  • Conducting nightly house meetings with all students staying in the residence.
  • Ensuring students go to bed on time and that order is kept at night times.
  • To assist House Parents, where necessary, in ensuring students are in their accommodation on time for the house meetings and bed.
  • To accompany students living in Host Families to and from the summer school.
  • To assist students in being on time for meals, transport arrangements and all planned activities.


Other Responsibilities

  • To be fully engaged with students and International Group Leaders in the rigours of summer school work, providing excellent customer service while delivering the LAL Summer School product.
  • To consistently ensure the welfare of the students remains paramount.
  • To live on-site, board and lodging provided as part of the salary package, from three days prior to the start of the course to attend induction training, until the end of the last contracted day.
  • To carry out all tasks concerned with the setting up, administration and closing down of the course as advised by line management.
  • To address any student, International Group Leader or host site representatives issues, complaints or suggestions by ensuring that the relevant LAL staff are made aware.
  • To act in a friendly and professional manner with all of LAL’s agents, clients and staff and not to engage in any activity which may bring LAL or the designated host school into disrepute.
  • To assist all students, International Group Leaders and LAL agents to derive the maximum benefit from the course.
  • To follow all LAL policies and procedures, including but not limited to dress code, safeguarding, maintaining student discipline and avoiding loss and/or damage to LAL property or property belonging to the host school.
  • To read and be fully conversant with all training materials relating to the role, and all pertinent British Council Accreditation requirements, prior to the start of the period of employment.
  • To be flexible to carry out any other duties as may be reasonably assigned by the Summer School management team, either in centre or at Head Office.
  • To attend all required meetings as instructed by the management team.
  • If you are a returning member of staff and have worked for LAL UK Summer Schools before, you will be expected to ‘buddy up’ with new team members, using your experience to help with their development.

Person Specification:

The letters in brackets denote how LAL will establish if you meet our criteria and how that will be determined. The letters have the following meaning: (A) = Application Form, (I) = Interview, (R) = Reference and (T) = Test.


E.g. experience of working with young people will be determined by the information provided by the candidate on the application form (A) and through questions at Interview (I)



Education, Training and Knowledge

  • a) Educated to GCSE standard (5 A*-C grades – including English and Maths) or equivalent (A)
  • b) Very good level of spoken and written English (CEFR B2 minimum, e.g. FCE/IELTS 5-6.5) (A/I)
  • c) Good knowledge of local culture, sports and/or arts & crafts/performing arts (A/I)


Relevant Work Experience

  • a) Experience of working with young people (A/I)


Skills and Abilities

  • a) Must work well as part of a team (A/I)
  • b) Responsible approach to working with juniors (I)
  • c) Ability to work under pressure (A/I)
  • d) ‘Can do’ approach to work (A/I)
  • e) Enthusiasm (A/I)


Other Attributes

  • a) Excellent communication skills (A/I)
  • b) Some knowledge of foreign cultures (A/I)
  • c) Interest in activities and local culture (A/I)
  • d) Satisfactory DBS disclosure or equivalent (A/I)



Education, Training and Knowledge

  • a) NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) or equivalent in a relevant discipline (A)
  • b) Educated to A Level or degree level standard (A)
  • b) First Aid Certificate/Life Guard Certificate (A)
  • c) Good knowledge of the local area and/or experience of leading cultural tours (A/I)
  • d) Computer literate with experience using Microsoft Office365 (A/I)
  • e) Driving licence (A)


Relevant Work Experience

  • a) Previous Summer School experience (A/I)
  • b) At least 1 year’s work experience in a similar role (A/I)


Skills and Abilities

  • a) Good working knowledge of at least one foreign language (A)



Core salary and bonuses

  • Weekly basic salary: 18 – 20 years old GBP 240, 21 – 24 years old GBP 292, 25+ GBP 304
  • Maximum weekly bonus: GBP 15
    (full information will be provided at interview)

Supplements for specialist roles

  • GBP 50

(Paid only in weeks when this option is running)

Returning Staff

Returning staff will be paid an additional GBP 15 per week for their second year with LAL, and an additional GBP 5 for each additional year worked up to a maximum of GBP 30 per week.

Accommodation Allowance

The basic salary for this residential role includes an accommodation allowance of GBP 42 per week. Non-residential staff will be paid an additional allowance of GBP 42 per week.


To Apply: Please ensure that you meet the requirements in the Job Description and Person Specification before applying. To apply for a post, please fill in our online application form. Click to apply online
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