Teaching Fellowship Program

Why do a teaching fellowship?

A Teaching Fellowship at Alzar school is an excellent opportunity for recent college graduates and emerging young professionals to gain practical experience working in an academic institution that emphasizes leadership development of 10th and 11th grade students. Through extensive outdoor exploration, cultural exchange, and academic training, you will build your skills and your resume. Working in a close-knit community setting, Fellows forge strong relationships with students and faculty that transcend the classroom. After your semester as a Fellow, you will be equipped with a wide array of skills and experiences that can be applied in many different future careers, whether you choose to teach, work for a non-profit, or lead backcountry expeditions.

“The Teaching Fellow position is a very dynamic role at an incredibly innovative school. You get the chance to work alongside some of the most motivated and passionate educators. The position itself is so broad with responsibilities, and you have the opportunity to plug into almost every niche and aspect of the school. The benefits, rewards, experience, travel and sense of worth and working towards something bigger make this experience truly incredible!” - Ian, Fall 2013 Teaching Fellow

College graduates are invited to apply for one of our limited spaces as a teaching fellow. Spend one semester after finishing university to sharpen your skills as an outdoor educator and try out teaching in a rigorous academic setting.

Semester Adventures

Teaching Fellows have incredible adventures throughout their semester at the Alzar School.  Imagine teaching on a crystal clear river, carving perfect turns with your students before class, and practicing your Spanish with a huaso (Chilean cowboy) in the Andes.  Now, imagine that this is your semester of professional growth. And that is only the beginning:

  • Teach motivated students in rigorous academic classes
  • Visit a Mapuche community & backpack in Northern Patagonia
  • Explore the rugged Owyhee canyonlands, the Salmon River, and the Andes
  • Ski at Tamarack Resort and Brundage Mountain and surf in the Pacific Ocean
  • Kayaking and rafting in Chile on the Rio Ñuble, Fuy, Puelo, San Pedro, and more
  • Live in cabanas in the shadow of a volcano and in a yurt on the North Fork of the Payette River

Program Details

Important Dates

  • Applications accepted on a rolling basis.  Apply by March 1st of the school year prior to your desired fellowship.
  • Fall semester dates:  approximately July 31st- December 20th
  • Spring semester dates: approximately Jan.5- May 30th


Program Fees

The teaching fellowship is an unpaid internship, with an emphasis on teaching fellows learning to be academic teachers. For 2018-2019, fellows are responsible for paying a $3,500 program fee to the Alzar School before the start of their semester.  This fee is nonrefundable.  The school provides housing and food during the semester, purchases the fellow’s flight to/from Chile, and provides much of the specialized personal equipment needed for the semester. Fellows should budget for their personal expenses during the semester (such as health insurance, car payments, student loans, etc) and transportation to/from Idaho campus at beginning/end of the semester.  Additionally, they may choose to eat or travel away from the group during time off, and should include those times in their budgeting.

Equipment List for Teaching Fellows

Teaching fellows will have the opportunity to explore a number of different environments during their semester.  This Packing List for Teaching Fellows will help incoming teaching fellows pack for their semester.

Partnership with the McCall Outdoor Science School and the University of Idaho

The Alzar School Teaching Fellowship is a one-semester investment in your professional development. Additionally, it can also be combined with a Masters in Education program offered by the University of Idaho and the McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS). In two years, earn a masters, a teaching certificate, and tons of practical experience in both traditional and nontraditional classrooms.  Check out the graduate program at M.O.S.S.

How to Apply

Alzar School is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters.  To apply, please visit our online application, where you also be asked to upload a cover letter and a 2-page resume.  In the cover letter, please indicate which of our academic classes (see our Curriculum Guide) you would be interested in taking a lead in, and which of the following auxiliary roles are of interest to you: recruiting, fundraising, video/photo production, medical program, outdoor program, facilities, communications, and more.  If you have any questions about the teaching fellow program, please email laura@alzarschool.org.