Employment

Employment FAQ

Q:

What are some of the perks of sailing as a faculty or staff member?

A:

Our faculty and staff not only receive an amazing opportunity to sail around the world, but also:

  • A small stipend and travel allowance (details are covered during the interview)
  • Free room and board
  • The opportunity to bring spouse/partner and dependent children
  • Discounts on ISE sponsored In-country Programs
  • Emergency medical coverage

Q:

How much do faculty and staff get paid?

A:

This is a great question that comes up quite often. Generally (depending on the voyage) FACULTY are paid $11,500 for teaching three courses, as well as a taxable $500 stipend to cover incidental travel-related expenses. Faculty members also receive a travel allowance to secure airfare and hotel accommodations through Semester at Sea’s preferred provider. More details are provided during the on-boarding process.

STAFF are paid based on their role and voyage. Each position has a different pay grade, so it is difficult to generalize the staff pay. Stipend details are discussed during the interview. Staff members receive a taxable stipend of $500 to cover incidental travel-related expenses. Faculty members also receive a travel allowance to secure airfare and hotel accommodations through Semester at Sea’s preferred provider. More details are provided during the on-boarding process.

Q:

Can I bring my child along, and do you have a babysitter on board?

A:

We define dependent children as “children” who have not yet graduated high school. Due to safety protocol, children must be at least 24 months old to sail on a voyage. Faculty and select staff may elect to bring their dependent children for a nominal fee. Please contact our Human Resources department for details on this policy.

We do not have a shipboard “babysitter”. However, we do have a Dependent Children program during our Semester at Sea voyages. This program helps to engage children into the shipboard community. The morning program is a 2-3 hour study hall that facilitates the individual success of each dependent child. The afternoon program is a 2-3 hour enrichment program that features a diverse array of engaging activities and programs for the dependent children.

Non-working spouses or partners of sailing faculty and staff members are considered the primary caregiver for their dependent children. Caregivers over the age of 25 are required for faculty and staff who are traveling with dependent children but are not traveling with a spouse or partner.

 

Q:

Are faculty and staff allowed time to do personal travel while in port?

A:

Yes, although some staff positions may require you to remain within a certain mile radius of the ship for a portion of the time in port in case of emergencies, and faculty may choose to lead a field trip with students as a part of the learning objective.

Q:

I am still an undergraduate student; can I apply to work for Semester at Sea?

A:

Most of our staff positions require a minimum of a Master’s Degree and  3-5 years of professional experience. We encourage current students to apply once they have graduated and gained some professional experience.

Q:

I am interested in a position as a crew member on board the ship, what do I need to do?

A:

We do not hire for crew positions. We utilize the services of an international ship management company called V-ships to staff our crew positions. You may contact them directly at careers@vgrouplimited.com if you are interested.

Q:

My spouse and I are interested in sailing together, is this possible?

A:

Yes, a spouse or partner of a faculty or staff member can sail as a dependent and are charged a small dependent fee.

Q:

I am not an American citizen; can I still work for Semester at Sea?

A:

We are an international program, and international applicants are welcome to apply for our positions.

Q:

Can I apply to more than one position and/or voyage?

A:

YES, we encourage you to apply to any and all positions that you are interested in and that you qualify for. This can only help and not hinder your chances of being selected.

Q:

What are the “internal” or “not open to the general public” positions that are listed in the job postings?

A:

There are a few internal positions on each voyage. You have to be the spouse or partner of a sailing faculty or staff member for that voyage in order to apply to these positions. This requirement is due to limited cabin availability on the MV World Odyssey.