Year Associate, South Africa

ThinkImpact ( is an educational travel and technology company, offering experience-based programs to elevate how we learn and grow. We know that people learn most effectively through experiences, so we’re sending people around the world to explore different cultures, tackle tough challenges, and form relationships with people they wouldn’t otherwise meet. Guided by our award-winning tech-powered curriculum, ThinkImpact programs bring together students and local community members to spark ideas and create businesses in rural Africa and Latin America.We use an asset-based approach to our work, which means we don’t focus on what a community needs or lacks, but rather we emphasize the resources they already have and how we can leverage those assets. Teams then research, develop and prototype small business ideas, creating opportunities for the community to grow and thrive. The ultimate goal of our programs is to learn through collaboration.ThinkImpact is based in Denver, Colorado, and operates in Ghana, Kenya, Panama, Rwanda and South Africa.

Position Description  

ThinkImpact Year Associates (TIYAs) are full time positions based in Africa or Latin America. Each TIYA will report to a Country Coordinator, the dedicated local staff member based in Africa or Latin America, while also working closely with each other and the Global Operations Director.TIYAs are passionate about working in a multicultural team to setup and manage programs for students, young professionals, and rural community members. Their role is comprised of four main components: 1) operations, 2) curriculum, 3) partnerships, and 4) community relations and M&E.

Roles and Responsibilities 


  • Assist in set up and management of all ThinkImpact programs
  • Facilitate Institute programs, living fulltime in the rural communities where ThinkImpact works during programs
  • Grow ThinkImpact’s presence and network
  • Travel to ThinkImpact’s site locations as needed
  • Take pictures and videos, and write blogs to capture the TIYA experience
  • Document ThinkImpact’s operations and write country specific operations handbooks to retain internal memory
  • Train the next group of TIYAs

Eligibility and Requirements 

  • Bachelor’s Degree Required, Masters Preferred (3.3 or better GPA)
  • 5+ years living in the United States
  • 10+ months living/working in non-OECD country
  • 2 years work experience required
  • Highly organized and detail oriented
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proactive problem solver and easily adaptable
  • Experience working with and managing multicultural teams
  • Project management skills
  • Experience leading student teams
  • Strategic thinker
  • High level of comfort living, working, and traveling in Africa preferred
  • Fluent in English
  • Requires close working relationship with American travellers and an understanding of American culture is essential
  • Preference will be given to former ThinkImpact Institute scholars or staff or qualified candidates who are familiar with the ThinkImpact Institute or other travel/study abroad programs in the developing world
  • Experience organizing and managing logistics
  • Effective negotiating skills
  • Comfortable working with service providers
  • Budgeting and financial management skills
  • Experience working with and/or teaching students
  • An interest in curriculum development and iterating on feedback
  • Good networker
  • Outgoing and good at follow through
  • Experience building and managing partnerships
  • Comfort working with rural communities and interacting with many stakeholders from government/community leaders to host families and translators
  • Experience with M&E survey techniques, implementation, and analysis

Application Instructions 

Submit cover letter and CV with contact info for two references at For more information on starting dates, compensation, and working conditions, please visit ThinkImpact's website at: