"My leaders created a safe, friendly, happy environment that I felt very glad to be a part of." - Ella, Riverside, Conn.
Woza leaders are exceptional role models for our players. Passionate about soccer, travel, and adventure, our leaders are enthusiastic about helping teenagers discover the unique connection and impact the game we love has on people around the world. Experienced, energetic, and nurturing, Woza leaders are handpicked to ensure the highest quality of leadership. Woza leaders motivate, inspire, and demonstrate exceptional character that resonates with students beyond the summer.
Average Age of a
Average years of experience working
The number of hours of training prior to trip departure:
We hire mature and experienced leaders.
Our average leader is 24 years old and has a wealth of experience working with teenagers and traveling. All of our leaders love soccer, and many of them played in college. Above all, we hire people who are smart decision makers, impeccable problem solvers, and constant thinkers about the well-being of each student. Experience and leadership are cornerstones to our hiring process.
All Woza Leaders attend a rigorous leader training.
Before departure, we require all leaders to become certified in Wilderness First Aid, a two-day intensive course complete with hands-on learning and practice. Rarely are these first aid skills used for any more than treating scrapes and bruises, rather the extra training motivates our leaders to take a proactive approach to risk management and safety. In addition, all leaders attend a 10-day intensive training before every summer. Led by Woza’s Directors, leaders participate in seminars ranging from group dynamics to risk management and trip logistics. Our proactive approach to training allows us to share Woza’s core values with our leaders and ensure that their leadership approach results in the highest quality programs possible.
Our leaders are accomplished. They have:
Lived in Swaziland, Brazil, Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Africa, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, Colombia, Argentina, Nicaragua, Portugal, Peru, Ecuador, Canada, and Uganda
Graduated from top colleges such as Yale University, Amherst College, Carleton College, Northwestern University, Kenyon College, Colby College, Middlebury College, Haverford College, Wesleyan University, Hobart & William Smith College, University of Washington, and Connecticut College
Won NCAA National Championships
Served as the Captains of their high school and college varsity, and club soccer teams
Led trips of teenagers abroad for multiple summers and gap year programs
Currently, coach youth club and high school teams
Meet Our Leaders:
University of Northern Florida 2017
Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Haverford College 2016
Hometown: Bogota, Colombia
Carleton College 2014
Hometown: Oakland, CA
"My trip leaders set a balance of when to take things seriously and when to have fun. They also are great people, to look up to. " --Axel, Washington, D.C. Peru '19
"They were great. Funny and down to earth " -- Jackson, Seattle, Wash., Costa Rica '19
"My leaders did were able to integrate themselves with our group so that they felt more like older siblings you looked up to. At same time that you can play and have fun with them. " -- Ardan, Monterey, Calif., Peru '19
"They were absolutely amazing. Both of them added to the group vibe, and I truly felt as if they treated us as equals rather than younger kids. They were both funny, interesting, and great at soccer. This is a major reason why I had so much fun on this trip."
--Ian, Seattle, Wash., Peru '17
"Edgar and Abbie were amazing trip leaders who made a strong effort to spread positivity throughout our group and to the people in Malawi. They took the time to establish a connection with each student all while creating a united group. I really enjoyed getting to know them, and I definitely think of both of them as role models!" --Caroline, Short Hills, N.J., Malawi '17
"Hailey and Kevin were very understanding, funny, laid-back and overall fun people to be around. They really made this experience worthwhile. ." -- Caroline, Jacksonville, Fla., Costa Rica '19
Testimonals from Players
If you are interested in leading for us, please visit the Lead for Woza page to learn more.