US Summer Schools FAQ

General Questions

Can I drive to the school?

Most centres have parking spaces available for summer school staff to use; please see the links in question 2 above for centre specific information on parking. Usually parking at each site is very limited, available on a first-come-first-served basis and may incur a charge. Therefore we cannot guarantee parking and we recommend that staff only drive to centres if necessary. Unfortunately we cannot reserve spaces in advance; team members who are driving will need to park nearby on the day and speak to their line manager or the facilities team at their centre about how to arrange parking.

Does LAL pay for my travel to the school?

Travel to and from the centre is paid for by the candidate. We do not pay for flight or train tickets, except in cases where travel between the centres or during excursions is required and requested by LAL. In these instances, travel between centres and for excursions are paid for by LAL. If you have requested a transfer between centres for any reason LAL does not contribute towards resulting travel costs.

Pre-Summer training

We will be in touch prior to your contract starting with details on how to log on to our training site, which will have role specific training to be completed before your employment commences with LAL US Summer Schools.

Do I need to bring a towel, hairdryer, etc.?

Yes. None of our centres provide a towel. Likewise, though there might be certain equipment at the centre, it is better to bring any essentials you feel you may need, including hairdryers.

Do I need to bring my laptop?

This is up to you. LAL does provide a small number of computers in the school office for the senior team. We cannot guarantee computers for all members of staff however we do provide wireless internet at all sites.

Teachers may find it useful to bring their own laptops/tablets for lesson planning and report writing.

Please note any such items are brought at the user’s own risk. LAL does not accept any liability for items lost or damaged.

Can I have friends or family come and stay onsite?

Under safeguarding and insurance regulations coming from outside of LAL unfortunately any adult who is not an LAL International Group Leader or member of staff is not allowed to stay on site. Therefore we have a strict no visitors policy. This also extends to staff members whose contracts with LAL finish but who would like to stay on site for a few days afterwards; as much as we would like you to stay with us, our insurance and welfare policies do not allow it. This also includes couples who want to travel together but have different starting dates. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Do I get days off? What is the working pattern like?

Yes. You will have one full day off per week. We cannot necessarily give you the same day off each week and we cannot tell you in advance which shifts and days off you will have, although we do our utmost to honour all day-off requests.

Can I have every Saturday off?

No. This would be impossible to rota in for everyone and unfair to allow for just one or two members of staff. Every school runs 7 days a week and therefore all members of the summer school team need to be happy to work weekends. Weekends are some of the busiest times at the centre and staff often enjoy working them as they get to accompany students on fun excursions and lead exciting on-site activities.

I’m graduating on….can I have two days off? Days off for special occasions.

Our summer school team includes many university students and we understand how important graduation is to attend. Considering this, we do our utmost to accommodate graduation requests. This can also be considered for other special occasions such as birthdays or weddings. Each situation is discussed on a case by case basis and is dependent upon student numbers, pre-existing time off requests and the needs of the centre.

We appreciate staff letting us know about any time-off requests for big events in advance of the summer, so please do email [email protected] if you need a certain day off. Staff can also discuss with their line manager the dates they need off and arrange to be on the rota in a way that enables them to attend their graduation within their usual allocated time off.

What will my day-to-day job involve? What is a typical day at a summer school?

One of the best things about working with LAL is that it is definitely not boring; each day is different. Our team members enjoy being flexible and willing to get involved in all areas of the exciting life of our summer schools.

All staff, no matter what their role, lead the leisure programme. Teachers teach English classes and lead activities and excursions. House Parents take care of student welfare and lead activities and excursions. Activity Leaders have lots of leisure responsibilities and also cover for House Parent days off.

For a general idea of the structure of the day at each centre, please take a look at our timetables on our website: Please also take a look at the job descriptions on our careers website for a general idea of job duties:

I don’t eat gluten…can you cater for me?

The catering teams that we work with across all sites are excellent and can accommodate most of the usual requests. If you have a more unusual dietary requirement, please inform [email protected] so we can liaise with our catering partners. Please also remind your Centre Manager upon arrival so that they can make any further necessary arrangements and introduce you to the catering team.

I like arts and crafts but I don’t know much about sports; can I choose what activities I work on?

You may remember filling in a skills sheet at application, where you indicate your confidence in certain areas, such as arts and crafts. We ask you to do this so that your Leisure Manager or Activity Manager can best utilise your individual skills. It is important to us that your skills are utilised effectively, and that you enjoy your job; if our staff are having fun this makes for a positive the student experience.

We also need to ensure that students have the best possible mix of activities to suit their interests. This means that sometimes you might be put on an activity that, initially, you might not be so experienced in. The Leisure Manager and Leisure Coordinator are there to support staff with activities, so do approach them if you have ideas to input. With LAL Summer Schools, the more you put in, the more you, our students and our International Group Leaders will get out of the programme.

Payroll/Money Questions

How and when do I get paid?

Please see our payroll and salary information sheet, also available in the documents section of the careers website.

Can you give me a sub/cash advance when I arrive?

Unfortunately not. Our company policy and finance infrastructure does not enable us to do this.

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