We look for trip leaders who emulate a love for Jesus Christ and His gospel, can connect with and inspire youth, and motivate those around them to be better. We seek leaders who possess spiritual depth and personal integrity. Additionally, we want trip leaders with international experience and foreign language fluency. That being said, if English is your only language and you meet the other requirements, we still want you. 

HEFY creates international humanitarian expeditions for youth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ages 16-19. Our aim is to create positive peer groups to combat the ever-increasing negative influences surrounding youth today. A key component to these positive peer groups is the strong example that should be found in our peer-adult-leaders or trip leaders.   

We hold trip leaders to a high standard because they are entrusted with the physical and spiritual well-being of 19 youth in remote places around the world. While HEFY trip leaders are not paid for their service, all primary expedition expenses for trip leaders are covered by HEFY.

The application for Summer 2020 Trip Leaders is now closed and will reopen for summer 2021 on July 1, 2020. Admissions will be granted on a rolling basis. In other words, the sooner you apply, the more likely you are to be offered a Trip Leader position. HEFY Office Staff will begin reviewing applications on August 1, 2020. Qualified candidates will be invited to interview in the subsequent months. Final notification of application status will be sent out by February 1, 2021.

What do we look for?

  • Previous international experience (beyond a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) 

  • Previous experience working with youth (16-19) including, and preferably beyond, church callings

  • 21 to 30 years of age by Summer 2020 
  • Proven ability to handle high-stress situations well

  • Demonstrated leadership skills and clear, discernible confidence

  • Proven ability to inspire and help youth develop greater faith in Jesus Christ

  • Enthusiastic, organized, and dependable
  • Able to commit to attending Trip Leader Training (TLT) in Utah in May 14-16 2020 (THIS IS MANDATORY... If you can't make it to TLT, you won't be able to be a trip leader)
  • Able to commit two to four weeks to HEFY during Summer 2020
  • Recommended: Served a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Note: Married individuals are encouraged to apply; however, each person should submit a separate application. Couples will be evaluated individually, and MUST be willing to lead expeditions without their spouse. Married couples will not be assigned to serve together.


For further questions, please contact tripleaders@hefy.org with “HEFY Trip Leader Questions” in the subject line.


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