AST Trainers Application

We are looking for Authorized SCA Trainers (ASTs) who are ready to take on the challenge to train at Barista Camp on Sept 10-13 in Anavissos, Greece!

Barista Camp is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for baristas of all levels to take their skills to the next level. The educational core of Barista Camp is based on SCA’s Coffee Skills Program, with optional certification. In addition to these training sessions, Barista Camp offers activities, lectures and tastings; all focusing on a variety of inspiring coffee related subjects. A resort setting and exciting social activities in the evenings will help baristas relax and connect with new friends from all over Europe. 

We are now accepting applications for Lead and Assistant ASTs at Barista Camp 2019 for the following modules:

            •           Barista Skills Intermediate

            •           Brewing Intermediate

            •           Green Intermediate

            •           Sensory Professional 

Each module needs a dynamic Lead AST supported by equally dynamic and enthusiastic Assistant ASTs. Leads and Assistants will work together as a team under the guidance of our Education Coordinator. We will also have the most amazing team of volunteers (experienced and non-experienced baristas) who will support each module and help out wherever needed. 

ASTs and volunteers must possess a positive, can-do attitude and be able and willing to work collaboratively in a team and within tight schedules. This means being stress-resistant and possessing strong organizational skills which will help you turn Barista Camp 2019 into an amazing and rewarding experience not only for yourself but for every delegate as well.

ASTs will be required to teach or support one Intermediate module or one Professional module. 

If you’re up for the challenge, please fill in the application form by 13 June. Applications will be reviewed by Barista Guild’s Education Coordinator and the SCA Education Team. Approval notifications along with further instructions will be sent by 16 June.

Any further questions can be directed to kims@sca.coffee

 
 
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LEAD AST

As a Lead AST you are responsible for the set-up and smooth running of one module under guidance of our Education Coordinator.

Responsibilities include:

  • creating the detailed schedule of the module (by 16 July)

  • creating and presenting the theoretical lecture

  • overseeing the practical training sessions and exams

  • setting up the practical training schedule (by 16 July)

  • setting up the exam schedule (by 16 July) and correcting written exams (during Camp)

  • creating or compiling pre-course reading material to be sent out to delegates in advance (by 16 July)

  • making sure the class runs on time

  • being present at Camp from 9 September 15:00h until 13 September 09:00h, to attend meetings and finish correcting exams

Lead AST selection criteria:

  • your track record as an AST (SCA admin records)

  • known knowledge of your training skills based on industry and peer-observed feedback

  • your theoretical presentation (you must think this through: you will not be in your normal training room environment; you will have less time to deliver the same content)

  • your experience teaching large groups

  • your short description on how you’d run the modules

    • Intermediate: in 18hrs (excluding exams) for 20 people

    • Professional: in 20hrs (including practical exam) for 15 people

  • your language skills: strong English is a must, any other languages are a plus

  • your motivation, enthusiasm, energy and passion

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ASSISTANT AST

The Assistant AST is (nearly) as strong and experienced as the Lead AST and will act a co-leader of the module but must defer overall module responsibility to the Lead AST. Assistant ASTs will support all module initiatives as laid out by the Lead AST and the Education Coordinator. Ideally the Assistant AST role will be seen as a development step to becoming the Lead AST at future Barista Camps (however note that this will not be guaranteed and will always depend on the Lead AST criteria being met).

Responsibilities include:

  • helping with the practical training sessions and exams under direction of Lead AST

  • any other help the Lead AST needs for the smooth running of the course (being proactive)

  • making sure the class runs on time

  • correcting written exams (during Camp)

  • being present at Camp from 2 September 13:00h until 6 September 15:00h, to attend meetings and finish correcting exams

 Assistant AST selection criteria:

  • your track record as an AST (SCA admin records)

  • known knowledge of your training skills based on industry and peer-observed feedback

  • your experience teaching large groups

  • your language skills: strong English is a must, any other languages are a plus

  • your motivation, enthusiasm, energy and passion

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What we offer

We value your expertise and involvement with SCA’s Education Program, and would love you to be part of this unique event. Following the success of previous Barista Camps, we are confident that participation on any level is an incredible opportunity — if not a life-changing event — not only for baristas, but also for the volunteers, ASTs and coffee community as a whole.

Benefits of teaching at Barista Camp include:

  • accelerated development of your skills as a trainer by gaining first-hand experience in the scalability of the modules (once you have taught at a Barista Camp, you can teach anywhere!)

  • meet and work with an international team of ASTs; supported by experienced baristas and Q-graders

  • connect with a one-of-a-kind group of international baristas who are eager to learn and become valuable business prospects on their way to achieving the Coffee Diploma

  • be part of a ‘one-off’ unique community; with its inspiring individuals, the wealth of knowledge and experience all around and the fun social vibe

We offer the following remuneration package for ASTs:

  • an all-inclusive ticket to Barista Camp

  • meals during the event days - 4 x dinner & breakfast, 3 x lunch

  • accommodation for up to 4 nights

  • a training fee of €400 (Lead ASTs) or €200 (Assistant ASTs)

 Expenses we don’t include:

  • airfare costs

  • ground transport costs

  • meals taken during travel period