Could you help young people have a summer of adventure they will remember for the rest of their lives? Volunteers have a huge impact on the young people attending our summer camps. YHA has been running summer camps since 2005 and they are integral to our aim of impacting the lives of 50,000 young people with challenging lives by 2020. In 2019 camps will be attended by the children of RAF service families thanks to funding from the Royal British Legion.
Summer camps give young people the opportunity to develop and gain independence through outdoor activities and adventure. Our studies showed that 100% of campers reported an increase in their well-being during their time at camp.
Volunteering in a fun and vibrant environment, your role will be to inspire and encourage campers to make the most of their summer camp experience. This is a great way of gaining valuable work experience, completing a college/university placement or your DofE Gold residential or lending us your skills if you are already experienced. This is a short-term commitment of one or two weeks over the school summer holidays.
You need to be aged 18 or over to apply and available to attend a training course on 5-7 July at YHA Edale in Derbyshire. This is a short-term commitment of one or two weeks over the school summer holidays.
The recruitment process involves an enhanced DBS check and an online interview.
Accommodation and meals are provided free of charge. Your accommodation will be in shared rooms with other volunteers of the same gender.
Your enthusiasm and willingness to try new experiences is essential in encouraging campers to make the most of the activities on offer. All outdoor activities are delivered by qualified instructors so you don’t need any specialist skills.
Volunteering with CampYHA gives you:
*Valuable skills if you are considering a career working with young people
*Relevant experience for working at summer camps abroad
*A certificate and reference
*Training in safeguarding, behaviour management, leadership, communication skills and best practice relating to supporting young people in a residential setting
*A short-term commitment that will not take up your whole summer
*Free food and accommodation on camp
*Up to £180 in travel expenses (for travel to camp and training combined)
It is also a lot of fun!
*Make new friends and share memories that will last a lifetime
*Take part in exciting outdoor activities
*Challenge yourself in new situations
*Build your confidence and develop your skills
What will you do?
Volunteer Team Leaders accompany campers during the daytime activities and encourage them to make the most of the exciting outdoor challenges on offer (plus you can have a go too!). Team Leaders are the key to ensuring campers have a summer to remember. Many campers are experiencing their first stay away from home and you will provide essential pastoral care. This will include making sure campers are sleeping and eating and are prepared for the action-packed day ahead.
If you are thinking about volunteering at camps abroad, this is a great way to try it out! Team Leaders take part in challenging outdoor activities, so a level of physical fitness is required. We welcome applicants of all abilities and adjustments required due to disability can be discussed during the application process.
Apply for this role if you:
*Enjoy spending time with young people
*Have experience of supporting young people through paid or voluntary work
*Are considering a career in youth work or teaching
*Have good communication and leadership skills
*Are a team player and thrive in a fast-paced environment
You can find out more about the camps and dates available and apply using the links below.