United Kingdom | Outdoor Camp Volunteer

950 USD

February or August for 8-12 months

Are you ready for a social role full of adventure?

Run by Scouts, Guides and YMCA, our network of outdoor camps deliver outdoor education programs, usually to young people, and your role will be to help coordinate the day-to-day running of the centre. Maintenance and cleaning duties are around 30% of this role. The rest of the time, you and the team will assist and even instruct outdoor activities, such as archery, swimming, hiking, climbing, canoeing, high ropes courses, group games, and sailing, supporting and motivating young people to participate. Full training is provided, often with the opportunity to gain a formally recognised certification.

Are you interested in being a Marketing Intern at an outdoor camp? We have an exciting opportunity for someone to create content for our website, social media and email newsletter. If this sounds up your street, let us know in your application.

Locations

Outdoor Camps are in spacious rural areas in Buckinghamshire, West Midlands, Staffordshire, Hampshire, Norfolk and Shropshire.

Work Schedule

Be willing to accept that the ethos of an outdoor camp is very much about lifestyle and not a 9-5pm Monday to Friday job. Keep ‘work hard/play hard’ in mind.

Age Requirements

Visa requires volunteers to be at least 18 years old at the point of application.

Financial Reimbursement

Volunteers are reimbursed weekly towards their fees, flights, visa and travel insurance during placement. The reimbursement amount varies.

Teamwork

Outdoor camps are friendly and sociable, with a large international community and lots of teamwork. Connect with other international volunteers, local staff and young people in an exciting outdoor environment while making unforgettable memories and friendships.

Food & Accommodation

Volunteers have access to a shared kitchen and receive a food allowance. You will live onsite in rooms shared with other staff, usually with twin or bunkbeds.

Case Study | UK Outdoor Camp Volunteer

The initial two months were dedicated to extensive training, covering activities from water rescue techniques to zip-wire rescues and orienteering. Nicole emerged from the training as a competent leader, able to guide groups of children through various activities.

“The first two months were all training. I was assessed on all activities and can now lead groups of children. It’s lots of fun! I love working with children; there’s a new group each week. My team are great people. Although I came alone, I now have many friends and am part of a community.”

Canada | Outdoor Camp Volunteer

950 USD

February for up to 10 months

Are you ready for an exciting and social role that allows you to positively impact young people’s lives while enjoying the stunning Canadian wilderness?

As an outdoor camp volunteer, you’ll ensure the smooth day-to-day operation of the camp, which is nestled in the heart of Canada’s beautiful natural landscapes. In addition to overseeing maintenance and cleaning duties that make up around 30% of the role, you’ll also have the opportunity to assist and even instruct a range of thrilling outdoor activities, such as archery, swimming, hiking, climbing, canoeing, high ropes courses, group games, and sailing. Your love of the outdoors and working with young people will motivate them to participate and have fun. Comprehensive training is provided, which includes the opportunity to gain formal certification and become an experienced instructor.

If you’re ready to join an international community of colleagues who share your passion for adventure while you immerse yourself in the beauty of Canadian nature and make a real difference in the lives of young people, apply today!

Locations

The outdoor camps are in the heart of Canadian nature in Alberta, near Calgary, and British Columbia, near Vancouver.

Work Schedule

Be willing to accept that the ethos of an outdoor camp is very much about lifestyle and not a 9-5pm Monday to Friday job. Keep ‘work hard/play hard’ in mind. Volunteers have time off to explore before and after the season.

Age Requirements

Visa requires volunteers to be at least 18 years old at the point of arrival.

Allowance

Volunteers receive an allowance of approximately $90 USD per week.

Teamwork

Outdoor camps are friendly and sociable, with a large international community and lots of teamwork. Connect with other international volunteers, local staff and young people in an exciting outdoor environment while making unforgettable memories and friendships.

Food & Accommodation

The whole team share meals together in the dining hall. Volunteers will occasionally be on the cooking rota and can look forward to traditional Canadian food. Together with other staff, you will stay in a wood cabin dormitory with a shared bathroom.

Case Study | Canada Outdoor Camp Volunteer

Hannes recounts his dynamic role, where he initially focused on preparing the camp and hosting smaller groups for outdoor school activities. From instructing archery classes to organizing campfire stories, Hannes relished every moment of his experience. Immersed in an international community of around 70 people, he forged lasting friendships and embarked on memorable adventures, including road trips through the West.

“I loved working with kids, planning and organizing activities, learning forest skills, making fire, and improving my English. It was epic!”

Fee Details

Why NVW charges a fee
New Ventures Worldwide is a UK-registered nonprofit charity. The fee contributes to our operating costs and allows us to continue our mission of arranging volunteering placements for our global network of nonprofit organisations. A financial report is published annually to the UK Charity Commission.

 

Included in the fee
The fee includes a sponsored Tier 5 visa, a thoroughly vetted placement, an appropriate volunteer role based on age, experience and interests, a placement mentor, any necessary training, preparation guidance, ongoing support, accommodation, food and a spending allowance.

 

Additional costs 
In addition to the placement fee, volunteers pay for flights, a visa, and travel insurance, usually costing around $2,500 USD (depending on the departure destination). Volunteers are reimbursed weekly towards their costs during placement. The reimbursement amount varies.

FAQs

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What is the enrolment process?

After completing the application form, our team will check if you are eligible for your chosen program before inviting you to a Welcome Video Call. The interview is where you get to know the New Ventures Worldwide team, ask questions and get matched to your perfect program. Various background checks are then conducted before you are officially enrolled in the program.

What are the benefits?

  • See the world while experiencing a new culture
  • Experience personal growth, becoming more confident and independent
  • Make an impact working with international non-profit organisations
  • It looks great on your CV
  • Learn new skills for life
  • Gain perspective and understand what life is all about

Do I need flights and travel insurance?

Yes, you will need to arrange your own flights and travel insurance. You’ll need to send us your travel insurance policy details before starting a program.

Can a friend and I enrol on the same placement?

Being on a volunteering placement means you’ll always have a network of people around you, including locals and other volunteers. Providing a readymade community with local knowledge to explore, share, and create incredible memories. However, if you want to travel with a friend from home, let us know, and we can usually arrange for you to be on the same placement.

What happens if there is a problem during the placement?

New Ventures Worldwide has a Ladder of Support so you can see who to contact if you need help. Your placement will assist you in almost all situations. However, we also offer background support, mainly if a more serious issue arises.

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