Outdoor Camp Volunteer

1,150 USD

February or August for 8-12 months

Are you ready for an adventure-packed social role?

Operated by Scouts, Guides, and YMCA, our network of outdoor camps delivers outdoor education programmes primarily to young people. As part of our team, your role will entail coordinating the day-to-day operations of the centre, with maintenance and cleaning responsibilities constituting approximately 30% of your duties. The remainder of your time will be spent assisting and even instructing in a variety of exhilarating outdoor activities, including archery, swimming, hiking, climbing, canoeing, high ropes courses, group games, and sailing, all while providing support and motivation to young participants. Full training is provided, often with the opportunity to obtain a formally recognised certification.

Are you intrigued by the prospect of being a Marketing Intern at an outdoor camp? We are thrilled to offer an exciting opportunity for someone to curate content for our website, social media platforms, and email newsletter. If this opportunity aligns with your interests, we encourage you to indicate your enthusiasm in your application.


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.


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 | 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.”

Message from an Outdoor Camp

We asked Ned, manager of Blackwell Adventure Outdoor Camp in the UK since 2007, to describe the camp and volunteer’s experience.

Here’s what Ned said:

“Blackwell Adventure placements are designed and delivered to support all participants in developing their teamwork, leadership, and communication skills and learning how to provide outdoor activities to young people. However, the experiences they have are often the most valuable – volunteers face their fears, support and empathise with each other, and make connections and friends that can last a lifetime.

Young people tell us how special it is to meet others who are like them from across the World; these shared experiences create a bond and a sense of belonging that come with meeting new people and being out of your comfort zone. The skills, knowledge and behaviour that the young volunteers develop at a residential centre like ours are all transferable, lifelong skills that will prepare them for future challenges that life throws up.

This, in turn, helps develop their skills even further and provides them with experiences that they can share during their journey. It’s an exceptional experience getting to watch the journey of a Volunteer, from the first meeting to seeing them along their placement and bringing all their ideas and hard work to life.

We have always had a good relationship with NVW, and our shared values are why we have always gotten on so well.”

Programme Manager

Supporting volunteer journeys

The UK Programme Manager, James, prepares volunteers for their placements and provides ongoing support.

James, an advocate for international volunteering, draws from his 1986 gap year in Indonesia. With extensive experience in volunteerism, he held key roles at Project Trust, VSO, and The Prince’s Trust. He contributed to education as a curriculum manager and Student Services Manager. Joining Lattitude Global Volunteering in 2014, he later became CEO. Residing in Ryde, Isle of Wight, with his family and three dogs, James renovated a historic Georgian townhouse, once the workplace of Ryde Conservative Club’s first Chairman, who shared his name.

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.


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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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