Lead groups of young people in a range of exciting outdoor activities such as kayaking, skiing, fencing, rock climbing, hiking, archery, orienteering or sailing.
Lattitude has long established partnerships with a wide variety of camps and outdoor education centres within the UK & CANADA. While paid staff are always present, our volunteers are in high demand to help meet the individual needs of every camp-goer. As an OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES INSTRUCTOR, you could be involved in taking such activities as kayaking, rock climbing, horse riding, hiking, archery, mountain biking, ropes, orienteering, snorkelling, sailing, zip-lining... The range of activities is huge! A high level of training is provided upon arrival, so there is no need to have prior experience, just a lot of positivity and enthusiasm.
In general, you will be working with groups of school children between the ages of 8 - 18, helping them navigate each days exciting activities. As a volunteer, you may also be rostered on to assist in the kitchen with meals, and also with general maintenance duties. Outdoor Activity Instructors are never short of things to get involved with! You will be welcomed into the camp as a true member of staff, and will participate in ongoing staff training which could see you gain outdoor qualifications, as well as increasing your knowledge and expertise of the outdoors.
Some of our specialist camps cater specifically for disadvantaged youth, or for young people with mental or physical disabilities. The environment and activities are the same at these camps, but there is also an additional caring component to the role. Basic caring often involves one-on-one time with disadvantaged or disabled children and assisting with personal needs. Other alternatives include camps which run courses for groups to learn about ecology and geography, and have a focus on environmental studies.
Volunteering in Outdoor Education camps is a very social experience, as most camps take a number of volunteers to help alongside their full time staff. You can guarantee that you will develop lasting friendships with your fellow workmates, as there is always a tangible feeling of “family“ within the workplace.
Please note that some of the more water-based camps may request a basic life saving qualification, and most of the camps in Canada request you to have a first aid certificate. Your Volunteer Coordinator will advise you if this is needed, and the simplest way to make arrangements.
Accommodation is provided by the camp and is usually shared with fellow volunteers and camp staff in the staff village. Specifics vary from camp to camp, but will consist of either self-contained cabins, cottages, chalets or dormitories.
If living in the wilderness, working in a team and inspiring young people sounds exciting, then camp life is for you! The camps are located throughout the UK and Canada, but in general they will be situated to make the most of each countries natural wonders: incredible mountains, rivers, forests and lakes. Needless to say these placements are perfect for fun-loving, adventurous volunteers who fancy spending an incredible time, living and working among some of the most beautiful scenery in the world!
Destinations where you can do this role:
The UK is steeped in history and dotted with ancient buildings, castles and cathedrals. An ever-popular destination, volunteers are able to provide valuable support and assistance while experiencing their new area like a local. Ireland, the Emerald Isle, is the westernmost outpost of Europe. Outside the vibrant, modern cities you will find a slower pace of life, more relaxed attitudes and a real sense of community. Living and working in this beautiful country our volunteers are placed in schools, camps and community centres assisting teachers and other staff to provide high levels of education and care. You will create long-lasting bonds with your collegues and clients you are working with.Learn more about this destination »