Camp Instructors

English in Nature

Central Germany
Up to 90 Euros/day

Paid • Full Time • Temporary +491733892719 Christine Taylor-Dorenkamp

Reference: 4401

Sectors: environmental education, conservation & wildlife, sustainability

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

Are you experienced in working with kids and do you enjoy sharing your talents, knowledge, enthusiasm and positivity with them? Do you love working (even sleeping) in the outdoors, practicing bushcraft (survival skills), living very lightly and sustainably, doing sports, skits, arts and crafts, making music and sharing stories and songs at campfire meals? Can you appreciate the challenges faced by young English language learners, not only linguistic but also social and emotional challenges, and would you be happy to help guide them?

If so, then come over and join us this summer!*

Ours is an English-language nature camp for children and youth ages 9 to 15 years, operating at two outdoor locations and offering a uniquely diverse array of activities that focus primarily on nature and wildlife, supplemented by and balanced out with sports, outdoor-education and sustainable-living experiences as well as plentiful artistic, musical and cultural elements, not to mention cooking by campfire. Our food is supplied by local organic growers or sourced through fair trade channels. English language learning support will be provided through an abundance of (non-commercial) materials.

Our overnight camp takes place in the idyllic Westerwald (Lahn River Valley), while our day camp takes place at a well-equipped outdoor education facility close to Frankfurt am Main. We are seeking qualified, talented individuals (group leaders) for BOTH camp settings.

Beginning the 1st of July 2017, we will launch our camp season with a one pre-camp prep week, after which we kick off first our overnight camp on Sunday the 9th of July, then our day camp on Monday the 17th of July. Camps run for 4 weeks at each location.

Overnight camp (Sunday to Saturday) duties begin from wake-up (7:00) until bed-time (22:00), with rotational time-off.

Day camp (Monday to Friday only) duties begin with pre-arrival set-up (8:30) and end with a short post-day feedback session (20:00).

*Additionally and more specifically...

The position is described as "instructor", one who will teach/coach one or more of the following: wilderness skills, nature and wildlife study, sports, games, arts, music, cooking by campfire(!) or other creative activities. All activities are conducted in English.

Assistant positions (unpaid) are also available for our Leaders-in-Training program. Assistants must be 17+ years old. Counselors should be at least 20 years old an have at least 2 years of relevant experience.

Just as important as your wilderness skills are that you:
- are comfortable/experienced working and living with a group of children ages 9 to 15,
- are a native speaker of English with a strong command of the language,
- can be comfortable speaking more slowly and clearly for kids whose English is not yet fluent,
- are reasonably physically fit,
- have training in first aid,
- have a sense of humour well intact! ;)
- live in or are available to travel to Germany and stay for the duration of the camp season (4 weeks, although arranging shorter intervals may be possible), plus the week prior to camp start. One additional (paid) week, post-camp, is optional.

Knowledge of the German language is helpful but not required. Lessons available, if desired!

English language-learning support (for the kids) will always be available from camp leaders.

Salary rate is above average and will be commensurate with experience, duties and responsibilities.

Assistance with travel/relocation is available, as is assistance with accommodations and local travel before and after our camp sessions.

Interested candidates should send a resume, a brief introduction of yourself and 2-3 references as soon as possible to

Christine Taylor-Dorenkamp at the email address provided above.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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