Volunteering-camp leader

We have now recruited for our Camp Leaders for 2018.  We will post information about our recruitment process here in January 2019.

What is a Camp Leader?

A Camp Leader is a HIV+ young person aged 18 – 24 years old who will help to run the support camp. They will be a mentor to the young people at camp, and help with the running of the camp too. If you have previously attended camp as a young person you need to wait a year after attending before you can be a camp leader. This is because you need to have a different role at camp and having a bit of time away helps you to do this.

We are recruiting up to 10 camp leaders. We want to have a team of fun, energetic and responsible people. Whilst being a Camp Leader will be a lot of fun, it is also a responsibility. You will help us to run the camp and have responsibility for the health, safety and wellbeing of young people who attend.

The qualities which we feel are important for Camp Leaders are:

  • Being committed and enthusiastic
  • Sensitivity and able to empathise with other people
  • Confidence to talk with children and young people about HIV
  • Having a strong commitment to equality and non-discrimination on grounds of race, ethnicity, country of origin, religion, gender, sexuality or disability.

The skills and abilities which we feel are important for Camp Leaders are:            

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Be able to motivate and inspire others
  • Be able to work in a team
  • Confident in talking with young people
  • Good organisational skills
  • Able to be a role model for other young people living with HIV
  • Be flexible – things often change at camp

Camp Leaders do not need to have worked with young people before, as we will be there to give lots of support, information and training for you to take on the role. It is important to remember that as a camp leader you are in a very different role to if you were a young person at camp.

What would I gain from being a camp leader?

  • Direct experience of working with young people
  • A qualification (OCN) in working with young people
  • Work alongside other like-minded HIV+ young people with plenty of opportunities for fun
  • Being involved in a unique experience for HIV+ young people.

 If you would like more information about this role or if you have any questions you can contact Abi on 07807 705062 or abi.carter@chiva.org.uk 

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