CHIVA's annual support camp cannot be delivered without a strong team of volunteers. We recruit for camp volunteers each year from January. Details will be posted on this page when applications are open.
In the meantime, you can learn more about camp volunteer roles below or read evaluation findings from previous camps, including volunteers' experiences.
The involvement of adults with lived experience of HIV and/or particular areas of knowledge and expertise, e.g. campaigning or creative arts, is important for much of our work beyond the specific camp roles below. Please contact us if you would like to explore opportunities to contribute your time and skills: email@example.com.
Each key worker is allocated a small group of young people to support during camp. A key worker enables the young people to attend workshops and supports them in some of the outward bounds and leisure activities. Key workers provide participants with support and a listening ear, and help young people to overcome any anxieties or difficulties they may be experiencing. Key workers also support participants in taking their medication and record this at camp with the support of the health care lead. Key workers have the guidance of an allocated supervisor, and work as part of a team.
Prior to camp all key workers are required to attend training, where you will meet the staff team and other volunteers and receive training related to Child Protection, children and HIV. After the training weekend we will then confirm which volunteers we will invite to attend camp.
Camp Leaders, who are young people aged 18–24 years who are living with HIV, help with ensuring camp runs smoothly. Their roles include logistical tasks, dinner time duties and co-facilitation of evening activities. They are also mentors to the young people at camp, supporting and motivating them, including by sharing their own experiences of living with HIV.
Camp Leaders do not need to have worked with young people before applying. Training will be provided, after which we will confirm which volunteers we will invite to attend camp. Volunteers are supported in their roles throughout the camp.
“I have been inspired by the compassion and empathy shown by the young people towards each other.”
(Key worker, camp 2013)