3-Month Summer Outdoor Education Volunteer Internship

Welcome to an exciting 3 month long Volunteer Internship program where you will find an ultimate life changing experience in the Old Continent, living, learning and coexisting in a very international environment at a fabulous natural setting, close to the thriving city of Hamburg. During your 3-months Outdoor Education Internship program you will have the opportunity to pump up your outdoor skills by getting loads of training sessions, instruction dynamics, and leadership skills development. Camp Europe is committed to offer you, the chance to embark into an experiential learning process during which you will grow as a human being in many aspects; develop of soft-skills. Broaden up your international exposure and explore the unlimited wonders that the Old Continent has to offer.

 If you are 21+ years old and looking for an amazing program in the Old Continent, you just have found the perfect place.So, feel free to explore all the information provided further down in this page, and if you decide this is something you are up for, go ahead and submit your on line application form. We will be glad to receiving it, evaluating it and processing it, in order to assist you with all that is needed for you to become part of our 3-Month Outdoor Education Internship. This invaluable Outdoor Education Internship program will foster your professional development as you will be trained and certified by a well-reputed European Outdoor Education Academy. You will obtain a world-validated certificate. Our intensive training sessions focus on developing a wide array of soft and hard skills, aimed at fostering specific outdoor educational profiles. 

 All in all, you will get a professional 3 month internship, divided in diverse sessions through which you will also be able to put into practice your recently acquired skills, by performing in real life, with children / youth, as a camp counselor, a group leader or a program area director. You will lead activities for youth and teens, including, but not limited to; rock climbing, canoeing, mountain biking, hiking, camping, orienteering, group initiatives and a high ropes course experience. You will be in charge of providing a safe and nurturing environment for our summer participants. This experience, without a doubt, will launch yourself into the world in the right direction, full of motivation and well trained.
Every year, we are proud to receive hundreds of gratitude letters from former participants who claim to have learnt much more than what initially expected. That is why we are proud to do what we do

Campers in EuropeSince 2002, CA Academy in association with Camp Europe, has been successfully organizing international adventure and language camps throughout Europe (Germany, Ireland, Spain and England mainly). We are proud to announce that since 2012, we offer a complementary program, aimed at developing Outdoor Skills and Recreational Program Planning insights, as well as Implementation Techniques throughan extensive three month-long Internship program in the field of experiential learning.

Basic information:

  • Placements Available: 12 – 18
  • Duration: 3 months – mid June to mid September
  • The execution of the program is divided into two phases: theoretical & practical:
      • Mid-June: Intense Training week + Bronze-cross Lifeguard Certification Program + Setting up camp.
      • July – August: Active participation as camp counselor, group leaders, language coach or support staff.

    * 2 week break is scheduled at some point throughout the summer.

  • September: Season-End Party organization. Campsite´s take down after summer sessions and follow-ups. Material & equipment storage and audit.
  • Accommodation provided throughout the 3 month internship program.*except weeks off
  • A 75 euro / week stipend is offered during your camp placement performance.*Not during training week nor take downs.

The preparation and implementation of the camp programs are work-intensive. A high degree of resilience and the ability of proactive behavior are key elements in order to cope the stressful moments, keeping a smiley face at all times. 

Requirements:

  • Enthusiastic and motivating personality.
  • Good communication and organizational skills.
  • Fraternal social skills.
  • Good English fluency.
  • Tolerance and understanding for other cultures.
  • Responsible, committed as well as high degree of independence.
  • A positive attitude for living in community at an outdoor setting.
  • Minimum age: 19 years old, by July 1st.
  • A class B driver’s license and experience in driving is an asset.

Further information:

  • Training weeks are not monetarily compensated, however, Camp Europe offers all training, equipment and material, plus full room & board free of charge.
  • Camp Europe provides full support to those bachelor or master program students who are intending to write any of their Uni papers based on Outdoor Educational Programs and other topics related to the internship.
6mLANGtextOur Internship program is based on Non-Formal Educational Models, known in the academic research field as EL (Experiential Learning).This Outdoor Education Internship program is characterized by providing a very intense load of training, including but not limited to theoretical & practical instruction, workshops, group dynamics & specific topic sessions.
The scope of training covers a wide range of topics within the Outdoor Educational & Recreational activities spectrum, among we can find, to mention a few:

  • Successful summer camp guidelines
  • Creativity Workshops
  • Alternative Play
  • Adventure Sports
  • Language Development
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Leadership skills
  • Communication Development
  • Community Building
  • Universal Values
  • International initiatives
  • Social & Interpersonal Skills.

6mHRinstruction1After the training you will have the opportnity to put into practice what has been learnt, by performing on a placement allocation at one or more of its campsites scattered around Europe. By performing as camp counselors, group leaders or program area directors, they will have to put into practice all the soft and hard skills accumulated during the initial training of their Internship program.

German Applicants

€290

For 8-weeks
  • All Training Sessions
  • All Material & Equipment
  • Full Room & Board
  • Airport Shuttle
Apply Today!

International Applicants

€290

For 8-weeks
  • All Training Sessions
  • All Material & Equipment
  • Full Room & Board
  • Airport Shuttle
Apply Today!
Note:
  • In order to confirm attendance to an interview, it is requested to submit a deposit of €50, which will be deducted from the total deposit that needs to be covered upon confirming preliminary placement acceptance.
  • The deposit is 100% refundable in case CE is unable to offer you a placement.
 

  • 3 months Summer Camp Internship. From mid-June to mid-September.
  • Accommodation provided throughout the 3 month Outdoor Education Internship program, – Full Room & Board. *except weeks off
  • 8 – 12 weeks of Performing Placements.
  • Intensive Outdoor Activities Training.
  • Meet people from all over the globe with like-minded interest.
  • Acquire experience through your own creation of stimulating, fun and safe activities for children and youth.
  • Travel around Europe during your time off, as well as by getting placed at diverse campsites across Europe (Austria, Ireland, Spain, and France).
  • Perform either as a Camp Counselor, a Language Coach, a Group Leader or rather a Program Area Director.
  • Receive a well-reputed and world validated Outdoor Education Internship certification issued by an accredited European Outdoor Education Academy.
  • Learn or practice German. Our programs are bilingual, meaning they always run in English as well as in the native host language.
Read ALL the information regarding Camp Europe’s program, including the FAQ’s and the Terms & Conditions. Once you are sure this program suits your interests fill out & submit the

Once our selection committee has reviewed your application, you will be contacted by email to set up an interview.
All Interviews will be via Skype.
For German participants, Skype ID: camp-europe – interview Times in German time
For International participants: Skype ID: CampEurope_Interviews – Interview Times in EST

NOTE for all Non-German participants> Prior to the interview you will be required to submit a 15% of the total deposit required to participate in each program. This 15% is refundable to you in cases where, after the interview, Camp Europs is unable to offer you a placement.
Payment of the initial 15% of the total deposit is a requirement, as it acts as a filter and means of committment with the program.

Upon a successful interview & a second review of your profile, a placement offer package will be sent to you, via email.

You will receive an email containing three documents:

  • A Memorandum of Understanding for you to read and sign and send back to us as a pre-agreement.
  • A Placement Guarantee.
  • The Preliminary Placement Offer Package which includes:
    • A welcome letter from the camp head director.
    • A Preliminary Placement Offer
    • A Catalogue of what each camp site has to offer.
    • Information regarding training sessions.
    • Information Regarding logistics; transfers and shuttles.
    • A description list of duties and responsibilities for each position at camp.
    • A description of what a regular day looks like.
    • A packing list.
    • A list with hints and advice for traveling, cheap and light.
    • A list of ALL documents you must provide us.

Within that same email you will find a set of three deadlines to comply with:

  • Signed MOU
  • Payment of the Program’s required deposit
  • Transportation Ticket to Training + Document Checklist.
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Camp Europe requires you to submit ahead of the summer:
  • Copy of your valid passport
  • Copy of Plane ticket to Hamburg (HAM) or train ticket to Walsrode for Training session.
  • Signed acceptance of the Memorandum of Understanding
  • Valid First Aid Certificate
  • Medical Certificate issued by your family doctor
  • Recent Non-Criminal Record Check
  • Deposit payment
Money is always tight, specially for students; we know that, we were students ourselves not too long ago.

In order to confirm your participation in this volunteering program, we require to collect a deposit of 290 Euro which is to be sent once you have been offered a placement and you want to confirm it. This deposit is intended to secure your participation in the program. Once you complete the first four weeks of placement, you will get back the deposit. For every extra week, starting with your 5th week of placement, you are elegible to obtain a 75 euro transportation compensation pocket money.
With the Deposit, you ensure to obtain a Volunteering Service at no cost, and that offers you in exchange for your time and commitment>

  • Personalized Interview Service
  • Full Room & Board during Training and placement(s)
  • Airport Shuttle Service (Pick-up) * only for main training session in late june
  • 4 different Training Sessions
  • International Camp Counselor Training
  • Bronze Cross Lifeguard
  • Specialty course Training (High ropes, Water sports, Creative & drama, Field sports)
  • Inter-Placement Transfers
  • T-shirt
  • Interview Cost
  • Admin fee
  • Processing Fee
  • All International participants must send their Deposit through this link.

    Or through Direct Bank Transfer to:
    Beneficiary: International Camps Network CC0001 33019 1995390

    Bank of Montreal
    SWIFT BIC CODE_ BOFMCAM2
    International Banking, Head Office, Montreal
    Branch: 2I0 4307 13Oth Avenue SE, Calgary, AB.
    Direct Payment Routing Number CC0001
    BRANCH TRANSIT NUMBER: 33019
    Account Number: 1995390

  • Important Information

    Please take some time to read the following questions as they might solve many concerns you might find along the process. The training session is an essential component of the program. Be aware that if you are not capable to attend it completely, from start to end, Camp Europe will not be able to provide a placement opportunity.

    We offer four training sessions throughout the summer, one of them needs to be attended before going on a camp placement. The first staff training in June is the main training, with an expected number of 140 participants. All Language Coaches and High Ropes Course Assistants will have to join the training from June 23rd to 29th.
    Training 1: International 2018 Staff Training – June 23rd – 29th, 2018 (approx 140 part.)
    Training 2: Alternative International Staff Training – July 2nd – 6th, 2018 (approx 20 part.)
    Training 3: Alternative International Staff Training – July 15th – 21st, 2018 (approx 20 part.)
    Training 4: Alternative International Staff Training – July 29th – August 4th, 2018 (approx 20 part.)
    Exclusive Language Coach Training: July 1st – 7th, 2018 (approx 40 part.)
    Campsite Address: Camp Adventure Academy, Vethem 58, 29664 Walsrode, Germany


    Campsite Address:
    Camp Adventure Academy, Vethem 58, 29664 Walsrode, Germany. 

    Campsite Address: Camp Adventure Academy, Vethem 58, 29664 Walsrode, Germany.
    There are several ways to get to the camp site. An airport shuttle from Hamburg Airport will only be available for the main training. Shuttles from the train station Walsrode will also be available for all three alternative training sessions. Here are the different options:
    Training 1
    Option 1: Airport Shuttle from Hamburg International Airport (HAM) on Friday June 22nd, 2018. Meeting Point: McDonald’s patio on 3rd floor of terminal 1, departure at 6.00pm
    Option 2: Walsrode train station shuttle on June 22nd, 2018 at 7:45pm
    Option 3: Walsrode train station shuttle on June 23rd, 2018 at 10:45am
    Option 4: Self arranged arrival on June 22nd after 8:00pm or June 23rd, 2018 before 11:00am.
    Address: Camp Adventure Academy, Vethem 58, 29664 Walsrode, Germany

    Training 2:
    Option 1: Walsrode train station shuttle on July 1st, 2018 at 3:00pm.
    Option 2: Self arranged arrival on July 1st between 4pm and 6pm
    Address: Camp Adventure Academy, Vethem 58, 29664 Walsrode, Germany

    Our intensive 7 day International Camp Counselor (ICC) training session will focus on your personal skills with the aim to offer you a specific profile-oriented preparation for the role you will perform within the different camp program areas, for which you will get special training sessions whether it be High Ropes, Language Coaching, Survival & Adventure or Arts & Crafts. Furthermore, you will obtain a Bronze Cross -Life Guard- Course complementary to the ICC. Optionally you can also participate in a 1 and a half day First Aid course.

    All in all, you will get started with a professional complete 7 days training session through which you will be able to considerably broaden your personal skills. So, you can expect…

      • A fantastic week full of an energetic crowd gathering in a patch of forest, just an hour away from Hamburg.
      • An opportunity to meet like-minded people and enjoy experiential learning through educational and recreational activities, games & group dynamics.
      • A lot of action at our campsite in Walsrode. where you’ll meet other international faces with whom you will spend a wicked summer.
        The contents of the International Camp Counselor Training are many. From knowing how you can entertain children and young people to what to do accurately with homesickness: passing through legal aspects, on how to develop presentation skills to perform in front of large groups and other counseling techniques for instructing various activities such as survival, team building, etc; our coaching team has prepared a full training pack for you.
      • The only thing you must bring, is your own fantastic & motivated good feeling vibe to start the summer!
      • If you don’t have a first aid certificate or your old one has expired, you can complete this course after the International Camp Counselor Training at our campsite in Walsrode.*
      • The camp-specific seminars, they all take place directly at each camp-site, during this occasion you will meet with the rest of the team, explore the premises, etc.

    All staff members will perform as International Camp Counselors. However, due to different camp programs some staff members will deepen their skills in different program areas.

        • The Language Coach training is aimed at those who will perform at one of the Language Camps. During the training you will learn our coaching philosophy and a variety of games and activities, so that you have the tools to keep the campers active and entertained.
        • Climbing & High ropes course training will provide you with a CA Academy program Area Assistant Director certificate.
        • Outdoor Adventure, Creative & Drama training will provide you with a CA Academy program Area Assistant Director certificate.
        • GEOlino training is only available for German speaking staff members with a very good language proficiency. The training will provide you with all necessary skills to lead a newspaper and photography workshop.
    The International Camp Counselor Training Session nor the placement allocation have no cost, other than the volunteering time and effort you will provide to our camps. In order for Camp Europe to be able to confirm your commitment and prepare everything before your arrival, we require a deposit of 290 Euros which are reimbursed upon a succesful completion of the training session and 4 weeks of volunteer placement. Participation in the first aid certification course has a cost of 65 €not included in the deposit.
    Language Coach, Climbing & High Ropes, Outdoor Adventure, Arts & Crafts training are also free of charge.

    All senior staff, returning staff and new internees will meet for a fantastic training session full of great moments. Last summer 180 staff members from 30 different nations joined our team.

    • The accommodation is in tents. The premises can be found by some people as basic or even rustic. We are all based on community collaboration, so we cook our own meals and we clean and tiddy up ourselves.
    • Although mid summer, at night it can get chilly. Bring warm clothes for sleeping.
    • Bring Bug spray.
    • Sometimes it can get really wet, bring rain gear and plastic bag for protecting your stuff from water.
    • Bring any musical instruments, typical stuff from your country and 1 donation item for the yearly charity silent auction.
    • There is no WI FI during training session and neither in most camp location. Take advantage of that great chance, unplug yourself and make friends from all over the world

    About Training

    YES.
    For ALL summer placements, the general training will be held in Germany. Additionally, every camp offers a more specific training, according to the nature of each summer camp. (i.e. Horseback Riding Camp, ESA camp (European Space Agency, Rock Climbing Camp, etc)
    If you are assigned to one of these camps, you still have to attend the General Mandatory Camp, and then the corresponding training to your specific placement, which takes place normally 2 or 3 days before the start of the specific program.
    Full Room & Board is provided during the training, as well as
    All Equipment & Materials and lots of fun.
    No weekly stipend, though.

    About Placements

    As a Language Coach, you have to create and run your own program for a few hours every day teaching english to kids; through games, group dynamics, sports, creative activities, etc. The weekly stipend you receive is determined by your expertise level and responsibilities. After your teaching sessions, you will become a regular camp support staff.

    As a Counselor, you will be in charge of a group (6-8) of children / youth. Making sure they are safe, having fun, integrating to camp life, performing their chores, and over all, motivating them to have a great summer time in the outdoors.
    As an Adventure Guide you will either assist in the High Ropes Course or run projects like Kayak, Canoeing, Survival.

    Prior to departure, you will sign a Memorandum of Understanding, which might suffer minor changes according to your assigned camp & country of placement; however the main elements on it and the terms and conditions will remain unchanged.
    During the on-site training session, any final contract particulars can be discussed with CE coordinators and senior staff.
    Not necessarily. Your placement assignation is established according to many factors, such as: your time availability, camp preferences, interview results, etc.
    Most likely you will have from 3 days and up to 2 weeks between training and first placement. In such case, you can take advantage to go traveling around on your own or with new friends you will make during training.
    No. Your participation in the program is structured under European laws as an Internship exempted from paying any sort of taxes. The money you will receive is mostly intended to help you recover your inter continental transportation expenses.

    There are main goals within the programs. Its content is carefully set out in our Camp Europe’s program guidelines; however, the specific activities which are used to reach these goals can vary according to your skills and interests. This will all be discussed in detail during the training session.
    They come from all over the globe, mainly: Germany, Ireland, UK, Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Spain, Mexico, South Africa, South America, India, and others. The counselors are generally between 19 and 35 years old.
    Working always in mixed age groups, tolerance and respect for diversity is found in the training groups as well as in our camp groups.
    Every year, we create a pool of email addresses with all participants that accept to share their contact details, in order to get you in contact with other participants. The email for participants to get in contact with each other is sent by mid May
    Also, you can always access our facebook page to get Social with Camp Europe. Click here
    Every 2 weeks, you get one night off (from dinner time and until breakfast time the next morning).
    Also, every camp session starts on a Sunday evening and it ends the following Saturday morning. So, between Saturday noon (after clean up) you have time to go out and relax, either on your own or with the rest of the camp’s staff crew.
    If you are participating as a Language Coach it will be very convenient, as you will be required to prepare lessons, and do presentations.
    If you are participating as a Camp Counselor, you can also bring it, if you will.
    As for other items, you will get a packing list later on, along with your Preliminary Placement Offer.
    No, but be prepared to get immersed in the local language, and be open to the idea of exploring the culture, the food and traditions of a foreign nation.
    Yes; However, contract extension decisions are to be agreed upon, directly with the Camp Europe representatives in your host country in Europe. Every year we have a few spots available to teach English during the Spring and the Fall.
    If you are interested, make sure to let us know so on your application and during the interview.

    About Meals

    No, although nuts in general are not included in the daily diet of our menus, we can not guarantee a peanut free environment.
    At all camps there is always a vegetarian meal option.

    About Traveling

    Depends. For all participants in the 6-Month Outdoor Education Diploma program, yes, you need to obtain a working holiday visa. For all other programs, participants from the EU, Canada, USA and Australia, you do not need any Visa. Citizens from th rest of the world will need to obtain a regular Tourist Schengen Visa. In this case, upon receiving a Preliminary Placement Offer, you will also receive a Format Letter directed to the German consulate of your country, in order for you to include it in the list of documents that are required. Please note that this letter does not guarantee you will obtain the visa, as it is not Camp Europe’s decision.

    No, we are not a travel agency. However, we can provide tips and offer suggestions, based on our experience. Airfare reservations and purchases are the sole responsibility of each participant.

    Camp Europe provides a complimentary shuttle service from Hamburg Airport to the General Training site (only for Training 1 – June 22nd).
    Additionally, you can also get picked up at the train station in Walsrode.

    If you travel between two camp locations, your transfers will be organized by Camp Europe. If you are placed outside of Germany (e.g. England, Ireland) your transportation will also be organized by Camp Europe (during the staff training). Please DO NOT book any flights into/out of Ireland/England prior to training. You MUST be present in Germany before the start of your placement and return to Germany after the end of your placement (If you travel outside of Germany before your placement you will have to come back to Germany. After your placement finishes, you can book any potential outward flights from Germany – not from Ireland or England tough).
    Before training, participants should not book a transfer flight as we will arrange and send further instructions by then.
    In case the participant is not on a group flight, then he/she will have to book the plane ticket on their own and will receive a refund up to 300 EUR, upon presenting the invoice.
    Camp Europe will also cover the Change/cancellation fee, in case last moment changes occur to the participant’s placement offer. Make sure you buy the supplement for cancellation insurance. Camp Europe will not refund for an entire lost ticket!

    • Before training participants should not book a transfer flight as we will arrange and send further instructions by then.
    • In case the participant is not on a group flight, then he/she will have to book the plane ticket on their own and will receive a refund up to 300 EUR, upon presenting the invoice.
      Camp Europe will also cover the Change/cancellation fee, in case last moment changes occur to the participant’s placement offer. Make sure you buy the supplement for cancellation insurance. Camp Europe will not refund for an entire lost ticket!
    Depending on the training session, and your placement dates, you may have an opportunity to travel before your training session, between your training session and placement, and/or after your placement.

    About the Fee

    We do not offer any sort of jobs.
    We are an International Placement Partnership Organization.
    We offer International Placement Opportunities> Summer Staff – Internship – Diplomas.
    The Payable Fee that covers many different expenses incurrid on by offering this full service package, such as:
    Full Room & Board
    Shuttle Service
    All Program’s Materials,
    Airport Shuttle
    Transportation to Hosting Camps,
    T-Shirt,
    Plus, all required Administrative Costs.

    In return , you get>
    4 different exhaustive training sessions that will develop and enhance your personal, physical and teaching skills, such as:
    International Camp Counselor Training.
    Bronze Cross Lifeguard Training
    High Ropes Course Assistant Training,
    Language Coach Training,
    Outdoor Adventure Guide Training,
    Crafts & Drama Program Training,
    A weekly stipend of 75 and up to 250 euros/week from the 5th week of placement onwards..

    Depending on your plans, but basically:

    • Your plane ticket,
    • Any hostels you might need to stay at, and all meals while you are not at camp / training,
    • Any other required transportation,
    • Souvenirs & any personals.
      • If you decide to complete your 1st aid course during the training week in Germany, you will need to pay 65 EUR for it.
    Yes. We are able to offer these placements only to participants who present a valid International Medical Insurance.
    This insurance must cover medical expenses for participants while they participate in the training course and during the full length of their placement. Travel insurance is optional.

    About the Weekly Stipend

    The 290 EUR deposit covers all related costs of a 7-day staff training, full board and accommodation. This deposit will be reimbursed to you upon completing 4 placement weeks. For every additional week of placement there’s a weekly stipend of 75 EUR. On top of this we cover travel expenses.
    For 2nd year returnees the weekly stipend raises to 100 EUR / week
    For 3rd year returnees the weekly stipend raises to 150 EUR / week.
    No. All weekly stipends are paid in cash at the end of the each placement week.

    Testimonials

    • The application process was smooth, clear and straight forward. The training was lots of fun. I really enjoyed the international atmosphere and the constant contact with nature. My placement was full of magic moments. I really connected with my campers. No doubt a great experience!Melissa Capefield - USA
    • The interviewer was kind and patient with all my questions. The people I met during training were all wonderful individuals and my placements in Germany and Ireland provided me with such fantastic life experiences. A few of us made a deal to keep in contact and meet up again at camp next year.George Harper -Canada
    • It was a wonderful experience over all. For me, this program was the perfect excuse to do something fun & worth while traveling and interacting with a load of fun individuals. As for my placement, being a language coach was entertaining and I learnt much myself.Anne-Marie Bouchard - Switzerland
    • This was my second summer with Camp Europe. I was amazed to discover how many familiar faces had returned. We had a good bonding during the previous year, but this time we really became close friends. Sad to go at the end of the summer. Perhaps 3 summers is still a chance.David Meyer - Scotland