Wild things! is seeking enthusiastic and committed young people to volunteer on our outdoor learning courses.
If you are aged 15+, love the great outdoors, care about the environment and are keen to help and inspire others, our Youth Leader Programme is for you.
Volunteering with us will offer you a great learning opportunity, a chance to build on your interpersonal skills and boost your confidence working with groups. It could also enhance your chances of future employment and lead to further qualifications.
‘Through volunteering, participating and working with this charity I have grown in confidence, knowledge and friendships. ’
Wild things! Youth Volunteer, 2011
What Does A Youth Leader Do?
Volunteers are an important part of the Wild things! team. During your time with us, we will provide training and support whilst you will help us on a range of our programmes in a variety of ways.
You will become a role model for our younger participants; taking part in group games and passing on the new skills you learn with us to children as well as to your peers. You will help our Activity Leaders in all aspects of our courses – learning to prepare for a session, coming along to Forest Schools, helping to set up wilderness camps, ensuring they run smoothly and helping to pack up afterwards. You may choose to volunteer on short, regular sessions, or on a longer wild camping experience – the tasks you will need to carry out and the skills you will learn vary from case to case.
In return for your commitment and time, Wild things! will offer you a range of training opportunities, from the initial Youth Leader Training course and approved First Aid Certificate through to the chance to participate in the nationally recognised NCFE Level 2 Intermediate Bushcraft Award.
How Do I Become A Youth Leader?
You need to be 15 or older, reliable, willing to learn new skills and have an interest in working with groups of children or young people. You could be looking for a regular commitment - for example one morning a week for a school term, or a one-off period, for instance a week or so in the summer holidays. We can also take on committed volunteers for longer or more intensive periods.
Please contact Wild things! and speak with our Field Work Manager, to find out about what you can offer and gain from volunteering with us. We will then draw up a diary of when you can commit to volunteering and you will join one of our free, 3 day Youth Leader Training courses which incorporates first aid training, team building, bushcraft activities and an overnight wild camp.
Dates Of Next Training Course:
8th - 10th July 2013