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11th March 2019

Do you love working in the outdoors? If the answer is yes, then you might be interested in volunteering as an outdoor instructor at Greenhill YMCA, Northern Ireland?

Greenhill YMCA is an Outdoor Education and Residential Centre set on the beautiful slopes of Slieve Donard Mountain in Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Each year they run a Summer Adventure Camp (SAC)  made up of 3 camps which include:

  1. Junior Adventure Camp for Kids (JACK) for 6-11 years old.
  2. Senior Adventure Camp (SAC) for 12-14 year olds and
  3. Assistant Leader Camp (ALC) for 15-17 year olds

Some of the activities for summer camp include: Archery, canoeing, bouldering, climbing, abseiling, mountain walks, outdoor cooking, initiatives, zipline plus many more.

LENGTH OF PLACEMENT: 9 weeks (2 of which are training).  

AGE: 18 +

HOURS OF WORK: Once training is completed, the camp will run for 7 weeks from Monday to Friday 0900 – 1630.  You will get every weekend off from Friday at 1700 until Monday at 0815.

START & FINISH DATES: Arrival is required the weekend of the 21st June 2019.  Training will start Monday the 24th June 2019. Summer Camp will run from the 8th of July to the 23rd of August. NB: Unfortunately, due to the intensive nature of Camp, it is not possible to arrive later than the 24th of June or to depart earlier than the 23rd of August.


ACCOMMODATION: Self catering accommodation is provided free of charge at Greenhill.

TRAINING: Volunteers will undertake a 2 week training programme.  The training programme will cover the main areas of work that volunteers will undertake throughout their period of employment.  Training is mandatory.  No prospective Summer Camp Volunteer can be exempt from training.

Due to the large volume of applicants applying, application forms should be with us by the 1st April 2019.  

If you are interested in applying, please contact the Volunteer Co-ordinator karen.mccartan[at]greenhill-ymca.org

More info about Greenhill YMCA available here.