St Vincent de Paul summer camp looking for volunteers
Published 02/02/2014 | 19:42
A CHARITY that brings young teenagers on adventure breaks around Ireland have begun looking for volunteers for their next summer camps.
Teenhols SVP is a project run by Vincent de Paul Ireland and brings over 200 teenagers on outdoor activity holidays every summer.
Tony Buckley, president of the project, said that their adult volunteers come from all walks of life and don't need to have any experience in youth work as training is provided.
He explained that volunteers must commit to just one week each summer and they take part in the same activities as the teenagers, who are aged between 13 and 15. The activities include kayaking, horse riding, hill walking, orienteering and rock climbing.
“We have had accountants, solicitors, teachers, van drivers and students volunteer with us,” he said.
“The volunteers have as much fun as the teenagers do.
“Volunteers are there to make sure that the teenagers have a fun holiday. They don't need any previous experience, just a caring and respectful attitude towards young people.”
The holiday camps run from early July to late August and are based at the Baltinglass Outdoor Education Centre in Baltinglass, Co Wicklow. The centre is staffed by a highly experienced team and equipped with facilities for a variety outdoor activities.
Anyone interested in volunteering can find out more and apply online at www.teenhols.ie or contact Teenhols at 01-8198401. Closing date for applications for this summer is February 28.
Fiona Mulligan, a 30-year-old computer programmer who has volunteered with Teenhols for the last four years, said the holiday camp is always one of the highlights of her year.
“It's just such a rewarding experience. The kids are great craic and you just have such a buzz with them. You throw yourself into it and the week flies by. You might be exhausted by the weekend but your face is sore from smiling.”
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