Day-to-day, the main role of the volunteering team will be to ensure all visitors to YMCA Fairthorne Manor have an experience that really embodies all of YMCA’s values: Welcoming, Active, Listening, Inspiring, Caring, Exciting.
During your time with us, you will be acting as hosts to YMCA groups, assisting with activities, running evening entertainment, helping the dining room to run smoothly, opening the tuck shop, playing games, singing at campfire, playing in the mud with the toddler groups, welcoming families to events, be a pro at ‘doing the YMCA’ dance routine and generally making a huge difference to the YMCA community.
There is also a lot of behind the scene work that needs doing in order to keep this massive operation running smoothly. Sometimes you may be helping to maintain the beautiful woodland and grassland areas, helping to maintain activities, working with the Estates team to get their camping villages ready and much, much more.
We can promise you that no two days will be the same, that you will be busy and have achy feet at the end of most days, but you will make memories that last a lifetime, for you and the children, young people and families you work with.
A day in the life of a Volunteer Leader
The Volunteer Leaders area crucial part of our team, they make the experience for our guests really special. Your days will be varied, some of your busiest days will be when you are linking with our residential groups. A typical linking day may look like this…
8.00am Breakfast –Helping in the dining room, having breakfast with your group, chatting to the children and getting to know them.
9.00am Morning Meeting – Getting the briefing for the day, this is where we will talk through the plan for the day, give any notices and discuss anything that needs to change.
9.30am -12.45pm Setting up and activities – You may be assisting your group with their outdoor activities such as Team Challenge or a Jumping Pillow session.
12.45pm Lunch time
1.45pm -3.00pm Time for a break and to get ready for the afternoon and evening schedule.
3.30pm -5.00pm Running tuck shop and sports and games for your group.
5.30pm Dinner –Helping in the dining room, having dinner with your group, chatting to the children and getting to know them.
7.00pm –9.00pm You may be running an evening activity for your group and others staying onsite. This could be a campfire, disco, night walk or fun evening activity.
Unterkunft und Verpflegung
You will be allocated a basic room, which (depending on its size) you will share with up to 4 other volunteers. It should also be remembered that this is a public facility and therefore Health and Safety laws do apply. This means it must be kept clean and tidy at all times with rubbish removed daily. FOOD: ‘Canteen style’ with a limited choice but with a vegetarian option. There is no ‘self’ catering option. Three meals a day are provided, which includes a cooked breakfast and / or cereals, lunch and a cooked evening meal. Meals are at set times. IMPORTANT: Please remember it’s not a 5* hotel. YMCA is more like a youth hostel with dormitory-style accommodation and basic facilities.
Lage und Freizeit
Fairthorne Manor is located in a village called Curdridge which is near the city of Southampton on the south coast of England. It is about 15 minutes’ walk from Fairthorne Manor into the village where there are shops and pubs. The nearest train station is Botley from where it is about half an hour’s journey into Southampton.
Wer organisiert das Projekt?
The YMCA Fairthorne is offering the opportunity to 10 volunteers to do a 6-month project starting at the end of April 2019 that will provide you with valuable experience and training to run a variety of activities with children.
Here is what they say: “We believe in providing the perfect environment to create experiences that challenge, develop and enable people and where better to do that than in 83 acres of beautiful natural landscapes.
Every year we welcome thousands of visitors to our site on the south coast of the UK, to have amazing experiences with us in the great outdoors. From a child’s first time playing in mud, to first nights away from home, family holidays, school trips to remember, a chance to really grow and develop, we offer it all! Each year we look for a select but mighty volunteer team from around the world to really help us add the sparkle to what we do at YMCA Fairthorne Manor”.
The YMCA Fairthorne Group operates throughout Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton from 30 venues. Their programmes include14 early years settings, school holiday Day camps, community activities, residential centres, camping and housing for young people.
Part of the YMCA Fairthorne Group, YMCA Fairthorne Manor offers a unique outdoor activity venue set in the heart of the country side. Considered one of Hampshire’s hidden gems, the 83-acre site comprises of sweeping grounds, mature woodland, a lake and access to the upper reaches of the River Hamble. We provide a wide range of programmes on-site, including high quality child care for children aged 0-5yrs, school holiday Day camps, residential programmes for groups, a family camp site and community activities.
UK VISA costs:
If you don’t have an EU passport you will need to apply for a tier 5 charity workers visa (approximately£244) for which we will provide a sponsorship certificate. As part of this you will also need to pay an immigration health surcharge(approximately£400)
Extra Fee: £40 (GBP) – to be paid to Concordia UK by Paypal.
Once applications have been shortlisted, a skype interview will be conducted before confirming a place.
The full information pack is available from the UK Volunteer programme co-ordinator.
APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE – INTERVIEWS WILL START AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IN FEBRUARY
YMCA wants you as a volunteer if…
• You know how to have fun
• You want to make friends from all over the world
• You love being outside come rain or shine
• You like working with children and young people and have some experience of this
• You want to help make a difference to our community
• You want to learn new skills, and improve the amazing ones you already have
• You love the idea of making children’s and adult’s stay with us one they will remember forever!
What you get in return…
• Full training and the chance to really develop in areas you wish to focus on
• 3 meals a day
• Free accommodation in shared dorm style rooms
• A volunteer expenses payment of £70 per week
• The chance to work with a really varied community
• Great fun in the great outdoors
• The chance to build friendships that last a lifetime
• Learn new skills
• Mentoring from our experienced staff team
• The opportunity to learn about and be part of a huge international YMCA movement
• A full outdoor uniform that is yours to keep afterwards
• Plus fun staff and volunteer social events.