Don't miss out on this fantastic chance to work at a Summer Camp in Turin

Camp Counselling in the Italian Alps

17 April 2014

At Twin Work and Volunteer we always want to keep our previous volunteers up to date on the latest opportunities and experiences around the world. That's why we are offering two people the opportunity to work at a Summer Camp in the Italian Alps on behalf of our partner, and the best part is you only have to cover the cost of your travel.

Project Overview:

What: Summer Mountain Camp, kids from 8 to 13
When: June 15-June 29 / two counsellors requested
Arrival airport: Turin Airport
Arrival date: Saturday June 14
Return date: Sunday June 29
Where: Val Chisone (province of Torino)
Role: Children’s entertainer together with the Italian staff. Counsellors should focus on teaching their language.
Accommodation: Full board in double room
Age Requirements: 20-30
Other requirements: application paper+cv+police check+passport copy+recommendation letter. Experience with children and sporty is preferable but not compulsory

If you are interested in working at Camp Practinat please contact us for more information.

Read on to find out about a former Leonardo Programme candidate's experience of working in Pracatinat:

I worked as a Camp Counsellor in Italy in June 2013 for the WEP Organisation teaching English and supervising activities for 9-13 year olds for the duration of a week at a residential location.

It proved to be a very rewarding and unique experience which I would thoroughly recommend to any individual looking to gain experience and make a useful addition to their CV for employment.

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Here is my review of my experience and events at the Summer Camp at Pracatinat.

I arrived in Turin and was met by Agnese, the Camp Leader and Tim, my fellow Camp Counsellor. We drove to the venue high up in the Dolomite Mountains and I remember thinking what an exciting and inspired place to be spending a week and how much the children would enjoy the healthy outdoor life and activities.

The first day was spent preparing English lessons with Agnese and Tim using a variety of Grammar books and visual resources. I was informed that the teaching would take place every morning from 10am after breakfast with the children and would finish at 12 noon before lunch. My knowledge of Italian was limited so I also hoped to improve my fluency whilst at the Camp. Agnese informed us that the group consisted of 10 girls and 6 boys aged between 9 and 13 years and that they were all very excited to be coming to the Camp.

We were told that the afternoon activities for the children would be Circus Skills and Rock- Climbing and that we would be taking part in these with the children which I thought would be challenging but at the same time fun.

We were then given a Tour of the Venue which included the rooms, the Dining Room and the grounds and I thought that everything looked to be of a high standard and modern .The reception staff were also very helpful and friendly and we had lunch so could sample the food which was a selection of well prepared Italian food and in a relaxed environment.

The next day the children were arriving and we set up a WEP Stand at the reception to meet and greet the children and parents and distribute their essentials which included bags, hats and folders  and literature for their week with us .

After the children arrived Agnese introduced us to the children and we divided them into pairs and took them to their rooms to allow them to unpack and relax before dinner.

Summer Camp 2 For the next 5 days I spent almost 24/7 with the children and really enjoyed teaching English Grammar and Conversation in the mornings and the feedback from the children was that they learned a great deal and found the lessons interesting and fun.

In the afternoons i especially enjoyed the Circus Skills classes where the children were challenged to ride a unicycle, juggle and master acrobatics and the art of Chinese plate spinning and i even had a go myself which the children found enjoyable.

The Rock- Climbing activities were more of a challenge for some children but with perseverance and determination everybody succeeded and I learnt a new skill myself so it was a very unique and memorable experience.

We also went hiking with the children in the Mountains surrounding the Venue and the children were treated to picnics and nature trails which they thoroughly enjoyed.

On the last day we organised a disco for the children where I revived my Djing skills from my University days so a great time was had by all.

My week at the Pracatinat Summer Camp was very rewarding and unique as it gave me the opportunity to teach English Language to the children and improve their academic ability as well as helping them to try new activities such as Circus Skills and Rock- Climbing  which i feel was beneficial to them .

I would thoroughly recommend being a Camp Counsellor at WEP as it was a good opportunity to develop my teaching skills as well as assisting the children in their personal development  whilst in a truly breathtaking venue in a culturally rich and inspiring country such as Italy

Tyla Cassidy-Raghunath