We currently have volunteer/intern opportunities in the following areas:
Volunteer Trip Leader
Adventures Without Limits is a non-profit outdoor education organization dedicated to providing quality adventures for people of all ages and abilities, including those with disabilities. Our trips, which include backpacking, hiking, canoeing, sea kayaking, white water rafting, cross country skiing and snow shoeing, provide the opportunity for the integration of individuals of all types of physical, mental and cognitive abilities. These experiences inspire personal growth, instill confidence, develop peer relations, and enhance the awareness of the natural environment, not to mention — they are so much FUN!!!
You'll be co-running all aspects of our day-long and multiple day adventures. That means that you will assist with safety, risk management, driving to and from the destination, supporting volunteers, preparing all equipment needed for the trip, teaching all aspects of our outdoor education curriculum, making sure all participants are performing up to their potential, and anything else involved in leading outdoor trips. A typical trip includes about eight participants of varying abilities, an assistant trip leader and two to four volunteers.
Typically, our trip leaders hold other occupations (such as a full time job, or being a student). Most of our trips are one day long and occur on weekends or school holidays. You will be expected to lead four to six trips per year, although our schedule is fairly flexible. Most of our trip leaders work two trips a month. Trips usually last from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., although times can vary.
We are looking for someone with good, sound judgment. Complementing this is solid outdoor experience in at least one of the following activities: rock climbing, canoeing (flatwater and river), white water rafting, sea kayaking, cross country, snow shoeing, backpacking and hiking. You must also have good "soft skills," like working with people in the outdoors, low impact camping, etc. Experience leading trips is very important, however, equally important is experience working with people (and enjoying it!). Our participants include individuals with disabilities and varying backgrounds.
Experience or coursework in outdoor education, environmental education or therapeutic recreation is a big plus. In addition, we need people who feel comfortable driving a van and trailer long distances (sometimes in snowy conditions). Current CPR and First Aid certification is required.