Applying to OSCA

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We're looking for enthusiastic, motivated and committed individuals with a passion for working with young people.

The ideal OSCA teacher would have boundless enthusiasm, be easy to get along with, a talented classroom teacher, good team player and - most importantly - really want to work with children and young people. Teachers will have key responsibilities in preparing their own lesson material pre-departure and also in helping the team plan whole camp activities.

How do we select volunteers?

We shortlist applicants to interview based on a written application. Interviews then happen in late January (in 2019 they're currently scheduled for Saturday 26th).

Everyone who's succesful at the interview stage is invited to a training day on Saturday February 23rd. During this day we go through different workshops, covering areas such as creating teaching material, training on summer camp teaching and drama workshops. Despite all the material covered, this tends to be a fun and enjoyable day as we spend significant tiem playing a wide variety of summer camp games - one of the best ways to prepare for a summer camp! We offer places on the differents camps shortly after the training day.

Our focus and experience on recruitment and training for new volunteers is one of OSCA's strengths.

What happens after you get a place?

Once you receive a place you're put in touch with your camp's team leader who guides you through all the preparation and practicalities to make sure you're ready for the summer.

All volunteers prepare lesson and activity plans. Volunteers receive plenty of training, guidance, feedback and support, but we want to ensure that you have the freedom to create your own material and activities rather than simply reusing something we've done before. OSCA trains and coaches volunteers so that you'll be ready by the time the first camp starts.