Outdoor Education Diploma –
High Ropes / TOEFL Certification

Welcome to an exciting 6 month Outdoor Education Diploma program where you will find an ultimate life changing experience in the Old Continent, living, learning and coexisting in a very international environment at a fabulous natural setting, close to the thriving city of Hamburg. During your 6-months Outdoor Education Diploma program you will have the opportunity to pump up your outdoor skills by getting loads of training sessions, instruction dynamics, and leadership skills development. Camp Europe is committed to offer you, the chance to embark into an experiential learning process during which you will grow as a human being in many aspects. This invaluable Outdoor Education Diploma program will foster your professional development as you will be trained and certified by a well-reputed European Outdoor Education Academy. If you are 21+ years old and looking for an amazing program in Europe, you just have found the perfect place.


So, feel free to explore all the information provided in this page, and if you decide this is something you are up for, go ahead and submit your on line application form. We will be glad to receive it, evaluate and process it, in order to assist you with all that is needed for you to become part of our 6-Month Outdoor Education Diploma Program. You will obtain a world-validated certificate. Our intensive training sessions focus on developing a wide array of soft and hard skills, aimed at fostering specific outdoor educational profiles. Furthermore, throughout the 20-week long placements you will have the opportunity to put in practice all you will learn.

You will lead activities for youth and teens, including, but not limited to; rock climbing, canoeing, mountain biking, hiking, camping, orienteering, group initiatives and ropes course experiences. You will be in charge of providing a safe and nurturing environment for our spring and summer participants. You will aslo will have the chance to get immersed into the different management areas of an outdoor Educational organization, from logistics, administrative roles and accounting, to Food & beverage, program planning, etc. This experience, without a doubt, will launch yourself into the professional world in the right direction, full of motivation and well prepared.

Since 2002, the Camp Adventure Academy in association with Camp Europe, has been successfully organizing international adventure and language camps throughout Europe (Germany, Ireland, Spain and England mainly). We are proud to announce that since 2016, we offer a complementary program, aimed at developing Outdoor Education Skills and Outdoor Education Centres Management insights, such as organizational planning, OEC-Logistics, Project Management, Implementation Techniques and other educational topics; through an extensive six month-long Diploma program in the field of experiential learning.

Basic information:

  • Duration: 6 months –
    • Start date: March 11th, 2018
    • End date: Sept 22nd, 2018 (extensions possible).
  • The execution of the program is divided into two phases: theoretical & practical:

March / April:

  • International Camp Counselor training program
  • First aid & CPR training with “Emergency First Response” guidelines.
  • High Ropes Specialization: 5 day High ropes instructor training according to the ERCA norm (European Ropes Course Association)
  • TOEFL Specialization: 3 day High ropes course instructor assistant training according to the ERCA norm (European Ropes Course Association) and 1 day TOEFL examiner certification
  • Outdoor pedagogical basics, throughout diverse educational program areas (survival, archery, canoeing…)
  • Camp director assistant training program, including administrative tasks such as camp accounting (depending on qualifications).
  • Introduction course to big-size groups meal catering with option to obtain a Food & Beverage license.
  • In-depth preparation for organizing all sort of educational / recreational activities at our international camps.
  • In-depth preparation for logistics management at our international camps.
  • In-depth preparation for camp-site build-up and take-down.

May / June:

  • Program staff at our school group experiential education programs.
  • Drug Prevention Coach Training – In collaboration with the German NGO ““Keine Macht den Drogen”“.* *Available only for German speakers.
  • Bronze-cross Lifeguard Certification Program.
  • Assistant role as support staff during our annual International Camp Counselor training week, with over 140 participants (depending on qualifications)

July / August:

  • Different placements during Summer Camp session, performing as staff responsible at one or various program areas such as camp counseling, high ropes course instructor / assistant, archery specialist, canoeing guide, F&B logistics, catering, camp management assistant for budgeting, accounting and administrative tasks, as well as keeping communication with the head office in Hamburg (depending on qualifications).

September:

  • Instructor at outdoor education programs.
  • Campsite´s take down after summer sessions and follow-ups.
  • Material & equipment storage and audit.
  • Season-Ending Party organization.

Requirements:

  • Enthusiastic and motivating personality.
  • Good communication and organizational skills.
  • Fraternal social skills.
  • Good English fluency.
  • Tolerance and understanding for other cultures.
  • Responsible, committed as well as high degree of independence.
  • A positive attitude for living in community at an outdoor setting.
  • Minimum age: 21 years old, by June 16th.
  • A class B driver’s license and experience in driving is an asset.

Further information:

  • The preparation and implementation of the camp programs are work-intensive. A high degree of resilience and the ability of proactive behavior are key elements in order to cope the stressful moments.
  • Accommodation provided throughout the 6 month diploma program – basic accommodation, shared room, tent or camping caravan.
  • A 75 euro / week stipend is offered during your camp placement performance weeks.
  • Training weeks are not monetarily compensated, however Camp Europe offers all training, equipment and material, plus full room & board free of charge.
  • Camp Europe provides full support to those bachelor or master program students who are intending to write any of their Uni papers based on Outdoor Educational Programs and other topics related to the internship.

Campers in EuropeOur Diploma program is based on Non-Formal Educational Models, known in the academic research field as EL (Experiential Learning).
This Outdoor Education Diploma program is characterized by providing a very intense load of training, including but not limited to theoretical & practical instruction, workshops, group dynamics & specific topic sessions.
The scope of training covers a wide range of topics within the Outdoor Educational & Recreational activities spectrum, among we can find, to mention a few:

  • Successful summer camp guidelines
  • Creativity Workshops
  • Alternative Play
  • Adventure Sports
  • Language Development
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Leadership skills
  • Communication Development
  • Community Building
  • Universal Values
  • International initiatives
  • Social & Interpersonal Skills.

After the intense training component of the Diploma program, once having obtained the high-valued certificate, Camp Europe offers the possibility to put into practice what has been learnt, by extending a placement allocation at one or more of its campsites scattered around Europe. By performing as camp counselors, group leaders or program area directors, they will have to put into practice all the soft and hard skills accumulated during the initial component of their Diploma program.

 

NOTE> Placements can only be fully granted after a positive & succesful performance during the training course.

Outdoor Education Diploma and Specialization Certificate

The full training accounts for a total of five weeks.

  • Basic International Camp Counsellor Course*
    • 3 days
  • High Ropes Instructor Training/Language Coach+ TOEFL Testing Centre Certificate**
    • 5 Days
  • First Aid Course
    • 2 Days
  • German Food Health Certificate
    • 1 Day
  • Survival & Hike Instructor for Teams
    • 3 Days
  • Kayak and Canoe Instructor
    • 2 Days
  • Slackline Instructor
    • 1 Day
  • Archery Instructor
    • 1 Day
  • Teambuilding Instructor
    • 1 Day
  • Food & Wellbeing (GUT DRAUF)/Cooking for Big Groups
    • 2 Days
  • Accounting, Camp Organization, Social Media
    • 2 Days
  • Health & Hygiene
    • 1 Day
  • No Power to Drugs Prevention Training (limited availability – German)
    • 2 Days
  • Specific Specialized Certificate Optative:
    • 5 Days – High Ropes Instructor Training /Language Coach+ TOEFL Testing Centre Certificate
Placement Staffing  Positions available throughout the twenty week placement period.
Placements will be designated and granted upon the performance of each individual throughout the full training and according to needs and skills.
  • School Trip Program
    • 3 Weeks
  • Outdoor Centre Program
    • 2 Weeks
  • School Trip
    • 2 Weeks
  • F&B + Camp Organization
    • 4 Weeks
  • Specialization Optative Certificate
    • 3 Weeks High Ropes Instructor / Language Coach
  • Technical Camp Director
    • 2 Weeks
  • Support Staff
    • 3 Weeks
  • Rest Periods 
    • 3 weeks
  • * A training day is usually a combination of theoretical & practical input and does also involve the set up and preparation of the camp location. 
  • ** The High Ropes Course Safety Instructor Assistant certificate will be granted after a successful completion of the basic 3-day module. The High Ropes Course Safety Instructor Assistant certificate will be available to all those participants who have successfully completed the 5-days basic/rescue module and a 4-week trial period.

German Applicants

€500

Deposit, refundable by the end of the 6-Months
  • All Training Sessions
  • All Material & Equipment
  • Full Room & Board

EU citizen Applicants

€500

Deposit, refundable by the end of the 6-Months
  • All Training Sessions
  • All Material & Equipment
  • Full Room & Board

Non-European Applicants

€500

Deposit, refundable by the end of the 6-Months
  • All Training Sessions
  • All Material & Equipment
  • Full Room & Board
Notes>
  • The Initial Fee that we charge is in reality a deposit that helps us ensure to cover the associated expenses with your application process, training and welcoming you to Germany. The deposit must be submited upon confirming a preliminary placement offer acceptance.
  • Non Germans  must pay the fee in two stages: €100 + €400
    • In order to confirm attendance to an interview, it is requested to submit a deposit of €100, which will be deducted from the total fee of €500 that needs to be covered upon confirming preliminary placement acceptance.
    • The €100 deposit is refundable in case Camp Europe is unable to offer you a placement offer after the first interview.
  • All deposits will be paid back upon a succesfull completition of the 6-month program (training + 20 week placement).
  • 6 months Outdoor Education Specialist Diploma Certificate. From mid-March to mid-September.
  • One out of two optative additional certification: High Ropes Course or TOEFL.
  • Accommodation provided throughout the 6 month Outdoor Education Diploma program, – Full Room & Board.*except during time off and away from campsite.
  • 20 weeks of Performing Placements.
  • Intensive Outdoor Activities Training.
  • Complementary Leadership Dynamics.
  • Meet people from all over the globe with like-minded interest.
  • Acquire experience through your own creation of stimulating, fun and safe activities for children and youth.
  • Travel around Europe during your time off, as well as by getting placed at diverse campsites across Europe (Austria, Ireland, Spain, and France).
  • Perform either as a Camp Counselor, a Language Coach, a Group Leader or rather a Program Area Director.
  • Receive a well-reputed and world validated Outdoor Education Diploma certification issued by an accredited European Outdoor Education Academy.
  • Learn or practice German. Our programs are bilingual, meaning they always run in English as well as in the native host language.
Read ALL the information regarding Camp Europe’s program including the Frequently Asked Questions section as well as the Terms & Conditions. Once you are sure this program suits your interests, fill out & submit the Online Application Form.

Once our selection committee has reviewed your application, you will be contacted by email to set up a first interview.
The interview will be via skype. During the 25 minute chat, we will get to confirm some of the information you provided in the application form, we will ask you a few questions about some general aspects in order to determine if your profile actually fulfills our requirements and it will also be an opprtunity for you to solve any questions or concerns that you might have.
*Non German Applicants- At this point, you will be required to make a €100 deposit, that will be reimbursed to you in case Camp Europe is unable to offer you a 6-month position. In case of withdrawal from the application process, the deposit will be forfeited.
Upon a succesful interview, you will be invited for a second  interview with the Human Resources manager, who will go through some details about the program and will provide you with further information for you to complete your application process.
Upon a successful second interview, a placement offer package will be sent to you, You will have one week in order to confirm your participation, by sending us back the signed agreement and one more week to submit the deposit payment and required documents.
The Preliminary Placement Offer Package includes:

  • A welcome letter from the camp head director.
  • A Preliminary Placement Offer
  • A Memorandum of Understanding for you to sign as a preliminary contract.
  • A Catalogue of what each camp site has to offer.
  • Information regarding training sessions.
  • Information Regarding logistics; transfers and shuttles.
  • A description list of duties and responsibilities for each position at camp.
  • A description of what a regular day looks like.
  • A packing list.
  • A list with hints and advice for traveling, cheap and light.
  • A list of ALL documents you must provide us.
  • Copy of your valid passport
  • Copy of Plane ticket to Hamburg (HAM) or train ticket to Walsrode for Training session.
  • Signed acceptance of the Memorandum of Understanding
  • Valid First Aid Certificate
  • Medical Certificate issued by your family doctor
  • Working Holiday Visa
  • Recent Non-Criminal Record Check
  • Submit the € 500 deposit
Money is always tight, specially for students; we know that, we were students ourselves not too long ago.
In order to confirm your participation, €500 is to be paid once you have been offered a placement. The Fee will be reimbursed at the end of a satisfactory placement performance. This deposit is intended to cover:
  • Interview/Deposit
  • Full Room & Board
  • Airport Shuttle Service (Pick-up)
  • 4 different Training Sessions
  • International Camp Counselor Training
  • 1st aid Certification
  • Bronze Cross Lifeguard
  • Specialty course Training (High ropes, Water sports, Creative & drama, Field sports)
  • Transfer to 1st Placement
  • T-shirt
  • Interview Cost
  • Admin fee
  • Processing Fee
German Applicants must send their Processing Fee Payment to;

Recipient: CAMP EUROPE, e.V.
Address Acount Holder: Laufgraben 16, 20146 Hamburg, Germany
Bank: Hamburger Sparkasse
Bank’s Address : Mittelweg 157, 20148 Hamburg, Germany
Bank Code: 200 505 50
Number: 1035214418
IBAN: DE04 2005 0550 1035 2144 18
BIC: HASPDEHH
SWIFT: HASPDEHHXXX

All Non-German Applicants must send their Processing Fee Payment via PayPal.com (Credit & Debit Accepted) to;

www.paypal.me/CampEurope

Or through Direct Bank Transfer to:
Beneficiary: International Camps Network CC0001 33019 1995390

Bank of Montreal
SWIFT BIC CODE_ BOFMCAM2
International Banking, Head Office, Montreal
Branch: 2I0 4307 13Oth Avenue SE, Calgary, AB.
Direct Payment Routing Number CC0001
BRANCH TRANSIT NUMBER: 33019
Account Number: 1995390


Testimonials

  • The application process was smooth, clear and straight forward. The training was lots of fun. I really enjoyed the international atmosphere and the constant contact with nature. My placement was full of magic moments. I really connected with my campers. No doubt a great experience!Melissa Capefield - USA
  • The interviewer was kind and patient with all my questions. The people I met during training were all wonderful individuals and my placements in Germany and Ireland provided me with such fantastic life experiences. A few of us made a deal to keep in contact and meet up again at camp next year.George Harper -Canada
  • It was a wonderful experience over all. For me, this program was the perfect excuse to do something fun & worth while traveling and interacting with a load of fun individuals. As for my placement, being a language coach was entertaining and I learnt much myself.Anne-Marie Bouchard - Switzerland
  • This was my second summer with Camp Europe. I was amazed to discover how many familiar faces had returned. We had a good bonding during the previous year, but this time we really became close friends. Sad to go at the end of the summer. Perhaps 3 summers is still a chance.David Meyer - Scotland