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At Camp Summit, you will have the opportunity to gain experience working with a variety of people with a wide range of disabilities. One season will change your life. Apply for a job now!

Camp Summit provides a great opportunity for growth, fun, resume building, memories and impacting the lives of remarkable campers who have a wide range of disabilities. Seasonal staff positions include Counselors, Unit Leaders, Rovers, Nurses, Kitchen Staff, a Program Director and Activity Directors in the following areas: Arts & Crafts, Horses/Wrangler, Kaleidoscope, Nature, Pool, Ropes Course, and Sports & Games. If you are caring and compassionate, able to work on a team, open minded, willing to learn, energetic, enthusiastic, and encouraging, fill out the online application or contact Amanda Davis for more info. Now seeking staff for the fall season (September 9th–November 19th).

Backdoorjobs.com • Short-Term Job AdventuresThe pay may be modest. The work is important. The satisfaction is incredible. Whether working in soup kitchens or family shelters, teaching and inspiring at-risk or disadvantaged youth, empowering the mentally ill, building houses for the poor, assisting the elderly or helping the fight against hunger, you'll find your options in this channel.

Your efforts may not immediately change the world or solve deep-rooted problems, but will serve as an ongoing commitment to helping others in need while promoting the integrity of creation. If you have a passion for service and are willing to go the extra mile to help a good cause, it's time to start making a difference—the world needs you!

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Camphill Association of North America

Whether you are looking for an internship opportunity, a formal training program, a short-term volunteer experience, or a new, fully committed lifestyle, the Camphill Coworker Program offers a celebration of life and engaging service work.

Program in the Spotlight Camphill Communities are dedicated to creating communities where the recognition of each individual’s gifts and contributions offer a model of renewal for the wider society. Camphill staff—called Coworkers—live and work alongside children, youth and adults with developmental and other disabilities in one of thirteen rural communities throughout the U.S. (California, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont) and Canada (British Columbia and Ontario). Since everyone in Camphill contributes to the community according to his or her ability, the work is varied and dynamic. Work life may mean providing human support and caregiving, teaching a craft, working on the farm or garden, cooking wholesome food, engaging in the healing arts, or celebrating seasonal festivals together. Some Coworkers come for a short-term experience, while others make it a long-term way of life. Many Coworkers also raise their families in Camphill communities. Benefits include room, board, medical insurance, a monthly stipend, vacation time, and training and education in social therapy, organic and biodynamic agriculture, the healing arts and crafts. Prospective Coworkers who have a genuine interest in others, a willingness to do what is needed, and are flexible, tolerant, and cheerful are eagerly sought by each community. Explore current job opportunities for each Camphill community online.

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Whether you are looking for an internship opportunity, a formal training program, a short-term volunteer experience, or a new, fully committed lifestyle, the Camphill Coworker Program offers a celebration of life and engaging service work.

Coworkers will have the opportunity to work in one of the various craft workshops, such as weaving, pottery, stained glass, woodworking, textiles, candle-making, bookbinding or the bakery.

Learn more about a Camphill Communities California coworker who found his place to help, change, and influence the lives of others while being submerged in a culture of genuine acceptance, love, caring, thought, idea and action.

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Gould Farm is the first residential therapeutic community in the nation dedicated to helping adults with mental health and related challenges move toward recovery, health and greater independence through community living, meaningful work, and clinical care.

On-the-job and in-service training and supervision are part of Gould Farm's pledge to provide a meaningful work experience for its employees.

Program in the Spotlight With locations in the Boston suburbs and the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, Gould Farm is a compassionate, respectful family environment where people with mental illness learn to build more meaningful lives for themselves through work, recreation and community life. The services at the farm remain rooted in the belief that every person has something to contribute despite mental or emotional limitations. Serving as informal counselors, work team leaders and role models, most staff and volunteers engage small groups of guests through work tasks that are required to run this 700-acre farm. In order to provide the most fulfilling experience, volunteers are asked to be flexible and work on several areas of the farm, which may include gardening, farming, forestry, dairy management, crafts, cooking, restaurant & retail management, childcare, administration, maintenance, and/or residential support. Boston area program staff live in a smaller community and provide support, guidance, and advocacy for clients who are well on their way to leading more independent lives. A minimum commitment of 12 months is necessary, with opportunities available throughout the year. Benefits include a monthly stipend, housing in private rooms, wholesome meals and full medical coverage. Mature, well-rounded and people-oriented individuals who are interested in learning and living in a therapeutic community are encouraged to apply. Learn more about the volunteer program at GouldFarm.org.

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Boston Area Part-Time Opening
Come spend one weekend per month in a beautiful, old colonial home on the outskirts of Boston. The Weekend Relief Staff will help guests from Gould Farm in the Berkshires get used to city life in Boston at their transitional residential program. Ideal for someone preparing to go to graduate school in the behavioral health field.

Enjoying the beauty of the Gould Farm campus.

The unique spirit that resides in the rural community lifestyle at Gould Farm offers both meaningful work coupled with recreation, singing, music, crafts and a celebration of nature and life.

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St. Elizabeth Shelter: Building Futures. Changing Lives.

St. Elizabeth Shelter was voted one of the best nonprofits in Santa Fe!Are you looking for a unique experience with an innovative program that will shape your life forever? Serving thousands of homeless men, women and families, St. Elizabeth Shelter creates an atmosphere of loving concern that respects the dignity of each individual and provides the homeless with hope for the future. Case management, transitional and educational programs are provided—helping many to achieve independent living. Residential Interns are responsible for most of the hands-on operation of the shelter, ranging from assisting homeless guests, organizing meals, processing donations, providing case management and maintaining the facilities. St. E's also strives to facilitate an internship experience that will bring a mutually satisfying experience for both the intern and the residents. Positions are available full-time from 6-12 months with flexible start dates. Benefits include a $6/hour wage, housing in a fully-furnished private suite above the shelter with shared living/kitchen space, food allowance and training in crisis resolution, mediation and nonprofit management. Those who commit for one year will also receive health and dental insurance. Applicants must have a high school degree and two years of college or work experience and be willing to work hard at helping the homeless. Spanish language ability and prior work in the social services field is a plus. To apply, email your resume and cover letter to Maria Lopez.

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St. Elizabeth Shelter Residential Interns are responsible for most of the hands-on operation of the shelter, live in the beautiful artistic town of Santa Fe, New Mexico and receive plentiful benefits.

A prospective Intern was hoping to find an entrée into the social work field, to learn about operating a nonprofit, and to obtain some experience in case management. Sarah Dolan's internship journey at St. Elizabeth Shelter explores how the expectations were fulfilled beyond her wildest dreams.

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Camp Summit. A remarkable place. For remarkable people.Camp Summit is a traditional camp for children and adults (ranging in age from 6 to 99 years old!) with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. Barrier-free outdoor camp experiences that promote personal growth and foster independence include a specially designed swimming pool, an adapted tree house, playground and ropes challenge course, horseback riding, sensory garden, covered outdoor gymnasium, fishing pond, and lodge with fireplace. Seasonal staff positions include Counselors, Unit Leaders, Rovers, Nurses, Kitchen Staff and Activity Directors in the following areas: Arts & Crafts, Horses/Wrangler, Kaleidoscope, Nature, Pool, Ropes Course, and Sports & Games. Job opportunities are available during the summer months (May 20th–August 20th, with a staff break from July 1st–7th) or the fall season (September 9th–November 19th). A commitment for the entire season is preferred, and applicants must be able to commit to at least five consecutive weeks. Compensation ranges from $225-$330 (based on position and term), plus room and board, free laundry facilities, WiFi access, and an intensive week of instructional and hands-on training. Experience working with a special needs population is not necessary; however, a desire to work with these special campers is a must! If you are caring and compassionate, able to work on a team, open minded, willing to learn, energetic, enthusiastic, and encouraging, fill out the online application or contact Amanda Davis for more info.

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Fall Season Employment Alert
Camp Summit is now seeking seasonal staff for the fall season (September 9th–November 19th).

At Camp Summit you will have the opportunity to gain experience working with a variety of people with a wide range of disabilities.

Camp Summit provides an incredible opportunity for growth, fun, resume building, memories, and impacting the lives of remarkable campers who have a wide range of disabilities. One season will change your life.

From wide, wheelchair friendly sidewalks to a zero entry pool to a tree house anyone can enter, Camp For All turns can't do into CAN DO with their barrier free approach to the camp site, facilities and programming.

Located in Texas between Houston and Austin, Camp For All works in partnership with other non-profits to enrich the lives of children and adults with challenging illnesses or special needs and their families throughout the year. From wide, wheelchair friendly sidewalks to a zero entry pool to a tree house anyone can enter, Camp For All turns can't do into CAN DO with their barrier free approach to the camp site, facilities and programming. Program Instructors will play a vital role in helping campers discover life through effective and fun programs. Job tasks include hosting campers, volunteers, guests and groups, teaching a wide variety of program activities, planning and implementing programs in team building & challenge courses, facilitating epic night activities, maintaining program areas and equipment, and supporting the Program Leadership team. A primo program staff training covers a variety of topics and activities, including challenge courses, team building, fishing, canoeing, archery, paintball, nature, sports and photography. Compensation includes a bi-weekly stipend starting at $300, plus room, board and WiFi access. Positions are available during the spring season (February 6th–May 15th), summer (May 15th–August 12th) and fall (August 28th–November 19th), with an option to work multiple seasons. Instructors will typically work 5 days on and 2 days off. If you have previous experience working with children in a camp environment, completed at least one year of college and are hardworking, outgoing and creative, fill out the online application.

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Fall Season Employment Alert
Camp for All is now seeking Program Instructors for the fall season (August 28th–November 19th).

Working at Camp For All is not just a job. You will have fun, work hard, learn, be tired and change lives!

More than 7,000 campers come to Camp For All each year to enjoy a wide array of activities that are universal in design and provide many opportunities for the growth in self-confidence. It is a unique place where there is understanding and acceptance. Working at Camp For All is not just a job. You will have fun, work hard, learn, be tired and change lives!

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Spring Lake Ranch: a small therapeutic work community in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

Do you have a willingness to share life with a community of diverse people while helping those with mental illness cope with and lead more fulfilling lives?

Program in the Spotlight Situated on 700 acres in Vermont's Green Mountains, surrounded by woods, adjacent to the Appalachian Trail, and near the pristine serenity of Spring Lake, Spring Lake Ranch is a therapeutic residential community and farm with the mission to support and empower people with mental health and substance abuse challenges to grow, thrive, and seek their dreams.

House Advisors/Crew Leaders live and work alongside residents, leading the wide variety of tasks that keep the Ranch running through every season of the year: care of the farm animals, working in the garden, bringing in hay, shoveling snow, chopping wood, pressing apple cider, cutting ice from the lake, building furniture, producing maple syrup, clearing trails, and helping with the ongoing tasks of cooking, cleaning, sewing, and repairing. Benefits include $327/week, private accommodation within a Ranch residence, all meals, full health and dental insurance, two weeks paid vacation and sick time in the first year, educational opportunities, use of all Ranch facilities including laundry, linen service, woodshop, auto shop, pottery studio, art room, sewing room, computers, and lake front with private dock and canoes; plus the many less tangible benefits that come from living and working in a close-knit community. House Advisors make an initial commitment of six months to one year and many apply to stay longer. Explore all employment opportunities at SpringLakeRanch.org.

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Share your skills, talents and warmth with a diverse community of people trying to lead more fulfilling lives.

Play in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

Engage in the lives of others and the life of the land. Share your skills, talents and warmth with a diverse community of people trying to lead more fulfilling lives. Play in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Learn about becoming a Shadow Warrior or how the team contributes a steady stream of energy, creativity and enthusiasm for residents at Spring Lake Ranch.

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Innisfree Village Residential Volunteer Program

Innisfree Caregivers are volunteers who forgo traditional employment and choose life sharing instead because they are seeking a new way of life.

Program in the Spotlight Set in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near the university town of Charlottesville, Virginia, Innisfree Village is a residential, lifesharing community for adults with intellectual disabilities. Coworkers and residential volunteers work together on this 550-acre farm in a model therapeutic environment emphasizing empowerment, interdependence and mutual respect of all community members. Serving as houseparents, Residential Caregivers live together with coworkers in family-style homes throughout the village. After a one-month orientation period, responsibilities include cleaning, cooking, laundry, shopping, and finances of the house as well as caring for the personal needs of each coworker. Volunteers are also engaged in therapeutic and meaningful work in the art studio, bakery, community kitchen, farm, herb & vegetable gardens, the free school, weavery and woodshop. Benefits include a private room, all meals, a $315/month stipend, 15 paid vacation days, access to community cars and onsite fitness facility, WiFi access, and two consecutive days off per week. Fifteen to twenty people, all with various backgrounds and nationalities, are needed each year. Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age, able to make a one-year commitment and be patient, empathetic, flexible and positive. Applications are accepted throughout the year; a visit to Innisfree prior to applying as a volunteer is strongly recommended. Learn more at InnisfreeVillage.org.

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Now Hiring Residential Caregivers!
More to Explore!Innisfree is currently seeking full-time Residential Caregivers who can begin a year of service starting this summer. This is a unique opportunity if you are interested in community living, working with people with special needs, and rural life or farming and gardening.

Volunteers at Innisfree experience the give and take of a shared home and work environment alongside residents with intellectual disabilities.

Music therapy, art class, pottery, and paper-making provide dedicated space for coworkers, volunteer caregivers, and artisans to work side by side on projects.

Are you looking for a meaningful experience with adults with disabilities in a beautiful natural setting? Volunteers at Innisfree experience the give and take of a shared home and work environment alongside residents with intellectual disabilities. Learn how the community empowered Lisa G. to find a new way to move through the world while volunteering again and again and again.

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Use your talents to help change the world with InterExchange!

You want to make a positive impact on the world around you, but how do you begin your journey?

At InterExchange, they believe that the opportunity to travel abroad will not only be an enriching experience for you, but will broaden the horizons of the people you meet around the world. For nearly 50 years, they’ve helped thousand of young people just like you pursue fulfilling and meaningful experiences abroad. And as a nonprofit organization, they want to make living in another country an accessible goal for all young people.

Whether you’re impacting young minds as an English teacher in Thailand or working on organic farms across Australia, you’ll create lasting friendships, gain invaluable life and career experience, and contribute to making the world a better place. And they’ll support you every step of the way.

Visit InterExchange to learn more about their work, internship, and other experiential learning programs abroad. Choose a program, make a difference, and live your dream.

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Embark on a meaningful, international cultural exchange adventure with InterExchange!

Whether you want to take a semester off, go abroad for a summer or stay for an extended program, InterExchange will work with you to make sure you have an unforgettable experience!

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