We require over 1300 volunteers each year to help run our programmes

Come join the fun and make a positive impact on children and their families living with a serious illnesses.
Our volunteers are an integral part of making camp happen. We could not do it without you!

Find your best fit

Whether you have a day, weekend, week or a summer, our camps offer a variety of volunteer opportunities. Check them out!

What roles can I apply for at camp?

Volunteer Cara

Cara is the Irish word for “friend”. As a Cara your role at camp is to look after the daily needs of the campers, to accompany them in their activities and provide a fun, safe and supportive environment.

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Volunteer Interpreter and Chaperone

Interpreters perform a very important role in translating and acting as the link between campers and staff. Chaperones accompany the campers to and from their home country, providing comfort, companionship, safety and support during travel.

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What should I expect?

How we support you

Training is provided for all volunteers. Spring and Autumn volunteers attend a training session prior to camp. Summer volunteers are trained as part your summer session.

A typical day as a volunteer

At camp you’re active all day helping our campers get the most from of their experience by encouraging and supporting them in all aspects of camp life while having serious fun.

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How you make a difference

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Barretstown, playing a lead role in providing the magical, transforming experience we give our campers and their families.
We could not do it without you!

Other ways to help with your time

Outreach Programmes

Our outreach programmes brings the joyful spirit of Barretstown to children and families beyond our gates.

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Internships and work placements

Interested in completing your internship or work placement with Barretstown?

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Barretstown Ambassadors

Have a few hours to spare? Why not join our network of Ambassadors.

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All ready to come to camp?

Camp Calendar: Volunteers

Camp Calendar: Volunteers

Not sure which camp or date fits you best? Barretstown camps run from Spring to Autumn each year ...

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Take a Tour

Take a Tour

Where is your favourite place in Barretstown? Our new tour is launching soon. We can't wait to show ...

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Did you know we also look for seasonal paid camp staff?

Careers

Careers

We recruit Support Staff, Activity Leaders and Summer Caras each year to help us run our programmes.

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Did you know we also look for volunteer doctors and nurses?

Medical Volunteer

Medical Volunteer

The Barretstown medical centre is known as the “Med Shed”. Each summer we require volunteer doctors and nurses to join our team.

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Want to do more?

Volunteering is not the only way you can help. There are so many fun ways for you to get involved and your support will make a massive difference to children living with serious illness and their families.

Ways to help