Volunteer Cara

Cara is the Irish word for “friend.”

The role of a volunteer cara at camp

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 them with a fun, safe and supportive environment. Cara is the Irish word for “friend”

All our programmes are facilitated by trained staff.

Volunteering at Barretstown is a truly unforgettable experience – fun activities, lots of laughs and the knowledge that you are directly helping children living with a serious illness and their families.

Volunteering at camp

What should you expect?

The commitment as a volunteer Cara at camp ranges from 3/4 days for our family and bereavement weekends to 4 to 9 days for our children and teen camps. Our camp calendar outlines all our camps for the year and the commitment required.

Volunteering at camp is residential and you must commit to the full session. Food, accommodation and transportation to and from the airport are provided.

See camp calendar

What training will you receive?

Training is provided for all volunteers. Spring and Autumn volunteers based in Ireland attend a training session prior to camp. Summer volunteers are trained as part of your summer session. Oversees volunteers will receive training on arrival at camp.
Spring Training (Saturday 4th February 9.30am - 1pm) or Thursday 11th March (5.30pm-9pm) Autumn Training (2nd September or 10th September)

Which camp is for me?

Children's Summer Camps

The summer camps are specially designed programmes where children with a serious illness can attend. ...

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Family Camp

An opportunity for the whole family to experience the magic of camp in a supportive environment. ...

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Brothers & Sisters Camp

The Brothers and Sisters camps allow children between the ages of 7 and 17 the opportunity to attend ...

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Haemophilia Camp

The Haemophilia Camp is a specially designed programme for children and teenagers with a bleeding di ...

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Sibling Camp

This camp is for siblings who have a brother or sister (aged infant to 17) who are currently being t ...

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Teen Camp

Our Teens camps are specially designed camps for campers aged 13-17 from a number of countries, who ...

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Bereavement Family Camp

The bereavement weekends offer families who have lost a child a supportive environment where they can spend quality time together, share their experience of loss and find ways to look to the journey ahead.

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