Work Placement Opportunities

Are you interested in completing your work placement with Barretstown?
There are a number of third level education courses that fit in with the Barretstown mission and vision and that require their students to complete a work placement in the relevant areas

We are happy to facilitate a number of placements on an annual basis. We run camps between February – November each year.

Please complete the work placement section on the application form below. Please ignore the “are the applying to work at camp section, tick no here”

Placement Opportunities (Spring 2018) Closing Date 3rd November

Placement Opportunities (Summer 2018) Closing Date 1st December

Attending training is mandatory.

Spring Training (22-26 Jan) – Summer Training (28 May – 5 June) – Autumn Training (10 & 11 Sept).

Spring Programmes run (22 Jan – 13 May) Summer Programme run (28 May  – 26 August)  Autumn Programmes run (10 September – 2 December)

Depending on your placement time frame you don’t have to complete all camps in the season but we do expect a commitment of at least 8 camps. The only exception here is if you are applying as an Activity Leader you need to be available for the full season.

Creche Leader:  (Spring or Autumn Programmes) 3rd Year Students Only

  • To provide fun, engaging, challenging and safe crèche based activities which fulfil the aims and objectives of Therapeutic Recreation.
  • To contribute positively to the development of the crèche activity, evening programmes, theme days, special projects and other activities.
  • To provide support and encouragement to other staff and volunteer members and to maintain a physically and emotionally safe environment for the participants.

Cara Leader: (Spring, Summer or Autumn Programmes)

  • To relate positively to children and young people and their families
  • Look after the day time needs of the campers while accompanying campers in their activities and provide a fun atmosphere, support, leadership and encouragement.
  • To facilitate the campers in all they do and to re-direct inappropriate behaviour if required.
  • Integrating volunteer Cara’s into the cottage and activity group and assisting them with any questions they may have
  • Ability to build positive relationships with colleagues thus ensuring for a physically and emotionally safe environment for the campers.

Activity Leader (Spring, Summer or Autumn Programmes) 3rd Year Students Only

  • To provide fun, engaging, challenging and safe activities, to a while range of ages, which fulfil the aims and objectives of Therapeutic Recreation.
  • To contribute positively to the development of activities, evening programmes, theme days, special projects and other activities.
  • To provide support and encouragement to other staff and volunteer members and to maintain a physically and emotionally safe environment for the participants.

Camp Photographer (Spring, Summer or Autumn Programmes)

This is a new placement role for us at camp. Are you studying photography, digital media or video editing? The duties would include;

  • Catching photos of camp in action and making the camp slideshow each weekend.
  • Working closely with our Digital Marketing Specialist on the social media pages for camp.
  • Getting involved with advertising and promotional materials

Residential Life

Working at camp is a residential position. Accommodation will be provided on site for the duration of the contract. Staff bedrooms are dorm rooms where you will be staying with other staff members. Radical hospitality is something we are very passionate about here at Barretstown and creating a home away from home atmosphere. Food will be provided while camp is in session, by our wonderful catering team. Transportation to and from camp will be your responsibility.

Training/Support offered

Training will be provided at the start of every camp season. Staff training is designed to help you develop the specific knowledge and skills required for your camp placement. To assist in further growth in performance throughout the season at camp the Barretstown support team will offer advice, guidance and support.

Completing your placement at Barretstown is a truly unforgettable experience – fun activities, lots of laughs and the knowledge that you are directly helping seriously ill kids and their families turn their lives around. All opportunities are residential. Supervision and guidance is provided for all students.

Some of the third level institutions we currently work with are DCU, Tralee IT,  Mary I, Carlow IT, Sligo It, Dundalk IT, and GMIT

The students are studying courses such as Early Childhood Education, Social Care, Adapted Sports, Sports Science and Health, Outdoor Education or similar.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact us on recruit@barretstown.org

Contact Us

We are always interested in expanding this programme, so if you think this is something that would work with your particular course let us know :