Adventure Specialties Trust are offering internship positions for 2021
The internship is designed to equip people who are wanting to take their career in the direction of youth development through outdoor adventure. You will get a Certificate in Youthwork thorugh Praxis and outdoor training that will head you in the direction of NZOIA or NZQA outdoor leadership awards.
how to apply
Adventure Specialties Trust is a leading provider of outdoor education, social development and adventure therapy in New Zealand. We were established in 1984 and provide a huge range of challenging activities on New Zealand’s rocks, rivers, mountains, caves, sea and coast. Our real point of difference to other outdoor providers is in how we deliver those programmes. We have a strong focus on youth development through outdoor adventure and are committed to developing instructors that are both technically competent and have great youth work skills. We are a faith-based organisation which influences how we relate to our clients and encourage them to be their best selves. Sound like you? Read on!!
WHAT IS THE
INTERNSHIP ALL ABOUT
The Adventure Specialties Trust internship is an opportunity for people who are keen to move their career in the direction of youth development through outdoor adventure and adventure therapy. It is our hope that following the internship year, graduates will be on their way to a career in outdoor instruction with a good technical base and great facilitation skills. There is also a possibility that a specifically tailored programme for a second year or jobs will be available at Adventure Specialties Trust for interns that have successfully graduated. Interns will join the staff team at Adventure Specialties Trust, work hard, go on plenty of adventures, explore new ideas, share special moments with young people in the outdoors and learn plenty of skills! As part of the internship, interns will complete the Praxis Certificate in Youth Work.
WE ARE LOOKING
FOR PEOPLE WHO
- Have some personal experience adventuring in the outdoors.
- Have had some experience in teaching or leadership positions (e.g. youth group, scouts etc).
- Are committed to completing the year of work and all the course requirements of Praxis.
- Are interested in the possibility of a job opportunity at Adventure Specialties following the internship year.
- Are keen to learn, have a high level of integrity, honesty and a personal faith.
- Are ready to work hard and are prepared to spend time away from the base location adventuring with and without clients for multi-day trips.
- Are over 20 years of age.
Whilst you are doing the internship with Adventure Specialties Trust you are expected to complete the Praxis Certificate in Youth Work course. Check out the Praxis website for more information. Certificate in Youth Development Level 4 (120 Credits) – A graduate of the Certificate is able to apply research-based youth development frameworks to facilitating group activities and providing one to one support for young people. They will have developed support networks in their local community and have gained confidence in working across cultures. They can also manage safety and work ethically.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST
Each applicant is required to pay the course fees for Praxis. Praxis is a registered NZQA provider and successful applicants will be eligible for student loans and allowances through Study Link. Fees for non-domestic students are available on request from Praxis.
Praxis Course fees for 2021: FREE
In addition, each intern is required to pay a fee to Adventure Specialties Trust. This fee contributes to the costs of the outdoor training blocks. It also contributes to the costs during work placement trips, including food and accommodation, whilst away with clients. Please Note – this fee is NOT able to be covered by Study link. If this fee is prohibitive for you, please talk to us and support may be available to help with this.
Adventure Specialties Trust fees for 2021: $1,500
1. PRAXIS COURSE
There are cluster days which will either be weekly or put into a one-week block each term. This is where you will study towards the youth work part of your internship as well as throughout the year you will join with all the other Praxis students from around New Zealand to learn about youth work. There are four of these block courses and they are spread over the year and are usually 5-7 days.
2. OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP BLOCK COURSE
During these weeks you will receive technical skills and leadership training in Bush Walking, Rock Climbing, Abseiling and Sea Kayaking. You will also be invited to join the full staff team for some of the National staff training events. If we continue into a tailor made second year or an employment opportunity with Adventure Specialties Trust you will be supported to complete NZOIA (New Zealand Outdoor Instructors Association) awards and/or a work place based assessment for the National Certificate in Outdoor Recreation (Leadership) (Level 3) with selected strands during your first six months of work.
3. WORK EXPERIENCE WITH AST
At the start of your year you will be observing instructors. As your skill set grows you will then assist instructors, and hopefully by the end of the year you will be able to manage a group with some activities yourself. There will be a mixture of day-based programming, some five days and some extended expedition programmes. When you’re not out in the field you will be helping out around the office and with maintenance and in the gear shed with programme logistics. These skills will help round out you becoming the full package of an outdoor instructor.
4. SELF DIRECTED LEARNING
To make the most of your internship year, interns will need to be spend a considerable amount of time developing their personal skills in all areas of pursuits offered by the programme. There will be scheduled self-directed learning time that will be both for completing PRAXIS assignment work as well as practising technical skills learnt. You will need to spend holidays and weekends practising the skills to be be ready and considered for second year and employment opportunities.
SOME PRACTICAL DETAILS
On PRAXIS blocks the food will be covered by the programme. Food while on programme and observations and work experience away from the centre-base will be covered. On the outdoor block courses, it will be a course by course basis depending on location and activity, we will come up with a plan in advance how we will work food.
Interns are responsible for arranging their own accommodation, however all accommodation, camping and access fees for block courses and work experience are provided as part of the internship.
Transport to, from and throughout Praxis block courses is not provided but can be claimed as course related costs on student loan. Transport throughout office weeks and programme observations must be arranged by the interns. Transport to outdoor block courses and work experience trips is provided as part of the fees.
There will be a significant amount of time away with both block courses and work experience. Any days scheduled over weekends will be compensated with ‘days in lieu’ following the away trip.
Adventure Specialties Trust can provide the specialist outdoor equipment required for any of the block courses and work experience. This cost is included in the fee.
All outdoor activities will be undertaken in accordance with the Adventure Specialties Trust Safety Management System. Outdoor adventure activities have a degree of risk. While every effort is made to minimise risk, the nature of the activities and the environment is such that total student safety cannot be guaranteed. Interns are expected to take reasonable responsibility for their own safety.
The outdoor block courses will be taught by qualified instructors from Adventure Specialties Trust. Tutors will have a high level of skill and qualifications to teach the relevant units.
We expect that throughout the year your instructing skills will develop considerably! We will work to train you against our own internal deployment system which assesses the skills and experience you have to be able to lead activities.
This internship is financially viable for us because as the year progresses we will be able to deploy you as a competent staff member on some programmes. We have budgeted 20 days over the year for this. If you exceed 20 days as a staff member you will have the opportunity to be paid as a contractor for any work you do as ‘staff’.
In 2021 there is space for up to two interns based in our Auckland office and one intern based in our Christchurch office.
Adventure Specialties Staff retreat is 25-29 January 2021. This is an awesome time of connecting with staff and learning about us. It is outside of the ‘course time’ and therefore you cannot receive student allowance for that time and we cannot require you to be there. However, we invite you to attend and strongly recommend that you do! There is no cost to attending.
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