Join the Breakaway family
We need kind people who see value in the small things, who will make an effort to connect with the shy ones at the back. We need volunteers who can be compassionate and understanding; who listen and who learn. It doesn’t matter what kind of outdoor skills you have, that can be taught. We care about who you are, not what you can do. We need passionate people who have a fundamental desire to care and lift up young people through encouragement and compassion. Check out detailed descriptions of specific roles below. If you’re not sure if you suit one or you suit many select “other” in your application because we’d love to chat!
- The opportunity to make new and lasting friendships
- Growth in your social and leadership skills
- Increase of your self-confidence by challenging yourself in a safe and caring environment
- A sense of purpose for your life
- Opportunity to keep healthy in a nature-based environment
- Valuable skills and experience toward your career in community development, youthwork or outdoor education
- Ongoing training, furthering your skills personally and professionally
Commitment: 1 overnight camp per month with a specific group.
We are looking for people who are interested and have a passion for making a difference in the lives of young people and are willing to come alongside campers encouraging, supporting and helping them on their life journey. You do not need to have a skill set in outdoor activities, just simply be willing to learn and get involved.
If you aren’t able to commit to one weekend every month, we also have an option to be a “fill in” leader with a commitment of coming on 3 camps a year.
We also have a few special programs throughout the year in which we need several helpers to come along as cooks.
Maintenance & Site Development
Commitment: From 1 or more Weekends over a year.
We run several working bee weekends up at our Glendale camp property throughout the year. We are always looking for people willing to come up for the day or weekend to help with on-going projects and manual work around the property.
If you’d like to help out on our next working bee, or want to know more about volunteering doing maintenance or site development please fill in the volunteer application or sign up to our Working Bee Newsletter.
Commitment: Weekdays – but flexible around volunteer availability.
We are looking for people who are interested in helping out at Breakaway in ways other than attending programs. We always have work to be done at our office in Preston, both administrative and manual work maintaining facilities. We also look for helpers for different family and fundraising events throughout the year.
If you have a skill set (i.e. sport, outdoor activities, trades, adventure programs, etc) that you’d like to use as a volunteer with Breakaway Youth, we’d be interested in hearing from you.
Fill in the Volunteer Application form below and select “Skill Specific” in the “about you” section.