Volunteer at a summer program for children with autism on Vancouver Island
- Volunteer Opportunity posted by CADIP
Short-Term (few weeks/months)
Take part in a recreational and social summer day camp program designed to help children afflicted with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in July 2019. The program is based in the Comox Valley, British Columbia.
International volunteers work with children ages 10-15 years old. The children are quite high functioning in certain areas, but often struggle with social skills and the mastery of appropriate communication and behaviour. The volunteers will learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and how to support these children in a social/recreational program. Under the direction of the campleader, the volunteers will support the children to participate in small group activities such as planning and performing skits which explore daily life with ASD, preparing lunch meals, exploring the community on daily outings including local lakes, rivers, beaches and farms, etc. The group work is intended to provide children with specific tasks and encourage both appropriate social and communication skills. Volunteers will also help to create a handbook about summer activities for youth in the Comox Valley drawing on the experiences of the workcamp. The volunteers involved in this project will gain valuable insight into the world of autism.
Requirements: Volunteers need to be fluent in English. They are required to provide a clear criminal record check. Age requirements: 19-30 years
More info at: http://cadip.org/volunteer-in-canada
"I know for me it was an experience of a lifetime that I will always cherish and hope it was the same for the kids." James L., Cadip volunteer
Location: Stretching along the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, the Comox Valley is a collection of rolling mountains, alpine meadows, rushing rivers, pristine lakes, lush forests, fertile farms, sandy beaches and green parks. The City of Courtenay (20,000 inhabitants) is the urban and cultural hub of the Comox Valley with its downtown considered to be one of the most vibrant and charming downtowns on Vancouver Island and an incredible cultural district that includes theatre, art gallery, museums and paleontology centre.
- Housing Available
- Language/Cultural Support Available
- International Volunteers
How To Apply
Enrollment and other volunteer projects: www.cadip.org
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