Opportunity to Travel to the USA California to work as a volunteer Peer Counselor

Blind Citizens NSW is extending the invitation to apply for the Enchanted Hills Camp volunteer Peer counselor opportunity to all people who are blind or vision impaired across Australia, who are over the age of 18.

There will now be 2 groups of applications.
1 for people resident in NSW and the ACT, and 1 for residents in other states.

Applications close on Sunday the 23rd of April.
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview in the first week of May with successful candidates to be announced by the 20th of May at BCNSW’s next general meeting.
The maximum number of successful candidates is 4.

Departure will be from Sydney, on the 16th of June.
All successful candidates are responsible for the cost of their own travel to Sydney International airport.

Blind Citizens NSW (BCNSW) is inviting expressions of interest from People who are blind or vision impaired for the opportunity to Travel to the USA California to work as a volunteer Peer Counselor at the Light house for the Blind Enchanted Hills camp.

BCNSW is a consumer based organization of people who are blind or vision impaired, (advocating for the needs and rights of people who are blind or vision impaired in NSW and the ACT for over 100 years. In addition, we provide valuable peer support and information to our members and others in the community.

BCNSW is aware that with the main streaming of school education, people who are blind or vision impaired do not have as many opportunities to mix with others who are blind or vision impaired to swap Strategies, gain confidence and see role models in older blind and vision impaired people.

We are therefore happy to be partnering with the San Francisco Lighthouse to sponsor a group of up to 4 people who are blind or vision impaired and over the age of 18to work as volunteer Peer Counselors at the Enchanted Hills camp.

It is hoped that this opportunity will provide applicants with the skills and experience of providing peer mentoring and leadership for the blind and vision impaired community.

In turn it is anticipated that applicants will bring these skills to bear in assisting BCNSW to develop peer programs for blind and vision impaired people in NSW and the ACT. By including applicants from other states, it is anopportunity to strengthen networks and relationships and establish new peer support opportunities in your home state.

When: This opportunity will take place between Friday the 16th of June, and Sunday the 6th of August or Sunday the 20th of August depending on Candidates availability. 2017. (American Summer time)

Successful candidates will have the cost of return airfares from Sydney to California covered by Blind Citizens NSW, Food and accomedation is included as you are expected to reside at the Enchanted Hills Camp premises for the duration of your stay. Candidates are responsible
for all other expenses including visa’s, travel insurance and your own travel from home to Sydney International Airport.

Go here to download the Enchanted Hills Camp Application Form and Information pack

Enchanted Hills Camp for the Blind
Enchanted Hills Camp and Retreat serves blind children, teens, adults, deaf-blind, seniors, as well as families of the blind. Since 1950, Enchanted Hills has provided valuable opportunities for recreation in a fun, challenging and accessible way. Located on 311 acres on scenic Mt. Veeder, Enchanted Hills is just 10 miles west of Napa, California.

The experience of summer camp holds countless opportunities for enjoyment and learning in many a young person’s life. Whether it’s exploring a trail in the woods or creating a skit as a team to perform in front of an audience, camp provides a wealth of structured and unrestricted moments that contribute to childhood socialization, growth and development.

Founded in 1950 by Rose Resnick, Enchanted Hills was the first camp of its kind on the West Coast, to fill a void as there was not one recreational facility for blind children to explore, thrive and gain confidence. Owned and managed by the California Lighthouse for the blind, Enchanted Hills retains much of its original character while benefitting from constant structural improvement.

In 2015, the Lighthouse hired master woodworker and blind contractor George Wurtzel as EHC’s construction manager. Since then Wurtzel has overseen many exciting projects, including the blazing of a 3-mile horse trail, the development of the Redwood Grove Theater, and the barn rehabilitation that is now the Delong Sweet Tactile Arts Workshop.

Year-round, we hold our flagship blindness skills immersion training “Changing Vision, Changing Lives” at camp in addition to offering one-off classes for blind individuals of all ages and levels of sight.
In the warm months, Enchanted Hills is constantly abuzz with classes, retreats and educational academies for blind, deaf-blind, and those with low vision or multiple disabilities. This includes a blind chemistry camp, music academy, horse camp, a national woodworkers meeting, deaf-blind camp, specialty small woodworking lessons, and programs for blind babies and their families.

For more information about Enchanted Hills camp for the blind visit lighthouse-sf.org/enchanted-hills/about-enchanted-hills