TEFL Monitor Job Profile
This page is the complete description and details for the summer camp TEFL monitor position including job responsibilities, dates, wage, etc. At the bottom of the page you can apply online.
Job Title: TEFL Monitor
Reports to: Activity Coordinator and TEFL Coordinator and at times Camp Director
Responsible for: Groups of around 14 children.
As a summer camp monitor you are a role model, friend, instructor and hero to campers aged from 6-18 years (depending on what camp you work at). The main role of a camp monitor is to be a surrogate parent for a group of approximately 14 campers and be responsible for overall supervision of your campers, and ensuring their well being and safety whilst they are enjoying the fun and rewarding experience Summer Camp is. As a summer camp monitor you will be with your campers most of the day running and supervising various parts of the day including meal times, afternoon sports activities, crafts and projects, evening entertainment activities, and waking up/putting to bed (monitors sleep in the same room as the kids).
Camp monitors need to be young, or young at heart, individuals who full of imagination and energy in order to meet the extraordinary demands of camp work.
Job Responsibilities + Tasks
- To ensure TECS campers have the best possible experience in all areas of camp life.
- To ensure the safety and welfare of the campers at all times.
- To represent the camp and TECS positively at all times.
- Motivate and inspire the campers to use and learn the most English on camp possible.
- Reading the camp manuals, and familiarising yourself with all areas of camp before arrival.
- Run the morning routine for the assigned leader group.
- Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner with the assigned leader group, ensuring proper table control, manners and that each child eats sufficiently.
- Actively supervise campers during sand pit time, chill out time and zone time.
- Be in charge of planning and running Arts and Crafts or Project sessions, ensuring quality of activity and that children exercise respectful behaviour at all times.
- Plan and create lesson plans for all sports sessions in advance and have them in folder at all times.
- To run multi or extra activity as assigned.
- If a multi-activity monitor run the sports sessions in the assigned area.
- If an extra-activity monitor make sure to participate in activity and supervise the safety and English usage at offsite activities.
- Actively supervise showers as assigned.
- Actively supervise and participate in the evening activities as assigned.
- Run the putting to bed routine for the assigned leader group.
- On five out seven nights per week, sleep in the same sleeping area as the campers, ensuring behaviour control and welfare support as needed.
- On a rota basis, act as night watch guards, controlling children and being the on duty responsible in case of problems.
GENERAL LEADER REPSONSIBILITIES
- Ensure the effective supervision and safety of the campers.
- Monitor the behaviour and progress of the campers in the allocated group in the recreational activities and take action to resolve any problems and, where necessary, liaise with the Camp Coordinators and Welfare Coordinators on matters connected to discipline and/or welfare.
- Supervise and ensure the safety of the assigned leader group on one of the excursions held at the weekend.
- Ensure the campers respect all camp facilities and equipment and at all times be responsible for ensuring the campers uphold the camp rules and regulations.
- Uphold all areas of the staff code of conduct as outlined in the conditions of contract sheet and be an example to fellow staff of correct work conduct and attitude at all times.
- Carry out all tasks asked of you by the members of the TECS management team, professionally and thoroughly.
- Must wear uniform continuously, red TECS polo on arrivals, departures and excursions and blue or white TECS t-shirts at all other times.
- Familiarise yourself thoroughly with the physical environment and organisation of the camp.
- Participate in regular meetings held with the Coordinators and Directors before and during camp.
- At times, carryout assigned office/admin tasks.
- Carry out the assigned responsibilities on Arrivals and Departures days and carryout assigned camp site set up duties before and after these days.
- All monitors may have the responsibility on arrivals and departures days of accompanying children on their journey to or from camp. This will usually involve going with the children on a bus to a nearby city, like Seville or Cordoba but may also involve going in a taxi to local stations. This may affect your time off as usually these transfers are early in the morning, you will be given your free time but it may differ from the other monitors.
- As needed, assist with the tidy up of camp at the weekends. This would involve tasks like making beds and basic cleaning and general organisation of the camp facilities. On Arrivals and Departures days all staff members are assigned to camp site set up duties before and after these days. These are hectic days were staff pull together to complete the various jobs that need to be done. These jobs may include litter picks, posting or taking down signs, helping with camp setup or rearranging of materials, orientating parents and campers, or helping with the final tidy up and maintenance/cleaning jobs.
HOURS OF WORK:
Camp work is very demanding and all candidates should recognise that this job is anything but 9-5 living, with long hours needing to be put in by all camp staff. Depending on the assigned age group, time off during the day will be between 3 and 4 hours. Each monitor will also have one week evening (from end of evening entertainment) and the morning after off and one full day off at the weekend. Also at times, extra bonus time off will be assigned to those staff working hard and maintaining positive attitudes.
TEFL Monitor differences to being a monitor
TEFL Monitors, one for each age group on each camp, cover as TEFL teachers once or twice a week for the TEFL Coordinators of each age group. TEFL Monitors would also cover classes for other teachers in case of sickness or other situations. On these days they follow the time off of TEFL teachers but at all other times act as normal monitors. These responsibilities involve:
- Teaching up to 4 hours of English as a Foreign Language to an allocated group of around 10-13 children. (The age and level of the group will be determined before the Camp and communicated to you to assist in your planning.)
- Plan and organise above mentioned classes, doing as much planning as you can before coming to camp.
- Monitor the progress of the students and keep a record of progress.
- Report back to the relevant teacher on class progress.
- Requirements: Qualifications or Experience
For this position applicants must have a full TEFL qualification but need not have any previous experience teaching. They should have all the skills of normal monitors. This is the perfect position for young teachers looking for their first break into the TEFL world.
Benefits of Working on a TECS Summer Camp
- Ambience of summer camp environment- team work and spirit!
- Fulfilment of working with kids and of managing people in that environment.
- Professional and personal development
- Friends from around the world.
- Sun and fun!
- Staff uniform- enough so you won’t have to rewash them yourself!
- Staff events- weekend trips, sport and game competitions during camp.
- Management Bonding Meal at before camp starts and reward meal at end of summer.
- Staff final meal – these are big things and for many staff the highlight of the summer so DON’T LEAVE CAMP UNTIL THE DAY AFTER WORK FINISHES.
- Knowledgeable year round central office management. The top management were ALL once staff members and mid-management themselves at one point.
- Supportive management structure.
- Guiding hand on the rewarding path to professional development and personal development.
Job Review and Performance Management
For all monitor positions, regular feedback will be provided from the Activity Coordinator and TEFL Coordinator about job performance and objectives. Also the Activity Coordinator and/or the TEFL Coordinator will be available at any time to discuss concerns or problems that may occur, or to offer support in situations when help is deemed necessary. One to one meetings can also be arranged with the Camp Director at any time.
POSSIBLE FUTURE EMPLOYMENT:
TECS runs a year round academy and has a year-round team, therefore for teachers who display the correct attitude and work performance level there will be the opportunity of year round employment with us.
What we’re looking for: Requirements + Knowledge/Skills
- All camp staff must be E.U. citizens or have valid work permit (N.I.E. or T.I.E.)
- Any Camp Monitor must be 18 years of age before the starting date of contract.
- A Level or Higher qualifications or another nation’s equivalent. Applicants with special: Arts and Crafts, Music or Sporting qualifications will be looked upon favourably.
- Experience of working with children in previous employment.
- Preferred summer camp experience, but not essential.
- Experience of organising activities for small groups of children and preferred experience of working with foreign language children.
- Experience of working in a fast moving environment where stress levels can at times be very high.
- First class interpersonal skills with ability to control children in a motivational and fair way, which enables campers to integrate into the English environment smoothly and encourages them to speak English.
- The ability to manage continually conflicting priorities in a high pressured environment.
- High energy levels and a young but responsible mature outlook on life and work.
- A positive attitude and ability to put yourself in other’s shoes, in order to work effectively as a key part of a large diverse team.
- Adaptability and ability to think on the spot in what can be at times a highly unpredictable and spontaneous environment.
*** Spanish is NOT a requirement to work on TECS Summer Camps as staff are not allowed to speak Spanish in front of the kids***
STATEMENT OF WRITTEN PARTICULARS
- Arrive on Tuesday 27th June 2023 from 15:00.
- Staff Training Week: 28th June – 1st July.
- Camp Work Start Date: 2nd July (camper’s arrival)*.
Note: We may have some extra positions that can start a week or two previously to the dates mentioned above. If interested please indicate on application.
Wage + Work Dates
We employ staff for between 1-3 fortnights, with the vast majority being for fortnights 1 and 2. Below you can see the stated contract length (excluding training week). All figures shown below are NET (after tax):
Camps 1 + 2
- Dates (inc. training): 28th June – 29th July 2023
- Net Pay: €700
Camps 1 – 3
- Dates (inc. training): 28th June –12th August 2023
- Net Pay: €1050
Other Conditions + Notes:
- Accommodation and food are included in the conditions.
- TECS believes in professional development and for that reason extensive training is given to all our staff who will be as well trained as is possible for the taking on of all their responsibilities.
- All as stated above in “benefits of the job”.
- At the end of the summer (end of camp 3) there will be a special camp dinner and party for staff. However, if staff are leaving after camp 1 or 2 we will usually have some kind of farewell party. For that reason, staff are permitted to sleep on-site on the last day of their contract, but should leave before 12 noon the next day.
- Although it is unusual, we may have a mini camp running during our training week. This means that some staff, usually managers or returnee staff, will be needed to work on them
For summer positions TECS accepts applicants all year round but below is a guideline for what is the normal application date period for this position.
- Recommended reapply date: December.
- Main interview period: January-March.
- New Applicants:
- Recommended date to apply: February/March.
- Main interview period: March-April.
- Ireland Interview Dates: See here
- Date by which all posts for this position are normally filled: April/May.
* As this is start of camp, this is the start date which will appear on Spanish contracts.