This page is the complete description and details for the summer camp TEFL Teacher position including job responsibilities, dates, wage, etc. At the bottom of the page you can apply online.
Job Title: Camp Teacher (Language Instructor and Group Leader)
Reports to: Activity Coordinator and TEFL Coordinator and at times Camp Director.
Responsible for: Groups of around 12 children.
As one of the best English learning summer camps in Spain, if not in Europe, we pride ourselves on ourselves the quality of our classes. The main role of summer camp teacher is to thoroughly plan and execute 4 hours of top quality English classes to their class of approximately 12 kids each day. TECS uses our resources and custom course books specific to each camp, age ground and level on our summer camps which have been developed by teachers over the years. Along with our excellent resources we provide an intensive training week for teachers and ongoing support and professional development from our mid-managers to ensure that teachers are able to succeed in creating the most fun, dynamic and learning centered classes possible for their group of campers.
However, teachers on TECS Summer Camps don’t just teach and plan; they are also involved in other parts of the day with the campers such as supervising meal times, showers, running arts & crafts or project sessions, and they will even cover for monitors putting to bed/waking up the kids (and sleeping in the same room as them) twice a week.
Camp teachers need to be young, or young at heart, individuals who full of imagination, passion and energy in order to meet the extraordinary demands of camp work.
Job Responsibilities + Tasks
LANGUAGE INTRUCTOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Teach 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.
- Reading the camp manuals, and familiarising yourself with all areas of the camp programme before your arrival on camp.
- Ensure the effective supervision and safety of the campers
- Eat lunch and dinner with the assigned leader group, maintaining proper table control and manners and ensuring that each child eats sufficiently.
- Actively supervise campers during sand pit time, chill out time and zone time.
- Run Arts and Crafts or Project sessions, ensuring quality of activity and that children exercise respectful behaviour at all times.
- Supervise showers as assigned.
- Actively supervise and participate in the evening activities as assigned.
- Teachers have planning time in the evenings from Monday to Thursday (aside from the night in which they will run the evening entertainment with the teachers). During this time they will plan lessons, share and develop resources, create evening entertainments and special English events for the campers, and receive feedback from their coordinator. They will also assist less experienced teachers as needed and contribute to a positive team planning environment with other age group teachers.
- Carry out the putting to bed routine as assigned.
- Two nights a week sleep in the sleeping area of the assigned leader group, ensuring behaviour control and welfare support as needed. Also carry out the morning routine the following day.
GENERAL CAMP LEADER RESPONSIBILITIES
- Monitor the behaviour and progress of the campers in the allocated group in the recreational activities, take action to resolve any problems and, where necessary, liaise with the Camp Coordinators and Welfare Monitor 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. Carry out the putting to bed routine the night before the excursion and the getting up routine on the day of the excursion.
- Familiarise yourselves thoroughly with the physical environment and organisation of the camp
- Participate in regular meetings held with the Coordinators and Directors before and during the camp.
- Carryout the assigned responsibilities on Arrivals and Departures days and carryout assigned 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.
- At times carryout assigned office/admin tasks.
- 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 polos on arrivals, departures and excursions and blue or white TECS t-shirts at all other times.
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, especially from TEFL teachers during the first two weeks of camp. Depending on the assigned age group, time off during the day will be between 3 and 4 hours. Each teacher will be required to do night time supervision and the following day’s morning routine twice a week and therefore required to stay on site all night on those days. In addition to this you are always required to stay on site on Sunday nights to rest up before the busy week ahead. That is a total of three nights that you are always on site. Teachers will have two evenings’ entertainments sessions off, until putting to bed time, for lesson planning, plus all other nights when they are not assigned to the putting to bed routine. Teachers have 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.
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.
- 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 teaching 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
- Experience of working with children in previous employment.
- Preferred summer camp experience, but not essential.
- At least one year’s TEFL teaching experience (although very strong candidates new to TEFL will be considered if they display the appropriate camp personality).
- Experience of working in a fast moving environment where stress levels can at times be very high.
- Online-qualified teachers will not be accepted if they do not have teaching practice.
- A full hundred hour TEFL qualification or normal school teaching qualification (if candidate has experience working with foreign language children).
- EU Nationals with C2 level of English.
- 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.
- Very high level of oral and written skills including persuasion, negotiation and advocacy.
- 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 23rd June 2020 from 15:00.
- Staff Training Week: 24th June – 27th June.
- Camp Work Start Date: 28th June (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 the application.
Wage + Work Dates
We employ staff for between 1-4 fortnights, with the vast majority being for fortnights 1, 2 and 3 . Below you can see the stated contract length (excluding training week). All figures shown below are NET (after tax):
Magic/Little Village + TECS Gredos (Fortnight 1+2)
- Dates (inc. training): 24th June – 25th July 2020
- Net Pay: €1200
Anglo Camp (Fortnight 1)
- Dates (inc. training): 24th June – 11th July 2020
- Net Pay: €600
TECS Puerto (Fortnight 1-3)
- Dates (inc. training): 24th June – 8th August 2020
- Net Pay: €1800
TECS Puerto (Fortnight 1-4)
- Dates (inc. training): 24th June – 8th August 2020
- Net Pay: €2400
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”.
- There will be a special end of camp dinner and party for staff in TECS Camp Gredos and Magic/Little Village camps on the last night of the 2nd fortnight, and in TECS Camp Puerto on the last night of the 3rd fortnight. Staff are permitted to sleep on-site the night of their end of camp dinner and party but must leave before 12 noon on the Sunday.
- 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 (TBC): 27th April – 1st May
- Date by which all posts for this position are normally filled: May.
* As this is start of camp, this is the start date which will appear on Spanish contracts.