This review was written using a previous version of questions that were updated in 2013
Overall responsibility for pastoral care and development of 12 young people plus their support mentors during the programme. This included being responsible for their health and safety, leading and facilitating activities, encouraging participation in all events, drawing alongside young people and hleping them develop skills and character, leading evening sessions.
Working face to face with young people for three weeks was a very intense environment to operate in, but was overall really rewarding and I felt I contributed to the long term development of my team's lives.
All senior mentors got on really well and became really close. I received frequent informal appraisals from the Team Leader and Assistant Team Leader, which was very encouraging.
When I felt sick, they advised I take time off to recover, and adequately filled my place. A young person made a disclosure to me, and my managers instructed me on the correct child protection procedure.
I started work with our 7am leaders meetings, before rousing the young people, getting them through breakfast and ready for the day, supervising them all day on the activities, coordinating the evening events, attending evening staff review sessions, and making sure the young people went to bed, enabling me to get into bed at about 1am most nights!
I was responsible for a team of 12 young people and had a Team Mentor answerable to me. I also took on ad hoc situational responsibilities like coordinating the transportation of the entire camp of 60 between venues, or organising camp-wide games.
It strongly developed skills of leadership, getting on with people from a whole range of different backgrounds, having to assimilate information quickly and select only what was relevant to pass on.
My "office" was on a youth camp, so there was no end to entertainment, being surrounded by young people and youth leaders all day!
I knew exactly who I was accountable to and accountable for, the dates I had to work and what was expected of me.
I attended a training weekend which helped me grow in various youthleading skills that will be transferable to other experiences in the future.
A few permanent jobs offered in their head office, but none are very appealing.
My fellow Senior Mentors were all a similar age to me and of a similar demeanour - we got on excellently.
Central London - fairly pricey.
Usually too shattered after a day's work to do much in the evening.
The first two weeks were residential and I lived on site, so not many opportunities.