Camp 2015 Volunteer Travel Grant
Emily Gleason and Turner Cobden will be providing a $1000 partial travel grant for the Friends of Ngong Road August Camp volunteers in 2015. This grant will be awarded to a candidate they believe will best contribute to the holiday camp and to the mission of the charity: to provide education and support for Nairobi children living in poverty whose families are affected so they can transform their lives.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the willingness and skills necessary to contribute in the following three key ways:
- Contribute to the experiences and activities of the campers at the Friends of Ngong Road Camp in August 2015
- Help to promote and grow the Friends of Ngong Road organization
- Take this opportunity to grow or as a person
It is important to have new people and new ideas join us at camp. The ideal recipient will desire to lead new lessons and/or activities to enhance the experiences of the campers. Additionally, the recipient will serve as an ambassador for the Friends of Ngong Road August Camp and the Friends of Ngong Road organization by educating current and future donors about the camp and the students who we support.
The volunteer recipient must:
- Attend at least the Friends of Ngong Road Leadership and Senior Camp but ideally would attend all camps. The dates are:
- Leadership Camp – August 9 to 12, 2015
- Senior Camp – August 12 to 18, 2015
- Grammar Camp – August 18 to 21, 2015
- Little Kids Camp – August 22, 2015
- Participate in all camp activities, plan and lead at least one original activity at the camp they attend
- Attend fall fund raising events either in person or via Skype
- Write a brief description of their experiences at camp for the Friends of Ngong Road newsletter.
To apply for this grant, please email the following information to Grants@ngongroad.org:
- Postal address
- Email address
- Resume or CV
- One reference with phone number for us to contact
- Two short essays:
- Description of the lesson/activity you would want to lead while at camp
- Personal statement covering why you want to come to camp, and why you would be a good choice for this grant.
To help you write the lesson/activity plan, here are the goals for camp and an brief outline of what you should cover:
Goals for Friends of Ngong Road August Camp:
The purpose of the camp program is to provide the campers with a fun experience filled with activities and memories. Our goals are to:
- Feed children during the school holiday
- Build a strong community among the children of Ngong Road Children’s Foundation
- Teach the values of friendship, teamwork, leadership and community support
- Educate children in a variety of ways
- Provide an opportunity for Americans to share their culture, ideas and give back to people in need
- Bring joy into the lives of the children and camp staff as we have fun and work hard together
Daily camp experience for the volunteers and kids will include:
- Have fun
- Learn life skills including community action, life skills, sportsmanship and teamwork.
- Play creative team games
- Play competitive team games
- Dancing, singing
- Natural world experience on Mount Kenya
- Educational discussions
- Free time to have fun with friends
- Camp fire and laughter
We will accomplish this through a variety of experiences and activities
Essay 1: Lesson/Activity Plan
In two pages or less, please outline a lesson plan, game, or activity that you would implement in camp this summer if you receive this grant. You may write up this question in the format of an essay or as a formal lesson plan. In your essay/lesson plan, please describe the lesson, game, or activity in detail and address the following questions:
- Detailed rationale: What are your goals for this lesson or activity? Why have you chosen this particular lesson or activity to address these goals?
- Learner objectives: What do you hope the students will learn?
- Context: How would your activity contribute to or fit in with the broader goals of camp?
- Materials/Audience: What materials would you need? Which camp would you implement this activity in (what ages)?
- Procedure: How does your lesson or activity work? How will you structure the lesson or activity?
- Accommodation: What do you see as being the greatest challenge you would face in implementing this lesson or activity? How do you plan to address this problem? How will you deal with problems or students who can’t/won’t perform these tasks?
- Evaluation/Assessment: How will you know if your lesson or activity has been a success? How would you know if you met your goals for this lesson or activity?
Essay 2: Personal Statement
In two pages or less, please tell us about who you are as a person and why you are the ideal candidate to receive this grant. This statement is your opportunity to share with us and we look forward to reading it. Here are some ideas to focus on:
- Your uniqueness: Camp is full of characters; what makes you unique?
- Your goals: What personal goals will this experience help you achieve?
- Your story: What events motivated you to want to join us at camp?