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Easterseals Wisconsin Camps- Summer Respite Apprentice (300 hour)

Do you want to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities? Would you like to spend your summer outdoors? Easterseals Wisconsin Camps may be the perfect place to spend your summer!
Easterseals Wisconsin is a non-profit organization providing programs for children, youth and adults with disabilities.

 Easterseals Wisconsin operates two camp programs that serve campers and families from every region of Wisconsin. Both of our camps serve campers who may have physical disabilities, as well as cognitive delays and autism spectrum disorders. Camp Wawbeek serves campers who can function in a small group of peers, while Respite Camp serves campers who may require more individualized attention and care. Both camps offer respite for families, and provide campers with fully accessible outdoor opportunities in an inclusive environment.
Throughout their stay, campers can participate in a wide range of activities, and our staff are there to help make it all happen! Typical camp activities- arts and crafts, sports and games, drama, music, boating, canoeing, archery, climbing wall, zip line, swimming, camp out, cook out, camp fires and camp songs, talent shows, dances and so much more. These activities build self-confidence, promote independence, promote physical activity and provide an environment to build connections with peers while enjoying nature.

Previous experience working with people with disabilities is always helpful, but not required. Potential candidates should be enthusiastic, energetic and able to work long days, adaptable to changing situations and be able to work with a team. 

We are currently accepting applications for AmeriCorps Respite Apprentice - Summer will provide direct service and camper care for campers with disabilities at Respite Camp and Camp Wawbeek. 

Program Benefits: AmeriCorps members will be provided room and board while serving during the summer. This position receives a living stipend for the full term of service (minimum 300 hours). After successfully completing the term of service, the member will be eligible to receive an education award. The education award can be used to pay education costs at qualified institutions of higher education or training programs, or to repay qualified student loans. The award will equal $1,342.86 if the full term of service is completed. This position provides invaluable hands-on experience for students in special education, occupational or physical therapy, nursing, recreational therapy and anyone interested in learning more about serving individuals with disabilities. Other benefits include professional training, CPR/First Aid certification, networking opportunities and making a difference to the community.

Service Schedule/Location: AmeriCorps Respite Apprentices-Summer are expected to complete a minimum 300 hours from May/June to the end of August 2022. Respite Apprentices are expected to be on duty when camp is in session; camp sessions typically run Sunday 11:00 am - Friday 5:00 pm. The primary service site is located in Wisconsin Dells, WI.