Volunteers are SU Scotland's greatest resource, and we have some
amazingly talented ones in Motiv8 Holidays!
Do I need experience to volunteer on a Motiv8 holiday?
You don't need to have had experience of working with young
people from priority areas, although that would certainly
help! What you do need is a willingness to learn; lots of
energy; patience; and a heart to see children and young people from
difficult backgrounds meet Jesus! Please don't be put off if
you're older. Some of the most significant relationships on
Motiv8 holidays are between young people and 'granddad/grandma' age
Will I be supported?
Motiv8 Holidays are demanding physically, emotionally and
spiritually! In recognition of this, Motiv8 Holidays start
with a weekend of team training, to get to know each other and get
advice on how to work with more challenging young people. The
Team leader has overall responsibility to ensure that you are
supported during the week, and there are daily team times for
prayer, studying the Bible, and relaxing together.
How can I volunteer?
We are looking for volunteers in a number of key roles.
- Volunteer as a group leader:
Group leaders co-lead small groups of about 5-8
campers. You'll be with your group all day; whether it's
getting alongside and encouraging them in a challenging activity
like rock climbing; or chatting through spiritual stuff and sharing
your testimony in the evenings. Group leaders need
enthusiasm, patience and a sense of humour! Showing GRACE, in
the face of difficult behaviour is probably the number one skill
you'll need to learn!
- Volunteer as a cook or as a 'general
We need volunteer cooks and assistant cooks (you don't
need to be professionals!) and also people to come and be around as
general helpers; whether it's driving a mini bus, setting up an
activity or giving a child/young person a listening ear.
There's no job too small to make a difference on a Motiv8
- Volunteer as a travel leader:
We need adults who are willing to accompany the
children from their home communities to the Motiv8
To volunteer for any of the above roles contact volunteers unit.
For more information on Motiv8 holidays contact firstname.lastname@example.org
This year it was good to see some new trainee leaders (aged
16-17) coming onboard. Matthew, who was a camper at an Easter
Motiv8 Holiday, went on to serve as an assistant group leader, and
an assistant cook at two summer Motiv8 Holidays after attending
SU's training event T.L.P in May!
Many volunteers speak of being hugely blessed during Motiv8
Holidays. Gil, a first-time SU volunteer, is a case in point.
Gil felt God calling her to work with vulnerable young people
earlier this year, although she had very little experience of youth
work. As she prayed, she heard about the Motiv8 training
Beauty for Ashes (Add link), and felt God clearly telling her to
go. She then helped at a Motiv8 Holiday, and afterwards told
me that although a completely new experience, she loved seeing God
use her to share His love with urban young people.
Perhaps you or someone you know would like the same
opportunity? If so, please get in