$1,000 scholarship available for a club trainer in Canberra

Shane Jenkins2013 Archive

Orienteering ACT is providing a scholarship for an enthusiastic orienteer from Australia or Overseas to volunteer as a Club Trainer for the southern hemisphere summer.

This is a great opportunity for you to holiday in Australia’s bush capital city – with some of the world’s best granite terrain at its doorstep and plenty of fast forested spur/gully maps within the city. You will meet orienteering families, experience some upside down orienteering and gain experience teaching orienteering. In return we will provide rent, free entries to events and some spending money. If you have a visa, you can obtain further paid work as a coach in schools, mapping local areas, or other work.

 How does it work?

Optional working visa: If aged 18-30 and you live in most of Europe or many other countries this visa will allow you to work anywhere in Australia for a limited time. It costs $367. It is not necessary for the core scholarship.

Dates: Ideally from before October 14th 2013 to after April 25th,2014 although we are flexible and applications for a shorter length of time would be favourably considered.

If you arrive by September 21st we will pay for your entries in the 7 day Australian Championships Carnival based in Canberra. We will also pay entries to Christmas 5 Days and Easter 3 days (both near Sydney)

From December 15th to January 20th – no obligations – you’re free to travel anywhere, visit beaches etc

Obligations – we ask you to:  

  • Assist with organising 4 or more events
  • Provide free training sessions twice a week for 2 hrs to club members.

Further paid opportunities (with optional work visa):

  • Join in with our ‘Schools’ program and teach orienteering to school children
  • Make some maps for us
  • Non-orienteering work.

You will pay the following:

Airfare and other travel costs. Optional visa fee

Travel and health insurance

A contribution towards food and electricity

OACT pays:

A $1,000 scholarship (for 6 months, pro-rata if less)

Free membership of OACT for 12 months

All entry fees to all OACT events for 6 months

All entry fees to major national events (e.g. Easter and Christmas Carnivals, National Orienteering League competitions)

You will need:

A police check (we will assist with this)

To attend a couple of one day workshops here (and perhaps give a lesson)

To have good English, communicate well and be a good orienteer

No formal qualifications in coaching are required


You will be billeted with various club families if you wish.

You would pay the family a negotiable weekly amount for food and electricity

To apply please email

bluesparksact@gmail.com or  matthewcrane1@googlemail.com

with a brief CV and a statement as to why you would be good for this position before July 15th.