About the Monitor Training Course 2018-11-16T12:45:39+00:00

How do I become a Monitor?

Every year we run a training course for new volunteers to train as Monitors. By attending the seven-day residential course, you will be provided with the resources and skills required to successfully lead a group of children on a Superweek.

The training includes practical sessions, lectures, interactive workshops and discussions. You will learn about ATE’s principles and aims, how we run activities, the ways we make sure our holidays are safe, and how we work with children.

The course is intensive and challenging, but also lots of fun; you’ll spend the week getting to know the other volunteers, playing new games and laughing at least once an hour.

Our Training Course
The Trainees on our Training Course

“It helps you build countless skills on how to look after children”

Trainee

“I initially approached the course with apprehension, thinking it would be a week of health and safety coupled with rigid memorisation of rules, but this could not have been further from the truth. The training is extremely interactive and action packed.”

Trainee

“By the end of day two it felt like we’d known each other forever. Stepping away from the real world and into the ‘bubble’ that was made by the staff was really easy”

Trainee

“There was no pressure, so you felt able to get involved without feeling like you would be judged.”

Trainee

What is the Monitor Training Course like?

Each Monitor Training Course is led by one of our Lead Instructors, a senior member of our staff body. They are assisted by a selection of experienced staff members, including Monitors, Assistant Directors and Directors. All of our instructors have completed the Monitor Training Course themselves, and gone on to work on multiple Superweeks.

The Training Course is always run at a centre we use for our Superweeks, often a boarding school. The centre will typically have a separate lecture space, an indoor space for activities, and cosy spaces for your down time. There will be large grounds where you can begin to learn a repertoire of games. All meals will be provided, cooked by a professional caterer that we know and trust.

Training Courses vary in size from year to year, but normally we accept between 20 and 30 trainees. We limit the size of our courses so that we can get to know all of our trainees really well, and so that our trainees can get to know one another.

To attend this year’s training course, you will need to apply for a place by completing the form online, or returning a paper form to us by post.

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Feedback from our Trainees:

 “Going on the ATE Training Course was easily the best decision I have made for myself, possibly ever. I learned new things every day, both about how to actually do the job of being a Monitor, and about myself too.”

Trainee

 “ATE is all about joining in and being yourself, and I promise to anyone who does the training course that they will not feel judged, embarrassed or alone.”

Trainee

 “Everything that I learnt from ATE on the training course are skills that I will use whatever I do in life.”

Trainee

“It helps you build countless skills on how to look after children”

Trainee

“I initially approached the course with apprehension, thinking it would be a week of health and safety coupled with rigid memorisation of rules, but this could not have been further from the truth. The training is extremely interactive and action packed.”

Trainee

“By the end of day two it felt like we’d known each other forever. Stepping away from the real world and into the ‘bubble’ that was made by the staff was really easy”

Trainee

“There was no pressure, so you felt able to get involved without feeling like you would be judged.”

Trainee