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Mentorship Opportunities

2020 with Cameleer Karen Ellis

Historically, new or prospective owners of camels in Australia that were eager to learn sought out the expertise of older experienced camel operators. Learning traditionally took place on the job, at the site of working the camels with an experienced operator, whether that be in busy public locations, or outback trekking.

 

Although the twentieth century has witnessed a major shift in emphasis towards school and post-school based training, recent years have been characterised by a revival of emphasis upon on-the-job training and close links with actual working enterprises.

 

Today there is an increased recognition of the success that on-the-job training provides. Individuals learning are mentored for an extended duration with Camel Treks Australia's team which offers structure within it's successful business model incorporating camels and tourists. This real life practical hands on training can lead to greater learning outcomes for camel owners eager to delve deeper.​

Karen Ellis has been assisting camel seekers worldwide and welcomes interested persons to apply for mentoring opportunities between late March - early October in 2020.

 

We will require three contactable references from applicants, police and working with children checks, a comprehensive bio, willingness to connect via a Face Time call, proof of comprehensive health / medical insurance for the duration of your intended stay, copy of working visa if visiting from overseas -

 

  • profile with you first and last name

  • tell us about yourself

  • why should we accept to mentor you as a cameleer volunteer?

  • have you researched CTA's website and Trip Advisor reviews?

  • what attracted you to CTA?

  • what do you expect from CTA and it's team members? 

  • mention your education

  • qualifications? 

  • current career position? 

  • what you do in your current position? 

  • why you would like to work with camels?

  • why you would like to experience camel trekking?

  • whether you have any long-term camel goals

  • mention whether you have worked with camels before, or own, or wish to own camels

  • professional, personal and or real world accomplishments if applicable

  • places or organisations you have worked with camels and or large animals

  • applicants wishing to work with camels must have no less than 2 years experience with large animals in order to meet our public liability standard of operation. If you cannot prove this criteria you can still be mentored and volunteer but you will not be able to lead the camels on treks or be left in any position of mentored leadership

  • mention your age D.O.B and whether you have any known health challenges as well as confirm that you don't have any known health challenges that might impede you walking up to 20 kilometres per day or lifting one single jerry can that holds 20 litres of water

  • mention whether you can drive a manual vehicle/four-wheel drive, Australian license, truck license, motorbike license or dirt bike riding experience

  • mention whether you have worked in tourism or hospitality, as a guide, and any outdoor education roles you have fulfilled 

  • all applicants must be able to obtain a police check and working with children check before any acceptance will be considered; proof of approval must be emailed to cameltreksaustralia@gmail.com along with proof of comprehensive health insurance coverage for the entire duration of your stay with Camel Treks Australia

  • what do you consider are your strengths?

  • what do you consider are your weaknesses?

  • describe how you handle stress and pressure?

  • willingness to sign a contract agreeing to no use of any kind of recreational drug or drinking whilst on camel treks or in-between camel treks when attending to pack-up and set-up

  • be willing to provide and complete a medical history waiver form

  • be willing to obtain health insurance and ambulance cover during the duration of your stay as well as provide us with emailed copies of the certificate of coverage 

  • in some instances when people have listed past mental or physical health conditions on medical forms we may require a current Doctor's certificate

  • provide CTA with your resume and be willing to have a face-time call if we request an interview prior to offering a mentorship opportunity

  • if we agree upon mentorship dates in 2020 then you will need to sign a contract agreeing to not using drugs or alcohol on treks as well a code of ethics relating to conduct on treks. 

 

The terms of being mentored are basic - 

 

  • we teach you hands on

  • you assist in the daily operations of facilitating camel treks for guests which also includes meal preparations, camp site set-up and pack-ups 

  • days are long and the workload is constant; early starts, late finishes, very little time out to relax and very little time connected to the internet 

  • Karen doesn't nurse-maid people, everyone is related to as a healthy adult with no physical or mental health challenges; when someone commits to volunteering on treks there is an expectation they have thoroughly assessed their capacity and willingness to be in a remote landscape, assisting as a team member within a tourism business 

  • in-between treks crew and mentored volunteers are cleaning gear and preparing for the next trekking group of guests 

  • given that our trekking season is short, treks are back to back and most newcomers experience feeling extended. Karen prefers to inform people up front that she doesn't stop to rest during the trekking season and that she gives her very best to mentored learners, she also expects that mentored learners will give back equally. Karen is now 45yrs and has been working with camels since she was 21yrs and will not accept people half her age complaining to her that they are tired. If you have any illness or impediment to your energy levels and working capacity, mental or physical this will not be the place for you. If you are healthy and hardworking you will thrive under her care. Nothing is hidden and you can experience and participate in what it takes to operate a camel trekking tourism business.

  • the minimum commitment is 4 - 8 weeks at which point you would know whether you wanted to pursue a pathway as a cameleer or attempt your own trek. There is no money exchange. You will learn as Karen did from the old cameleers, Jim Lowe, Noel Fullerton, Jim Talbot, Lionel Keegan, Gordon Hampel and the many nomadic  / camel people of India and Mongolia that Karen lives with each year, by being mentored hands on every day 

  • as a mentored volunteer you must have a mental attitude that is open to learning and an ability to listen and follow instructions, which is essential for guests, camel and trekking operation safety

  • as a mentored volunteer you will be provided with two long sleeve cotton CTA work shirts and are expected to wear clothing that protects you from excessive sun exposure as well as being modest and casual  

  • there is a two week trial period in which you can leave and we can ask you to leave; we reserve the right to cancel the agreed period of stay if we consider an individuals behaviour is not friendly or appropriate towards other volunteers, staff, guests or camels 

  • CTA provides unlimited fresh food on treks  with an emphasis on seasonal fruits and vegetables, and volunteers look after themselves on any days that are marked as completely work free. If we are cleaning trekking gear in-between treks then we usually have left over supplies from treks and or we provide you with your food requirements. Vegetarians, vegans, dairy, gluten and nut free can be catered for and we encourage people to BYO their favourite snacks as we may not be able to supply the exact options you prefer from our more remote location

  • mentored volunteers live with permanent staff and crew in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia and there is no rent charge. Given that meals, accommodation and tuition is free, CTA's staff and teams expectation of your contribution whilst learning is high.

 

If you are seeking a mentored volunteer position in 2020 and the above information has been thoroughly read and seriously considered please send us your response to the above questions, and an up to date resume and a minimum of three reference who can be contacted via email and phone.

Mentorship schedule blocks - 

 

If you would like to join us in 2020, have a look at the block dates below and let us know which Block suit you best. We request that all applicants work within our set block dates. 


Block dates work in sync with the regions only return bus charter service which departs from the Adelaide Central Bus Station in Adelaide City, South Australia arriving to our locations in the Flinders Ranges of South Australia. Bus charters are an optional extra, self drivers will be provided with a safe place to park their vehicles for the duration of each block period.

BLOCK ONE: $1500

  • Monday March 23rd - April Tuesday 21st ( 30 days ) Flinders Ranges

  • Monday March 23rd depart Adelaide City, arriving with Genesis tour & charter

  • March 23rd - 26th prepare for trek; get to know camel handling basics on 26th

  • March 27th - 30th - 3 day / 3 night Camel trek on Yadlamalka Station 

  • April 3rd - 6th - 3 day / 3 night Camel trek on Yadlamalka Station

  • April 10th - 13th - 3 day / 3 night Camel trek on Yadlamalka Station

  • Block two mentorship learners arrive 

  • April 13th - April 17th 4 day / 4 night Camel Trek on Yadlamalka Station

  • April 18th - 20th trek pack-up and cleaning

  • April 21st exit return to Adelaide with Genesis tour & charter from Hawker township S.A or Port Augusta S.A (TBA)


BLOCK TWO: $1450

  • Monday April 13th - May 11th ( 29 days ) Flinders Ranges

  • The Block one staff & mentorship cameleers will assist you upon arrival and throughout the next trek prior to their departure on April 21st.

  • April 13th depart Adelaide City, arriving with Genesis tour & charter from Adelaide City to start in the afternoon on a 4 day / 4 night Camel trek concluding on April 17th at Yadlamalka Station

  • April 20th - April 24th 4 day / 4 night Camel trek on Yadlamalka Station

  • April 24th - 27th 3 day / 3 night Camel trek on Yadlamalka Station

  • April 30th - May 5th 5 day / 5 night Camel trek on Yadlamalka Station

  • Block three mentorship learners arrive

  • May 5th - 7th trek pack-up and cleaning / prepare personal baggage for departure on

  • May 11th following trek

  • May 8th - 11th 3 day / 3 night Camel trek on Yadlamalka Station

  • May 11th mid morning exit return to Adelaide with Genesis Tour & Charter from Hawker township S.A or Port Augusta S.A (TBA)


BLOCK THREE: $1650

  • Monday May 7th - June 8th ( 33 days ) Flinders Ranges

  • The Block two staff & mentorship cameleers will assist you upon arrival and throughout the next trek prior to their departure on May 11th.

  • Thursday May 7th depart Adelaide City, arriving with Genesis Tour & Charter from Adelaide City to our location in the Flinders Ranges

  • May 8th - 11th 3 day / 3 night Camel Trek on Yadlamalka Station

  • May 14th - 19th 5 day / 5 night Camel Trek on Yadlamalka Station

  • May 19th - 21st trek pack-up and cleaning

  • May 22nd - 27th break for 5 days with food provided for meal production; a busy school camp starts on June 1st

  • Block four mentorship learners arrive

  • May 28th - 31st - June preparations for school camp and camel muster

  • June 1st - 5th Secondary School Camel trek camp

  • June 5th - 7th trek pack-up and cleaning

  • June 8th drop-off offered to Port Augusta for buses that travel to Adelaide or Alice Springs 

BLOCK FOUR:$4680

  • Thursday May 28th - July 10th ( 44 days)

  • Flinders Ranges, Northern Territory and Western Australian

  • The Block three staff & mentorship cameleers will assist you upon arrival and throughout the next trek prior to their departure on May 11th.

  • This block is our longest and most exciting block for 2020 and involves interstate travel. Persons committing to this block must be able to provide references showing a minimum of two years large animal experience (insurance policy requirement) and have a high degree of confidence around large animals, as well as preferably having an international drivers license and can drive a manual four wheel drive. This block will include long days requiring flexibility, stamina and enthusiasm for the wilder side of life. Must be able to fluently speak English, must be able to work within a team and be willing to listen and follow instructions. Guests will be travelling with crew, and its important that volunteers attending this block like socialising with others. Must be willing to chat and engage with people from all around the world as well as meet, greet, and be respectful towards local Aboriginal people. Alcohol is absolutely prohibited on Aboriginal lands and incurs a personal fine of thousands of dollars. No drugs, drink or bad language will be welcome. If you meet the above criteria please apply.

  • May 28th depart Adelaide City, arriving with Genesis Tour & Charter from Adelaide City to our location in the Flinders Ranges

  • June 1st - 5th Secondary School camp Camel trek

  • June 5th - 7th trek pack-up and cleaning

  • June 8th drop-off block three mentored learners to Port Augusta for buses that travel to Adelaide or Alice Springs 

  • June 8th - 11th travel from Flinders Ranges South Australia to Uluru in the Northern Territory 

  • June 12th - 18th we are facilitating an experience catering for a group of exclusive guests who are participating in a camel muster in remote Western Australian desert country on Aboriginal permit lands

  • June 19th - 25th - we are facilitating an experience catering for a group of exclusive guests who are participating in a camel muster in remote Western Australian desert country on Aboriginal permit lands

  • June 26th -  July 2nd - we return from Western Australia via the Northern Territory into South Australia and further travel north into the Far North Flinders Ranges. Camels will be mustered from the Central Flinders Ranges and loaded onto a purpose built truck for transport to trek on a different station from your first trek in early June. 

  • July 2nd - Block five mentorship learners arrive

  • July 3rd - 5th - trek pack-up and cleaning / prepare personal baggage for departure on July 10th following trek

  • July 6th - 10th - 4 day / 4 night Camel trek on Beltana Station

  • July 10th early morning exit on return coach service to Adelaide with Genesis Tour & Charter from Beltana Station

Block Five: dates coming soon

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222 Barry Parade, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006

cta@backtrack.com.au

Phone 07 3850 7651

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