Recreation and Programs OperationsINTERNATIONAL TRAINING PROGRAM Estes Park Center, YMCA of the Rockies

This Exchange visitor program is designed for a citizen of a foreign country. The Intern and Trainee program offers the opportunity to add an international experience in your field of study or expertise.

Phase 1 – Day Camp Operations – April 01 to July 01


We have one of the largest and by far the oldest day camp programs in the country, serving hundreds of children pre-school through high school on a daily basis. The purpose of this phase is for the participant to learn teaching methods for activities to day camp participants and to show them how to manage a successful Day Camp operation.


Through shadowing the Youth Programs Coordinator, the participant will learn to teach activities to day camp participants. The participant will learn how to implement the YMCA of the Rockies core values of Caring, Honesty, Responsibility, Respect, and Faith into activities and learn teaching methods for integrating these values in the Day Camp program. The participant will learn to prepare for teaching activities through shadowing the Youth Programs Coordinator as they purchase supplies and schedule activities for Day Camp. The participant will receive some operational training by learning preregistration, check-in, waiver process, as well as camp policies and procedures.

Phase 2 – Intro to Outdoor Education – July 02 to October 01


The purpose of this phase is for the participant to be introduced to the YMCA of the Rockies. The participant will learn to teach in an Outdoor Education Setting to students that come from the nearest major city and have limited interaction with the outdoors.


he participant will complete the following: Estes Park Center Orientation and International Trainee Orientation, Tour the Museum and Library to learn YMCA history. The participant will complete the following:

  • Learn teach a minimum of 5-7 classes proficiently.
  • Learn to lead student orientation to the facility prior to classes.
  • Learn to lead teacher orientation to the facility prior to classes.
  • Learn to prepare a bill for check-out.
  • Shadow the Outdoor Education Director to make phone contacts with schools, answering questions, scheduling dates and classes and making confirmations.
  • Learn the outdoor education curriculum necessary for the state of Colorado requirements.
  • Shadow the outdoor education director during parent/teacher orientation prior to their arrival at YMCA of the Rockies.

Phase 3 – Family Programs – October 02 to January 01


The goal of this phase is for the participant to learn to teach activities to families in a family lodging setting, as well as learn the behind the scenes operations to implement family programs and provide excellent customer service.


Many of our guests come to enjoy and learn about the outdoors. The participant will shadow the Associate Program Director and Family Programmers as they teach classes in archery, ecology, nature, hiking and icebreakers. Under the guidance of the Associate Program Director, the participant will learn to advertise these classes in the Estes Park Center Program Bulletin. The participant will learn to plan, implement and evaluate a variety of family programs to our guests including family weekends by first shadowing the Associate Program Director and then implementing their own.

Phase 4 – Advanced Outdoor Education – January 02 to April 01


The purpose of this phase is to train in more advanced aspects of Outdoor Education including scheduling, training and assisting the director.


Through shadowing the director, at the end of this phase of training the participant will be able to: train staff in the Outdoor Education field and create staff schedules. The participant will also learn the following:

  • Assisting the Outdoor Education Director and learn how to manage an Outdoor Education Program.
  • Create a new curriculum for Outdoor Education Classes. The participant will learn and develop their project management skills through the planning and implementation of a 10-day staff training program and group programs.
  • Develop communication skills with adult group leaders and learn to identify their group programming needs.
  • Assist with the development and delivery of school visits prior to schools coming to the Estes Park Center.
  • Coordinate with other Estes Park Center Departments for the delivery of the programs and services.

Additional Phase Remarks

The participant will receive classes during the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons as part of their training program. The classes will cover a variety of topics. The leadership of the YMCA of the Rockies will hold classes on the operations of a hospitality business, the financial processes of a non-profit, how both Estes Park Center and Snow Mountain Ranch operate, basic notions on philanthropy and the importance of donations for the YMCA of the Rockies. There will also be speakers talking about professional skills necessary in the participant’s future career such as Conflict Management, Diversity, Marketing, Public Speaking, Creating and Using High Performing Teams and Maintaining Healthy Relationships in the Workplace (topics are subject to change). The participant will also learn about personal skills that are key in becoming independent such as how to Budget, Resume Writing and Interview Skills. The participant will have to do 2 presentations, one in a local school about their home country and culture, and one in front of YMCA of the Rockies supervisors and coworkers about the YMCA in their home country.


The phases, topic of the offered classes and dates might change.