Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Volunteers Sought: Ski Free and Experience Real Joy

Volunteer instructors are being recruited for the USARC winter program in Southern California. If you would like to receive skiing and snowboarding instruction from premier winter sports athletes and experience the uninhibited fun of teaching incredible students about the joy of winter sports, this is the program for you.

Eighteen years ago I answered a call for volunteers posted in the Orange County Register by the Anaheim Braille Institute. They were seeking skiers that would act as instructors/guides for blind and visually impaired students at a new ski school at Bear Mountain (Big Bear, CA).

In exchange for donating teaching time on the slopes each volunteer guide would receive additional free ski passes. The joyful experience of working with the students of the Braille Institute, and subsequently so many other students with other limitations has kept me with the program all of these years.

The United States Adaptive Recreation Center was founded in 1983 (as California Handicapped Skiers) to ensure that access to skiing is available to people with all types of disabilities. The USARC believes people are empowered when they undertake and succeed at challenging outdoor recreation. In 1989, the USARC established the first full-time on-site adaptive ski school in Southern California at Bear Mountain Resort. Adaptive watersports and summer camping programs were added in 1993, and continue to evolve today.

The USARC has earned a national and international reputation as a model program in adaptive outdoor recreation, and USARC personnel have served in training programs throughout the United States and the world.

If you are interested in volunteering for a joyful experience follow this link and find out more.