Navigation Games offers a variety of programs and opportunities that call for an array of skills and we are always looking for volunteers passionate about making an impact in the communities that we serve. By volunteering at Navigation Games you'll get the opportunity to work with an amazing team, sharpen your skills and learn new ones, and experience the fun of orienteering. Check out our volunteering options below!
Teach in Schools and After-School Programs
We are bringing our PE curriculum, classroom lesson plans, and team-building adventure outings to schools in eastern MA and beyond. Navigation Games will provide training, lesson plans, and materials. We have both assistant and lead teacher opportunities. The goal of these classes is to teach map navigation skills in a fun, games-based environment. Current opportunities (updated 9/16/21):
Lexington, Thursday afternoons, now to November: middle school
Needham, Mondays after school, September to November: elementary school age
Boston, 6 Fridays or 6 Mondays this fall: grades K-6
Cambridge elementary school PE co-teaching: Schedule to be determined
Newton: classes for elementary and middle schoolers on Saturdays (4 sessions starting in October)
Lexington: two series of four classes starting in October and November on Saturdays
Needham: 90-minute sessions for 4 days 12/27-12/30, elementary school age
In addition, we are looking for volunteers to hang or pick up controls and run the start/finish for our family after-dark events -- Thu 10/28 in Cambridge, Sat 10/30 in Needham, Sat 12/11 in Lexington.
Coach a Team
Coach a school orienteering team once a week after school. Navigation Games will provide coach training, practice plans, and materials. Current opportunities (updated 9/16/21):
Cambridge, Wednesdays in October 3:00-4:30: middle school
Orienteers in Residence
We often have two or three volunteers from abroad in residence at the headquarters in Cambridge, MA. See our orienteers in residence page for more information.
Outreach and Administration
Help connect us to new school districts to expand our programs. Or help with fundraising and grant-writing. Or help with non-profit administration, equipment, client communication, etc.!
Map-Making and Course Design
Help us design maps, courses and activities! We use Purple Pen, SportIdent, Easygec, Open Orienteering Mapper and OCAD.
All Navigation Games staff and volunteers who work with children must pass a CORI criminal background check and take the SafeSport online training. Some positions have additional requirements.
Volunteer with Us!
To get started, please fill out the following form.