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Orienteers in Residence

Spend three months in the US teaching orienteering!


Navigation Games is seeking young orienteering enthusiasts (aged 19+) who want to spend a few months in the US training teachers and teaching orienteering to children. Housing is provided to volunteers and you’ll have opportunities to race and train yourself in our northeastern terrain. We are seeking volunteers who are enthusiastic about orienteering and kids; if you have experience teaching or coaching, that would be super awesome. We are open to hosting friends, couples, and even families with children.


Three months in the spring, summer or fall.


You will live in a house in Cambridge or elsewhere in the Northeast USA with other orienteers. You may share a room. Everyone helps out with meals and cleanup.


You will volunteer to teach our orienteering programs in schools and to educators. In addition, you may be a coach for middle or high school teams; teach after school classes for children aged 7-11; create educational videos; make small maps; and generally be excited and get the word out about orienteering!

Orienteering volunteer trip in Boston 2017

Orienteering volunteer trip in Boston 2017

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Fall 2017 volunteer Violeta Feliciano made a video of her experience in the US while working with Navigation Games. Below is her testimonial:

"Our three months in the United States have come to an end and, without a doubt, it’s been one of the best experiences of my life! It's hard to summarize it in a 10 minutes video, but it's a good overview, so check it out! We traveled to 10 states, enjoyed incredible maps and terrains, taught orienteering in more than 10 schools, met incredible people, improved our English (or at least we tried), experienced American culture from the inside, and more. Many of these experiences wouldn’t have been possible without Navigation Games. I’d like to specifically thank Barbara Bryant who is doing incredible work for orienteering in the US; Gregory Éamon Ahlswede, for all his help; Juanma Merida, for being my travel partner; Ethan Childs, for his help in the classes; and to everyone we’ve met along the way! Now we’re going to enjoy our last day in Philadelphia, stuff our faces with turkey on Thanksgiving, and then it’s back to the routine in Onil. See you soon, americanos!" 


- Violeta Feliciano

Interested in becoming an orienteer in residence? Fill out our volunteer form!

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