Mountain Workshop Aki Kurose Volunteer Instructor

Volunteer with the Special Education class Aki Kurose Middle School for the year. Build relationships and mentor Juniors and Seniors graders as they explore, and learn about how to recreate safely in the outdoors.
Caitlin O'Brien Caitlin O'Brien
February 20, 2015

About Seattle World School

Aki Kurose Middle School is located in the Rainier Valley Neighborhood. It is extremely diverse communities of students with over 50% of the youth receive free or reduced lunch.

Throughout the school year we meet with the Special Education Class to teach them how to rock climb, kayak, first aid, Leave No Trace, 10 essentials, and stewardship. This is specifically a class that does not get the opportunity for extracurricular field trips, so this is a really special opportunity to provide education and fun to these kids! The majority of the kids have cognitive learning disabilities, not physical disabilities. As a volunteer you get the opportunity to build relationships with these youth, teach them how to enjoy the outdoors, and help provide access to the outdoors to a community that historically has not had access to the outdoors.

Activities and Responsibilities

We are looking for volunteers who can commit one year starting in October and ending in June. This would include 6-8 outings on Fridays that typically run from 10-1pm. You would have the opportunity to build relationships with the Aki Kurose community, spread the joy of spending time outside, and help youth learn how to recreate safely and responsibly in the outdoors. 

  • Teach youth safe and responsible outdoor practice
  • Communicate with group leader, chaperones, and Mountaineers employees if any behavior issues arise
  • Take care of program supplies while you are in program

Support and Resources

Each Aki Kurose program is run and facilitated by a Mountaineers Staff. For each program, we provide you with tools and gear you need to teach youth the skill of day, and allow you to choose what activity you would like to help with!

Length of Service/Position

We ask that volunteers give a 1 year commitment to the students from Aki Kurose. This involves 6-8 Friday programs starting in October spaced throughout the year, and 1 afternoon in September for training. The programs are held at a variety of locations including, The Mountaineers Seattle Program Center, Camp Long in West Seattle, and Exit 38 climbing area. These programs generally last from 10-1pm. We set the calendar in August, and alert you to any changes in the schedule several months in advance.

Qualifications Sought

You do not need to have any prior youth experience or outdoors experience. We will teach you any of the skills that you need to know to be successful.

We are looking for adults who are caring, open minded, inclusive, and excited about expanding the outdoors community! The goal of this program is to expose more youth to the outdoors, and include a community of people who might not have the opportunity to get outside otherwise.

How to apply

Please contact Emily Carraux at for more information or if you are interested in volunteer with Seattle World School! All members are encouraged to apply!

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