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Summer Students

Ford Castle

Ford Castle, Northumberland

Competitive salary + accommodation + WiFi + Sky TV + Access to Staff Cars

Various Dates Throughout Summer

Up to 4 month contracts available


Do you speak French? Are you interested in History? Do want to spend the summer working outdoors with children?

We are now hiring for students and graduates to work at our summer camps at Chateau Beaumont in France and Ford Castle in Northumberland.

This is a wonderful opportunity to land a summer job that you will really enjoy.

We require enthusiastic and outgoing people to work with us as General Assistants. You will join a young and vibrant team to help deliver great learning and activity holidays to international students from France, Spain, Italy and Holland.

Responsibilities include assisting with the planning and delivery of language classes and activity sessions, as well as accompanying groups on excursions and off-site adventures. You will also pitch in with food preparation, meal time and break time supervision, and general housekeeping duties.

Ideally you’ll have some experience of working with children and/or in the hospitality industry. Vacancies are available now and throughout summer. There is the possibility that early French speaking candidates will be offered a paid trial at Ford Castle over Easter weekend.

This role is open to students and graduates of every calibre, but those with French language or Historical/Environmental knowledge will be given priority.

To apply, please send a CV and short covering letter outlining your available dates between 30th April and 31st August.

Please note that this is a live-in role, and you will live on site at the castle in provided accommodation throughout your employment.


No previous experience or qualifications needed, but preferred.

Ford Castle is a Medieval castle set in the rolling countryside of Northumberland, with exciting activities hidden within the grounds. We provide group activity holidays for children who will adventure and explore their way into outdoor education as they enjoy activity sessions in a supportive environment with stunning scenery, where history comes to life.

Steeped in history, the castle itself has belonged to the Lord Joicey family since 1907 and sits on the Ford and Etal Estates. It has been operated since 1956 as an Outdoor Education Centre, first by Northumberland County Council and since 2012 by the Chateau Beaumont Group.

Joining our team at Ford is an excellent opportunity. You'll experience some of the most demanding clients you'll ever meet, have great fun and make some great friends. Ensuring the children have the best time of their lives is paramount, so we want instructors who can really inspire our young visitors and act as role-models.

Whether you are instructing an outdoor activity, leading a field study or guiding an excursion we expect you to enjoy yourself and be the best you can be. We provide various activity training opportunities as well as the chance to spend some time at our French Centre or to get involved in our EFL work.

If you think working in a young, dynamic team at a real Medieval Castle sounds exciting, then you're right. What are you waiting for?

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