An action-packed, rewarding and challenging role!

Counsellor: Role Profile

Counsellors quickly become an important source of stability and support for our summer school students, who are often far away from home and experiencing a summer full of new people, places and learning.

Being a Counsellor is a multi-skilled, dynamic and energetic role – it requires great problem solving skills, creativity and the ability to stay calm under pressure. Most of all, though, Counsellors must be dedicated to going the extra mile to ensure that the students in their care have their most memorable summer yet.

Counsellors must be able to juggle competing demands – excellent people skills and empathy must be combined with the ability to think carefully about risk and safety, the organisational skills to ensure things run smoothly and on time and the creativity to think outside the box. They must walk a careful line to ensure that young people are kept safe, without losing their sense of fun. The programme is fast paced and demanding and an ability to keep going in the face of adversity is vital.

Why become a Counsellor?

In return for their hard work and dedication, Counsellors will gain excellent transferable skills in leadership, youth development, logistics and team working. They will benefit from an excellent training programme, covering first-aid, safeguarding, leadership and even punting and tour guiding.

They’ll work within a vibrant community of other committed people making friendships and memories for life!

What skills do you need?

  • An abundance of enthusiasm for working with young people
  • A healthy dose of common sense
  • An enthusiasm for trying new things
  • Excellent team work skills
  • Patience and empathy
  • Confidence to take on a challenge

Staff Testimonials



Working at ORA is an experience I will cherish for life, especially working at Yarnton. Bonding with students in a Manor house, playing various games in huge lawns and eating at long tables were some of the highlights everybody enjoyed. ORA integrates you very well. Over a time you become a small family. The socials organised by ORA are wonderful and fun way everyone bonds. I’d recommend ORA to anyone who is looking for a fun and challenging place to work over the summer, working with people from all over the world.



ORA was one of the highlights of my summer and there are few other jobs where you are able to work with such vibrant and engaged student and staff. It provided a great opportunity to learn valuable leadership and teamwork skills in a comfortable and fun environment, and I would recommend ORA to anyone wanting to make great memories this summer.



I worked as a residential counsellor at Balliol college last year, after applying on a whim following a recommendation from a friend. I can honestly say it was some of the most fun I’ve had during a summer. From the people you meet – both students and fellow staff – to the places you get to visit, right through to the random laughs in the corridors with students and friends alike. A summer at ORA was anything but boring! It may well be a challenge at times but no matter how tough it may get you’ll remember it for years to come.