Saturday 24th - Wednesday 28th August 2019

Grosvenor House, Kingswood, Kent (New site!)

Participants: 13-15 years; Facilitators: 21-35 years

Contribution: £230

Encounters is a 5 day residential camp for youth aged 13-15 that builds on the fun and excitement of Caring and Sharing. It will take place from Saturday 24th to Wednesday 28th August 2019 at Grosvenor Hall, Kingswood in Ashford, Kent. Grosvenor Hall is a brand new site for us this year and comprises of 50 acres of adventure and recreational facilities that we can’t wait to explore.

Participants will be challenged both physically and intellectually over camp, through a variety of outdoor activities and engaging sessions and will have the opportunity to develop key skills, improve self-confidence, as well as build a strong sense of belonging to the Ismaili community.

Most of all, Encounters 2019 promises to be a week full of fun, laughter and friendship – you won’t want to miss it!


  1. Help participants to define and achieve a team objective set on camp, to guide participants’ Encounters journey
  2. Enable participants to increase their confidence and develop soft skills
  3. Develop and encourage our youth into becoming future leaders and/or taking a more active role in the communities they belong to


  1. Enable participants to recognise the value in belonging to our Ismaili community
  2. Develop long lasting friendships through challenging and fun activities and workshops by facilitating an engaging, fun and safe experience
  3. Develop a deeper understanding of service and recognise that they are able to use their skill sets to make their mark within the communities they belong to and be positive change agents

Participants: aged 13-15 years


Facilitators: aged 21-35 years

We are looking for facilitators who are creative, energetic and are motivated to positively impact the youth of our Jamat. Not only will you have the opportunity to be a role model for the youth of today, you will get the chance to enhance your communication, leadership and problem-solving skills, all whilst making the last week of summer 2019, one that you won’t forget!

Roles and responsibilities:  

·       Lead a group of participants through outdoor activities and content sessions, enabling them to deliver a successful presentation by the end of camp

·       Facilitate team-building activities and ice breakers to keep participants engaged

·       Ensure participants are safe on camp at all times

·       Be a role model for the youth of our Jamat

·       Communicate with parents to ensure a smooth process from application to pick-up

·       Contribute to debrief sessions each evening, and help develop co-facilitators through constructive conversations

·       As a part of the Encounters 2019 team, help, encourage and support us all to deliver an unforgettable experience for all participants at camp!

We are looking for facilitators who are:

·       Enthusiastic, energetic and driven

·       Effective communicators and have strong interpersonal skills

·       Able work individually as well as within a team

·       Organised and committed in order to attend training sessions to effectively prepare for camp

·       Able adapt to unexpected circumstances

·       Motivated and ready to take the opportunity to engage with the youth of our Jamat

·       Morale boosters and ready to make Encounters 2019 the best yet!

Are you up for the challenge? If so, Encounters 2019 needs you!


The Support Role

In order to make Encounters 2019 a real success, we need diverse individuals with a range of skills, to each play their role. The support role is an integral part of the planning and day-to-day running of camp and enables individuals to get a great insight into the logistical side of this unique summer camp.

During your interview, you may be asked if you would like to take on this role should your facilitator application be unsuccessful and we feel your skill set is suited towards this position. To get a better idea of what this role entails, please read the below before you interview!

Roles and responsibilities:

·       Planning the logistics, timings and successful execution of all evening activities at camp, alongside the Encounters Team

·       Having a clear understanding of the layout of the campsite, ensuring all resources are available for the day-to-day running of interactive sessions and setting up for activities in advance, when necessary

·       Night patrol

·       Supporting the team and facilitators before and during camp to deliver a successful experience for all!

Through exciting and challenging outdoor activities, interactive team projects and engaging evening entertainment, Encounters provides the perfect opportunity for participants to build meaningful and lasting friendships as well as enhance their  sense of belonging to the Ismaili  community.

The week has been designed to enable participants to learn more about their individual skill sets and encourage leadership teamwork, resilience and confidence.

Encounters promises to be a high energy, engaging and memorable week for participants and facilitators alike! What makes our camp really special is that there is something for everyone to enjoy and our team of dedicated and enthusiastic facilitators ensure that every participant makes the most of the camp experience!

See below for what an example of what an average day at camp might look like:

07:00 – Morning prayers

08:00 – Breakfast

09:00 – Outdoor activity 1 (e.g. Abseiling, High Ropes, Problem Solving)

11.00 – Break

11.15 – Interactive session 1

12.30 – Lunch

13.30 – Outdoor activity 2 (e.g. Rock Climbing, Mini Olympics, Aerial Trek )

15.30 – Interactive session 2

17.00 – Free time

18.00 – Evening Prayers

19:00 – Dinner

20:00 – Evening Entertainment

21:30 – Hot chocolate

22:15 – POD Session

23.00 – Lights Out

“I don’t think I’ve ever had such an amazing experience like this before. I have come back with so many amazing moments and a lot more confidence and knowledge, I have so much to tell my family and I think this trip has changed me in such a positive way so big shout out to all the facilitators for making this Encounters such a wonderful experience”


“Disco was lit, campfire, meeting new people, having memories and laughter with friends, getting to know more about our religion”


“This trip has been a beginning for my son to get back into the community where he belongs and this was thanks to you for organizing such an amazing event!”


Participant Application Process

We welcome applications from all those aged 13 – 15 years old, both first time applicants and returners from across the UK and Europe!

All applicants are asked to fill out an online application form, and we will contact you via e-mail if you have been successful. After this, successful applicants will be asked to secure their place by completing the payment stage. Unsuccessful applicants will also be contacted and placed on a waiting list.

Due to limited places at camp, priority will be given to first time applicants. We will also be making an effort to ensure applicants from Europe and the regions are fairly represented.

Financial assistance is available and all requests will be considered. Please contact the Project Lead for further information.

Please note, refunds will only be issued in exceptional circumstances and on a case by case basis.


Facilitator Application Process

All applications are anonymous. Ensure you answer each question as clearly as possible with sufficient detail to show us what you can bring to Encounters 2019…sell yourself!

Successful applicants will be notified via email and asked to schedule a skype interview with the Encounters Team. Following the interview stage, successful candidates will receive an outcome call from the Encounters Team, to explain what happens next.

Feedback will be communicated via email to both successful and unsuccessful candidates to ensure we can offer the correct support for your next stage on the Camps Journey.

Ziyana Rajabali (Project Leader)

Khurram Tejrar

Naima Shamsudin

Karim Ismail

Noreen Sajwani

Fahim Sachedina

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