Christian Appalachian Project Volunteer Program

Making a Difference in the Mountains

Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) volunteers serve in the gorgeous eastern Kentucky mountains, an area known for immense beauty, but also crippling poverty and marginalization. Volunteers respond to this poverty by serving as camp counselors, repairing houses, teaching children, visiting the elderly, feeding the hungry and much more. Volunteers live in intentional Christian community and can serve for as little as three weeks or as long as a year.

CAP Volunteers

Our Jobs

Our Service Positions are as follows:


Summer Camp: counselors, lifeguards, arts & crafts instructors, cooks, office helpers., and medical personnel (must have Kentucky or compact license)
Camp season is June 15 - July 31. Minimum three week commitment; 1 week for medical personnel.

Year-Round Opportunities: We have a variety of short-term (3 weeks-10 months) and long-term (1 year) positions serving low-income families, children, and the elderly.  Volunteers serve in the areas of Early Childhood Education, Youth Programming, Home Repair, Elderly Services, Volunteer Hospitality, and Hunger & Poverty Relief.

Volunteers on a hike with a view

Ideal Candidate

We need volunteers who are compassionate, flexible, self-motivated, have great interpersonal and leadership skills, and are eligible to drive CAP vehicles (21 or older with a good driving record). We do have a limited number of positions for outstanding candidates ages 18-20, and we do not have an age cap. You don't have to be Christian, but you do have to be open to living in Christian community and serving with a faith-based organization.

CAP Volunteers

Room and Board

Summer Camp volunteers receive room and board at the camp; all other volunteers receive room and board at one of our six volunteer houses.

Employee Perks

Volunteers making a commitment of 12 months or longer receive a monthly stipend, health insurance, vacation days, potential student loan deferment and a potential AmeriCorps Education Award.

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Getting Here and Getting Around

Travel to Kentucky is at the volunteer's expense. CAP provides transportation to and from the service site, but volunteers are welcome to bring a car if they wish.

For Fun

Summer Camp CounselorWeekends are your free time to explore the beauty and culture of eastern Kentucky. We have numerous state parks for hiking, camping and rock climbing. Volunteers also enjoy contra dancing, attending local festivals and concerts and just hanging out with other volunteers.

How to Apply

Apply online or request an application through our website. The application is thorough, but well worth it.

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Season: Summer, Fall, Winter, and Year Round

Housing: Shared Housing

Staff Size: 60 summer camp volunteers; 50-60 long-term volunteers

Age Requirement: 18, 21 for some positions

Location: Kentucky