Saturday, 27 September 2014

Camp America questions answered

If you're a fairly regular reader of A South Wales Blog then you're aware that this summer I up and left Wales to go to America to work. When I came back I was very vague about my experience and since then I've had quite a few questions so, with the help of Amy Hodkin I put together this quick post! Applications for Camp America are open now however the sooner the better or you may not get placed!
How much did it cost altogether? 

Who did you go through to apply?
I went through Camp America.
Which was really good as there was lots of support and we flew with Virgin Atlantic which was A-MAZING! I met so many amazing people at the airport!

Was the application process hard?

The application process is tedious I won't lie, you fill in an online application, then you go for an interview, you then need to fill out medical forms and get them signed by your gp. Camp directors can then sift through your application and choose to interview you, sometimes via Skype or FaceTime.

Did you go as an all round counsellor?

I did, I'm so glad I went as an all round counsellor, specialist counsellors lived together, while all round counsellors lived with kids and got to spend more time with them. 

Was it worth the money?

It was the most amazing experience I've ever had and I don't think I would change it for the world. It was more than worth the money!

You said on your blogpost you didn't achieve everything you wanted to - how come?

The only thing I didn't achieve is improving my health and fitness because I over ate crap for the whole summer. Hey, who can resist waffles for breakfast.
Is there a lot of opportunities to spend time with the friends you make?

The first week I was there it was orientation which was basically all staff together having training, playing games and learning about growth mindsets. You live with other staff 24/7 with the kids, you see most of them on a daily basis and after 9:30pm (when the kids go to bed).

What are the kids like?

Amazing, every child is different and my favourite part was getting to know each child individually and creating a unique bond. While you're there you'll learn so much about yourself spending time with the kids.
I had the most amazing time and learnt so much about myself while I was out there! I would urge everyone to give it a go!

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