Expectations of the Big American Adventure

So as i said in my previous post i’m working at a summer camp in Maine until late August then afterwards my visa allows me to travel around america for a month. I’ve never really worked on a summer work placement before so this will be something new. The only previous work I’ve done which is comparable is when i worked at a school in Poland for two weeks with a mate a few summers back. The work was pretty relaxed, we only led a few lessons and we lived with a family friend. Although this experience was short, it was my first real experience working with children and I really enjoyed the experience. After this I though working with children was possibly something I should consider for the future as I really enjoyed it and the children seemed to as well.

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The kids we taught in Poland

I knew I wanted to do something productive after I finished University and preferably something that mixed work and travel. After some research and talking to friends I used the agency Camp America to organize working at a summer camp in America for the summer. A few friends had used the agency to work in America in previous years and said it was a great experience. So after visiting a fair and meeting with different camps I agreed to work at a camp called Arcadia in Maine as a swim teacher and lifeguard.

I’ll be working at the summer camp for 11 weeks and it is probably the next logical step after my experience in Poland. It will be very different as I will have daily responsibilities for swimming and lifeguarding and will be living with other workers for the duration of the camp. I’ve been told to expect long days from around 8am and to 8pm and to not have much free time way from camp.

However as It is an all-girls camp, us guy workers won’t be living with the campers and have our own separate accommodation. This means that we may have more free time in-between our work periods as well as in the evenings as we don’t have to look after the children like the female member of staff will.

I’m expecting to make good friends. Throughout my travels I’ve found that people who travel are extremely easy to get along with, of course not all, but most people have the mind set of meeting new people and being open to new experiences. generally I don’t know really what to expect in great detail. I’m looking forward to the experience and cant wait to get going.

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