Leading a group of 30 kids and around 6/7 staff members. In charge of the group and reported to my division leaders when need be.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Experience of a lifetime.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
They put a lot of faith in you. You're all in the same boat, majority of you have never been away from home for this long (3months) so having each other as a support network is very beneficial. Your leaders at camp, understand the huge task at hand, being responsible for kids is not an easy job and they make it known when you have done a good job.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
You are helped every minute of every day.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
The job is basically 7am-10pm every day, with a day off a week. You are kept pretty busy.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
Entrusted with kids lives is a massive responsibility
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
Maybe not so much assist me in my degree, however my confidence levels have increased massively, the ability to talk in front of a large audience and take the lead has certainly improved.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
You are never in an office! Everyone is buoyant and lively. Come rain or shine, you will always see someone with a smile on their face. Everyone is put in an environment where they can make mistakes and learn from them.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
Extremely well. Wild Packs sets up everything for your placement and are with you every step of the way. From weekly phone calls, to facebook messages, the guys at wild packs are amazing. If you ever run into any trouble when you are out in America, you can call the office and they will deal with it instantly.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
You go through a whole 7 days of training before the kids arrive, depending on your position, it may even be two weeks. A lot of time is invested in you. It's also about the time of day you're given by your employers while at camp. Your division leaders will always have an ear for you and an eye on you, willing to help whenever.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Sports and Social Club
Healthcare from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
Trying to get a permanent visa in America is extremely difficult. Future full-time employment is very very difficult and most of the time just not feasible. However, if you perform at the camp, you are more than likely to be offered a job the following summer and many returners go back year on year!
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Excellent social scene. It's a social experience! Every day you are interacting with your friends and colleagues. The majority of people there are either young teachers, students or travellers. The range of people is massive. You get social time every night and usually a day off each week.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
It's free. Absolutely free. Housing is free along with your meals every day. You will not have to pay a penny when your out there if need be. Obviously since the dollar has decreased against the pound, buying stuff out there is not as cheap as it used to be but on the whole evrything is around 15 percent cheaper than the UK.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Local bar and ice cream place within 10 min walk. Within 20 minutes of the camp there was a very popular tourist town, 4/5 nightclubs and plenty of restaurants and bars. Usually camp ran a bus every night so you could go and check out the nightlife outside of camp for a few hours. Camps are usually only a few hours drive away from a big city, we were 4 hours from NYC and only 3 hours south of Montreal, canada.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Outside every day! As you are in the camp environment, you spend the majority of your time outside during the day and evenings. The weather is great most of the time and if the odd storm does come around, camps tend to have indoor facilities and cabins that you can go into and still participate in games and activities. The oudoor experience is excellent and having the weather enables you to experience nature at its finest in the woods.