I taught woodshop classes and supervised a cabin of children for 2 months at Camp Kippewa in Maine
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
Working at a Summer Camp in a different country is so rewarding. In the intense environment where it's non stop and you have no chance but to adapt and find solutions to problems you realise just how capable you are at tackling anything that's thrown at you.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
Throughout my time at camp I felt like a valued employee despite the fact that I had never done anything like it before and I was slightly out of my depth initially. I felt completely supported and like I became part of something special very quickly.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
Whenever I had any issues or queries I felt I could 100% go ask for support and when au did everyone always made time for me to make sure we could together provide the best environment for the campers.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
Camp is non-stop. Even on nights off I was with the campers and not getting much sleep!
However with a job like this its expected. It's go, go, go!
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was completely trusted to run lessons with the campers and to supervise them.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I discovered how much I am capable of even when I'm tired or frustrated.
I learnt how to manage my time effectively, how to organise groups of people, how to work with people from all over the world and how to control groups of hyper children!
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Camp life is like nothing I have ever experienced. Constant songs, dancing and bubbly people.
As everyone is focused on making the campers have the best time possible there's no time to be snappy, sulky or sad! Everyone was very approachable and friendly!
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
There were times I felt frustrated not knowing exactly what would be happening or if plans suddenly changed but that was the nature of the role.
I had to learn to adapt and go with the flow!
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
The first week at camp was training on how to deal with different situations with the campers and other staff members. It definitely made me better at dealing with confrontation and avoiding stressful situations.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
There was the opportunity to go back to camp the following year, I would probably have done had I not already got another placement more related to my degree.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Yes, on days off day trips off camp were great to the local towns.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
As food and accommodation was paid the only money needed was spending on days off, however that wasn't even necessary if you chose to stay at camp or if you didn't buy anything when off site!
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
When you're working with campers all day, a night off = a night sat desperately trying to keep up with the outside world on the wifi or getting an early night!
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
Yes, during free periods or evenings off you could try the activities other counsellors were running if they had space!