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"This experience was so amazing for me personally that as soon as I have my own children and they turn 18, I will have them applying for the programme straight away."
It was a mix of, I need to do something different, I would love to go to the US, and I don’t want to spend another summer in my little town. I attended an info session in the UK and I felt it was exactly what I was looking for.
I thought it would be difficult as I am from Spain and I applied from there but it wasn't! I started the process in September, I had to go to Malaga for my interview and that was as difficult as it got.
Camp America supported me in every step and in December I was placed. I didn’t even need a call from the office, everything was sorted by email and the process ran smoothly for me.
Everything is big, big cars, big parks, big meals! I loved it! But favourite part about being in America was...realising I wasn't watching a movie, this time it's real, I am actually in the US!
Making friends with all of the staff! I enjoyed my time with my kitchen mate and the cook, we laughed, had ups and downs, worked really hard, but we learnt a lot about how to work as a team and help and support each other when needed. During our days off we were always together with the rest of Counsellors, we got to go travelling, shopping, chill out at the beach etc. For me it was priceless to be in the US, meeting new people from all over the world and experiencing life lessons I won't ever forget.
Be patient, you are in good hands. The process might seem long, but trust me, it is totally worth it! I would also say your attitude is very important, you might find something you didn’t expect but...hey you are in the US, with new people in a new environment. Make the most of it, because the months just fly and then it will be too late.
I had to wake up earlier than the rest since we were in charge of preparing an amazing breakfast! It was awesome to have an American cook with us, teaching us firsthand how to prepare American meals. We cooked for around 100 people, but depending on the week it could be more or less. We were expected to set the tables, put milk & cereals on the main table.
Finally when everyone was in the dining room, breakfast was served. Busy time!!! Hungry kids and counsellors were waiting for us. We would serve them breakfast; bacon, scrambled eggs, sausages, hash browns, pancakes… you get the idea! At this time we felt a bit stressed, but this was when you got to interact with everybody. Some kids would ask for something special or they congratulated us if food was really good. Once they finished we cleaned up.
We had our first break of the day. We used this time to either sit down close to the lake if we were tired, or go do something fun like kayaking. I was never alone in my break as my kitchen mates always had the same time off as me, so we enjoyed lot of activities together.
Time to get ready for lunch. Usually the same tasks as breakfast however, as it was a Special Needs Camp we had lot of kids with dietary restrictions and allergies. In these cases we had to be very careful, checking with the Camp nurse to make sure they were sreceiving healthy diets and the right food without any risks.
Second break! After lunch normally we had one hour free, here we tried to do different things such as Tennis, walks or join in other activities at camp. It was nice to get to see what other people were doing, we sometimes had this break with the Maintenance staff so we sometimes got away from camp to do some shopping if we needed something.
This last period took longer as we had to prepare dinner and this was the most important, biggest meal of the day. When we finished we had to clean up properly and leave everything perfect for next day. Sometimes we had volunteers come in, so this was super exciting as we just had to help a little bit! All the volunteers were Americans, and it was awesome to talk to them and get to know more of their own lives.
We were completely free at this time so it was perfect to Skype or call your family to catch up. Some counsellors who didn’t have night duty joined us, and we could enjoy a movie together, games or just chat and laugh. We had to be quiet around camp after this time as the kids had to go to bed, so we had some rooms with TV and music ready to not disturb anybody.
Finally at midnight everybody at camp would be sleeping and the lights were turned off.
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