Thursday, 11 August 2016

10 Weeks in America!! CA Introduction


2 posts in a day, crazy right?! I've been meaning to write this post for a few weeks now, it's a little different from my other posts as this is my first travel post (hopefully of many to come!!). I've wanted to travel for as long as I can remember, there's a long list of places that I aim to tick off my list in the next 5 years which I will soon write another blog post on. But the first of this list that I'm going to tick off (again,hopefully!) is Camp America.

Camp America is an agency that pulls together travellers all over the world with the passion to work with children. They work with hundreds of camps in America from private camps to girl scout camps to underprivileged camps. It's basically like a real life "The Parent Trap"!!

Over the past couple of months, I'd been planning where to start my journey when I finish college this year and this agency came out multiple times. So I decided that I would do some research, I read every single word on their website and all of their YouTube videos and I knew this is what I wanted to do more than anything. So, I applied!

The overall cost including flights, visas, insurance comes to just below £600 which comes as both a chrisoms present and 18th Birthday present from my parents. I'm over the moon about this, I don't see  this as missing out on materialistic presents, I see it as a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will never regret.

The camp itself consist of 9 week working as a Camp Counsellor being responsible for a cabin of children through this time whilst also working on a particular skill throughout the days. After camp finishes, you have the opportunity of up to 30 days travelling America and can get a 15% discount off Camp America Treks where you can pretty much tour the entire of the US.

The application process was pretty simple, it was basically just telling the agency about yourself, your skills, your references, your experience working with children etc. One optional step of the application is putting together a short introductory video which will go to the camp directors who will decide if they want to hire you. For me, this was completely out of my comfort zone, I cringe at my voice on record and just sitting there editing myself was something entirely new to me! But as cringe as it was, it was actually quite enjoyable seeing the whole thing come together and makes me think that i'd actually like to start vlogging one day and maybe if I end up on camp, I will blog my experience!

The skills I put down where arts & crafts, Horse Riding, Synchronised Swimming & Theatre Make UP (obviously). I've always been an arty creative person and I think arts & crafts would be so much fun with kids, I also have my art GCSE and a creative BTEC Extended Diploma. I put Horse Riding down because I have been doing this pretty much as long as I could walk and still have my own horses to this day. Synchronised Swimming was something I did from the ages of 9 and 14 and even competed in the nationals so I felt this was also a relevant skill to include. And finally, Theatre Make Up because it is my passion and future career!

Once I sent through my application, I got to chose my Interviewer and after speaking to her over the phone, we have arranged our meeting for Tuesday 30th August (wish me luck!!) and I am so excited but just as nervous!

As this is just the beginning of my journey, I have so many questions. By blogging my stages, I hope that I can help you all with the same journey if you chose to repeat it next year or whenever. I will keep you all up to date with my status and whereabouts I am with my journey, it's all so exciting!!

Are you thinking about travelling anytime soon? If so, where to?

Lily xo
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    1. Thank you! Fingers crossed I get placed x

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  2. A couple of my high school friends did Camp America and absolutely loved it, you're going to have the best time! Good luck with it all although I'm sure it'll be fine!

    Also I'm really impressed you were a synchronised swimmer, what a cool talent to have.

    Beth x
    www.adventureandanxiety.com

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    1. I can't wait, thank you!!

      It was a lot of hard work, but the memories of it are amazing. X

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  3. Good Luck! It looks like such an amazing experience.
    Sarah X

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    1. Thank you!! I hope it all goes well X

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  4. Wow this sounds fantastic Lily! I hope it all goes fabulously!
    -Olivia Xxx

    http://oliviaxalesha.com/blog

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    1. Thanks so much Olivia!! I hope so too x

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  5. This sounds like an amazing opporunity!
    Good luck and we look forward to reading more!
    Can't wait to travel ourselves next year!

    Jessica & James
    foodandbaker.co.uk

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    1. Doesn't it just!! Travelling is amazing, best of luck to yourselves too! X

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  6. OH GOSH! Hun that sounds so much fun! Two things in one, travelling as well as helping <3 I hope you have a great journey, and it would definitely be worth reading too, so don't stop posting about it.

    Rabiah
    amourvitaa.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. So much fun right? I know, I love kids and it just all sounds like a dream!! I won't stop don't worry, going to blog my whole journey x

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  7. Best of luck! this seems like an amazing opportunity!

    Lauren | laurmatthews.blogspot.com

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  8. Good luck! I know so many people that have done Camp America and they've all had the best time ever! x

    www.stephiebeau.com

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