There are hundreds of opportunities around the world to gain invaluable experiences both in life and your chosen area of interest. I was lucky enough to find one of these opportunities in 2009 with Camp America and Camp Rim Rock for Girls in Yellow Spring, West Virginia, USA.
I completed 2 summers working in America at camp with an amazing group of friends, campers and horses in 2009 and 2010. In fact, Facebook memories has a way of making you remember these things as only this morning I was reminded how excited I was to go back to camp for the second summer in 2010; “dissertation bound and printed, all done J!!! CRR 87 days!!!!!” That surely tells you how much of an amazing time I had my first year in 2009. I can still remember arriving at camp for the very first time.
Through Facebook I had got in contact with the girls who were on my flight from Heathrow in May 2009 and organised to meet them at check in. Finally we were on our own and off on our biggest adventure yet. After a long flight we arrived in Washington DC to be met by camp staff and off we went across Virginia to West Virginia for 2 hours before we finally arrive at Camp Rim Rock. It was beautiful and was now my home for the next 4 months. 4 months that turned out to be some of the best months of my life.
I had an absolutely incredible experience, an experience that I will never forget and an experience that most definitely changed me for the better. In fact, if anyone knows the song “For Good” from the musical Wicked, it most definitely summarises my experiences at Camp and was even sung at our final candle float in 2009. Both this song and “Country Roads, Take me Home” will always remind me of my time in America and the friendships that I made.
Not only did I spend my time at camp, but at the end of the summer your opportunity to travel the states really begins. I didn’t travel that much but just headed off to NYC. An amazing city, that will always hold a special place in my heart because of the memories made there with my incredible CRR (Camp Rim Rock) friends.
My time at CRR was the most incredible and amazing time and I will always remember it. There are camps and work abroad experiences all over the world specialising in a variety of activities. I would most definitely recommend work abroad opportunities to everyone. It will be an experience that you will never forget and always remember with happy thoughts and incredible memories.
– Rachel Thomas, Level 3, Year 2 Course Manager