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That was the day of the Camp Directors fair.

That was the day of the Camp Directors fair.

Author -  Ashleigh Geddes

That was the day of the Camp Directors fair.

Camp America Guest Blog by Ashleigh Geddes. 

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January 15th 2014. I boarded a plane at 6.30 in the morning, headed to our biggest city. You know, the one with the Sky Tower! I had butterflies in my stomach, all the right answers in my head, and a brand new dress on.

I was determined to get hired today.

That was the day of the Camp America Camp Directors fair. At this fair, camp directors fly over from all over the USA to New Zealand to interview potential people they want at their camp.

I got off the plane, and walked outside to wait for the bus that would take me into Auckland city. I had been to Auckland a few months before this whirlwind trip so I felt like a pro at navigating this massive city...

I sat down to wait for my bus, and I noticed the girl next to me was dressed as nicely as I was, and then she pulled out a Camp America interview form. I pulled out mine and said " me too! ". Isn't it funny how you can find something in common with a complete stranger and create a friendship. Life is a little bit magical sometimes.

It was such a relief to spend the morning with someone just a nervous and just excited as me. We traded application highlights and horrors, and hit it off. As my Camp America journey was still largely a secret at this point, it was nice to be able to talk openly about the exciting months that where to follow.

The girl I met (Gemma) and I decided that we would go to the hotel where the directors fair was being held early so that we would be some of the first applicants they would meet- we thought this would give us an edge on the competition. Turns out everybody else had the same idea. *face palm!

We waited in line (we ended up fairly near the front) and looked around, almost sussing out our competition. I felt very old in this line. Most of the applicants looked old enough to be students I taught. At 24 I felt like would be one of the older applicants.

Standing in this line, it would be the first time in my life that I wondered... Am I the oldest person here?

Before entering the room where my future camp directors would be, we where briefed to go to our preferred camps first. We got given a list of camps that were interested in us or the skills we had. I had 6 camps on my list. Most looking for Arts and Crafts teachers.

I was ready, I was pumped. I was as excited as a kid on Christmas.

I knew this was my time to shine, as by this stage I was becoming a pro at interviewing for jobs. I had, had to apply and interview for my current teaching job three years in a row before it was made a permanent job. I was going to own this interview!

I walked into the already crowding room, and searched for the directors that where going to make all my american dreams come true....

Find out what happens next on Part 2

 

That was the day of the Camp Directors fair.

January 15th 2014. I boarded a plane at 6.30 in the morning, headed to our biggest city. You know, the one with the Sky Tower! I had butterflies in my stomach, all the right answers in my head, and a brand new dress on.

That was the day of the Camp Directors fair.

Camp America Guest Blog by Ashleigh Geddes. 

Ashleigh Geddes and Gemma Camp Fair.png

HIRED?

January 15th 2014. I boarded a plane at 6.30 in the morning, headed to our biggest city. You know, the one with the Sky Tower! I had butterflies in my stomach, all the right answers in my head, and a brand new dress on.

I was determined to get hired today.

That was the day of the Camp America Camp Directors fair. At this fair, camp directors fly over from all over the USA to New Zealand to interview potential people they want at their camp.

I got off the plane, and walked outside to wait for the bus that would take me into Auckland city. I had been to Auckland a few months before this whirlwind trip so I felt like a pro at navigating this massive city...

I sat down to wait for my bus, and I noticed the girl next to me was dressed as nicely as I was, and then she pulled out a Camp America interview form. I pulled out mine and said " me too! ". Isn't it funny how you can find something in common with a complete stranger and create a friendship. Life is a little bit magical sometimes.

It was such a relief to spend the morning with someone just a nervous and just excited as me. We traded application highlights and horrors, and hit it off. As my Camp America journey was still largely a secret at this point, it was nice to be able to talk openly about the exciting months that where to follow.

The girl I met (Gemma) and I decided that we would go to the hotel where the directors fair was being held early so that we would be some of the first applicants they would meet- we thought this would give us an edge on the competition. Turns out everybody else had the same idea. *face palm!

We waited in line (we ended up fairly near the front) and looked around, almost sussing out our competition. I felt very old in this line. Most of the applicants looked old enough to be students I taught. At 24 I felt like would be one of the older applicants.

Standing in this line, it would be the first time in my life that I wondered... Am I the oldest person here?

Before entering the room where my future camp directors would be, we where briefed to go to our preferred camps first. We got given a list of camps that were interested in us or the skills we had. I had 6 camps on my list. Most looking for Arts and Crafts teachers.

I was ready, I was pumped. I was as excited as a kid on Christmas.

I knew this was my time to shine, as by this stage I was becoming a pro at interviewing for jobs. I had, had to apply and interview for my current teaching job three years in a row before it was made a permanent job. I was going to own this interview!

I walked into the already crowding room, and searched for the directors that where going to make all my american dreams come true....

Find out what happens next on Part 2

 

That was the day of the Camp Directors fair.

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