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The Token Kiwi

The Token Kiwi

Author -  Josie Weston

You might be thinking am I the only New Zealander going to my camp? 

 

Freaking out that you’re going overseas by yourself and then won’t have anyone from home with you for the summer. All I have to say to that is EMBRACE IT! 

 

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This photo has four different nationalities – New Zealand, Australian, British and American.

Like everything else about camp, you will be pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. Being the only New Zealander at your camp just means you will also get to embrace the ‘token kiwi’ title. 

A major bonus of being the only kiwi is that the kids will love you! The accent and the way we talk is so foreign to them and is such a novelty. The best game to play is guess where the accents from. I had kids listing off every single country from England, Australia all the way to South Africa before they had to just give up! I also never thought saying something as innocent as teddies would cause absolute fits of laughter not only among the kids but also my co-counsellors. 

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A big thing to understand about camp is that is doesn’t matter where you come from! Your kids and co-counsellors will become your family within a matter of days. You will come to learn that you may not be the only one in this situation. Other counsellors and kids travel away from their homes by themselves to camp too. Everyone will be so welcoming that it will soon become your second home. You soon become so immersed in the camp life that you quickly forget that your kids are speaking with a funny accent and that you’re working alongside people from all over the world. Take it as a major compliment that of all the people around the world that they could have hired they wanted you! 

 

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My experience as a token kiwi was only positive! At first I was a little unsure but took it as an opportunity to share with others how amazing New Zealand is. I make so many new friends that I now call my second family that I quickly forget every year that I am the only one. For me it gave me an even bigger opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and become a representative for New Zealand and show everyone how cool we are! Especially on 4th of July when I get up every year and sing the New Zealand national anthem (both Maori and English) in front of the whole camp! I also can’t explain how weird it is after not hearing the New Zealand accent for 3 months to be sitting in the departure lounge at Los Angeles and being surrounded by it. Makes you realise how weird we actually sound!

On a final note all I have to say is embrace the token kiwi title and rep it with pride.

 

- Josie Weston, Nelson

The Token Kiwi

You might be thinking am I the only New Zealander going to my camp? Freaking out that you’re going overseas by yourself and then won’t have anyone from home with you for the summer.

You might be thinking am I the only New Zealander going to my camp? 

 

Freaking out that you’re going overseas by yourself and then won’t have anyone from home with you for the summer. All I have to say to that is EMBRACE IT! 

 

camp-america-blog-religious-camps-token-kiwi-1.png

This photo has four different nationalities – New Zealand, Australian, British and American.

Like everything else about camp, you will be pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. Being the only New Zealander at your camp just means you will also get to embrace the ‘token kiwi’ title. 

A major bonus of being the only kiwi is that the kids will love you! The accent and the way we talk is so foreign to them and is such a novelty. The best game to play is guess where the accents from. I had kids listing off every single country from England, Australia all the way to South Africa before they had to just give up! I also never thought saying something as innocent as teddies would cause absolute fits of laughter not only among the kids but also my co-counsellors. 

camp-america-blog-religious-camps-token-kiwi.png

A big thing to understand about camp is that is doesn’t matter where you come from! Your kids and co-counsellors will become your family within a matter of days. You will come to learn that you may not be the only one in this situation. Other counsellors and kids travel away from their homes by themselves to camp too. Everyone will be so welcoming that it will soon become your second home. You soon become so immersed in the camp life that you quickly forget that your kids are speaking with a funny accent and that you’re working alongside people from all over the world. Take it as a major compliment that of all the people around the world that they could have hired they wanted you! 

 

camp-america-blog-religious-camps-token-kiwi-2.png

My experience as a token kiwi was only positive! At first I was a little unsure but took it as an opportunity to share with others how amazing New Zealand is. I make so many new friends that I now call my second family that I quickly forget every year that I am the only one. For me it gave me an even bigger opportunity to step out of my comfort zone and become a representative for New Zealand and show everyone how cool we are! Especially on 4th of July when I get up every year and sing the New Zealand national anthem (both Maori and English) in front of the whole camp! I also can’t explain how weird it is after not hearing the New Zealand accent for 3 months to be sitting in the departure lounge at Los Angeles and being surrounded by it. Makes you realise how weird we actually sound!

On a final note all I have to say is embrace the token kiwi title and rep it with pride.

 

- Josie Weston, Nelson

The Token Kiwi

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