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The Difference between a Monitor and a Teacher!

Here at Tecs Summer Camps we really value our staff and the development of every individual we recruit for our summer camps.

A monitor is a person who provides the well-being and welfare of the kids more or less 24 hours of the day with responsibility of 12 kids every hour of the day unless on their break of course. A monitor is FUN and OUTGOING! Monitors are enthusiastic and and loud and energetic and constantly happy and consistent. We really value our monitors because our monitors at tecs summer camps are different in every camp but everyone is looked up to by all of our campers. The campers come from all over spain and some have never been away from home longer than a night! The kids really look up to the monitors as a mother or father figure and its amazing to see the bonding that comes from a child and a monitor in a period of 2 weeks! Why not start now? Make a difference and apply as a monitor and make memories that last a lifetime!

One of our monitors with her group of girls! The fun begins here!!

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A teacher is very similar to a monitor. Loud, outgoing, friendly and a role model! We love to provide a fun English learning environment for students at our summer camps whether it be a full English immersion or pre-teen total immersion, every camp has native English teachers and gives full educational and dynamic English classes. Teachers are fun and weird and quirky!! We spend hours planning awesome classes and give it 110%!! If you think you have what it takes to be a teacher apply now! Seek to improve the education in a childs life! Work with us!

Below you can see what its like to be a Teacher! Fun!!

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The Key to ¨Staying Fit¨ on Summer Camp!

 

How to stay healthy on Camp?!  ( in other words Fit with a capital F )

 

Staying healthy is a big part of our society nowadays. Some agree and some disagree but living a healthy life leads to a healthy future both mentally and physically.

 

Well we know from experience here at camp that many people find it challenging to stay healthy at camp, with strict meal plans and being vegan or non-dairy or gluten free it’s hard to accommodate all of our staff the diets they come here hoping to receive. We do our very BEST to ensure our staff are fed in some kind of very similar plate that is requested based on their diet.

 

Apart from diets we have people that come here having NO CLUE what Spanish food is! It’s not easy to transition from having all the food you want handed to you from a typical university buffet or supermarket where you can buy LITERALLY anything you want when you’re hungry. Well it’s not that easy at camp at times..

Some ways to overcome either gaining lots of weight or losing weight would be eating more often. We have supermarkets in towns nearby or walking distance. You need to consistently stay hydrated. The weather is hot and the sun is scorching and the humidity drains the energy levels, but having the right energy in your body from essential foods and water for hydration you are bound to stay one HAPPY STAFF MEMBER!

Here at camp we have countryside locations in the mountains and hills that continue to go up and up. We also have very spread out facilities with lots and lots of stairs and a lot of the time you are going up and down all day long and constantly on your feet. This is bound to keep you in the shape you expect but if you’re not getting the right sleep it really catches up to you!

 

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Some real honest but true ways to stay fit are:

 

Avoid drinking lots of soda from the vending machines! It’s great until you crash from the sugar and its very bad for your teeth!

Instead of eating crisps stick to fruit!

Many staff get the munchies throughout the day and when they get down time to relax its those hard cravings for junk food which end in picking the worst item possible from the vending machine!

You don’t always need seconds!

Food is filling in summer and often you don’t always need seconds so think of it like 4 to 5 meals a day in good proportion!! Eat enough but don’t overdo it. Especially if you have to be walking around a lot immediately after lunch!

Sleep!!

Use your time break time to sleep and get a good night’s sleep! Sleep contributes to energy and energy comes from rest and diet!

Sanitation

Wash your hands and constantly use hand sanitizer as staying clean and having good hygiene leads to good health!

Many staff will underestimate how many germs really spread around in summer camp here by touching handles and kids coming with colds it’s bound to pass on to someone else!! I highly recommend keeping a bottle of hand sanitizer in your room!

 

Late night refrigerator munchies:

Many staff find their solution to hunger after a good ol’ night out of partying to come back and raid the left overs in the fridge and canteen. Ideally this isn’t good but we all love those late night snacks after a good night of dancing!

In other words don´t be this person

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Sharing drinks with other staff:

The title says it all but the more you ¨share¨ with someone else for example a bottle of water or can of coke you´re  bound to get some kind of illness that eventually gets passed around at camp..

 

Change your bed sheets.

Often, staff will forget to change their bed sheet because the cleaning ladies will leave them on the bed and they will just toss the sheets into a corner. You contribute lots of dirty fluids or germs in your sleep and its hot and the rooms are not very aired out so trust me, it can be very healthy to sleep in clean sheets !

 

Mosquitoes:

In summer these things are everywhere and they are unforgivable when it comes to red bumps all over and many people have allergic reactions from them so bring some kind of cream!

 

Clothing:

Having the right clothing for nights off is essential, because even though the heat is insane here, some days the nights get very cold and you don’t want to wake up with a head cold or flu at camp!

Wash the Gunk out of your hair!

Gunk is good but it also can get you really ill if you’re not careful as it is truly disgusting!

Singing Camp Songs!!

Camp chants are a great way of exercise especially if you are that camp staff member that really gets into the song and goes BANANAS!!  B-A-N-A-N-A-S

 

These are just from our staff experiences and little bit of knowledge I want to share with you if you are that person that wants to stay fit like myself! 🙂 

10 values of great TECS Staff

So back in November we had our annual TECS Development weekend. This year one of the things we decided to do was to come up with a list of 10 value phrases that would help our staff be the best they can be, and this is what we came up with:

  • I  determine how great I can be.
  • I will always put the needs and wants of my campers over my own.
  • I am the example of how I want campers and staff to be.
  • I can and must always use my power to positively influence any person or situation.
  • I focus on solutions and goals, not on problems and issues.
  • I see and go beyond excuses – mine or others – and focus on succeeding
  • I’m not afraid to seek out help and am ready to support others
  • I value difficult situations as an opportunity to develop myself personally and professionally
  • I value the team: Together we achieve more than I can alone.
  • My actions and attitudes are key to how successful camp is.

Get ready to hear these a lot this summer guys!!!

Tecs Excursions!

What is the first thing you think of when you think of excursions? A shore excursion from a cruise ship in the bahamas? a time to get away from the school grounds? All of these are possible ideas! I remember growing up as a kid in the states we had ¨field trips¨ which were similar but in a different name but I knew it was time to leave the classroom and be outside!

Here at tecs summer camps we have the highest feedback from our excursions! We provide transport and quality into a safe fun filled excursion, with safety and care of every one of our campers!

 

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  • Our nature park here in Cadiz where kids can ride mountain bikes and go kayaking and ride the tram and see the nature!

A super fun and education full day experience in various regions of Spain offered by our company to fulfill the child’s memory of everything they did that day on camp!

The BEST time of the camp is Saturday’s excursion departures!

Excursions are the best part of the camp because the kids get to leave the facilities and go to a new place together as a group! Excursions take place in a variety of locations all over Andalucía region of Spain and north of Spain known  as castilla y leon.

A Flash back of excursions done at our summer camps!

  • Santi Petri where water sports and sun tans come nicely!

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  • Pre-warning: If you make it to this excursion bring EXTRA sun cream because it’s very very hot and no shade!!

 

  • Crocodile park exhibits and feeding frenzy, Malaga

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Water Sports Extravaganza in the mountains of Cadiz! 

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A Piece of Gibraltar Where monkeys see monkeys do!

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Isla Magica in Seville where thrill seekers meet their makers!

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Bus Bonding time on the way to Excursions!!

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Warner Bros Theme Park!!! Madrid, Spain

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Jerez ( Cadiz ) Zoo! You can look but cant touch!

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These are just a handful of excursions we offer here at Tecs Summer Camps but we strive to make them the best experience for the kids and our staff!

#11 Reasons to work on a TECS Camp!

We here at TECS are incredibly proud and passionate about our summer camps, and how amazing it is to work on one of them! We all started off as monitors and teachers before moving up through the ranks so we have felt this first had. In an attempt to try and describe the many, many reasons why you should make the best decision of your life and work on a TECS Summer Camp I have come up with the following list:

#1 It’s Fun!

I’m not actually sure it’s possible to find a job that is more fun than a job working on StaffThurssummer camp. Honestly, your job description is basically to provide fun! Our summer camps are designed to provide fun for the kids all day long, but as a staff member you get to enjoy it too! The hours may be long and you may not make millions but you will be doing one of the most fun jobs imaginable.

Picture a lot of young people together in a camp setting where they are suppose to be the craziest, wackiest, and most entertaining versions of themselves. All of this in the beautiful Spanish sunshine. What more could you ask?? How about sports, excursions to cool places, cross-dressing guys for evening entertainments, costumes, and staff nights out to name but a few?

 

#2 Incredibly Fulfilling Work

If you work on a summer camp you aren’t going to be an accountant or a sales person, you aren’t going to do any old job, you really are going to a truly good job that will help the lives of so many young people.

Day28_LVYou are going to take the role of being a surrogate parent/older brother or sister/confidante/friend to a group of kids. You will care for them, make sure they are happy, care for them when they are sick or sad, teach them good manners and values. You will be their role model, the person that they look up to and want to emulate. That doesn’t just mean that they want to copy the way you wear your cap backwards or the way you dress – it means that they will want to be like you for good or for bad.

You can and will make a difference! We’ve seen countless cases of kids who’ve come to summer camp and thanks to a great staff member have had the summer of their lives and have decided to come back year after year and push themselves to be better people. Some of them have even come back as coordinators or even camp directors! Check out some of their stories here.

There is literally no better feeling in the world than that feeling of accomplishment and fulfillment that you get at the end of summer camp.

 

#3 TECS believes in it’s Staff

For TECS, our staff have always been, and will continue to be, our number one prioity– as it is very true “happy and productive staff” make possible the happy experience for our campers to grow in. For this reason we have always sought hard to provide our staff with what they need to do a great job.

Nurturing a work environment of support is also a top priority for TECS. Nearly all our camp managers were once TECS camp staff, meaning we have firsthand experience of how tough a staff member’s job can be. For this reason we strive to work with our staff; supporting them when they have problems, guiding them and advising them whenever they need help, and do whatever it takes to make our staff be the best they can be.

 

#4 Personal and Professional Development

Working on a summer camp will definitely take you out of your comfort zone and make you try and do new things! Ever stood up on a song and sung songs about Moose in front of loads of people? Ever cross-dressed on stage? Ever painted yourself from head to toe? All of these things and more will help you go home a more confident person!

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Training has also always been a top priority for us and over the years we have dedicated considerable time and resources to developing the best training programmes we can. Whilst we know no training can ever prepare someone perfectly for the start of camp, we also know that extensive skills training, “mentalization” (as we call getting prepared for the challenges of camp) and plain important information giving will give most of our staff the starting point they need to approach the challenges of camp life with confidence.

We are incredibly passionate about the personal and professional development of our staff. Not only do we see it as the greatest investment we can make to improve the quality of our summer camps but all of us at the top have it has one of our top life passions to help make people better, be it in their jobs or in their lives.

We put a lot of time and effort to ensure that our staff are constantly given feedback, given every chance to develop within their jobs, and assisted and pushed to do so by our management teams.

#5 The Friendships!

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Staff Feedback Form Summary 2016

On TECS Summer Camps you can truly make lifetime friendships. You will be thrown into this unique (and weird) summer camp environment with anywhere between 25-60 other like-minded people from all over the world. You’ll spend an intense amount of time together in the “camp bubble” where you will forget about the outside world and where time goes different (I swear knowing a person on camp for a week is like knowing them for a month!).

With just one summer you can make some of the closest friendships, or even relationships.

 

#6 Team Work

Like working with other people? Well then summer camp is for you! Summer Camp work is all about working together with people all the time. Whether it’s running sports sessions with other monitors or it’s all of the staff together for the big evening entertainments or it’s all of the camps coming together to run the famous Intercamp Competition, you will be working with people all summer!

 

#7 Sunny South of Spain

To top it off, not only will you be having loads of fun but you will be doing it in a place famous for it’s 300+ days of sunshine each year. You could be on one of the many beautiful beaches or in the most breathtaking mountain camps. Whichever camp you want to work in you will be guaranteed to have great weather and get a great tan!

 

#8 No Costs!

Summer Camp jobs may not pay as much as a lot of other jobs but they also cost almost nothing. Unlike some of the American summer camps there are no upfront costs, no need to pay for a visa or to pay €1000 on flights.

Your accommodation and all of your meals will be covered by us, we will organize your uniform and laundry, all of your transport and anything else needed so the only thing is if you want to by yourself some €1 beers on your nights out!

 

#9 Staff Events

StaffThursIf having one of the most fun jobs wasn’t enough we do also like to invest in our staff so that they, as well as the campers, have the best summers of their lives. We organize weekend trips, and put on sports and game competitions during camp to liven things up (as if camp ever got dull…). At the end of the summer we organize a special night called which we call the “final meal” where we all get dressed up and have a beautiful dinner and a few (many!) drinks. We give out special awards and make sure to appreciate all of the hard work and contribution that our staff have made to camp that summer.

 

#10 Returnee Rate

Numbers like don’t lie. Depending on the summer about 60% of our campers and at least

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Staff Feedback Form Summary 2016

50% of our staff come back to our summer camps as returnees. We’ve had loads of campers who’ve come back so long that they’ve ended up working on camp. All of our managers have once been staff and moved up through our structure and we’ve had staff who have worked up to 20 summers!!! Check out here what some people who have worked with us before have said!

 

#11 These Celebrities say so!

And if all of these aren’t enough reasons then check out what all of these celebrities have to say about working on camp:

What its like being a teacher on camp!

Being a Teacher on Summer Camp:

 

Being a Camp Teacher on summer camp isn’t the same as being a teacher like we had growing up. Every single person has a memory of at least one teacher from growing up. Whether the person was particularly inspiring or encouraging or flat out challenging, everyone remembers his or her favorite teacher.

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Summer camp is a different scenario. Our teachers are taught to deliver the best to the kids and make the 2 weeks the kids have as impacting as one trimester they may have in their lifetime. We want them to challenge themselves but importantly have FUN in the class. A teacher is looked up to and learned from. Each kid is different and in more demand than the other. When you have a class of 12 kids there is always going to be a variety of different personalities and challenges that arise. One thing I can say is take a deep breath and relax. Classes aren’t meant to be a 4 hour intensive course on grammar points. They are much more interactive and involving. Classes at camp have meanings. Each day is prepped and organized to inform them about camp and teach them vocab and expression they can use at camp.

 

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Some say it’s wonderful some say it’s physically challenging. Well, let me tell you it’s something that isn’t easy and sure takes a kick start to get in the swing of!

What you do on camp?

Teachers use their evening time during evening entertainment planning awesome lessons so they can deliver a great lesson at 9am!

Do teachers get much sleep on camp?

Well, it depends on what you do after your planning time – either get a good nights sleep or make the decision to stay up late and socialize

Whats it like teaching Spanish children?

Its very fun! They love to know where you are from! Teacher bonding time is amazing and teachers really get to know their students well!

 Do we have enough stationery on camp? 

Of course we do! Sometimes things become limited when your up in the mountains or a rural area but thats when creativity sets in and open minded people brainstorm solutions!

In other words hold the questions and finish the read you will really have a general understanding of our camp teachers life..

The weather is hot in camp and teacher planning can run into sleeping time but your 9am classes are expected to be the most educational part of the day for your students! On the bright side of being a teacher at summer camp is such a great role because you are looked up to! You show them new games and class activities that they go home with new games and memories to share with their friends. You make creative projects that are taken home to show their parents and friends! You are the person that they will remember for summers ahead! Tecs teachers get to teach classes both inside a classroom and outside in the nature so you really get to use your surroundings and the kids love every minute of it. I think being a teacher has changed me for the better! I love knowing that my students walk away with new expressions and new phrases and new vocabulary that may never be learned except at tecs summer camps!

Would you like to cherish this moment? This is truly a real teaching experience at camp!

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TECS Employment 2017

 

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We hope that you have a lovely Christmas time, be it with family or friends, at home or away! We hope you all of the best in what we believe is going to be the BEST YEAR EVER!

News on TECS

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Hiring Management Positions NOW!

We’re currently receiving applications for management positions at the moment. If you are interested in applying to be a coordinator or director this summer then please apply by the end of the Christmas holidays

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School Camps Coming Soon!

We’re planning on having lots of different mini camps for schools (a.k.a FIPs) from here until summer so if you would like to receive more information then please register for our mailing list below.

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Summer Camps 2017

Summer Camp Staff 2017

We will be starting our recruitment drive and interviews for new staff in February! Tell your friends, family, pets, everyone to WORK ON A TECS SUMMER CAMP IN 2017!!!

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Ireland Interviews

Ireland Interviews 2017

Our interview days in Ireland will be taking place in March as follows:

  • Cork (UCC) – 10th March
  • Limerick (U.L./Mary I) – 13th March
  • Galway (NUIG) – 14th March
  • Dublin North (DCU/St. Pats) – 15th March
  • Dublin South (UCD/Trinity) – 16th March
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We are always looking for new great staff to work on our summer camps so if you know anyone who might be interested in working on camp please recommend us to them!

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TECS College Tutors and Wales Teachers

TECS College Tutors and Wales Teachers

Are you someone who has worked with us in the past, but isn’t interested in doing an intensive summer camp experience like in the past? Well for the right people we’ve got two very interesting opportunities:

Upcoming Job Opportunities

Academy TEFL Teachers
January onwards)
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Logistics Responsible
April/May – August)
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Summer Camp Produccion
April/May – August)
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Top 15 Gift Ideas for Summer Camp Staff!

1.) A GO PRO!  –   

 

Maybe your staring at this photo wondering why would you need this camera when I got an iphone 6s? Think twice. Want incredible photos and videos with an easy to carry lightweight grip? This is is your go to device for summer! Go pros capture EVERYTHING! This little device is powerful enough to get that extra crisp recording or photo of every detailed moment you have on camp! Who wouldn’t want a nice HD video super high tech megapixel camera to share some of the best memories from camp for friends. This is your go to camera staff members! 

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Oh and if you really don´t believe me check out this video below recorded on a go pro and click HD!

 

 

2.) Face Paint 

 

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Whats better then having all kinds of face paint for decorating yourself and the campers faces like ENGLISH DAY and ARTS AND CRAFTS time! 

 

3.) Beige Shorts 

 

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   Beige shorts are key to cleanliness and they feel so crisp once you put on a new pair! I must say these are my favorite classy uniform look in the summer! If you don´t want those tan lines just roll them up! 

4.) GUNK 

 

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What is Gunk? Its essentially a bunch of sticky and dyed liquid that is made and stirred for over 4 hours and contains smelly nasty slimy chunks of … well you just have to find out! What we do with it is even better… We throw it on our staff the last week of camp! Its our tradition! 

5.) Friendship Bracelets!

A great way to connect with staff and campers and you can wear them the rest of your summer or even longer!! 

6.) Suncream! 

 

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When we are located in a sunny beachy area like the south of Spain we have plenty of sun and you need plenty of protection! Sunblock is a great gift! 

7.) Bruise Cream

 

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When you play sports all day and your jumping up and down and rushing to meetings and wake up after crazy nights out your bound to end up with some bruises on your body so these are some top recommended gift ideas! 

8.) Throat Lozengers

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What is needed more when your are shouting all day singing songs on top of chairs or getting campers attention! These are a must to the list of gift ideas! 

9.) Ear Plugs

 

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Its been a long day on camp and some nice shut eye is just what you want and need! Ear plugs is a must for staff when you just want that extra bit of sleep! 

10.) Air Fresheners 

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Its hot. Its stuffy. The rooms will smell and you need that extra bit of freshness in the air when you are sleeping. Strongly recommended for all staff! 

11.) Fake Tan 

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Yes. You read this right. Maybe its not on your list of care package essentials but fake tan is a must for this uneven tan lines that build up from wearing polos all day and short shorts while you are on the beach. 

12.) Mosquito Repellent 

In a humid area like the south of Spain mosquito repellent is your best friend for night time because trust me THEY WILL find somewhere to bite you and it will itch constantly! 

13.) Face Wipes 

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 These keep your face nice and clean and after a sweaty day and your sun cream/face paint is stuck on your face this is exactly what you need!

14.) A Picture Frame 

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A picture frame is something everyone loves alongside their bed. Its really nice to look at a family photo or funny photo before you sleep and also show your friends! 

15.) Camp T-Shirt/ Tie Dye Shirts

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Its always nice to have a funny camp t shirt to wear round! Why not be creative and take/make one to sleep in!

 

Waking up every morning happy

This is going to be my 10th summer working for TECS summer camps, and for 5 of those years I’ve been working as part of the year-round team.

At the beginning I did summer camp because it was an amazing experience that I absolutely loved to do during the summer. I was in university studying to be a civil engineer, and I MUCH preferred to come out to the sunny south of Spain to do the funnest job in the world rather than work in a rainy old Ireland in Supervalu or something (I even took an extra class to avoid doing my degree work experience). In December 2012 I finished my degree and I decided to come out and work for TECS rather than taking some big fancy engineering job somewhere else as I’d come to love it and thought it was something I could try for a bit if I didn’t end up liking it. 5 years later and here I am!

Over the years I’ve had family, friends, and strangers question my choice of working for a summer camp organisation all year round by saying it is “I presume it’s something for a little while?”, “something for a young person”, “Why wouldn’t I get better paying job?”,  etc.. Nobody ever gets it.

I’ll tell you what I’ve had to tell my parents: I feel lucky to have a job that makes me wake up looking forward to going to work in which I have to force myself to go home because I enjoy it so much. Now don’t get me wrong I’m not saying that working in front of a computer is the most fun job in the world (working as a staff member or coordinator on camp in the summer is!) but working in TECS is honestly the best thing that has ever happened to me. Working in this environment in which we all work so hard towards such a noble goal: To give children the most fun, educational and life changing summer we possibly can.

I can’t imagine what it would be like to do what I see so many people do, which is see my job as something in my life that is there to allow me to pay for my personal life. As an annoyance between 9-5 in which I am obliged to go to. It is crazy how many people, either conciously or sub-conciously view their work as this. Well I am lucky to say that it is one of the most rewarding aspects of my life and that still, after 5 years, it still has me waking up happy every morning – So Thank you TECS 😀

P.s. it doesn’t hurt to work surrounded by your best friends!

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