Testimonial: Jennifer Galligan

Although I have only worked two summers on camp with TECS, it is so difficult to summarise what summer camp means to me; a wonderful mixture of new friendships, challenging situations, constant laughter and personal development. To work with TECS is to have your potential recognised and nourished, to have  camp chants and claps forever ingrained in your memory, to realise that all your work is worth it because you made a difference to a child’s summer.

I have never encountered the same levels of excitement and energy that exist on camp anywhere else, and as an Activity Coordinator, the kids enthusiasm motivates you to ensure that all aspects of the activity programme are as fun and entertaining as possible. To both manage camp staff, and organise and plan the daily activities calls for determination, balance and reflection, but it is extremely fulfilling and allows you to unleash and develop new skills.

Before I worked for TECS, I had no idea how passionate I would become about summer camp- now I cannot imagine what my summers would be like without the excitement of the kids arriving, the songs about moose and crocodiles, the jubilance of Intercamp, and finally, the pride twinged with sadness when it is time for the kids to leave.

– Jennifer Galligan

Testimonial: Katrina “Flo” Bunn

I first came to TECS in 2013 as a TEFL teacher and have worked in the TEFL side ever since. I’d worked in a summer camp before but not in sunny Spain, which is a great added bonus of working at a TECS summer camp. I’ve always been lucky enough to work with a fantastic bunch of kids and a great team of staff who I’m still in contact with now – I really have had the best summers ever, which is what brings me back!

Most recently I worked in Magic Village as the TEFL Coordinator. It was a great experience – as well as doing what I enjoy (teach!), I got to train a team of TEFL teachers and help them develop professionally, ensuring that our campers had a great quality language programme learning English while having fun. In fact, I loved working as a TEFL Coordinator so much that I came back to work in the English Academy full-time as a director of studies!

Working at TECS to this level definitely gave me an insight into education management and the skills and experience to step into a career path I never dreamed that I would be able to pursue – I am 100% certain that I wouldn’t be where I am now if I hadn’t come to TECS back in my first summer. Who knows where you could be in a few years if you come to work in TECS this summer?

– Katrina “Flo” Bunn

Testimonial: Benjamin Crompton

I still remember applying to work on TECS summer camps for the first time. I’d already worked a couple of British Summer schools, and had literally no idea what a summer camp would be like. Turned out I loved it, although it was probably only when the email for returnee staff came around in January or March the year after that I finally realised it.

That was 2009, and TECS remains a very special company to work for. This year I’ll be returning for my third year to work as a Camp Director (my seventh in total at TECS). The Camp Director job is at once challenging and rewarding at the same time. Over my six summers I’ve grown passionate about the experience we offer children and young people; I wish there had been a summer camp like ours for me when I was a kid. As Director you have so many ideas to juggle. I’m often asked in the summer: ‘what do you actually do?’ It’s difficult to summarise it in few words, but perhaps the best way would be to say that I take a scrambled up jigsaw and organise it neatly on the table ready for the coordinators and monitors and TEFL teachers and crew members to put it together. When it comes together, you get a unique summer camp programme that gives kids of all ages a very special summer experience that they do remember for years to come. That’s worth the hours and dedication.

Over my six years, TECS has taught me numerous things: how to be a good EFL teacher, a strong manager, an innovator. But more than that, it’s taught me that the quiet reserved guy who hid in the corner six years ago has something to offer. Thanks to TECS, I am a driven, outgoing man with a passion for education and personal development. That’s something.

– Benjamin Crompton

Testimonial: Patrick Alvarez

I first started working for TECS Summer Camps in 2008 as an assistant monitor. I first came out just to have a bit of fun in the sunny south of Spain with a whole pile of other like-minded young staff.

Well, boy did I get more than I’d ever imagined! Not only did I have the best summer ever in a camp in the beautiful south of Spain with 200 other great young staff, but I had the experience of a lifetime. That summer TECS gave me a job, a whole new experience, and an amazing new group of friends.

After the summer I was hooked and have worked every summer since 2008 in a variety of different jobs and now I worked all year round for the most dynamic and passionate company I’ve had the pleasure to know. TECS Summer Camps has changed my profession, it has changed my life, and it has made me a better human. I owe everything to TECS Summer Camps and the magical experience they have given me every summer.

– Patrick Alvarez (2008 onwards)

Testimonial: Kate Sadlier

“Overall there is nothing I would change about my summer camp secretary placement. This is because I had such an amazing experience in spain. From my work placement I got the opportunity to live abroad and experience a new culture while improving my Spanish. I also was able to meet so many new people who I will remain friends with even though they now live far away. I also learned so many new skills that I can take with me and use in the future. I could not have been luckier with the placement I got and I will never forget all of the benefits I received from it.”

– Kate Sadlier (TECS Camp Secretary) 2010

Testimonial: Tristina Oppliger

 

I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with tecs summer camps- I honestly felt like someone finally gave me a chance to excel and for that I was grateful. It is clear that you really care about tecs and I m so thankful to have had the opportunity to work there. I learned so much about who I am and what I am capable of and made so many wonderful friends. The experience was irreplaceable. I want you to know that it was tecs that really got me started thinking … that I was capable of so much more than being a “language assistant”. I thrive when I am challenged- and I was challenged, no doubt!!

– Tristina Oppliger

Testimonial: Rob Walton

Yes, i knew about Little Village in the Sports Camp (i made it my business to get in-depth reports from Gill H, Chris D and (eventually) Niall about every aspect of summer camp)….and that only English was used….made me feel proud…and proud of the summer camp and everyone who has contributed to it from the very first twinkling of an idea… It is a special place and will absolutely ALWAYS remain my most enjoyable work related experience ever. The setting, the feeling, the atmosphere, the colleagues, the kids are forever burned into my memory. Maybe flowery words but 100% true. …good luck with this years summer camps…although with you and with TECS…luck in being successful doesn t come into it…planning and organisation does….

– Rob Walton

Testimonial: Christina Jones

“One of my proudest achievements has been the work I have done while working with TECS, an English summer camp for children and teenagers. I have worked with TECS over the past 5 summers, in various roles, and have thoroughly enjoyed preparing and giving training sessions to other TEFL teachers, creating an objective-based communication programme, as well as managing camp staff and overseeing the overall quality of the learning: both the learning of the English language as well as the learning of “life skills”. My passion for this job is so strong that I usually spend eleven unpaid months preparing for a summer camp job that only lasts one.”

– Christina Jones