Summer Camp Jobs

By Jeff Lorenz

Here you are thinking of what you want to do for your summer. For many it is a time of fun and excitement. For others it is a time to get an internship or a job that goes with your school major. Well maybe this is the year for a Summer Camp Counselor Job.

What you want to get from a summer camp job? Education majors this it is a chance to work with kids. Do you love a sport you want to teach and play? With thousands of camps and hundreds of specialties this is no easy decision. Do some research on the Internet on what you might like best.

This your chance to see a new place? Are you up for a traveling? This time is for an adventure, if you want it. You may be able to work in a different state, or even a different country. So toss the dart at a map or be more scientific but pick a place you want to spend your summer.

Once you have a location in mind, it is time to hit the web. The best is to google summer camp jobs and use a job directory. Just remember they do not have all the positions, so you may want to do specific camp searches like Nature Camps, if that something you like.

Next do a little research at each camps website. Look at the camp pictures and videos and try to figure out if you will feel comfortable at that camp. The summers are long, you want to be happy.

Now, pick a camp or two and fill out an online application. These are usually long and require some thought so plan on an 30 minutes or so to complete it. The camp Director will want to conduct an interview, often they will call or e-mail to set one up. Due to distance and timing often interviews are via phone and are now starting to use skype.

The interview is a time for you to stress why you wan to be a camp counselor. A hint is that camp directors do not want to hear that you like to play outside. They are looking for something deeper. Why an how will this experience be important for you. Try to think from a camp owners point of view.

A last note, camp jobs pay terribly you will make more at any fast food place. But you will be feed and housed during your time, that's a savings. But the joy and happiness you get will far out last the cash you get for your time at camp.

Get more info about Swift Nature Camp and their Summer Camp jobs. Fill out an application on line today. - 30203

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Student Volunteerism: Good for All

By Julie Robinson Clark

It seems that the more troubled people in the world become, the more volunteer organizations step up to lend a hand. While offering a positive impact on humanity, did you realize that sharing your time and compassion can benefit you as well? Whether or not your high school mandates that graduating seniors spend time doing community service, you should look into it as a way to improve your chances of getting accepted to college. For example, if you plan on majoring in library science, volunteering in children's reading programs at your local library is a good place to start. In the process, you'll also benefit in many ways:

1. Get a taste for your chosen field of study. If after spending a summer reading to children at the library leaves you frazzled and unhappy on work days, you'll know not to focus on children studies in college. Work experience such as this is valuable in determining whether you and the work are a good fit.

2. Academic credits can add up. Whether you are still in high school or have moved on to college, your generosity could actually translate to earned credit hours. Working out in the field is considered to be hands-on learning in some cases. Before you get started, talk to your guidance counselors.

3. Your network of friends will widen. When you put yourself out there to help others, relationships are bound to form. You'll be working side-by-side with other benevolent people of all ages and from various backgrounds. In addition, the people you are helping can move and inspire you to face adversity with dignity. You'll come away from your experience with a boost in self esteem and a more well-rounded background.

4. College admission will be easier. Everyone knows that grades are important, but extra curricular activities are increasingly under scrutiny by admissions offices. Colleges want to fill their campuses up with interesting young adults who are dedicated to creating a better world for the people around them. Volunteering goes a long way toward showing what you're made of.

If you've decided that you can spare some time and energy, give some thought to what kind of subjects might interest you in college and then look for volunteering opportunities in a similar area. You'll not only be giving help to those in need, you'll be on your way to opening some doors for yourself as well. - 30203

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Student Volunteerism: Get Started Now

By Eileen Brand

There's no doubt that college life is full of classes, studying and socializing. But if you're thinking about adding another challenge to your life by volunteering your time, here is a guideline for how to start. Do you enjoy working alone or would you rather put yourself in the midst of others? Do you want to start slowly with a one-time commitment rather than a weekly schedule? Do you have any special talents or skills to offer? After you think about these basics, it's time to find which opportunity would be best for you:

1. Start close to home. Find that old phonebook that you never use anymore and spend some time leafing through the pages for ideas. There are vets, hospitals, senior homes and pre-schools that are likely looking for help of some kind. Go online and find the web site for your city, or that of the chamber of commerce.

2. Synagogues, church groups, colleges and city school systems are in touch with many families every day who are going through hard times and need help.

3. Go National. Have you ever considered being a Big Brother or Big Sister to a child in need of a role model? Have you given blood and considered that the people who run the local blood drives are quiet heroes? The United Way is yet another national organization that is always looking for ways to help people and people to join in their efforts.

4. Think about people in your family who have been struck down by a disease. For example, if your grandfather had heart disease, contact the American Heart Association and offer your help.

5. Think internationally. While there are more causes in The United States than there are people to help, sometimes volunteers are looking for a life-altering experience that will show them other parts of the world. If that's how you feel, go to the Peace Corps web site to learn more about their program.

Once you get started, you'll realize just how easy it is to find out who needs you, what's more, what is a good fit for you and your schedule. - 30203

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