Great post by Jeff West…
Even though it may be a typically American idea, summer camps are actually something that has really taken off all across Europe. After all, the continent has such a vast array of different cultures all in one place that the opportunity for experiences and educational-related exploration makes it an ideal destination to go on camp for a few weeks in the summer. So if you don’t fancy going all the way to the US there’s plenty of fun to be had just across the way as a camp counselor in Europe.
First independent trip abroad
Going to work as a camp counselor in Europe is a chance to explore a new land away from home, but not too far. If you’re unsure of going to camp in America, exploring somewhere like France or Spain may be a completely different world even though it’s just a channel ferry crossing away for those from the UK.
Europe isn’t just about seeing different cultures in different countries but summer camps can also be a great way for you to experience new activities you might not be able to do back at home.
France, Italy and the Mediterranean
The fact that countries such as France and Italy have regions that are extremely mountainous mean that they are perfect for embarking on physical activities such as hiking and climbing. The health benefits of exercise in conjunction with the responsibilities that come with need to work safely in a team and look out for your friends and campers will immerse you in tasks you’re likely to need in the future.
The diverse opportunities in Europe, not only cater for action-adventure experiences, but also art, culture and appreciation of the natural world. Historic cities full of museums, varied cuisine and multicultural heritage provide a snapshot of the civilised world in the company of like-minded new friends. Working at camp in Europe is a great way to explore your hobbies just a few hours away from home, and teach children to share in your passion while you’re at it.
Lifelong lessons, fun to learn
The whole idea about camp is that kids can go out and enjoy themselves away from home but in safety. The diversity of cultures and indeed languages on the European continent can provide additional experiences and skills that can easily find their way onto your CV in the future and open doors in years to come.
American culture continues to have an influence on old friends like the UK and the prospect of a character-forming summer on the European continent is exciting. From the UK, a P&O Ferries journey across the channel opens up a huge gateway of possibilities to explore a new world in front of them. It doesn’t matter whether the camps are based around sport, music, arts, cookery or culture, the kids get the opportunity to make new friends and create memories that will light up their childhood all the way into their adult life.