This summer (2015) I spent three incredible weeks teaching English in Transylvania with DAD International British Camps Romania as a volunteering opportunity. As well as talking about the events that occurred at camp which were unpredictable and at often times ‘truly random’, so were the events leading up to and after the camp which somehow worked in my favour. Heads up, this is a long blog post (~3800 words!) so feel free to skip the boring parts and jump straight to the pictures and videos!
British Camp Romania is the best way I could have spent my summer after finishing my degree, Romania is a beautiful country, the people are lovely and Camp Romania is amazing.
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The first activity was always the same, Boot Camp on Monday night, this is similar to a society initiation or hazing which involved the teachers in camouflage gear to make students do repeated exercises on a circuit course, with lots of shouting and ‘light hearted’ degrading of the kids; during the second week I was given the chance to lead the boot camp myself which was great fun!
There were the more typical ones such as a quiz or talent show, it was amazing how talented some of these children were, Latin ball room dancing was a huge thing over there and despite all the things that the west associated with being masculine, dancing was seen as a manly thing over there. In addition there were many musicians and singers some good others not so much. The final act was a Camp Romania tradition which was an English baking tutorial; one teacher with their arms behind their back and another providing the arms prepared the ingredients to make a cake except there was no bowl, it was all poured over the first person… very messy and usually ended up with a food fight with the kids. Another fun activity was the photo competition where the kids were sorted into groups and given a list of things/people/poses they had to capture on their smartphones, first group to return with all the pictures wins. Of course the ones involving teachers were the hardest as we either swapped our names to confuse them or made them do exercises before they could take a picture. Towards the end of the week after all the kids got to know each other better, there was usually a blind date activity, more often than not involving one of the teachers that had a few admirers.
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My final point of this ridiculously long blog post is that British Camp Romania is the best way I could have spent my summer after finishing my degree, Romania is a beautiful country, the people are lovely and Camp Romania is amazing. If you are reading this and are considering working at Camp Romania or anywhere else in the world teaching, studying yourself or doing some other form of volunteering, I 100% encourage it. DON’T HESITATE, JUST GO OUT THERE AND DO IT!
Despite taking many photos myself, there were still some moments I was not able to capture, therefore I would like to thank my fellow campers; Rob, Kirsty, Scott, Sarah, Jess, Tom and Fen for the photos they have taken, some of which I have used in this post.
Graduated with a BSc in Physics at the University of Surrey and an MSc in Applied Geophysics at the IDEA League.
Currently working as a Data Analyst at Deloitte.
In my spare time I keep up to date with the latest news; play football & badminton; I also enjoy anything outdoors like hiking, skiing and camping.
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