A Month in America


Hey guys!

It’s been a while, but so much has happened and until now I haven’t really had the time to just sit down and write something. I guess the best place to start is at the beginning.

I flew out to Boston airport from Heathrow on the 4th June just before 10am and for a six hour flight, it just dragged on. It felt like forever. The food was decent (although it surprised me that they actually gave out almonds as a snack- I’ve never had that before!) and the movies were okay- but I was just eager to land and start my American adventure.

I was terrified of going through security because I’d heard so much about American border control being so strict and I was convinced I’d forgotten something or would say something stupid that would get me deported- but luckily, I was fine. The guy at the desk was lovely, even when I started writing the wrong year on one of the forms I had to sign… I blamed the jet lag.

And then I found the bus to get me from Boston to Portland, and two lovely people from my camp were at Portland to take me to Tripp Lake. I wasn’t really up for much conversation (as much as I tried) but then we stopped for my first ever Dunkin’ Donut and that was a great treat. We got there just before closing, so instead of giving us three donuts, they gave us the rest that they would have just thrown out for free!

I’m not going to lie to you, the rest of that day and the few days following seem like a blur and they’ve all merged into one so I’ll summarise the next couple of weeks:

  • I did my lifeguard course with the American Red Cross and passed- then we celebrated with ice cream
  • I did my Swim Teacher training course and passed (with 100% in the multiple choice exam)
  • We went to Portland for the day and walked around the food festival- I’d love to go back when it’s less busy!
  • We went to see The Incredibles 2 which was fab-u-lous
  • I learnt how to paddle board and attempted to teach it
  • I tried out waterskiing for the first time, and (fifth time lucky) I managed to stand up!
  • I’ve already made some incredible friends who I know I’m going to stay in touch with in the future.

And then the kids arrived.

I’m not going to lie to you, the first few days have been hard to adjust to. It’s not been awful, don’t get me wrong. I’ve discovered my love for teaching kids how to swim and I’ve only taught about four sessions. But there are elements which I didn’t expect- for some reason, I thought working at a summer camp would be simple, but it’s really not. However, the campers have only been here for one week, and there’s six weeks left so I’m prepared to work hard and see where this journey takes me.

All for now.

-The Storyteller

7 thoughts on “A Month in America

  1. Sydney June 28, 2018 / 11:20 pm

    Ayyy a fellow swim instructor and lifeguard!! I didn’t know Red Cross has a lifeguarding course though! In ontario we do ours through the lifesvaing society! Teaching kids to swim is so fun isn’t it? I can imagine working at a summer camp would be hard work, because you are literally living at work. Hopefully you enjoy it though! I’m not sure if you already explained it and I just missed that part but why did you decide to come to America to work for the summer?

    • The Storyteller June 29, 2018 / 12:52 am

      Yeah our camp arranged and paid for the courses for us which was great 😁 I decided to come out here because I’ve just finished university and I’ve always wanted to try it so it was kind of the best time really 😊

      • Sydney June 29, 2018 / 1:49 am

        Oh okay! Oh wow that’s amazing they did that, those courses are like a ridiculous price haha. That’s fun! I’m not sure how much time you’ll get to spend exploring, but I love the east coast! I’m going down there for vacation and to visit family this summer!

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