Five Characteristics of Summer Camp Teachers
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As you know by now, there are many different scenarios in which you can find yourself teaching English. From kindergarten or beginners’ classes to teaching restaurant and hotel staff, you may even end up teaching a subject that isn’t English. It can be daunting but as you gain more experience as a teacher, you may find you develop a preference or find you are stronger teaching in one setting or environment more so than another. If you ever visited summer camp as a child, then you’ll remember how much fun it was.
Summer camps are a setup that many teachers favour as they’re run for a few days or weeks during the school holidays for school-age learners to come to camp to learn English. Many people would run a mile at the idea of dealing with so many young kids for an extended time but carrying out lessons while ensuring the kids have fun can be an interesting challenge. Think you’re cut out for it?
Five characteristics that would make you an ideal summer camp teacher
1. You have no teaching experience
If you’re a newly qualified TEFL teacher looking to get some experience under your belt, then summer camps are the thing for you. Many teachers start out as Activity Leaders and accompany the learners on their extra-curricular activities. TEFL-qualified teachers have the added benefit of being able to take a few lessons, but regardless of which qualification you hold, summer camp experience is a great addition to your CV.
2. You’ve got lots of energy
Summer camps are not the place for introverts who want to be left alone once their class is over. Being surrounded by people 24/7 can be exhausting but it can also be plenty of fun socialising with the other teachers as well as the kids. The day usually begins with breakfast with the learners followed by an action-packed day full of activities and even when that’s over, many of the kids will still need supervision. Of course, nothing beats ending off a busy day like unwinding with the other teachers so if you’re a fun-loving, energetic person then you’ll never be bored when you take a job at a summer camp.
3. You’re not looking for a long-term commitment
Summer camps are popular in the UK, US, Europe and Asia and as there will never be a shortage of them, they’re the perfect opportunity for you to dip your toe into the world of TEFL to see if you like it without committing to it in the longer term. Whether you’re a recent graduate teaching English to fund your trip around the world, or a serious teacher wanting to get a taste for whether it’s the right career path for you, summer camps are a fun way to get involved in TEFL for a short period of time.
4. You love arts, crafts and music
While teaching English is part of working at a summer camp, it’s important to remember that the kids are there to have fun. Summer camps work because many of the arts, crafts, activities and sports games incorporate English so that the learners are exposed to it for as many hours a day as possible. Teachers are assigned activities each afternoon so being comfortable playing sports or getting creative is a plus. It’s not about winning or losing, it’s all about how you play the game.
5. You’re outgoing
When you work on a summer camp, a large part of your day will be spent entertaining a bunch of kids. Coming up with fun and innovative ways to do this is key to your survival and the kids’ overall enjoyment. Being fun and relaxed will get you a lot further at camp so be prepared to be involved in activities, such as dancing and singalongs.
There are many perks to taking a TEFL job, including travelling to exotic locations, meeting wonderful people and being exposed to new cultures. There are also a variety of situations you can find yourself teaching in and summer camps are just one of these. While they come with a variety of challenges remember that – if anything – teaching at a summer camp is never dull!
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- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.
To whom it may concern I would like to apply for the summer camp jobs this year , I have successfully completed my TEFL 168 hour course . Who would I need to send my CV to?
Looking forward to your response
I’m a bachelor’s degree student how do I apply for summercamp
Hi, I am South African, and 60 years old, but very young at heart, healthy, and still run every day. I completed the 168 hour level 5 TEFL course in January this year. I do teach Sunday school to grade 4’s and 5’s. I do not have a degree. I do have a certificate in oucome based education.
Please let me know if there are any summer camp jobs that I can apply for. Kind regards
I completed and passed the Tefl Acadamy 168hrs course with you guys in December 2018.
I’m iinterested in the summer camp opportunity. I am South African but do not have a degree or diploma.
Kindly advise me. Thanking you in advance.
Hi, I am nearly complete my course, where can I get more information on this?