I still can't get over it

Ratings
Overall
10
Benefits: 10
Support: 9
Fun: 10
Facilities: 9
Safety: 10
Review

I worked for the ECC as a Camp Director during the summer of 2019 for 6 weeks and they were the best 6 weeks I've had in my entire life. I had never traveled outside of the North-American continent (let alone traveled alone), so it was a very out-of-my-comfort-zone decision from my part, but I regret absolutely nothing. It was probably the best spur of the moment decision I've taken in my whole life. Working at an ECC summer camp isn't any regular job. Every single camp I worked in had a very dynamic atmosphere. The kids were all lovely and I got to meet some very bright minds. I also got to walk around beautiful towns in Italy, seen as I had to go buy supplies for camp quite regularly. I miss my early walks to the local stationery shop to get what I needed for the day. I looked forward to going to work every morning, even if, obviously, we had our small problems arise. It's not realistic to think that everything will go smoothly, but I actually think that that's what makes this experience so great. I grew so much as a person and I developed skills that I know will be an asset at any future job I have. Other than enjoying work, I think host families really seal the deal. I have never met people that are so open and welcoming as my 3 host families were. They all took me in as if I were there child and I was very soon integrated into family dinners, family outings, and meeting family friends. Were it to go to the beach, to supper, to an opera at a vineyard, or to a local festival, every single moment outside of camp I spent with them. They made being abroad way less scary, as they supported me and cared for me like I would have never imagined. Needless to say, it was quite painful to have to leave them after the 2 weeks were over. Every time we had to take a moment at the train station to cry it out and say good-bye. Not forever, however! I am actually still in touch with all three families and we keep each other updated, planning when we will see each other again.
To put all of my thoughts into a few words, this experience allowed for me to make incredible friendships that I will never forget, meet incredible families that I love as much as I love mine, work in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and eat as if there was no tomorrow. Hands down, the best experience of my life so far.

Would you recommend this program?
Yes, I would
Year Completed
2019
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