ITS ALL PART OF THE CHALLENGE
So once again, I have had the most amazing summer job! I am very much a people person and I love working with young people. When you have an incredible team, beautiful scenery and a lovely, crazy bunch of young people, you have the perfect recipe for an incredible summer.
My first role this summer with NCS The Challenge was as an Assistant Programme Leader. As an APL I was required to support the Programme Leader with the running of the Wave and management of the staffing team. I was also responsible for the pastoral care of the young people and staffing team. Basically, I was responsible for making sure that everyone had a jolly good time! 😀
I thought I should share a couple snaps from the Wave (:
WEEK 1: WEARDALE ADVENTURE CENTRE
NCS Personal Challenge
It was sad to say goodbye to the team at Weardale, but we were ready for our next adventure.
WEEK 2: PACCAR SCOUT CAMP/ BUCKS NEW UNIVERSITY
NCS Team Challenge
One team went all out with their ‘Come Dine With Me’
My team was definitely cream of the crop!
It’s crazy how you can meet people and instantly love them. I was so nervous being an Assistant Programme Leader for the first and the team you have can either make or break your experience. Firstly, there was a lot of support from the team in the office which was great, but it was the energy
I have so much love for my team and I had the most incredible two weeks with them!
DOWN WITH THE KIDS
I enjoy working with young people so much. It’s partially because I am really young at heart and partially because I see so much potential in young people and if I can impact one young person’s life my job is complete. There was one particular Wave that I visited as a Learning and Behaviour Mentor and it was truly a life changing experience. It does sound super cheesy, but it really did. The thing I find is your role on paper is one thing, but it’s the people who go that bit further (within reason) that truly impact the young people and make a difference to their experience on the programme. I like to believe that I am one of those people. It comes naturally to me though, I don’t try, it’s just something that is in me because I enjoy it and it doesn’t ever feel like work. I really enjoyed working with these young people because they really gave me an understanding of different young people and they way they think and work. I really started to think about how I can make a difference to their lives outside of summertime. There are so many challenges they face daily lives and do not always have the support or guidance they need. You really do see a difference in the young people as they programme goes on. I would definitely recommend anyone who wants to make a difference to young people’s lives and their own to get involved with NCS The Challenge.
Make sure you start with a yes 😉