There are anchor moments in your life that change who you are and how you see the world. The summer between my junior and senior year of college, I had one of those anchor moments. I got the opportunity to apply for an international YMCA Camp Counselor program after a few summers of being a YMCA Camp Counselor. I didn’t know where I would be going since there are YMCA’s all over the world.
I ended up being accepted at a camp in Spain called English in Action. It was going to be great because I didn’t know how to speak Spanish but I didn’t need to know it. My job would be to help the children practice speaking English.
Two weeks before I was to leave for Spain, I found out that the camp no longer wanted American Counselors. The girls who went to the first session of camp were wild. Some of them even got pregnant so the camp director did not want any more American girls.
I was devastated! My family already paid for my plane ticket. It was my only cost to attend camp since my food and shelter would be paid by my service as a counselor, but the ticket cost $1,000. The coordinators told me they would try to see if they could find another placement for me.