One of the biggest attractions of working in a summer camp is the opportunity to travel afterwards. On the J-1 visa, you have up to one month to travel around America after your work placement ends and you have to return home (or continue your travels in another country). This is an incredible chance to see America with new found friends and tick a number of things off the ol’ bucket list.
By definition, home is somewhere that an individual lives on a permanent basis. As a concept however, I think there is so much more to a home than this; I’m not sure home can be dictated purely by location and permanency- so many other factors impact on what makes a home and I think you can feel at home in more than just one place and in fact, have multiple homes.
Getting to and arriving at camp was one of the scariest, most nerve wracking and exciting parts of my first summer in America. My flight to Boston was the first flight I ever took by myself and it was the first time I’d been to another country without my parents. Being a nervous flyer, this was somewhat terrifying to say the least- especially given the length of time (three and a half months in a country I’d never been to) and not knowing anyone beforehand.
As part of our American roadtrip, we visited one of the most vibrant, bustling and iconic cities, New York. We spent almost a week there, although I honestly think you could spend well over a month there and still have plenty to see. It really is a dynamic city; the various street food stalls, busy streets and flashing lights adding all the more to the charm of the city that never sleeps.