Ti­tahi Bay woman off to US camp

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Ti­tahi Bay res­i­dent Michelle Eli­aSiloata has headed to the United States to work as a sum­mer camp coun­sel­lor in a camp for home­less chil­dren.

The 23-year-old is one of hun­dreds of New Zealan­ders aged from 18 to 30 who take part in the Camp Coun­selors USA pro­gramme ev­ery year be­tween May and Septem­ber.

‘‘I’ve been want­ing to do some­thing like this for years, as I know I can make a big im­pact on these kids.

‘‘I could not be more ex­cited,’’ Eli­aSiloata said.

Her camp, Homeward Bound, is for un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren in New York and is the first sleep- away camp specif­i­cally for home­less chil­dren.

Elia-Siloata will be re­spon­si­ble for look­ing af­ter her campers as well as ed­u­cat­ing them about New Zealand and teach­ing them dif­fer­ent skills.

‘‘Even just to be able to make a dif­fer­ence to one child dur­ing my sum­mer would mean so much,’’ she said.

Camp Coun­selors USA’s New Zealand di­rec­tor, Liz An­drews, said the de­mand for Kiwi coun­sel­lors was grow­ing.

‘‘We have over 800 camps of all dif­fer­ent kinds cater­ing to all dif­fer­ent campers and want Kiwi coun­sel­lors,’’ she said.

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