Titahi Bay woman off to US camp
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.