CampFire Alabama was an wonderful experience and it open up an interest for me to work with children, being more involved as an school social worker, something I never considered. Seeing how the children were comfortable around me and enjoyed their time in the sessions bought joy to myself and the children. I liked how I got to be involved with children and have the ability to teach them, pass on my knowledge about the things we went over in each session. Seeing the children be aware of the activities and following instructions was amazing, volunteer with children younger than 10 years old, was challenging getting them to participate sometimes, but we managed to get them to engage more. The main thing I took away from this experience was that children do need more guidance then just their parents and teachers, having someone younger around can make the children more comfortable and it allows them to become themselves outside of family and others, you get to see their personality more.
1. I like that I have a chance to work with younger children and teach them the same things I learned when I was there aged. I like that when I arrive at the school, the students are excited to see me and play games.
2. The most challenging thing was trying to get the children to participate in activities that they weren't very happy about doing, but we made it fun for them.
3. The one thing I can take away from this experience is that children tend to open up more to someone when there more younger or they feel like we wont judge them for the things they do, and aren't told what to do all the time.