TORONTO, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - As university and college students are
searching for the perfect summer job that will provide a decent wage
while allowing enough time to catch up on their sleep, about 300
students already know where they'll be working. The Summer Aboriginal
Literacy Camps are day camps that are run by Frontier College in
Aboriginal communities across the country.
The impetus for the camps, now in their seventh year, is to provide
activities that are fun yet educational for Aboriginal children,
ensuring that their reading levels remain the same or improve during
the summer months.
But one of the by-products of the camps has been the experience that the
counsellors gain by working in these often-remote communities. A number
of the counsellors return, year-after-year, despite the hard work, low
pay, and in many cases, challenging environments.
Brad Clearsky, who lives in Winnipeg, will be working in Waywayseecappo
again this summer. As a future teacher, he feels good about seeing the
kids "building their reading skills, recognizing words, as well as
forming friendships at the camp," and he can't wait to return.
Lisa Oliver, who is a Queen's student from Lucan, Ontario, has worked in
fly-in communities Eagle Lake and Aroland. She is looking forward to
returning, as she loves "building a bond with the kids that makes my
Sara Coverett, a Trent student, is excited to be going back despite the
obstacles faced while working in such a remote community. "Camp is an
amazing opportunity to meet new people, travel, gain experience and
give kids an engaging and exciting place to spend their summer. I love
it and can't wait to go back!"
Although their salaries won't fill a bank account, they will fill the
counsellors with life-long memories as well as the kind of experiences
that many of these students wouldn't get if they were working in a
conventional summer job.
About Frontier College
Frontier College is Canada's original literacy organization. Founded in
1899, this non-profit organization recruits and trains volunteers to
deliver literacy programs to children, youth and adults in communities
across the country. Frontier College helps Canadians improve their
literacy and increase their opportunities. We believe that literacy is
a right. www.frontiercollege.ca
SOURCE: Frontier College
For further information:
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