Remember when I was like, “oh WWOOF, you’re so fly, I’m gonna do you forever!”?
Remember when I crisis-ed in California for a week last month? Ok, well, whilst in Cali, I joined WWOOF USA and planned* on taking the Amtrak all over this country, working on farms and learning what everyone’s growing all over the place. (Because seriously, how incredible would that be?!?!?!) I browsed some farms online, got pretty stoked, and came across a listing for a garden coordinator at a summer camp in Southern California. I clicked, and the job description went something like this;
“Jess Moran Jess Moran Jess Moran JESS MORAN…”
Flash forward to right now, as I take a break from creating lesson plans and packing up all the clothes I’ll need for two months of garden-coordinating. Tomorrow Dad will drive me and my trusty blue backpack to Camp, and I’ll get to work.
I feel like my life is characterized by being completely unqualified and unworthy of Awesomes, and getting to experience them anyway. Like, yeah I know some things about gardening, and sure I can take care of animals, and ok, I’ve worked with kids for like ever, but really? Really? I get a greenhouse, a bunch of animals, and am in charge of teaching kids how to grow things for seven weeks?!?!? What is this? Plus, all my experience in the aforementioned fields came very similarly as this one; I was totally unprepared and undeserving of the opportunity.
For instance, running adventure camps in Australia. Boom, that looks great on a resume. But remember how I got that position? How I randomly met a guy who worked for an adventure camp company, and they needed volunteers and I just happened to be around? I got to spend two weeks camping, hiking, being a leader to all these high school kids, by coincidence. What is this?
And now I get to cite that on my resume. Who would’ve thought?
I’m kind’ve walking around in bemused gratitude, out here in So Cal. Tomorrow dad’s driving me down to camp, where I get a brand new greenhouse to work with as well as pigs, chickens, bunnies, goats, and an alpaca. (pinch me.) I’m spending a week getting things mapped out and situated (where to plant what, etc.) before the other staff leaders roll in. Then its orientation, and our first campers are dropped off on the seventeenth.
My role is to teach them how to grow things and care for animals, and why both endeavors are important,
Basically, I accidentally landed my dream job.
I don’t know, I’m just pretty stoked about all of this. I couldn’t have created a better opportunity to learn and grow if I’d tried.
This is going to be a fun little stint, so stay tuned for tons of garden tips, camp counselor laments and rejoices, and tons of #nofilter pictures of the place. Also I’m determined to teach the pigs tricks, like dogs. I’ll keep you posted on that one.
*oh we don’t actually plan things around here.