When you experience something amazing, it’s only natural you want to share it with the people closest to you.
When Corina Mora came to Camp Jewell YMCA from Caracas, Venezuela in 2011 she didn’t realize the impact it would make on her life. Looking for an experience in the U.S. and an opportunity to practice her English, she sought a job as a camp counselor. What she found was an opportunity to impact others’ lives as well as her own. This year she’s back for her fourth summer, along with her fiancé, Daniel Caceres, whose first few weeks at camp have already exceeded his expectations.
“Living at camp for three months is life changing,” Corina said. “The amount of time you invest and the reward you get from that effort is awesome. By the end of the summer, people have changed and you’ve become part of a family.”
Corina’s finance, Daniel, was intrigued by her camp stories and is excited to be here with her this summer. “Last year I really encouraged her to return to camp to work as a coordinator, and when she returned home I wondered why I hadn’t gone as well. So this year we have come together.”
Daniel is the academic coordinator at a Yamaha music school in Caracas, recently taking on more administrative responsibilities and teaching fewer lessons. As a CIT counselor this summer he’s looking forward to working directly with kids again.
“Coming here and just walking around in the woods is unreal, it’s such freedom. I think my experience so far has been different from what it is for a lot of other internationals because I came with Corina who already knew what to expect,” he said. “I feel like the luckiest guy and I’m sure I’ll do a good job because I’m determined to. I have found it very moving to see such a big community of people who are so invested in camp, and for what this does for the kids. I’m hoping I can really make a difference for the kids I work with like other people here have done.”