Alyssa joined the UBC Camps team as a program assistant for adventure and varsity camps in summer 2017.
Since then, she has worked in and out of the office and instructed sport, adventure, and performing arts camps, but her favourite program area is enrichment, where she teaches creative writing. “I’ve really enjoyed being able to have kids tell their stories, and feel comfortable sharing their stories, no matter what that looks like,” she says.
Alyssa recently graduated with a combined major in creative writing and social justice studies from UBC, and inclusivity is very important to her. She thinks one of the best things about UBC Camps is the supportive environment that is fostered both for campers and for instructors. “All of the instructors are trained and encouraged to be as welcoming and inclusive as possible, and how to support kids with different needs,” she says. “And the staff is super diverse—the types of people that you have working in soccer camp versus lego camp versus performing arts camp are all very different, but we all have this shared experience of working in camps together.”
Best memory as an enrichment instructor for Day Camps 2019:
“On of my favourite memories was in the first week of summer during our comics class. There are often some children who are a little more shy than others, but I just remember having a moment where everyone was excited to share their writing and drawings, and all of the children could so easily communicate and read each other’s work.”