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It’s Fun to Intern at the YMCA.

A Catawba College Student Blog

Posted by Giovanny Espinoza '22

January 23, 2020

Category: Student Blogs

co-ymcaintern3.pngDuring my internship at the YMCA Camp Weaver, I was a Garden Coordinator, Animal Caretaker, and Camp Counselor. It was a great experience that I look back on fondly, remembering how fun it was.

I was able to work with and care for many things, including: a beehive, pigs, rabbits, chickens, snakes, a bearded dragon, tortoises, and even exotic roaches! Being able to educate younger kids about the importance of organic gardening and pollinators gave me a feeling of importance. I was able to use the “Project Learning Tree” books provided to me by the Environment & Sustainability department to facilitate programs to help kids learn hands-on.ymcaintern2.png

I also had the opportunity to learn as well. I learned how to take care of bees and make sure that they are living in a healthy hive. Being able to take care of animals has always been a passion for me and I am glad I can teach others to do the same.

This internship also provided me the opportunity to make really great friends with people across the globe. One counselor that I became really good friends with is from London, and we still talk to this day. During the spring break coming up in March 2020, I will be flying out to London to go visit with him. Having this internship opportunity is one I am thankful for being able to partake in.

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