So I just had a phone interview to work at a residential camp this summer, as equestrian director. I’d be the lead of 7 riding instructors, with a majority of duties being lesson planning, staff supervision, and overseeing the program, horses and kids. This is vaguely in my field - informal education - and doing horsey stuff has been a hobby before, but never a paid job. I’m not worried about the curriculum, the kids are mostly beginners. I’ve also managed staff, and think I’m pretty good at it.
But, I’m 33, married, two dogs. The camp is about an hour from home, but I’d be required to live at camp. In a tent cabin. With 2 other staff members. Long days, hard work. 3 month commitment, with just a few days off sprinkled over the summer. No cell phone reception, no WiFi. Institutional cooking.
I have a few other commitments I’d have to shift around, notably taking leave from my choir… not to mention my marriage! My lovely husband is supportive, but says he’d miss me, which, of course, I would too.
I’m waiting to hear what the salary is, but I’ve been between jobs for a while, and it would be nice to contribute financially to the household again. I’ve worked this kind of job before – kids programs on a cruise ship, and running day camp at the zoo for the past few years. In fact, I swore last summer that I’d never teach camp again…
So, there’s my pros and cons list. Anything I’m missing? I got the feeling the interview went well. What do you think?