How working in camp help you in overcoming stress?

Children, motivation, inspiration… I had all of these when I worked in camp for 3 months in 2014. I remembered that time I had a lot of stress because of family issue, of the school, of the money and I just wanted to escape from my hometown and go somewhere far away for a long time. Accidentally I found an opporunity… an agency in Hungary, called Campleaders, brings university students to the USA to work during summer in camp (now also in resort). The opportunity came to me at a good time, and I applied for it. At first my only purpose was to escape from my family, but later I got more than I expected when I was at camp. Working with children, my problem wasn’t just vanished, but I learned how to appreciate what I have and how to stand up and work more for my goal. Here are few points what camp taught me about overcoming stress and appreciate life:

Everybody has talent

It was a camp for poor children, whose parents cannot afford paying much, but still want their children to experience society. The children stayed there for 26 days and nearly in the end there is a talent show. I was surprised by their talent. Some of them sang like a professional singer, some of them rapped like Eminem, some of them danced like a professional dancer. And we are talking about kids at age between 8-17.

What made me surprised is that it didn’t really matter whether they sang or danced  well or not, the moment they stepped on the stage and performed everybody congratulated them and gave them a round of applause. That made me realized that it doesn’t matter who you are, how old you are, the moment you dare to show yourself to the world you are the King.

Everybody has a dream

When you ask a children what is their dream, they will tell you an anwser. When you pose the same question to an adult, they it’s not sure they can give you answer. Seeing the children didn’t hesitate answering this simple question, made me realized even I have a dream, but I suppressed it as I thought it is not something I can accomplish and that caused stress in me. Those children in camp awoke the suppressed dream in me, and when I arrived home I decided to study and do what I have always wanted to and I won’t do things that I don’t like just to impress other people.

You know what bringing joy to other people mean

I worked as kitchen staff and after a dinner one of the camper around 11 years old came to the kitchen and told us “Thank you for the lunch, it was very delicious.” This one sentence gave me and us more strenght and motivation to work hard and provide the best service for our campers. Then at the end of our contract during a campfire, the camp director came to us and thanked us for our work, as it had been a few years since he didn’t have a good staff in the kitchen like us. This recognition made me feel like every second of the hard work was worth it. The moment you can bring happiness, joy to other people with your work, that is when working become enjoyable.

Money is not everything

Yes, you read it correctly, money is not everything. I acknowledge that without money you don’t have roof over your head, you don’t have food to fill your empty stomach, you don’t have clothes to wear during cold days. Money is important and most of us work to earn as much as we can. And most of us make a mistake at this point. If you look at people around you how many of them enjoy their job? Why don’t they enjoy it, because they only work for the money. And they don’t believe that they can earn money while doing something they like and enjoy, and this is how stress appear in their life. Whether you believe it or not, you can earn money while doing things you love to do. I you haven’t found your dream job yet, then think how your work can help people, that way it is easier to work.

Working in camp taught me about this. I’m not saying I enjoyed everytime of it, but rather than thinking of money, I was thinking of how my work could help the children and the staff. Seeing the children happy face after eating a delicious meal and the satisfied expression from the staff after eating was enough for me to enjoy this work and even work more than my payment was. If you think in different way about earning money, you won’t feel stressed. Rather than thinking how you can earn enough to pay the bills, think how you can help the other while earning the amount of recognition. This way will help working to be easier.

Nature is where we find silence

If you come from a capital or big city like me, you will find yourself wanting to escape to a silent place. This is how working in camp helped me in changing environment. Like most of the camp, this camp was also in the middle of nowhere, there were only tree, grass, ground around. The living condition is not like in Hilton Hotel, everything was harder to reach, there was no stong Wi-Fi connection. And that’s why it is the best place to relieve your stress. The main factor causing stress is that we are overwhelmed with electronics, buildings and we have nothing that can be called natural. That’s why if you want to relieve stress and calm yoursefl down, go to the woods… go for hiking in the hills, spend a time in a camp, where electronics can’t find you, and turn of your phones. When you are relieved you can slowly turn back to your “normal” life.

You will appreciate things you have

As I mentioned above, camp you are in the middle of nowhere and the living condition is harder than your usual life. You might find spider at corner of your bed, you find mouse running behind the wardrobes and you can also find snake under your bed. The bed is not as comfortable as it is at home, you won’t eat things you want. So when you arrive back home you will appreciate everything that you have. Your room might not be the cleanest, but there is no spider, mouse, snake in it. Your room might not be the biggest, but at least it is all yours, you don’t need to share with anyone, you do whatever you want in there. Your mom’s cook might not be the most delicious, but at least it is from original vegetable, not a frozen food. When I arrived back to Hungary after 3 months away I literally bursted out crying the moment I saw the Hungarian writings at the airport. I was happy that I was back and I could see my parents. The moment you appreciate what you have and you don’t crave for what you don’t have you will feel relieved since you realize that you have everything you need in life.

 

These are the main things that camp taught me and helped me in overcoming the stress that I had at that time. I hope you will try working in camp if not for 3 months then at least for 1 month to experience the same things. Or you can go for a simple hiking for 2-3 days if you feel overwhelmed in your everyday life.
If you have any other tip on overcoming stress, feel free to share it in the comment below. 🙂

How does Washington make you feel?

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What is the capital city of the United States America? At first maybe New York will come to people’s mind, as it is one of the most vital and popular city of the USA. But the capital is Washington DC, and as I spent 3 days in Washington in summer 2016, I will write about how this capital city made me feel and probably will make you feel while you are there.

Calm

Unlike to New York, it is not a crowded, busy city, at least not from a point of view of a tourist. When I was there, probably only the China Town area was more crowded than the other part. The National Mall area, where you can find a lot of historic monument connecting to American history, even makes you feel a bit empty since there are not many tourist there, comparing to other capital cities I have been to.

Monotonous

As I mentioned above it is a calm city, so for people who likes party and noise they might find Washington a bit boring, especially at night, as there are not many party at that time.  If you are at the center of the Washington, you won’t find a lot of people going back-and-forth, only a few tourist on the daytime. I was a bit surprised when I was there, because as a capital city it is not as vital as New York and I did feel a bit boring.

Broad and wide street

Unlike to New York, roads in Washington are wider and the buildings are not that near to each other. Maybe because the population in Washington (estimated in 2016: 681.170) is less than in New York (estimated in 2015: 8.550.405) or maybe because the city structure is different in Washington you don’t feel suffocated due to crowdy or narrowed streets. Instead in the center, around the National Mall, you might feel like you are in the middle nowhere as you can only see the monuments, the trees, the grass and the river. Also the distance between point A and B is big, if you want to walk, you might find yourself walking for hours before you reach your destination.

You get an insight to American history

At National Mall, every monument contains a part of American history, whether it is a contribution to the soldier sacrificed themself for America, or to a Prime Minister who made a huge influence to the country.  You can read Martin Luther King Jr’s quotes at  Martin Luther King Jr Memorial as well as Roosevelt’s quotes at his Memorial. A series of Smithsonian Museums are free of charge, so you can get an insight to American historical culture without paying a cent. In United States Holocaust Memorial Museum you can visually experience Daniel’s family’s (Jewish family) story during Holocaust. That exhibition made me realize how fortunate we are now and our current personal problem is far as bad as Daniel’s family at that time.

Authority is respected

Souvenir cap, T-shirt… all has the writing of FBI. Wherever you go you will find yourself facing with these letters. There is even an International Spy Museum, where you can find out the techniques and strategies of men and women behind the most secretive espionage missions in the world history. I haven’t been to this museum yet, but would like to, as I am interested in crime investigation, I believe this museum will satisfy my curiosity in this topic. If you are interested in espionage, investigation I recommend this museum to you, too. I have also always been interested in the work of police, but this was the first time in my life I felt it would be worth to be a police (in the USA), as their work and contribution is respected.

Politicians are respected

Doesn’t matter whether it is a Prime Minister, or a presidential candidate, as long as they appeared in politics, their face is everywhere in souvenir shop. I don’t take part in any side of political party, but I was surprised when I saw a magnet of Donald Trump, bobble dolls of Hillary Clinton or a calendar of Barack Obama. I got a culture shock when I saw these things in souvenir shop, because I thought these products can only be made with famous historical politicians not with the currents one, as it might arouse any annoyance.  But nothing like this happens in the USA, everything is evident.

This is why I respect the USA’s way of thinking, it doesn’t matter who you are, as long as you can contribute abundance to the country, you are respected.

How to visit Paris in 12 hours?

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In June 2015 I made a little Europe tour visiting Brussels, Paris and Murcia. Since my goal was to reach Murcia and stayed there for a few days, I could just only pass by the other two cities. Luckily I still managed to stay in Paris for a day, more exactly 12 hours. I arrived there at night, so I spent a night in a hostel and the next day I woke up at 6am and I went sightseeing until 6pm. Although Paris is quite big, but I was succeed in seeing most of the famous attractions. Here is a few tips about planning your trip to Paris beforehand if you don’t have a lot of time.

Make A Plan

I knew I didn’t have a lot of time here, so I made a plan beforehand what I wanted to see. I made a priority about what I definitely wanted to see, but not which way to get there. I searched for the public transport, how to get from point A to point B, but it was kind of useless, since when I got to the place I found out that the real world was different than the Internet. Sometimes I just looked at the timetable of the bus, get on it and go spontaneously. That’s why when you plan your route, search for the tourist map on the Internet or buy a tourist guide book and draw the way you want to go, what you want to visit and if you follow that way you will find the public transport that can take you to your destination.

You Will Need A Tourist Map

I didn’t print out a map, instead I took many photos about the road, how to get from one place to the other. I watched the map for a longtime, nearly memorized all of the road of Paris (just kidding). But the moment I got there, I really wished I had a real map at least a tourist map. From Google Maps, I couldn’t find my way, so there was time I was totally lost. Having a map of the metro or bus line is also useful. If not then make sure you have mobile net, that you can use on your way. You can ask for a tourist map at the tourist information offices or go into a hotel and ask for one.

Buy A One-Day Pass

Paris is pretty big. If we just think about Champs-Élysées, it is really hard walking along it from la Concorde to l’Arc de Triomphe. It also consumes a lot of time just walking around, so you would want to use a public transport,especially the metro, since traffic jam is common is Paris. Since all of the tourist attraction’s names are also the station’s name, it will be easy to find your way.

One thing about the ticket machines in Paris. You can find them in the subway, before entering the metro. But most of the machines only accept bank card or coins, not a bank note. So if you buy a ticket or a daily pass from the machine, make sure you have at least sum of 20 euro in coins, if not you will suffer going to change your bank note. Or you can just simply use your bank card.

Ask The Local

Paris is big, so its metro stations. There are many entries that will confuse you. For that reason if you can’t find your way, or the entry of the subway you want to take, ask the local. If you speak French, this is also a good chance to practice your language. But if you only speak English, people will also answer you kindly, so do not hesitate asking local people. They won’t look down on you.

Choose Your Accomodation Wisely

When you choose your accomodation, do not just go for a cheap one, but also for a convenient one. If you book your accomodation far from the centre it will also consume your time with travelling and of course you will also need to spend on public transport fare too. So if you know you won’t stay for a long time in Paris, book a hotel near to the tourist attractions, so you will have more time to enjoy Paris and you will also save your energy, since you don’t have to travel too much.

Listen To Your Instinct

Sometimes you might get lost and don’t know how to get from one point to another, but don’t get scared. In stressful situation your intuition will guide you if not to the right place, then to the place that will calm you down, satisfy you and it is going to suprise you a lot. I know if you don’t have a lot of time to spend in Paris, this advice might sound stupid, but remember that you are travelling to enjoy, not to run from point A to point B. So beside of wanting to see everything, listen to your instinct, enjoy it and laugh over your mistakes.

For the whole article read more here: http://travelicious.world/how-to-visit-paris-in-12-hours/

8 things you need to know before travelling to New York

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New York in one of the biggest city in the United States America. Many movie has been filmed there and it became one of the well-known and popular city in the world. I was excited when I first went there in 2014 but then in 2016 when I returned there I got a shock. So in this post I will share in what you need to prepare yourself before travelling to New York, since the real world  is not always like in the movie.

It is crowded

Of course, since it is one of the biggest and most well-known city it is normal that people keep coming here to find a job, to study and to live here. Especially during the lunch time and rush hour, you will see people everywhere all around. If you are not get used to the crowded place it might be scary. I was shocked after spending 3 months in the middle of nowhere, where there wasn’t a lot of people and then one day in New York I found myself in the middle of the crowd full of people. But the good side of it is that people in New York don’t do any harm to you. They are busy with their work, so if you ignore the crowd you will be fine.

There is life at night

If you are a party-hard person you will like New York, since it is a never-sleep city. In the morning everybody is so busy with work that they don’t have time for their personal life, so of course in the evening they will have a party, go out at night for a drink. Streets are noisy and if you stay in a hotel that is in the city center you might feel annoyed. So when you are there make sure your accomodation is at a place where it is not so noisy.

Security comes first

The first time I was there a woman told me that “Never go to the park alone at night.” I also heard people saying that do not go out at night. Since it is a big city it surely not the safest place, but whenever I was outside at night nothing serious happened. Once when I was going through Central Park a men even asked me if I know where I was going. I said yes I know and he kept going on his way. Though we all need to be careful when we are outside when it is dark especially at places where there are not lots of people moving, but it is not as scary as people say. I feel important to write this section because everybody are freaked out saying that going out at night in New York is really dangerous, but if you are careful and only go to place where there are lots of people and with someone, you will be fine

Streets are not as clean as you think

During the afternoon you might don’t realize that but if you are outside in the early morning like at 6am-7am, you will see the dirty side of New York. Trash is all over and it is smelly. I got totally shocked when I first saw this scene. As I mentioned above people are partying at night, so of course bottle of beer, paper, tissue after eating a gyros will be all over the street. In the morning possibly around 7am-8am, people clean the streets, so by time population are out to start their day they will find themselves in a clean environment. If you go out in the early morning, prepare yourself for the dirty scene.

Skyscrapers and tall building

You might find it exciting to see one of the world’s tallest skyscraper and you will be amazed by the huge, tall buildings on the street. But the more time you spend at those place the more suffocated you will feel. Buildings are tall and they are near to each other, so the streets are narrow, you might feel being closed in a box. If you can’t handle narrow streets with tall building on the both side, you should avoid these place and find an accomodation outside the city center like outside Times Square.

New Yorkers tend to be stressed

As you might figures out, New York is not only a big, but also a lively, fast and crowded. People don’t have their own space and they are always busy, so you might find yourself seeing tired, angry, annoyed faces that don’t have any life in it. Don’t judge New Yorkers because of that, but try to understand their environment, and if a shop assistant doesn’t greet you with smile then you initiate that first.

Underground is hot, but the metro is not

When you go down the underground to take metro, it is really hot. The scene is not as modern as you might think, instead it can give people a feeling like they are in a gangster world. There are many metro line and gateway too, so you might get lost. Make sure to read the boards showing direction or ask local about your way. The underground is not in the best condition, but the metro, the vehicle is an opposite. In the metro there is air-condition which is set to be really cold. Don’t be surprised after waiting in a sweaty hot metro station, you enter in an almost freezing cold vehicle.

Everywhere is air-conditioned

This is common to all USA, everywhere is air-conditioned. In summer it can be really annoying and also refreshing. In summer during the hot weather you enter a closed place, shopping center, car, public transport, you will find yourself entering a fridge. They set the air-condition in a really high temperature . If you are not used to it, you will get shock and maybe ill, but once you are used to it, you will always find a building to escape when you get enough of the unbearable heat.

 

What working in resort taught me about attitude

As a university student in summer I worked in a 4-star resort as a housekeeper and while cleaning the rooms I learned a lot of things that changed my attitude and view. Honestly to say, as a student we don’t have that much sense of responsibility. Like if we fail a subject in college we can retake it next time or next semester. That failure doesn’t affect hugely anyone. But in the world of working or real life, it is not like that. If I have to describe the world of student and the world of worker, I would say school is like a playground where you have fun and the effect of failures are minor. The world of working is like battleground, whatever you do it will have a remaining consequence and effect and you have to take responsibility for your act.

Here are 6 lessons I learned, while working abroad, in order to do a good job, create a good impression of myself in other people’s eyes and satisfy my guests.

There is no I, there is we

As a student when you fail or success people only say “She is such a good student!” That time other people only see you. In the world of working people don’t only see you and have an opinion of you, but they have opinion, an impression of your family, of your nationality. Which means if you do your job well, people will think like “Wow that vietnamese girl is really good, her parents raised her really well, I guess vietnamese people are all hard-working like her and this place must treat their employee really well!” And of course if you do a poor job, people will have a negative judgement of you, of your family and of your country and of the place where you are working too.

Personal life vs professional life

All of us has a day when we don’t want to go to work, when we are tired, sad, angry, but the moment you step into your workplace all these emotions cannot take place in you, until you get off work. Before the guest, client always maintain your positive attitude and your smile. It doesn’t make sense letting your anger at your coworker neither. Since we are all humans, we tend to see only the surface. Clients and coworkers will only see that you are an a**hole, and they won’t make time to understand your inner problems. So whether you have a bad or good day, always maintain your positivity when you are at work.

“If I was the guest, would I be happy to have a room like this?”

Whenever I was lazy to wipe the table or to put the toilet paper in a wrong side, I ask myself whether I would be happy if my hotel room was like this. Whenever the answer was “no” I went and wiped that table and changed the toilet paper into the correct side.  Whatever you do, however you feel like behaving think first before you take an action. If you don’t want that other people to treat you like that that don’t behave like that. It is true from the opposite: however you want other people to treat you, treat them like that! It is not something that is easy to do, but with practising and self-controlling we all can make it.

Smiling is contagious

People who smile more are more likely to be liked than those who don’t. For example during my work as a housekeeper, whenever I saw a guest I greeted them with a big smile. The feedback I got was like “you have a beautiful smile”. And like this they weren’t only satisfied with my job but also personally with me too. And I got tip from them. Whatever you, wherever you are, the moment you see someone for the first time the first impression is very important. And smiling is contagious. When you smile, the other person will smile too. When you smile even if you feel bad you will feel better and more energetic. And this is contagious too, the other person will also be in better mood. People will remember how you make them feel, so if you make them feel good, they will like you and support you.

Helping and getting help are the most valuable act

I will never forget the day when I couldn’t finish cleaning 7 check-out rooms and my manager, my supervisor and the housemen came down to help me cleaning. Their task wasn’t to make the bed or clean the toilet, but in order to finish all the rooms and make the guests have a wonderful holiday they didn’t mind doing stuff they don’t need to. At first it might make you feel awkward and shameful since you feel like you always need help from the others to end a task. But remember that is NOT a problem. We are working together one might be faster than the other, and it is a basic responsibility to help the others in need in order to give the best service for the guest or client.

Everything is connected

Remember that when you work, everything you do has a major consequence, it can be good or bad. Imagine if you don’t help your coworker to finish the task in time what will happen? Your boss will yell at you?! Not that simple! The clients won’t get their service in time, so next time they won’t come to your company, and they will tell this to their friends, and then their friends will spread this rumor and in the end what happens?! No customer, no work, no income, the company goes bankrupt and you are fired. And this is the same if you make time to help your coworker. Everything is done in time, the clients are satisfied, they will spread the good rumor of your company, many people will come to you, there a lot of income and then you get promoted. Today is the world of information, everything is spreaded fast, so make sure you have a trustworthy, reliable image for your clients.