To Our International Staff
Hidden Valley has a long history of hosting staff from many countries including all parts of the U.K. and Scandinavia; Hungary, the Netherlands, and other European countries; Thailand, South Africa, Senegal, Australia, New Zealand, China, and elsewhere. It is our sincere hope that — like the many hundreds of internationals who have preceded you here — you'll be comfortable at camp and in the surrounding community, and that Hidden Valley and Coastal Maine will become your 'home away from home' in America. To this end, former internationals have helped us compile some tips for those of you traveling here for the first time.
Phone, Email & Skype:
- Internet connections are available and two computers are shared by staff for browsing and email use.
- If you have a laptop, you will be able to make skype connections.
- Office staff can sell you phone cards, good for use on pay phones in the US. Rates are reasonable. Phone cards are sold for $10.
Language: For some of you, English is not your first language. Rest assured that in previous summers, counselors have become comfortable with English after a few days here. You may want to practice speaking English before you begin your travels.
Cultural Differences: You can expect a few, such as American children's interest in 'talking out' their feelings. Or, poor table manners in the U.S. compared to the rest of the world! So, we'll set aside some time to discuss these and other relevant cultural issues when you arrive at camp.
Returning Internationals also provide new folks with guidance and support. And, always remember that Hidden Valley Camp values the unique talents and perspective that Internationals bring to our summer community.