- 6 years ago
- Wedding: December 2011
Background: I’m an ESL specialist for the Community College System in my state. It isn’t full-time work at the moment, but I’m constantly working to make this my career. Hours drop even further in the summer, so I thought I’d work at a summer camp during the day to get some much-needed income and give me something productive to do.
I used to work as the Drama Specialist/Director for a camp a few years ago, and this camp is a branch of the same organization. At the (15-minute) interview, I was hired on the spot. I was told I would be the Music & Drama Program Director for this camp.
Considering I’d done this job before — three years of it, in fact — and that it was the same organization, I figured I knew the job pretty well. At the interview and until yesterday, I never received information specifying my duties other than to be the Drama Director. The director of the camp is the one who interviewed me, and the only things we discussed were my ideas/lesson plans for teaching theatre, improv, stage skills, etc. to the campers. That’s IT. And that’s all I ever did at my previous job, with the same title.
I attended my first training, which was just days before the camp begins. While there, the director began listing all of the things the “counselors” would have to do — swimming, running around, playing various sports games, doing the usual counselor things. I just sat back and listened, thinking this was only for the people around me who were actual counselors.
Oh how wrong. Apparently, this girl considers all staffers “equal” and “counselors” and us Program Directors just have one extra skill set… so we’re all REQUIRED to swim/run/play etc. Pool? Bathing suit? Playing games I don’t even know? NEVER MENTIONING THIS TO ME?! Bad enough, right?
Well, sorry to say, I suffer from a heart condition that does not allow me to do any of this. teaching the regular drama classes is usually taxing enough, and I have to rest frequently & sit as much as I can. Doing any kind of physical, aerobic activity for longer than 5 minutes is prohibited, especially in the heat of direct sunlight during the summer.
I confronted the director and told her what I said above, politely and professionally. Did she apologize for not telling me the “requirements” of the job? NO. She said, “that’s the job, that’s what you have to do.” So… after talking to my doctor, my husband, and even my mother, I called and told her I’m not doing the camp. She said “oh, okay. Thanks. Bye.” and hung up.
Now I’ve wasted time waiting for this job to start, and will likely not get a well-paying summer job now that it’s so late. I need the money. I need to work. And all because of my own physical disability and MISLEADING INTERVIEW. I’m horified, angry, upset, and hugely afraid.