See this girl right here?
She’s always been the life of the party.
She makes things fun:
She takes herself lightly:
And she knows how to focus and WORK when she puts her mind to it:
And that last one is why I’m here today.
Because that girl up there wants to WORK this summer.
Oh sure, she’ll be working her tail off with volleyball, that’s for sure. This covid-stricken season has been all over the place but still ramping up and I think Nationals will still happen around the 4th of July.
But after that she’s nervously excited for whatever we can work together to figure out for her “Junior-summer-internship.”
You see, years ago we started this tradition of sending our kids away the summer after their junior year. We are big believers in getting kids out of this bubble where we live (oh it’s a GOOD bubble and we love it, but there’s so much growth outside of it!), and it’s been amazing to watch the kids grow.
Max and Grace went to China for their internships. Max, my first kid to leave for that long, was SO hard for his mama…and for him too, learned and grew so much! (Wrote all about that HERE.) And Grace actually did China twice: once HERE and then again HERE…and she also got to do HEFY (HERE), so she pretty much lucked out. All that just kind of fell into place for both of them and they learned and grew so much.
But Elle wanted to branch out and do something different.
So we put the idea out on the blog (with a little note from her too…all that is back HERE), and got some pretty amazing opportunities lined up thanks to wonderful blog readers.
And do you know what? That led to an experience for that girl that she will never forget. And also some forever-friends (for us and for her) who took her under their wing (lots more about that internship HERE).
Claire has had stars in her eyes about doing something similar for her own internship (although I must say she’s getting a little nervous too!).
We have a few leads here and there. But since we were able to find such a great situation from readers here last time, we figured it wouldn’t hurt to throw it out in this corner of the internet as well.
So here we are again.
The problem? Yes, you guessed it, we live in a pandemic stricken world right now, and who knows if there will really be opportunities in the beginning of July. She would so love to spend time in the U.K. like Elle did (or really anywhere in Europe if at all possible, but the U.K. is I think most likely option considering the pandemic, and even that may still be a long shot in July). She really would be so happy in the states as well. I have to hope that some things will open up safely with all the vaccine business going on right now. And I keep feeling this nudge to help this girl go forward with faith.
Of course, we’d have to do a whole slew of background checking and fine-tooth comb examining the possibilities before we’d send her off, on top of covid worries, but we’re putting it out there anyway, crossing our fingers and toes that perhaps something will turn out.
All this makes me realize this girl is going to be riding off into the sunset of high school before we know it.
None of us are ready for that business, it sure doesn’t ever get easier gosh dang it!
A little message from Claire:
Hey this is Claire! I am super nervous but also excited about the possibility of an internship this summer. It will be hard to leave the comfort of my friends and family and go into a whole new different place but I am so excited to experience something new, even for the work that will go a long with it. I don’t really know what I want to do in life yet, I am interested in design, orthodontics or dental hygiene, fashion, film-making, photography…I’m interested in a lot of things! I am willing to do hard work even if it’s just running errands, nannying, cleaning equipment, holding props, or being the “coffee deliverer,” I know I can learn in so many different ways. I hope that whatever I can work out this summer will be a building experience to help me grow, and that I won’t get too homesick!
Hoping there is someone out there with some good connections or who could use the services of a smart, organized, go-getter kind of a girl like Claire this summer. We are looking specifically for an internship/short-time-job and possibly a place to stay close-by.
So if you have any ideas or advice at all, send them on over our way!
We would appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts!