40 minutes | Feb 11th 2020

Culture Shock and Training International Staff - Camp Code #64

How to help your domestic and international staff acclimatize to your camp.

The full ensemble is back!

In this week’s episode Gabrielle, Beth and Ruby dive in to explore the culture shock of staff and developing techniques to train international staff. International staff members are a wonderful addition to your team, and, it takes a little extra work on your part! On top of the usual onboarding, there’s more intention that needs to go into the way that you help that staff member develop initial relationships with senior staff and ensure that they are feeling comfortable and valued within the camp community.

Being valued is something that every employee finds desirable. As a leader, it is up to you to find ways to make your staff feel valued. When hiring international staff, there are a lot of things to take into consideration:

Having conversations about cultural differences between your international staff and the country you are in

Showcase the international staff’s culture, by introducing their food, games and songs to your staff

Assign a staff ambassador to international staff, make the ambassador your go-to person.

Before your international hire arrives, find a camp alumni to sponsor this hire, so they could write to them at camp and be part of their camp family

For more tips and tricks, tune in to this episode!

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Leadership Training Best Practice

Credit: Ellen Nash - Camp Northland B’nai Brith

It’s important that you look every single staff member in the eyes every single day. By doing this, you let the staff know that you see them and acknowledge them for their efforts.

Always have a staff snack in the evening as pretty much all of the staff show up and do as Ellen does and serve as many staff members as you can. By serving the staff, Ellen gets the opportunity to greet them, socialize and thank folks for their work each day.

Your Hosts:

Gabrielle Raill, Camp Director - Camp Ouareau

Beth Allison, Camp Consultant - CampHacker.tv

Ruby Compton, Chief Exploration Officer - Ruby Outdoors

Thanks to our sponsor for this episode:

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