From the 20th to the 22nd of March I went to Silver Bay for a weekend class in order to complete my credits.
I left with other 3 friends from Mountain Top, so we shared all the expenses and we had company for the all weekend.
We walked into the hall, we got our keys, the badges and we signed up for the classes. We just stopped in the room to leave our backpacks and then we went to dinner. The food was really good and there were also a lot of veggies.
After dinner there was a short introduction to the campus and its rules.
Saturday started with a huge breakfast and my first class was: Write on! Proper writing skills and techniques. It was a really useless class. They gave us a piece of paper and said: write a story. After one hour somebody had the opportunity to read his story in front of the rest of the class then it was over. I was really disappointed because I hoped for something better.
After I had Zentangle: Drawing for relaxation. They gave us a paper with some patterns and asked us to copy some of them. As a conclusion, we had to make our own. It was less boring than the one about writing.
During lunch break I met again with my friends and we had a big meal together.
The class immediately after was Campfire Cooking for children. It wasn’t the best time because everybody was still full from lunch. Also we didn’t go camping. We were inside a building with a fireplace. The guy from the stuff brought a lot of food and said: This is the food, this is the fireplace. Cook. I thought he was going to teach us something, but it didn’t happen. Something I learnt was from a swiss girl. She told us a fancy way to make bananas stuffed with chocolate and then roast them on the embers. However something I enjoyed about the class were the horror stories about Silverbay that the guy told us. They were actually funny and interesting.
it was very cold and windy
The class ended very early so my friends and I at 3.00pm were all in bed taking a nap. We slept until dinner and then, after our big dinner, I went to the last class of the day which was American Social Life. This was actually the best class I took that weekend. The topics and the discussions were very interesting and captivating. Moreover the teacher was very funny!
To end the night there was a short show and the staff turned the music on, so we had about one hour of “disco” to enjoy. Especially because after the long nap we were completely full of energy! 🙂
On Sunday we had a big breakfast and then we went, all together, to the Native American Pictographs class. The guy told us a little bit of history about pictographs and then asked us to write a story with them.
The last class of the weekend was How to travel the USA on Au Pair Tours. There was one of the owner of Au pair Adventures and she was promoting the tours of the agency. She showed us many pictures and gave us some details about the California’s tour and all the others they sell.
After that, I went to the lobby to take my certificate and then I met all my friends for lunch. Immediately after we left to come back home.
As a conclusion I wanna say that the classes I took were all useless, but I had a very good time with my friends between eating one meal and the next one. We relaxed, gossiped and laughed for the entire weekend. Also the campus was very cool and it was a pity that was so cold outside, otherwise we would have gone for a walk or exploring the area.
The price I paied for the weekend was 295$ and everything was included. I had to make my homework to achive my credits, which in my case were a first essay of 2000 words about me, my city, my host family, etc. and a second one regarding a traditional food that is important for me. Here the website in case you wanna sign up for the same weekend.
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REQUIRED PAPER OR PROJECT FOR FIRST WEEKEND COURSE AT SILVER BAY
Each Student is Required to Complete PART A and ONE of the B’s. BOTH PARTS MUST BE SENT AT THE SAME TIME!
PART A: Write a paper telling us about yourself.
Introduce us to your birth family and tell us the place you are from. What is unique about your country or area within it? Talk about the circumstances that led you to become an au pair. Introduce us to your host family and tell us about the area of the United States that you now call home. Write about your experiences you have had here in the US. Include in your paper some dreams, future plans, and/or hopes for the future. Tell us where you see yourself in five years. What will you be doing? Where will you be living? How will you get there? This should be at least 2,000 words long.
PART B1:Write a daily journal or write an essay expressing your thoughts and views concerning what you expected before arriving to the United States and how those expectations were or were not met.
You could include any of the following: your expectations prior to coming to the United States; your experiences in the past day or week; child rearing beliefs your host family practices or you have adopted or brought with you; reaction to cultural or social aspects; points of your life in the USA you wish to treasure; information about places you visited and things you want to remember; how life differs here than in your home country; what you have been able to use that you learned from sessions at your au pair training school and/or Silver Bay Course. This should be at least 2,000 words long.
PART B2: Pick a topic (icons, movies, music) from current American Pop Culture and discuss how it became popular, why you chose it and whether or not it is popular in your home country.
What do you like or dislike about the topic? Relate something specific in American pop culture to something that is popular in your home country – how is it similar or different? How is American Pop Culture perceived in your country? In addition, if you were to be known for something famous, what would you be known for and why? This should be at least 2,000 words long.
PART B3:Pick a traditional food dish from your country and prepare it and take a photo of you with the dish or two photos – one of the dish and one of you.
Explain why it is traditional, how did the dish become important to your family, what ingredients are needed, how do you prepare it and how do American foods differ? What did people who ate what you prepared say about it? Did they suggest how it differed from American cuisine? What did they like and dislike about it? You might include what dishes you miss most. This does not have to be 2,000 words; it needs to be as long as it takes for you to complete this part.
PART B4:Participate in a charity or volunteer activity and research project.
You can choose what you would like to do. Some suggestions are: the March-of-Dimes, Breast Cancer, Juvenile Diabetes, Heart Association, etc. In addition to volunteering, you need to write a three-page paper telling about the charitable group, the event, your role, and what you learned. This volunteer experience, research, writing and typing the paper should equal at least 10 hours.This should be at least 2,000 words long.
PART B5: Write a research paper about any country you would like to visit or have visited. Compare that country to your home country.
You might include cultural, size, holidays, education, tourism, traditions, flags, animals, government, etc. Generally, it should take about 10 hours to research, write, and type the paper. This should be at least 2,000 words long.
PART B6:Pick an American Person, Place, Event or such and explain how this person, place or event has inspired you or how it relates to your career goals or future life.
Generally, it should take about 10 hours to research, write, and type the paper. This should be at least 2,000 words long.