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Meet the IWH OE Advisor

Meet the IWH OE Advisor

Author -  Shelby Cooper

Hi I’m Shelby Cooper and I am now working for International Working Holidays (IWH) as an OE Advisor and I love it! 


This is a job which I scored from participating in the programmes myself and love of making a positive difference in other people’s lives and in communities all over the world. Being connected to your journey is what makes this job the best job in the world.  

 

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I remember someone from Camp America giving a presentation at assembly which planted a bit of a seed with me. Camp America calls for applicants with leadership, experience working with kids and ability to teach a skill or activity that you are passionate about. With that in mind, I used the opportunities at school to prepare me by being involved in coaching hockey, any sport I had time for (hockey, lacrosse, equestrian, soccer), volunteering with the Special Olympics and then becoming a Prefect. 

However instead of going straight to Camp America after school - I decided to hold off until I was a bit older. Having no idea of what to study at Uni, I spent most the year working to save up to do the longest Contiki which went to the most places in Europe as well as Egypt and going on Outward Bound to work on those leadership skills. (Yep, I worked by butt off to save and it was worth every penny). 

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After that year off - I decided to study a Bachelor of Communications with Marketing and Media at Massey University. If anything, the break from studying gave me time to process what kind of direction I wanted to take (even though I wasn’t that sure still). During my last year of studying - I worked for one of the top advertising agencies in the country. It was an amazing experience but I realised that it wasn’t what I was passionate about. Alas, I needed to make the Camp America dream come true and get my head straight. Since I was juggling full-time hours with study - I did an extra semester to balance out the work load and was able to go straight after semester one and leave the day after my final exam. 

 

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The camp I worked at hired me after seeing on my application a video of me Equiboarding and asked if I could do that at camp. Challenge accepted. Since then this Equiboarding thing was quite popular in the media but honestly - it’s just because we don’t have a boat! With the right horse and equipment it’s actually really easy. It was incredible to share it with people though and at Camp was where I learnt that for me to be happy with whatever job I were to do, I had to be doing something which would make a positive difference, even if it was just for one person. 

 

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The other main thing I learnt was how important it is to be exposed to other cultures - if every person left a piece of their heart with every culture and country they interacted with, the world would be a far more peaceful place. Since my travels I’ve been lucky enough to live with friends in Colombia, Spain, Ireland, the USA, England and would be able to stay in many more places - of course my door is always open to them in NZ!


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After scoring myself the job at IWH - they allowed me to go back to camp (for a third time!) and then decided that it would be helpful if I checked out a few of our Africa Volunteer Adventures in South Africa. I was able to meet with the volunteer coordinators and see just how incredible those places are and how everything runs. This year I’m heading to my camp for just a few weeks before meeting with our Au Pair in America partners in New York and then to Thailand and China to meet with the volunteer coordinators there as well as hanging out with rescued Elephants, Gibbons and Pandas.

 

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My message to anyone thinking that they need to go through the motions of school-University-work is to stop. Go explore the world and get some hands on experience with something you might want to spend your life doing (or discover what path you don’t want to pursue). Either way, there is no rush to do things the “proper” way - you don’t want to “wish” that you did something like Au Pairing in America or spending a year in Canada or the UK working and exploring Europe. Do whatever makes you happy right now, you’ll grow into the person you want to be along the way and everything else will come. 

 

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If anyone is ever wanting someone to help to find what they can do to give them direction, please don’t hesitate to fill out one of the Help Me Decide forms and I'll be in touch!

Best of luck with whatever it is that you decide to do - if you do choose to do one our programmes then I cannot wait to be part of it and support you the whole way. 

- Shelby Cooper, International Working Holidays, Auckland, NZ. 

Meet the IWH OE Advisor

Hi I’m Shelby Cooper and I am now working for International Working Holidays (IWH) as an OE Advisor and I love it! This is a job which I scored from participating in the programmes myself and love of making a positive difference in other people’s lives and in communities all over the world. Being connected to your journey is what makes this job the best job in the world.

Hi I’m Shelby Cooper and I am now working for International Working Holidays (IWH) as an OE Advisor and I love it! 


This is a job which I scored from participating in the programmes myself and love of making a positive difference in other people’s lives and in communities all over the world. Being connected to your journey is what makes this job the best job in the world.  

 

shelby-iwh-oe-advisor-camp-america.png

I remember someone from Camp America giving a presentation at assembly which planted a bit of a seed with me. Camp America calls for applicants with leadership, experience working with kids and ability to teach a skill or activity that you are passionate about. With that in mind, I used the opportunities at school to prepare me by being involved in coaching hockey, any sport I had time for (hockey, lacrosse, equestrian, soccer), volunteering with the Special Olympics and then becoming a Prefect. 

However instead of going straight to Camp America after school - I decided to hold off until I was a bit older. Having no idea of what to study at Uni, I spent most the year working to save up to do the longest Contiki which went to the most places in Europe as well as Egypt and going on Outward Bound to work on those leadership skills. (Yep, I worked by butt off to save and it was worth every penny). 

shelby-iwh-oe-advisor-outward.png

After that year off - I decided to study a Bachelor of Communications with Marketing and Media at Massey University. If anything, the break from studying gave me time to process what kind of direction I wanted to take (even though I wasn’t that sure still). During my last year of studying - I worked for one of the top advertising agencies in the country. It was an amazing experience but I realised that it wasn’t what I was passionate about. Alas, I needed to make the Camp America dream come true and get my head straight. Since I was juggling full-time hours with study - I did an extra semester to balance out the work load and was able to go straight after semester one and leave the day after my final exam. 

 

shelby-iwh-oe-advisor.png

 

The camp I worked at hired me after seeing on my application a video of me Equiboarding and asked if I could do that at camp. Challenge accepted. Since then this Equiboarding thing was quite popular in the media but honestly - it’s just because we don’t have a boat! With the right horse and equipment it’s actually really easy. It was incredible to share it with people though and at Camp was where I learnt that for me to be happy with whatever job I were to do, I had to be doing something which would make a positive difference, even if it was just for one person. 

 

shelby-iwh-oe-advisor-equiboarding.png

 

The other main thing I learnt was how important it is to be exposed to other cultures - if every person left a piece of their heart with every culture and country they interacted with, the world would be a far more peaceful place. Since my travels I’ve been lucky enough to live with friends in Colombia, Spain, Ireland, the USA, England and would be able to stay in many more places - of course my door is always open to them in NZ!


shelby-iwh-oe-advisor-colombia-friends.png

After scoring myself the job at IWH - they allowed me to go back to camp (for a third time!) and then decided that it would be helpful if I checked out a few of our Africa Volunteer Adventures in South Africa. I was able to meet with the volunteer coordinators and see just how incredible those places are and how everything runs. This year I’m heading to my camp for just a few weeks before meeting with our Au Pair in America partners in New York and then to Thailand and China to meet with the volunteer coordinators there as well as hanging out with rescued Elephants, Gibbons and Pandas.

 

shelby-iwh-oe-advisor-africa.png

My message to anyone thinking that they need to go through the motions of school-University-work is to stop. Go explore the world and get some hands on experience with something you might want to spend your life doing (or discover what path you don’t want to pursue). Either way, there is no rush to do things the “proper” way - you don’t want to “wish” that you did something like Au Pairing in America or spending a year in Canada or the UK working and exploring Europe. Do whatever makes you happy right now, you’ll grow into the person you want to be along the way and everything else will come. 

 

shelby-iwh-oe-advisor-africa-blyde.png

If anyone is ever wanting someone to help to find what they can do to give them direction, please don’t hesitate to fill out one of the Help Me Decide forms and I'll be in touch!

Best of luck with whatever it is that you decide to do - if you do choose to do one our programmes then I cannot wait to be part of it and support you the whole way. 

- Shelby Cooper, International Working Holidays, Auckland, NZ. 

Meet the IWH OE Advisor

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