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University Camps
September 6, 2010

UCLA Unicamp has definitely changed my life. There are very few experiences I have had so far that have had this effect on me. This organization, which is UCLA's official charity, doesn't only give many kids the opportunity to attend summer camp, but it helps them grow as individuals and learn more about themselves and the world they live in. Also, the volunteers are the most amazing, diverse group of people I have ever met. They have such warm, open hearts and personalities and accept you for who you are. I feel most like myself whenever I am up at camp with these kids and my fellow volunteers. There honestly is no other organization out there like this; Unicamp unites people from all backgrounds and experiences in an effort to inspire them to impact their surrounding community. The kids we work with have so much potential and it is amazing to see how much they grow throughout the course of the week. They learn to respect each other and most importantly, they learn to respect themselves. I've been volunteering with this camp for the past three years and I feel like I learn more and more about myself every time I go. Thanks to camp, I have realized that what I am truly passionate about is working with children, so I plan on joining the Peace Corp. to teach health education after I graduate. UCLA Unicamp has helped me find a family on campus, discover my passion, and learn that one person can make a difference. Unicamp gives me hope that one day, the world will become a better place because we strive to help the kids who attend find the potential they have within themselves to achieve their dreams. My college experience definitely would not have been the same without Unicamp. I will definitely keep working with and support this organization even after I graduate because I love everything about it.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the last three years I have worked with it. I learn more and more about myself and my community with every year I have volunteered. Each camp experience is unique and has impacted me in a different way.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

bonding with my fellow volunteers and campers and being able to be myself. I love the Woodsey culture. All the activities are so much fun and I learn something new every time I come up there. The people you meet here change lives without even knowing it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

so friendly and kind-hearted. They have changed my life in some way. Everyone is so open and accepting, and despite coming from completely different places they all have the same goal: to create a difference in their community. They have become my family.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand to other colleges in the U.S. and then possibly go international to impact the world! There would definitely be more sessions offered, campers, volunteers, activities available for the kids, and an even more improved campsite.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I was the Head Specialist for Session 5. I was also previously the Arts and Crafts Specialist (Session 4) and counselor for Unit 6 (Session 2).