Exploration Summer Programs
4.5 of 5 12 reviews
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Exploration Summer Programs Reviews

Updated Jun 19, 2014

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    It was one of the best summer experiences I've had.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThere is so much excitement, not only from the students who loved it, but from the staff that worked there also. The students are really excited to be there and to learn from the faculty. The other staff member around are always willing to help lead an activity or help to play out a scene in a classroom. The support and feedback from peers is frequent and extremely helpful. Situations and problems that arise are dealt with immediately. Returning staff are given a bonus for coming back for another summer.

    ConsThings can get a bit exhausting when working at a overnight program like this one. Energy is hard to keep when running after children in the heat of the summer.

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    Exploration Summer Programs is an incredible work environment that helps a person grow so much.

    Residential Adviser (Current Employee)
    Southborough, MA

    ProsExploration Summer programs is an incredibly rewarding work environment. People learn so much and work with coworkers who are incredibly supportive and motivating.

    ConsWhile the environment is rewarding, it is also incredibly exhausting. Sometimes staff may be up very late doing tasks or helping homesick children and then wake up very early.

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    Very positive experience

    RA-Instructor (Former Employee)
    New Haven, CT

    ProsIt is a great experience to create your own curricula and teach high school students. You also have time to explore the city, go on field trips, and get free tickets to basically everything you could think of. They pay for you to go white water rafting, to broadways plays, food tours, six flags amusement park etc.

    ConsSometimes it can be stressful. You get every other night off to do whatever, but for the rest of the time, you are on the clock.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Best summer of my life

    RA-Instructor (Former Employee)
    Wellesley, MA

    ProsAmazing staff, the friendships I built there will last forever. An extremely fun and creative work environment. If you're not creative, or you don't want to be creative don't work here.

    ConsVery long hours and days. As an Instructor, I found myself having to work on curriculum during my off time sometimes

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    Best summer job I've had!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Wellesley, MA

    ProsThe people I spent my summer with were truly incredible and so passionate. The students are unique and diverse, and the program itself is comprehensive and carefully planned.

    ConsCritical feedback is limited unless you seek it out for yourself. Starting the summer is trial by fire -- sink or swim. The summer is exhausting and they will work you hard!

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreater availability of critical feedback!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not much free time; more camp work than teaching work

    Instructor/RA (Former Employee)
    New Haven, CT

    ProsGood summer job salary, excellent experience working in New Haven, interesting work - very challenging (but rewarding) to construct courses, met some really great and interesting kids and counselors there

    ConsLong hours/overscheduling, every other night off, bad dining hall food, living facilities (cockroaches),

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive us more time away from the kids, revamp pre curriculum advising process, give us training in how to deal with classroom misbehavior instead of misbehavior from an RA perspective

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    Demanding work but only for 6 weeks and better compensation than other summer jobs.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Wellesley, MA

    ProsGood pay for 6 weeks.
    Good networking opportunity.
    Interesting and talented co-workers.
    It's ONLY 6 weeks.
    Occasionally rewarding when kids say it's the best summer of their lives.

    ConsLong hours.
    Fairly thankless work.
    Stressful environment with high expectations and occasionally unreasonable management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe "we're all a family" act is a little insulting. It's 6 intense weeks and there's not a lot of glory in it. Employees should be given more realistic expectations. It's confusing and misleading to have management set themselves up as "friends" when ultimately, they have a job to do and will end up milking the employees for all they're worth.

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    Best summer job ever!

    Instructor/Resident Assistant (Former Employee)
    New Haven, CT

    ProsGreat pay. Awesome staff. Teaching experience. Experience as a resident assistant. Great support and feedback system to help you develop as an instructor.

    ConsThe job description boasts that you design the courses from scratch, but in actuality they have specific courses they want to be taught each year. For some courses it can be difficult to create your own course that also matches with what they've promised to students.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDefinitely the hardest part of Exploration is the pre-season planning process. Some things you can do to make this better is to make the lesson plans from past years available to instructors as examples of things that work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Enjoyable environment, but has its priorities wrong

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsYou will develop as a leader and a teacher, and have an impact on some kids' lives. It's a go-go-go environment, which, because it is a finite time period, can be good. A lot of opportunities to have fun.

    ConsVery little time off--every other night off basically amounts to a few hours off because you get off at 6pm and have to wake up at 8am the next day. So it's not really much time off at all. Furthermore, the program's management is focused on pleasing parents and giving kids a hedonistic experience. The program is not focused on education, but calls itself a school--it needs to either think of itself as a luxury summer camp or an academic program, not call itself the latter and serve the role of the former.

    Advice to Senior ManagementExpress that you value the daily job performed by counselors and instructors, instead of just expressing gratitude when counselors manage a crisis involving potential repercussions--it's the day-to-day grind that makes Explo run, not crisis management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Working at Explo is a great way to spend the summer!

    Office Assistant (Former Employee)
    New Haven, CT

    ProsExplo is a tight knit organization that encourages growth and teamwork for both students and staff members. Team members are carefully recruited and the result is a truly dynamic group of enthusiastic employees who are passionate about education.

    ConsThe days (and nights) are long! The students must be supervised morning noon and night. Employees get every other night off during the summer. Employees are not allowed to smoke and alcohol consumption policies are strict. All employees live on campus and when you are returning to the dormitory from your night off- you must not interact with the students if you have been drinking.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you're doing!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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