Ben Gibbons, Course Director St Benet’s Hall, Oxford, Summer 2018
What was the best experience of your summer?
Many of the experiences I had working with Oxford Summer Courses have stayed with me, and some will stay with me forever. One memory however stands out, which happened on the last night of the first course I was directing. Soon after the bop ended, I was doing a round to make sure that everyone had begun going to bed. But I found all of the kids lying in the garden, looking at the stars. They were playing some music out of a tiny phone, and just singing along to it- kind of wistfully. Just a bunch of lads, singing together, because they felt like it. I remember that the music ended on a Macklemore song, the one which goes, ‘Someday soon, your whole life’s gonna change, You’ll miss the magic of these old days.’
That’s when it hit me, that what we’re doing here is something which will define our student’s teenage years. There were shooting stars above. It was pretty special.
What do you like about our company culture?
There’s a whole team of people in head office who are working incredibly hard to make sure you’re supported and can put on the best programme possible for the kids. The focus is always on making sure that the young people who sign up for the programme have as memorable and exciting a time as possible, and everyone works together to make that happen.
Why should someone apply to work with us?
Oxford Summer Courses offers an ideal environment to develop your skills and make some really good memories in the process. Every job requires qualities that you need to grow into and that will stay with you in later life, from pastoral care to organisation and the ability to quickly adjust plans and decide yourself on the best way to act when unexpected events happen. You’ll be supported in developing these skills, and as long as you’re willing to work hard, the summer will fly by.