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 Anonymous post on Thursday, October 04, 2018
I worked at Takodah's kitchen this summer. I must say that it was, hands down, the worst experience of my life. I'm from Poland so I took part of Camp America program, which is basically a cultural exchange program. We had to work from 6:30 til 9, sometimes even more. Nobody even bothered to tell us before that now we had to make 6 meals a day instead of 3 (because of north), so we were in a constant rush. In the kitchen there were only girls and (as much as I am a feminist) we were constantly expected to do things that were far beyond our abilities. Besides, the ridiculous working hours and almost no breaks for the first half of the summer, we had to throw away garbage that was way too heavy for even 3 people, organise the storage room and the freezer which personally got me sick a few times and the back pain was almost unbearable. That is only the beginning of a long list of our responsibilities. I'm still recovering from that experience physically and I need to visit a few doctors to get my health back on track. Also, I really didn't get to experience the famous "friend to all" motto in real life, because most people didn't care about our well being at all, they didn't want to talk to us, ignored us or treated us like servants. I did meet a few nice people there but in general, I look back to Camp Takodah and I see a place in which I cried everyday wishing I was in a place where they actually cared about me and respected me like a human being. This is not okay.
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