Youth Exchange Program (Former Employee), Toronto, ON – July 2, 2014
Pros: we had everything provided for us for just a small fee.
Cons: was a little home sick.
I enjoyed the YMCA Youth Exchange Program because you get to meet new people, you get to travel for a small fee , you get to explore somewhere totally different from where you're used to and learn about the history of that place.
Administrative Representative (Current Employee), toronto,on – June 15, 2014
Pros: free gym membership
Cons: too many data entries
the nature of the work needs to ask some very private questions to the clients during registration process. I learned that I have to be very careful to deal the infos with high confidentiality. Most of my colleagues are newcomers and I learned the importance of respecting the diverse cultures. The hardest part is that sometimes we need to shrink our – more... program because of short of fund. – less
Membership Entry Desk Clerk (Current Employee), Calgary, AB – June 12, 2014
Some days can be slower than others but overall I enjoy the people I am around, I am hard working and able to show this here at the YMCA. However it is not what I was born to do. I am a very active individual who needs a hands on career. I fell in love with welding and did really well in school. Now eager and excited to start full time work as a welding – more... apprentice. – less
Instructor (Former Employee), Brampton Ontario – May 8, 2014
When volunteering at the YMCA I had a great experience, I worked with children teaching them how to play certain sports and activities. I learned various techniques when working with children to make them cooperate with me and give advice when they are in need. My co-workers were very helpful, they told me what I did wrong and I corrected my mistakes, – more... also they helped with most activities. The hardest part of the job was keeping some children calm, but I overcame this obstacle and know how to deal with those situations. The most enjoyable part of the job is to be able to play the sports I love and share my knowledge with these kids. – less
Excellent staff and management, only positive things to say about my experience!
Lifeguard/Swim Instructor (Former Employee), Greater Sudbury, ON – May 6, 2014
Pros: free gym membership!
Cons: hot work environment
- As a lifeguard/swim instructor I've taught and planned lessons for various ages, swimming abilities and groups. I've taught levels from parents and tots to adult lessons, I've also done group classes and private lessons. In the classes we've worked on many water safety skills and swimming skills.
- I've learned many different strategies working at – more... the YMCA, and I've learned their philosophy on working with people of different ethnicities, backgrounds and beliefs. I've also learned to be a more social person and how little interactions can help people feel much better about their day.
- The management at the Y is very approachable and are very resourceful. They are a very friendly group of people and always try to make themselves available to help answer any questions that may come. Staff trainings are done regularly so that all staff can be up to date on all the policies and procedures of the facility.
- My co-workers were always happy and in a good mood which made for a very enjoyable work environment, we got to be a very close group of guards because of it. I would recommend, trust and rely on any of them to cover any of my lessons if I was not available one day.
- The hardest part of my job was working in a hot environment guarding many peoples lives at the same time. Although it's a difficult part of the job, it is required at any pool you work at. I was fully trained to supervise many large groups of people in the water and I'm responsible enough to do so, no matter the temperature of the facility.
- The most enjoyable part of the job is to work with kids and adults of all different ages and swimming abilities. I love seeing the face on the person in question when they've mastered a skill they've been working on for quite some time. I love being in a social environment and working with kids and youth. – less
Marketing Intern (Former Employee), North Bay, ON – April 27, 2014
I worked here for the duration of my 6-week placement. I worked at the location in North Bay and it was a great experience. I learned a lot about the balance of marketing vehicles and constantly updating them.
Supervisor- Before and After School (Current Employee), Dundas, ON – April 27, 2014
The YMCA has been great to me since I started back in September. I am in charge of the Full Day Kindergarten program and I could not have asked for a better first job coming into the ECE field. I have many responsibilities such as buying and preparing snack, weekly program planning, keeping my program plan a live document throughout the week, ensuring – more... the safety of 20 children ages four to six and making sure they have a great time while in my care. I absolutely love children which makes going to work exciting and fun everyday. I have a wonderful assistant who works great with me and has similar views and beliefs on children as I do. Since my job is running a before and after school program I have split shifts. This is the only part of my job that I do not overly enjoy. Overall I am quite happy with the YMCA and plan to be involved with their programs in the future whether it is as an employee or a volunteer. – less