During the summer between my sophomore and junior year in high school, I volunteered with an organization called Kids' College. Kids' College is basically an educational yet fun summer program for young children. There are tons of different “classes’ that the children can choose to sign up for, such as dance class, sewing class, and Harry Potter class. I obviously jumped at the opportunity to volunteer for the general Harry Potter class and the Harry Potter trivia class.
The general Harry Potter class was designed to be like Hogwarts. There were four houses and the teacher of the class was the headmaster. There were eight high school volunteers for the class, and the Headmaster allowed us to be the “prefects” for the four houses. I was a Slytherin prefect and I absolutely loved it. It was so funny because the kids who were designated to each house kind of fit the qualities of their respective houses. My Slytherin kids were a snarky, competitive bunch, and I adored them. I know that we had to compete for a House Cup but I honestly can’t remember who won. That’s probably because Slytherin lost and I blocked it from my memory lol!
There were different challenges that the kids and prefects had to go through to gain points for their houses. For example, we played a Quidditch tournament which was so awesome and intense. It got to the point where the teacher of the class had to make all the kids sit out because the volunteers for the class were getting so aggressive. I was a Seeker superstar and I caught the Snitch multiple times!
The Harry Potter trivia class was much more laid back. The kids were broken down into teams but they weren’t sorted into any specific houses. The other volunteers and I were equally distributed to the teams, to give the kids some additional help. We just played different types of Harry Potter themed games, such as HP Jeopardy, and whichever team gained the most points by the end of the week was the winner. Again, I believe my team lost, haha. This class was kind of embarrassing because a lot of the little kids were hardcore fans and knew every little detail from the books and movies. It was actually pretty hard competing with the kids and they would get so mad at the volunteers on their team if the volunteers got any question wrong. So, yeah, I had a lot of little kid enemies in that class, lol.
Overall, my experience at Kids' College was a lot of fun. It was so awesome to see how much these little kids loved Harry Potter, and I enjoyed being a part of those classes. I definitely wish I would’ve had a summer program like that when I was little.