Go Ape Treetop Adventure: Fieldwork Experience (Final Paper)

In order to complete the requirement for RECR 350 field placement, I have completed my 180 hours of work with go ape treetop adventure course located in Rockville, MD. The primary function of this agency is to provide outdoor adventure experience services relevant to kids, families, birthday parties, bachelor/bachelorette party and team building.
Goals of the agency included:
a. To develop motivation amongst people to believe in themselves – to swap ‘I can’t’ for ‘I can’.
b. To provide adventure and encourage everyone from kids and families to young adults and corporate teams to live life adventurously.
c. To implement programmes relevant to all that are equally important to them;to be socially and environmentally responsible and create worthwhile and they’ll rewarded careers for their employees.
Agency administrative unit.

Mission statement.
From their new “Banana HQ” in Rockville, Maryland they’re plotting ways to get the whole country and world swinging through the trees. They’re , at least like to be the best tree top adventure company on the planet.
Statement of agency’s philosophy
They’re doing their part to keep the adventure in adventure. They believe that zero risk equals zero development and they’re always looking to challenge people, to surprise and excite them.
They’re also passionate about motivating people to believe in themselves – to swap ‘I can’t’ for ‘I can’. Great news is that a lot of their customers are finding this to be true of their Go Ape experience.
It’s equally important to them to be socially and environmentally responsible and create worthwhile and reward careers for their employees. In short, they just to do the right thing. Sounds a bit much, they know. But they really mean it.
The agency they try hard to be an environmentally friendly company. Rock Creek Regional Park in Rockville, MD is one of Maryland’s most valuable and beautiful environments and its in the company’s responsibility to care for this area very seriously.
All courses are friendly to wildlife. The wood chips themed in their zip line landing areas create habitats for small creatures and the undersides of their platforms have provided the perfect shelter for nesting swallows and other unperturbed birds.
The courses are designed to minimize impact on trees; nothing is bolted into trees – they theme clever braces that grip tree trunks on which their platforms rest on. The magic of the system is that they can loosen the brace as the tree grows. Their trees are inspected annually by an independent consulting botanist to ensure their health.
General policies, regulations and procedures.
When you make a booking with them they require certain personal information to allow them to process your booking. This includes your name, address, telephone number, email address, credit card or debit card number and card expiration date or information relating to your company or organization in the case of a group booking.
Go Ape is committed to protecting your personal information from identify theft. If necessary, they may disclose your personal information to third parties, including their insurance company and authorized direct marketing agents, and when required by law. Go Ape shall not be responsible or liable for any damages that you or any other person may suffer in connection with the disclosure of such personal information.
Go Ape may contact you (either directly or through their authorized direct marketing agents) from time to time with details of their products, services or special offers or other information they think you may find interesting. If you do not wish your personal information to be themed for direct marketing purposes please check the box on the Assumption of Risk and Release of Claims
Special project.

My special project included me working during the St. Paddy’s Day Parade in Washington, DC on March 13, 2011. I wore a gorilla suit and handed out brochures and bananas to the crowd while walking down Constitution Ave. This really helped me understand branding and agency marketing. The attachment shows the order of the paper and the content included.

Financial review
Agency financial position
GO AGAPE AGENCY
BALANCE SHEET
AS AT
JUNE 30, 2010
UNAUDITED

2010 2009
ASSETS
CURRENT
Cash $ 11,552 $ —
Accounts receivable 42,970 50,595
Deposits and prepaid expenses 2,942 2,688
Inventory 159,144 156,657
216,608 209,940

PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT 59,890 7 6,318
INVESTMENTS — 45,001
$ 276,498 $ 331,259

LIABILITIES
CURRENT
Bank overdraft $ — $ 9,474
Bank loan — 60,000
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 82,053 91,343
Long-term debt – current portion 25,200 —
Income tax payable 14,387 —
121,640 160,817
DUE TO SHAREHOLDER 51,591 231,791
LONG-TERM DEBT 86,100 —
259,331 392,608

SHAREHOLDER’S EQUITY
STATED CAPITAL 1 1
RETAINED EARNINGS 17,166 (61,350)
17,167 (61,349)
$ 276,498 $ 331,259

Operating expenses for the marketing and advertisement unit.
GO AGAPE AGENCY
SCHEDULE OF OPERATING EXPENSES
FOR THE YEAR ENDED
JUNE 30, 2010
UNAUDITED
2010 2009
OPERATING EXPENSES
Advertising $ 18,801 $ 30,715
Amortization 17,854 16,856
Bad debts 199 179
Bank charges and interest 5,510 9,356
Insurance 4,779 4,035
Interest on long-term debt 11,876 —
Legal and accounting 13,155 11,766
Management fees — 12,525
Memberships and licences 3,212 3,413
Office and general 12,382 15,155
Rent and utilities 18,795 21,955
Repairs and maintenance 4,289 4,979
Subcontracting 19,825 18,692
Supplies 4,571 8,557
Travel 3,736 8,003
Wages and benefits 142,713 168,806
Vehicle 5,120 4,913
$ 286,817 $ 339,905

Programming.

As student completing my RECR 350 field experience with the Go Adope agency I completed a variety of activities and assignments given to me. All of the duties I had were very beneficial to me in learning about what they do and what they were striving to give to the customers. I worked as sales person in addition to sales and marketing skills, I learned how to advertise. For every program that we ran, we completed a very intense sales session including: going to the field and making kids have fun and preparing for corporate days. One of my biggest responsibilities was to ensure that plan for the day was implemented successfully. Additionally I completed my special project of working during the St. Paddy’s Day Parade in Washington, DC on March 13, 2011. I wore a gorilla suit and handed out brochures and bananas to the crowd while walking down Constitution Ave. In order to acquire a complete assessment of programming offering by the agency, I will ensure I complete all the tasks given to me within the remaining time.
Benefits acquired from the field experience included the following:
i. Development of a strong sense of individual responsibility for achieving goals.
ii. Career exploration through jobs in a variety of professional fields.
iii. Chance to develop industry-specific abilities while completing your college degree.
iv. Building professional networking contacts and mentoring relationships early.
v. Helping students to become viable experienced job applicants post graduation.
vi. Employment offers before graduation. In fact, many employers consider internship experience in the hiring process, and often look

References:
1. http: www.goape.com
2. Georgene Smith, Opportunities to Teach and Learn in High-Needs Schools: Student Teachers’ Experiences in Urban Placements Urban Education March 1, 2010 45: 109-141
3. Internship Guideline published at Thursday, 29 January 2009 in Category
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