Larry Good was looking for a warm place to recuperate from an accident in 2012 when he and wife Mischa packed their belongings into a new Class A RV and headed south.
After leaving their home in Medina, Ohio, they made it as far as the Jacksonville North/St. Mary’s KOA in Kingsland, Georgia. KOA owners Logan and Darlene Schaffer told them about the KOA Work Kamper Program, which allows campers to work part time at KOAs while they enjoy their RV lifestyle.
The Goods were hooked. They quickly joined the KOA Work Kamper Program and activated their resumes, which are provided to KOA owners around North America with campground jobs to offer.
“By the time we got to Florida, we had 16 job offers,” Larry remembered. “We took our first job the summer of 2012 at the White River/Badlands KOA in South Dakota. That winter, we came back down here to Jacksonville North/St. Mary’s KOA.”
“It was the freedom and the ability to meet new people,” says Larry. “Those were the big things for me.”
The Schaffers, owners of Jacksonville North/St. Mary’s KOA, have been so pleased with the Goods’ work, they nominated them to be named KOA Work Kampers of the Year for 2014. The Goods were honored with the award recently at KOA’s Annual International Convention in Charleston, SC. The award recipient is selected by the KOA Owners Association.
“Larry and Mischa first came to work for us in the fall of 2012, and they were here when our son passed away,” recalled Darlene Schaffer in her nominating letter. “They simply took over all of the responsibilities for us.”
Larry says Mischa, a former legal secretary, manages the front desk at the campground, and has taken all 43 training courses offered by KOA University Online.
“We get paid for doing something that’s fun,” says Larry. “I’ve had some recent health issues, and I’m convinced that the Work Kamper lifestyle is going to help keep me moving and will have a lot to do with helping me live longer.”
“We have received many compliments from our campers about both of them, and their sincere interest in everyone,” Darlene Schaffer said. “I think they deserve to be KOA Work Kampers of the Year because they work and behave like true KOA professionals. They could run the park themselves and they treat it like it’s theirs already.”
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