Camp America takes the responsibility to look after applicants very seriously, and therefore seeks to ensure that from the moment you apply for summer work abroad to when you arrive home you re provided with the best possible care and service. We also are aware of our need to provide reliable and suitable staff to our Camps in America, and so will screen, interview and prepare all our applicants.
The extremely high placement rate of Camp America is a result of our careful choice of applicants. The interviewing process is designed to ensure that all our applicants are suitable for a cultural exchange involving working with children during their summer work abroad. We have a responsibility to protect children from anyone who might abuse the position of trust working on a camp entails. We accept only those who we are confident have the skills, character, experience and enthusiasm that a cultural exchange to a summer camp requires. By taking only the best applicants, we can also be sure that you will be up to the challenges of Camp life, and therefore have a fulfilling summer.
We go through careful preparation before you leave so that your summer is a positive, safe and rewarding experience. Not only is this summer work abroad – camps in America provide the backdrop for a fulfilling cultural exchange programme that will provide memories for a lifetime.
Before you leave for your summer camp in America, you will know where and when you will be working. As your J-1 sponsor we will guide you through the vital task of obtaining your visa. We will also arrange for you free return flights, transfer to camp, free accommodation and food for the duration of your summer work abroad, provide medical insurance and a freephone helpline you can contact from anywhere in the States. There is always someone on duty 24 hours a day-7 days a week, no matter at which camp in America you are stationed!
We recognise that the decision to embark on summer work abroad in America is perhaps a difficult one to make. Due to our years of experience we can assure you of the dedicated service of the leader in cultural exchange. We offer you a fair service, with no hidden costs.
This is an explanation of payments you will need to make to participate in the Camp America cultural exchange programme. You can find the amounts in pounds and euro on our main website.
The first payment demonstrates to Camp America that you are committed to applying to the programme and therefore it is mandatory that this payment is made prior to your interview. Once paid, you are then free to select an interviewer in your area who will review your application and get in touch with you to discuss a suitable interview date.
After your interview, your post-interview application form is reviewed by our UK office and is then sent to our American office - in preparation for consideration from Camp Directors.
If you are not accepted onto the programme or if we fail to find you a position at our affiliated camps in America, your first deposit will be returned to you.
Once you have confirmed your acceptance of a placement at one of our affiliated camps in America, you will be required to send us your second & third payments. These payments comprise the following:
Camp America Visa Administration
Airport & Security Taxes
Optional - Baggage Insurance
Your payments will all be forfeited if you drop out or cancel from the programme for anything other than medical emergency (please see Terms & Conditions)
American Embassy Visa Fee
The fee charged by the American Embassy changes from year to year and therefore, for information on the current fee, please review the 'What you pay' section, which can be found here. This fee is payable to Camp America, who will make the payment on your behalf with the Embassy or Consulate, on your behalf.
What is not included in the above summary?
- Interview and pre-departure orientation travel costs.
- Travel cost to the required face-to-face American Embassy interview.
- Travel costs to your assigned departure airport.
- Travel costs after completing your placement at one of our affiliated camps in America while you are travelling in the U.S.
- Any charge by your doctor for completing the Medical Form.
- Charge for your Police Certificate (for Scottish applicants). This fee is automatically added to your costs if you are applying in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.
- We strongly recommend you take out baggage insurance, to make sure you are covered for loss of your possessions while you are away from home. We offer the optional Camp America baggage insurance for $96 USD.
We want you to realise exactly what summer work abroad with Camp America can give you. There are of course short term benefits - a great summer, a chance to experience the incredible atmosphere of summer camps in America, an opportunity to meet new people and to develop new skills.
But Camp America also offers you significant long term benefits. This is a cultural exchange programme, and many of our applicants find that time on Camp teaches them very important life lessons, such as interacting with different cultures, patience, teamwork. They also find the experience of working on summer camps in America leads to the development of their character, enabling them to reach their potential, and to learn about themselves. These are aspects of Camp that will be appealing to a future employer, but also more importantly a summer spent on a cultural exchange with Camp America can really change your life.