What You Pay
At Camp America, we pride ourselves on our 'upfront and honest' approach to fees and payments, as we want you to know and understand exactly what you're paying for - and when you need to pay. We split our prices into bite sized chunks; making payments more manageable to your stage of application.
Payments are split into two groups:
- Camp America fees (payments that come to us for your interview, admin, placement and Medical Insurance)
- Other fees (which we immediately pay out to external companies, for things such as your police check and visa)
To begin the Camp America process, applicants are only required to pay a £69 application fee in order to book an interview. If your are not succesful at interview then this fee will be refunded, upon request.
Please Note: Travel costs to New York when your placement is over are not covered in the Camp America programme fee and are the responsibility of the applicant.
Below are the fees for applicants applying to the Camp America programme for the 2015 season:
Choose your country of departure:
United Kingdom Fees
Camp America Fees
|European Airport Security Taxes & Fuel Surcharges||£118|
|Flight||No additional costs for flights from London (Belfast & Glasgow departures available. Season 2015 prices: £250 from Belfast, £130 from Glasgow)|
|Camp America Total||£599*|
|DBS/Police Check||£53* (England & Wales) £35 (Northern Ireland) £60 (Scotland)|
|US Embassy Fee||$160|
|Physicians' Fees||Please contact your physcian for information|
|Optional Baggage Insurance||£72* (optional)|
|Other Fees Total||£144 (£160 in Scotland)|
|Final Total||£743** (£759 in Scotland)|
**This total excludes the cost of a medical examination and also any travel costs your may incur; to an interview, Embassy appointment or Orientation.
Your costs explained
Camp America Fee
|A hassle-free application with flexible payment options|
|A face-to-face interview with one of our team|
|Your profile displayed on our online matching system, with a team in the US to help find your perfect summer camp placement|
|J-1 visa sponsorship|
|Visa support and assistance|
|Medical insurance for 153 days|
|Your return flights booked and managed from your home country to the US|
|Your airport security tax and fuel surcharges|
|Pre-departure camp induction|
|An overnight hotel stay if you are travelling to New York|
|All your food and accommodation whilst you're at camp|
|At least 30 days travel time|
|24/7 customer support (from local and US-based office)|
- Police check - £53* (England & Wales) £35 (Northern Ireland) £60 (Scotland)
- Camp America is committed to child protection and the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults and requires all participants need to have a clear criminal record in order to work on a summer camp in the USA!
- US Embassy Visa Fee - $160
In order to work on a summer camp in the USA, non-American citizens must apply for a J1 visa, pay the application fee and visit a US Embassy in person for an interview.
- Medical Form Fee
All participants must have a Camp America medical history form completed by their GP to ensure they are fit and healthy for summer camp. Costs vary and will be set by your local GP.
As part of the Camp America programme you will receive pocket money from your camp at the end of your placement. As a first time participant this can range anywhere from $600.00 - $1,200.00 USD, depending on your prior experience, role and responsibilities.
In order to make the programme affordable for you, we also pass on some costs to your camp which they then deduct from your pocket money. The bulk of these costs are to cover your return flights, but also include the staffing and operational costs involved in making your placement happen! From completing your interview, to checking your references, to reviewing your background, to finding you a camp placement, to sorting your visa, to booking you a flight, to organising your transfers, to arranging your medical insurance, to training you at our camp induction - we are there for you every step of the way, supporting you from start to finish!
Once you've completed a summer at camp, if you decide to go back the whole process becomes a lot cheaper - because the hard work has already been done. This means you'll PAY LESS and there is NO CHARGE TO YOUR CAMP - so your pocket money will be a lot higher!