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Camp America was established way back in 1969 and is part of a larger organisation called the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)...

The American Institute for Foreign Study

The American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) was founded in 1964 by Sir Cyril Taylor, GBE. Whilst working at Procter & Gamble, Cyril Taylor met and later married, French Language teacher, Judy Denman. It was when he helped Judy Denman organise an educational trip for her pupils to France, that he came up with the idea of AIFS. Sir Cyril Taylor is the Chairman at AIFS, which is now a leading provider of cultural exchange and educational opportunities for more than 2 million people. With global offices in 15 countries, AIFS organise cultural exchange programmes for more than 50,000 participants each year.

The Camp America concept was born

Senator William Fulbright of Arkansas created the J-1 visa and the camp counselor exchange visitor category which was passed in the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961. AIFS was in business just five years when they acquired a small programme called “Rural Britannia” in 1969. Changing the name to Camp America, the strongest and most widely recognized brand in the summer camp industry was born.

Camp America Today

Camp America now has offices in Australia, Germany and Poland with head offices in London, UK and Stamford Connecticut, USA. Currently recruiting over 7,000 young people each year from over 25 countries worldwide, Camp America creates a truly international experience that brings all kinds of people together through the power of summer camp.


Our Camps

Working with hundreds of summer camps located all over the USA, Camp America offers a huge range of work placements to everyone. From lively private camps to rewarding special needs camps - whatever your skills or interests, we're bound to have a camp to suit you! For more information about the different types of camps we work with click here

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Michelle Morgan

Teaching Fellow in Employability, University of Worcester

What do academics think of Camp America?

"Camp America provides a fantastic avenue for our students to enhance their academic qualifications with real-life skills and experiences. Those students who get involved in Camp America opportunities return back to university motivated and matured from the experience, with invaluable applied application of their theory and knowledge to practical environments."

Michelle Morgan

Teaching Fellow in Employability, University of Worcester

With you every step of the way!

Camp America makes your dream of spending a summer in the USA, a hassle-free reality. Our online application site makes applying easy and once you're in the system, we'll guide through the steps needed to get you to camp.

Expert customer service

We've been around since 1969, so we pride ourselves on being the experts! Our main focus is and always will be our participants. We'll do everything we can to make sure you're supported from the moment you apply, until the moment you land back home after a summer of fun and adventure in the USA! 

We make you part of the family!

Doing Camp America is something that stays with you for life. Wherever you go, you'll find other people that have done it and its great to be part of this family. At Camp America we like to look after our family! Once you've done the programme you'll get access to all our amazing returner deals. You'll also get opportunities to work for Camp America back home, spreading the Camp America love and keeping summer alive all year round!

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