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We know that this is a challenging time at the moment for everyone, but we wanted to reassure you that we are still working towards you having an amazing summer, at camp. At this time we haven’t had any further updates from the Department of State or the Embassy, but we will be updating you as soon as we do.
We understand that these are unsettling and uncertain times, but the good news is the majority of camps are planning to open this summer – and they’re eager to get their staff there!
If your start dates are in May don’t worry, we will be working directly with camps to re-negotiate start dates. If you were due to depart in April or May, then we will be in contact with you to discuss your plans. At this moment the Embassy is still set to reopen late April and the flight ban is only until May 11th. As soon as we have any further information on this we will be updating this page.
We know you all will have a lot of questions and we will try to answer those the best we can, with the information we currently have. Rest assured, that while our main objective is to get you to camp, behind the scenes we are working on a range of alternate plans that we will put forward as and when the priority arises.
If you haven’t yet started your visa application, you can still do your application online; but hold off booking your appointment just yet, so you don’t have to change your appointment date. If you haven’t yet received your visa pack, don’t worry. As we are working remotely, these will be sent out less regularly, so your visa pack will be sent out soon.
Flight options will not currently be showing on your application, but will be put up closer to the time. If you’re arranging your own flights, keep an eye on current airline terms and conditions with regards to changes to dates etc.
We truly appreciate how patient you are being with this situation and will try to update you as much as we can, as soon as we can. Our staff remain committed to giving you an amazing experience this summer and your health and wellbeing remains our number one priority, and we will keep you updated.
As of right now, the program is still going ahead for summer 2020.
As of right now some US embassies have cancelled J1 visa appointments. Check with your embassy whether it is open in your country. If it is currently closed we will notify you, when it is re-opened and you can book an appointment.
The London embassy has currently suspended all visa appointments. They will contact you as soon as they are re-opening, to book a new appointment.
Check with the embassy in your country, whether it is still open and you can attend your appointment. The embassy of your country should have emailed you an update if it has closed.
If your start date is before the 10th May, when the visa ban is until, we will be in contact with you about changing your date.
If your start date has changed for camp, we will get in contact with you about changing your DS2019 form, but your visa will be OK to stay the same.
If your exam dates have changed we may be able to push your camp dates back. It will be a case by case situation, where we will talk with your camp about possibly changing your start date. If you know your exams are going to affect your start date, get in touch with us: [email protected]
If camp is cancelled, we will try and find you another placement at a different camp.
Camps are still hiring for summer 2020.
As the program is still running and the government are still saying it will be safe to fly in May, you won’t get a refund for cancelling, due to coronavirus.
Your medical insurance covers you if you contract the virus in the US. Camps are well structured for dealing with quarantine situations.
If you have booked your own flights, you will need to check what the airlines policy on changing your flights or cancellations.
If you can’t fly home due to coronavirus, there will be measures put into place to ensure you are safe and looked after.
We will be updating any information regarding Coronavirus as and when the situation changes, based on information from:
With your CA flights if you have chosen the upgrade baggage cover, you are covered up to $500 if your flight is delayed. ( this is if you need to book hotel rooms or other cost involved with the delay) but does not cover trip cancellation.
We are working on a rollover program for 2020 applicants that didn’t get interviewed. If you would like to rollover your application for 2021 email [email protected] and she will add you to the list, to be updated when this is available.
Coronavirus COVID-19 Update 18th March
We have taken the decision to suspend interviews for the 2020 season at this time, and as of Monday 17th March are not accepting any new applications. We know that this will be disappointing to many of you but hope to open our 2021 recruitment season in the coming weeks, and we will look forward to welcoming you to the Camp America family at that time
Transition of Camp America staff to working from home
We welcomed the Government’s decision to implement a social distancing policy in the UK. In-line with the advice given by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday, the majority of Camp America staff will transition away from our central London office and move to working from home for time being.
However, this doesn't mean we will be spending our time planning our packing for camp! With summer still a few months away, we will continue to work towards our May and June departures - and will be on hand to answer any questions that you have!
You can contact us via our Facebook Messenger chat on our website, the 2020 Official Camp America Group on Facebook or by good old-fashioned email!
Visa: [email protected]
Insurance: [email protected]
General enquiries: [email protected]
Alternatively, our staff are set up to receive calls in the usual manner via our main switchboard.
Our participants' safety is always our number one priority and we are constantly reviewing our procedures and processes and know that camps will equally be putting stringent procedures in place to ensure their campers and staff stay well and camps remain operational so that everyone can have the happy, safe summer they've planned.
In the meantime, please bear with us while we adjust to a slightly different work environment – we remain committed to delivering you a high level of customer service during this ever-changing time.
Keep well and stay safe.
Coronavirus COVID-19 Update 16th March
We are clearly living through unprecedented times – but as a company, Camp America has been through lots of unusual challenges before and we’re ready to face this one. We’ve been around for 50 years and as a division of our parent company the American Institute for Foreign Study, we’re lucky to have some big company back-up to help see us through some difficult years.
On Friday 13th March, the US Department of State announced they were advising sponsors and organisers of ‘J’ programmes to restrict travel on a world-wide basis to the US for 60 days. As we have mentioned previously, we welcome this action now by the US Government and hope that the measures they have put in place will help curtail the spread of the virus. However, this means that participants will be unable to enter the US on a J-1 visa prior to May 11th. For the vast majority of you, camps will open in June and we will continue to process your application in readiness for this departure. For some of you however, this will mean that you will need to make changes to your original plans. Camp America is here to help with this. We will be contacting our camps on behalf of participants with May 1- 15 start dates and will work with you directly to get you to your placement with minimal disruption.
We understand that these are unsettling and uncertain times, but the good news is the majority of camps are planning to open this summer – and they’re eager to get their staff there! Many of them already have incredibly rigorous procedures around communicable diseases – it’s not unusual for camps to take temperatures when staff and campers first arrive for example, and many have excellent infirmaries (which are often a hive of activity over the summer!) and take medical issues extremely seriously. We have also made changes to the medical insurance which is part of our programme, and COVID-19 will be treated as any other illness under insurance – which means that if you contract the virus, need to be tested for it and subsequently require treatment for a positive test, you will be covered.
The situation around each country’s response to the virus continues to evolve, and we will do our best to ensure we remain flexible enough to provide the great service you’ve come to expect from Camp America. Our staff remain committed to giving you an amazing experience this summer – in fact most of our staff (who answer all your emails, social media messages and phone calls) are heading back to their ‘second homes’ on camp this summer so are just as anxious to get going as you are!
Your health and wellbeing remains our number one priority, and we will keep you updated.
Coronavirus COVID-19 - Updated 13 March
Like many people globally we have been keeping a close eye on the continuing situation regarding the COVID-19 Coronavirus.
The US have given a strong response to the management of the virus, and have now taken the step to restrict travel from 26 countries in mainland Europe, to the US for 30 days from Friday 13th March. Travel to the US from the UK and Ireland has not been restricted.
We welcome this move now, as we hope that (similarly to responses from other countries) social distancing and other measures will help curtail the spread of the virus.
With summer still a few months away, we will continue to work towards our May and June departures. Recent developments in many countries will of course mean that we’ll have to work to accommodate changes that may occur to original plans, but we are confident we can work through these challenging times. Our participants' safety is always our number one priority and we are constantly reviewing our procedures and processes. Equally, we know that camps will be putting stringent procedures in place to ensure their campers and staff stay well and camps remain operational.
Of course, this is a fluid situation and we will continue to update you should anything change.
Coronavirus COVID-19 - Updated 12 March
The US have given a strong response to the management of the virus, and have now taken the step to restrict travel from 26 countries in mainland Europe, to the US for the 30 days from Friday 13th March. Travel to the US from the UK and Ireland has not been restricted.
We welcome this move now as we hope that (similarly to responses from other countries) social distancing and other measures will help curtail the spread of the virus.
With summer still a few months away, we will continue to work towards our May and June departures. Our participants' safety is always our number one priority and we are constantly reviewing our procedures and processes and know that camps will equally be putting stringent procedures in place to ensure their campers and staff stay well and camps remain operational.
Coronavirus COVID-19 Updated 5th March 2020
We understand that there is increased uncertainty with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and we are closely monitoring the situation, to ensure that we are equipped to provide accurate information and communicate updates.
The safety of our participants is our highest priority. Because the outlook related to COVID-19 can change rapidly, we will continue to update this page with relevant information.
As the situation is still evolving, airlines and other travel partners are continually reviewing their policies. As you are not due to travel in the near future, we recommend you wait before contacting us; to ensure we have the latest policy information for your travel.
Will the new coronavirus affect my trip?
In line with most travel operators, Camp America will follow National Travel Directives (in the UK these will come from UK Government’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), and will monitor updates from the World Health Organisation (WHO) with regard to Coronavirus and international travel. We will additionally be following The US Department of State, to provide the best advice to our participants.
On Friday, January 31 President Trump signed a proclamation barring entry to the United States of most foreign nationals who travelled to China within the past 14 days. If you have travelled to China recently please call us on 0207 581 7373
If you have an existing medical condition which you believe may be affected by Coronavirus, please ensure that it is detailed on your application/medical form. We also advise you to consult your Doctor to ensure you’re receiving the best possible medical advice. Additional sources such as the NHS and Asthma UK provide good up to date information.
The Camp America program is going ahead as usual and we do not expect that travel to the US will be restricted.
Will I be covered?
Our medical insurance will cover you if you contract Covid-19 while in the US.
We will continue to monitor updates from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the U.S. State Department, and will let participants know directly if anything changes.
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