We organise your flights to ensure you get to camp and back again! Your camp will pay you directly as a reward for all your hard work.
As part of your placement we will tell you your start date & role on camp. This will then determine when you're flying, and how much you'll be paid!
Camp America programme is focused on providing you with a unique & cultural experience, not a monthly salary! So we call the money you are given after camp 'pocket money'. Our programme is all about the experience with some financial reward at the end, so if you're looking to make money you're in the wrong place! This will be set and agreed upon before you leave and is determined by your age and role on camp. As a first year applicant you can expect to earn between $750-$1325 from your placement. Due to recent changes to the tax laws in the U.S. all J1 participants will now have taxes deducted from their pocket money and be required to complete a US Tax Return form after their return to their home county. Please keep hold of your pay slips. Click here for more info about tax in the US!
Included in your Camp America programme is a return flight from New York to the airport you departed from. Before you leave for camp you can tell us what date you'd like to come home and we'll get that booked while you're having an amazing time on camp. If you want a more flexible option we can arrange that for you as well.
We will arrange and book your flight to camp and provide you with full instructions of what will happen when you land in America. This means you don't need to worry about when to fly or what the nearest airport to your camp is (especially as a lot of these camps are in remote locations!) Most of our flights are with Virgin Atlantic and we always try to do group flights, so your travelling with other people going to your camp which means the excitement truly starts at the airport!
After you've completed your first summer at camp, we know you're going to want to go back again! As a returner you'll be able to negotiate your pocket money directly with your camp (if going to the same one) and also arrange your own flights, therefore having another amazing summer but also hopefully making a bit more cash!
"I have been lucky enough to spend the past two summers at an amazing camp in Connecticut through Camp America. The experience, friends and memories I have made will stay with me forever! I loved the opportunity to travel the US and also through working at camp develop new skills which I can add to my CV and use in the future. This experience gave the best of both worlds and I wouldn't hesitate to go again!"
As part of the programme, once you're placed, your camp will tell us when and how they want you to arrive and we'll arrange that for you!
For the most part you will fly into New York and the flight booking is already taken care of. We’ll also put you up in New York for the night to get orientated and settled into the US. You’ll most likely fly with other Camp America participants and stay with them overnight. We’ll give you instructions then of how you’ll get to camp the next day.
If your flight isn't to New York, we'll either fly you into the airport closest to your camp or, you may need to change flights somewhere in the USA. Whatever your route, we'll do all of the flight organising for you - so you don't have to worry about it! Your camp will then either come and pick you up from the airport or they'll provide instructions on how to make your way from the airport to camp.
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