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What is Employability?

Employability is all about what you can offer to potential employers other than just qualifications - like real life experiences!

Employability & Camp America

The benefits of doing the Camp America programme go way beyond just a summer! You're going to return home with an array of new skills that you will benefit you in any workplace. Camp America is recognised by academics and employers all across the world, so ultimately by taking part in the programme you are making yourself more employable which makes it a worthwhile investment!

University Placements

If you are currently studying and your course includes a placement or overseas module, then you may be able to use your Camp America experience. This is a great way to help tailor your summer camp adventure towards your future career and job prospects. Ask your course tutor for more information and let us know if they are willing to allow you to do this!  

Hands-On Experience!

Aside from the incredible skills that you learn at camp, without even realising; a summer at camp can also give you some amazing hands-on experience in your chosen field. Whether you plan to be a teacher, a sports coach, or a photographer; there are so many roles at camp that you can lead, that will help you with your professional development. Check out all the roles on camp that you can work in HERE.

The added benefits of doing Camp America

Not only do you get an amazing summer in the USA, you're also benefiting your future at the same time!

Confidence Building

One of the best thing about the Camp America experience is the person you are when you come home! There's no better way to build on your confidence then to spend the summer on a lively summer camp working with staff from all over the world and hundreds of kids! Even if you're not the person leading the chants every day, your confidence is going to grow in a number of different ways and you'll be confident in dealing with a variety of different situations.

Personal Development

On camp you'll be developing new skills every single day, without even realising it! You’ll learn about leadership, time-management, initiative, organisational, team-work, responsibility and perhaps most importantly, communication skills! In any job interview there will more than likely be a number of questions that you can answer and impress and employer with a story or situation from camp.


Being a counsellor shows that you can be responsible, not only for yourself, but also for children. You will be a role model for the summer, looking after kids from 5-15 years old and making sure that they are safe and having fun. Parents will trust their kids with you and you will not only have to make sure that they are looked after and at the very least in one piece when you give them back, but you will have to get them to activities on time, make sure they have a shower – which sounds easier than it is, and all of these will improve your responsibility throughout the summer.

Leadership and Teamwork.

Counsellors will be in charge of leading groups of children at camp, whether it is in activities or just generally. They will also have to work within a team of counsellors, in large groups and smaller groups. They will be with these people 24 hours a day for 9 weeks and there is nowhere to hide! So making friends and working as a team, is unavoidable!


Ambition & Determination

Making the decision to spend your summer working on camp in the USA shows you have drive and motivation. It proves that you're a determined person, ready to take on something completely new and exciting! Rather than settling for a normal summer, you're choosing to take yourself out of your comfort zone and in return you will be rewarded with the chance to see amazing news places and meet incredible people. By pushing yourself to achieve this, it shows that you're an ambitious and determined person.

Taking on a Challenge

Camp is fun, crazy and one of the best things you'll ever do! We’re not going to lie though, working on a summer camp is hard! Whilst you're having the time of your life, you're going to need to keep your energy levels up and make sure the campers are having a great time. This is no easy task but the camp will have hired you because they know you can do this So when you get back home after a summer working hard, everything will seem like a walk in the park! Being able to reflect on this when you return is only going to enhance your work ethic and appeal to future employers.


Counsellors become incredibly resilient people, from working long hours, several days straight, to getting up for work early in the morning after spending the night looking after a homesick child. They turn up for work each day with a smile on their face, singing songs all day long and have fun with the kids, no matter how tired they are!

Creativity and Problem Solving.

Counsellors often have to think on their feet. They could be teaching an activity and it starts raining, or they are playing a game that the kids aren’t engaging with; and suddenly have to come up with something else to keep the kids entertained.


Faye Hatherley-Edwin

Employability Co-ordinator, Plymouth Marjon University

Go to camp, gain new skills...

Here at Plymouth Marjon University, we actively encourage our students to be part of the fantastic Camp America programme, enabling them to acquire key skills to build confidence, independence, interpersonal skills, cultural awareness, adaptability and resourcefulness to make them more rounded individuals for future employment. This programme allows our students to be part of a supported, once in a lifetime opportunity to work, travel, learn and gain experiences that employers really do value.

Faye Hatherley-Edwin

Employability Co-ordinator, Plymouth Marjon University

Universities and Colleges.

If you are a university there are so many ways to get involved, and give your students the opportunity to do Camp America, and build their CV this summer! We work closely with Universities, colleges and schools to give students the opportunity to find out more about the program. From coming into your college to talk to your students, to providing information materials. If you think our program could benefit your students, get in touch with us to find out how we can work with you. Email [email protected] for more information.

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