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Company Profile - Camp America


Camp America is an American cultural exchange program, based in the UK. As part of the American Institute for Foreign Study, Camp America sends young people (18+) to work on American summer camps. Successful applicants generally work with American children in a specific capacity; leading them in sport, art or water-based activities. There are also opportunities for applicants to work in non-child facing capacities; in areas such as kitchen, maintenance or office work.


Who are we?

Camp America is the market leader in providing the uniquely cultural American summer camp experience. We’ve been sending young people to the US since 1969 and have sought to ensure the satisfaction of over 170,000 applicants. Our position within the industry is very strong and many individuals now refer to all summer camp related programs in the US as ‘Camp America’. In 2011, Camp America was voted the 55th most desirable company to work for in the UK in a poll conducted by The Guardian UK 300. 

Career Opportunities

The camp environment encompasses many different skill and vocational areas; including land-sports, outdoor adventure, water sports, the arts, media, catering/hospitality, special needs, child care, teaching, religious studies, computing and the natural environment. Applicants are generally given a fair degree of responsibility within the skill area in which they apply, and the opportunity is there for them to practice and hone their abilities and gain good experience, to carry forth into future employment.   

Training and Development

The Camp America program is renowned for developing and refining intangible qualities that are vital to the modern workplace. Attributes such as teamwork, organization, leadership, time-management, confidence and inter-personal skills are paramount to the camp environment and applicants can expect to develop considerably, in these areas. All applicants will be trained in Child Protection and, in some camp environments, special needs and/or First Aid training may be available.

What we look for

As the main focus of the program is working with children, Camp America specifically look for individuals who will be good role models for children. Applicants should also have a positive, flexible attitude and, for more specialist roles – such as lifeguarding, motorboat, sailing etc – qualifications may be desirable. Applicants must be 18 by June 1st in the year in which they are applying and if applicants wish to apply to the Campower program, which does not involve working with children, they must be a full-time progressing student.  

What we offer

Depending on the role applied for, applicants can earn up to $1200 for a 9 week placement. Applicants will receive a minimum of 6 days off during the summer and have all their meals and accommodation covered, for the duration. Camp America sponsors the applicant for the J-1 visa and provides comprehensive medical insurance. Return flights from London to New York are included within the program fee and participants receive 15% discount on bespoke American road-trips with our travel partner Intrepid. 

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