Being a student and trying to create a full CV can be frustrating. All you want to do is create a CV that stands out of the crowd to future employers right? Stop your worrying because we have the perfect Summer Job for you that will level up your CV! Why not spend your summer in America as a Camp Counselor?
We work with over 600 camps in the USA who are all looking for young adults just like you, to work at their amazing camps over the summer. There are multitudes of different jobs available such as Camp Counselor roles, Activity Specialists, and Support Staff. You’ll gain experiences and skills to blow away the competition. Your CV will scream “hire me!” to your future employers.
Still unsure? Here’s why working at a Summer Camp will level up your CV!
Having the skill of working abroad will give you a leg up on the competition. Applying for jobs can be very competitive. Working in America will demonstrate to your future employer that you can step out of your comfort zone, experience new cultures, and try things you’ve never tried before. You’ll show that you’re ready to take on new challenges, experience the world, and ready to get stuck in at any job you’re given in the future. Moving to a different country will demonstrate to future employers that you can be independent, are confident in new situations and adaptable when it comes to working in new environments.
The rumours about Summer Camp being just for people with sports skills is, FALSE! The range and breadth of jobs available to work at camp are endless. There are jobs in waterfront, sports, arts, drama, media, STEM and many more. We even had one of our applicants this year teach Fashion Design while at camp. If you have a skill you want to develop or gain more work experience in a particular area, just ask us. Gain relevant experience abroad, while getting paid as well as having the summer of a lifetime. Score!
When you get home from an amazing summer in the states, you’ll be equipped with a plethora of new skills. We all know skills can level up your CV and by working as a Camp Counselor or Activity Specialist, you’ll be in charge of getting your kids ready for the day. Preparation, timekeeping and leadership are all skills you be putting into action while at camp. There is also the possibility that camp will pay you to gain qualifications such as lifeguarding and first aid. You’ll be able to mention all the skills you have gained in your future interviews!
A summer at camp will give you a new found confidence you wouldn’t have expected. Leading camp sing-alongs and chants brings out a side you might never have thought you had as well as gaining the confidence to be a role model to your group of kids. You’ll meet other counselors from all over the world making you a natural conversationalist by the end of camp. The next interview you have, you’ll have so much confidence you’re bound to smash it!
Just picture this… A bunk full of bored kids and it’s your job to entertain them and make sure they’re having a great time at camp. Trust us, you’ll begin to learn to think outside the box when you have to come up with a completely new game for the kids. Arts and Crafts activity? Nailed it. Creating banners for Olympics and Colour War? Best banner ever. Employers love to see interviewees with creative skills and who are able to think outside the box. Camp will totally prepare you for this!
While at camp, you will be living in a bunk with fellow Camp Counselors for the summer. You’ll work together to make sure the sessions are prepared and making sure the kids are where they need to be all while making sure they’re having a great time. If one of you needs a helping hand, you’ll be right there to help because you’ve got each other’s backs! You’ll really feel like a big family towards the end. Questions about teamwork? You’ve got this.
As you know, every interviewer asks questions about previous experiences, job roles and skills. After camp you’ll have an answer for every question. What previous job experiences have you had? Camp. Have you ever been put into a difficult situation and how did you overcome it? Camp. Tell me a little about yourself? Travel and CAMP! Most employers love to talk about travelling and real-life experiences so you’ll never fall short of conversation. Not only will you level up your CV you will also level up your interviewing skills! After bragging about your amazing experience at Summer Camp, they’ll just have to hire you then and there as you’re so great!
You may have just finished your first summer at camp. Maybe you’re ready to return for your third summer or more! As soon as you’ve received your offer, you’re ready to return to camp. Summer may be quite a while away yet but as a returner, it is essential to get started with your application ASAP. Find out more about the steps to return to camp and getting started with your application.
If you’re returning for a second summer at camp, that makes you a 2nd-year returner. If you are returning to the same camp you will need to get an offer of return from your camp. Camps will start their hiring process around September/October time. Make sure to speak with your camp as early as possible to secure your place for the upcoming season. In addition to reaching out to camp yourself, you will also negotiate your salary. As well as your salary, it is important to know your role at camp.
When you are ready to start your application to return to camp, log into your profile. From here, you will be able to select the option to create an application for the future season ahead. The Department of State often has limits on the number of returners that can be sent back to camp, because of this, it is important to start your applications as soon as possible. To fully secure your place you will need to pay your £99 deposit. You can do this either on the phone or on your profile. Find out more about returner fees here.
For those returning for their 3rd summer or more, it is ESSENTIAL to get started with your application as soon as you have received your offer. The Department of State limits the number of visas for 3rd year+ returners which means late applications will not be eligible for a visa. The Department of State insists that only 10% of total visa allocations are available for 3rd year+ returners. This is offered on a first-come-first-served basis.
To start your returner application, log into your profile. From here you will be able to create an application for next season. You will then need to pay your £99 deposit. This secures your place on the program to return to camp for the upcoming season. Find out more about returner fees here.
You may have decided that you’d like to head back to camp but this time, you’d like to head to a new camp. If this is the case, you are classed as a first-timer. Everything is the same as when you first decided to head to camp, including the option of choosing your flight options. However, you will need to get a reference from your old camp to return to a new camp. You can get started with your brand new application here.
We can’t wait to help you get back out to camp and continue your summer journey. Remember to keep up to date with us throughout the year as well as the summer for exclusive news and competitions!
You get 30 days of travel after America and the freedom to go where ever you, but you have one problem. How are you going to get around? With 52 States and a lot of miles in between, getting from a to b can present a few challenges. Worry not as there are plenty of travel options that can help get take you from camp to wherever you want to be! Moreover, there are also great travel packages from our amazing partners over at Contiki and TrekAmerica. They can sort out your travelling needs as well as your accommodation. Score!
You might already be familiar with Megabus, particularly if you are a seasoned traveller. With low-cost bus tickets to over 100 cities, it’s worth checking to see if Megabus can get you where you need. Either way, a quick look at the tickets could enlighten you to explore somewhere new for a low-cost price! Some tickets can start as low as $1! In all, the best way to travel around America is sometimes the cheapest and with Megabus, you get just that.
It’s worth checking whether the city you are in has a metro system. Similar to the tube, the metro can get you around the city very quickly which is often the best way to get around America! New York City is well known for its Subway and there are a handful of other cities that also have similar transportation systems. There are also handy apps as well as Google Maps that can guide you on which line to get for when you are navigating yourself around.
With low fares and a selection of direct routes, Greyhound can help you with your travel around America. There are hundreds of direct routes meaning you get exactly where you need to go. A bus ride across America will take a fair few hours but with free Wi-Fi and individual power outlets on every bus, a few Netflix episodes will help pass the time! Be inspired to explore more places and save money while you do it!
At Summer Camp, you’re bound to make friends for life. Some of these friends will even have cars! It’s worth checking to see if they are travelling after camp and whether you can hitch a ride with them. A road trip with friends is one of the best ways to explore America. If you need more info on planning a summer camp road trip, we have a handy blog post to help you out.
We are lucky to be partnered with great travel brands that can help you explore more. In addition, they can help with how to travel America while making more of your budget. TrekAmerica offers more than 50 unique trips. With a pre-planned trip, you’ll be with an experienced tour guide who can show you the best of what America has to offer. Also, with TrekAmerica your travel and accommodation are included, rolling your trip into one convenient package! Find out more about travelling with TrekAmerica here.
Another great brand we have partnered with is Contiki. Each trip is packed full of must-do experiences as well as your transport being covered door to door. An expert Trip Manager guides your trip from start to finish, allowing you to explore the best America has to offer. With the option to include add-ons with your trip, it’s your travel your way. Make the most of America’s National parks or perhaps see the Golden Gate Bridge. With Contiki, there’s so much to explore. Find out more here.
It’s your first 4th of July in America and every American’s favourite day. It’s time to celebrate the land of the free and the home of the brave and boy are you in for a treat. Red, white and blue are everywhere and you feel like you are in a fresh tube of Colgate toothpaste. You never thought you’d feel so patriotic for a country you’re not from but here you are belting out the National Anthem like you didn’t just learn the words two weeks ago.
There is none stop chanting of “USA, USA, USA!”. Everyone is in red, white and blue. There are stars and stripes literately everywhere. You didn’t realise how patriotic everyone is until today. Everyone is running around waving flags and singing Katy Perry. Independence Day isn’t just a film about aliens? What?! You thought that the bonfire firework display at your local park was a show. Think again. This display is something to rival Londons New Years Eve show. Who knew independence meant bottomless chicken wings? Sign us up!
There is food EVERYWHERE. You’ve gotten accustomed to the food at camp by now including the mad portion sizes. However, you were not prepared for today! You never knew it was possible to arrange burgers and hotdogs into an American flag display but here we are. There are snacks on snacks on snacks and you are ready. The food coma is coming and you welcome it in waves.
There is a lake with your name on it and you have the fear, bad. You’ve been hiding out all day trying to avoid getting thrown into the lake but tradition is tradition. The feeling of knowing that it is coming is the worst and you’re contemplating just throwing yourself in.
You might not be American but today you are an honorary citizen. Everyone else’s buzz for the country has got you swept up in the celebrations and your singing Star Bangled Banner with the rest of them. Today, this land is your land and today this land is my land. Go America!
All your campers have got you absolutely fizzing with excitement. There are fun, games and food everywhere. The only holiday you have to compare is Christmas and this is the Christmas of summer. You’re ready to fly the flag and fly the flag HARD. Why can’t every day be the 4th of July?
It’s been a long old day and you are ready for bed. The whole day has been non-stop and although it’s been enjoyable you are worn out. Who knew Independence was so exhausting?! It’s time to kick your feet up, make a cup of tea and go back to business as usual tomorrow. You’re retiring the red, white and blue for Color War. Until next time Independence Day!