USA - American summer camp

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How good does my English need to be to apply?

If you are applying as a counselor, your English needs to be fluent and conversational. You will be working directly with children and need to be able to understand what people say without much clarification, and respond to them clearly and with minimal hesitation. If you are applying as support staff, your English can be at an intermediate level. However, you must be able to understand instructions that are given to you, and be able to get your ideas across to the person you're speaking to. In either case, remember that you will be surrounded by native English speakers at camp. You will not be able to rely on your native language to get by.

How long after I apply will I hear about my placement?

We do our best to find the most suitable camp for each participant. Since camp directors determine placement, we cannot guarantee a time frame. Some participants are matched a week after they are accepted into the program, while others will have to wait several months. You must be prepared to wait until mid-June for a placement.

How many hours can I expect to work each day?

Working schedules will vary depending on your position at camp. Counselors generally have at least one hour off per day and then have some free time at night for a few hours. However, some nights you will be required to stay in with your campers to supervise them. Support staff have very long hours and should be prepared to work 10-14 hours per day. In many cases, you will have to wake up early, before the rest of the camp gets up, to prepare for the day. You will get a few hours off during the day, but you might have to work until 8 or 9 at night.

When should I apply for my police background check?

Immediately. Even if you are just thinking of coming to camp this summer, you should go ahead and apply for your police background check. In many countries, these can take over a month to process, so be sure to apply for it early.

When should I book my flight?

You should wait to book your flight until after the consulate has returned your passport to you with a valid J-1 Visa stamp. Do not book your flight until you are holding your visa in your hand. While we know that it becomes more expensive to buy a ticket at the last minute, you don’t want to lose money on a flight that you can’t make because of a visa denial, or a delay in getting an appointment at the embassy.

Global Choices. Contact information

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Tel: (+ 44) 208 533 2777 (UK)
Tel.: (+1) 646 929 4656 (USA)
Fax: (+ 44) 870 330 5955

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