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Jobs Abroad

The Summer Camp Guide

Design your perfect summer with camp.

Summer camp jobs abroad are a flexible, convenient way to work and travel - and they're also incredibly fun.

You'll earn money and make awesome new friends to travel with on your days off or after camp. It's worth considering a summer camp job if you're looking to work abroad.

Not only will you be seeing a new part of the world, but you'll be in a paid job abroad alongside other like-minded people, allowing you to travel on your days off and after summer camp.

You can be the creator of your perfect summer camp job abroad.

Summer camp provides the perfect opportunity for everyone to grasp control of their summer and make it the best they've ever had.

With summer camps in America, Canada and China, the possibilities are endless. You'll be creating a lasting impact on the children that you lead and they will leave a lasting impact on you.

What to Expect from Summer Camp

Work Type: Outdoor/Varied
Food Provided: Yes
Age Requirement: 18+
Accommodation Provided: Yes
Working Season: Summer
Flexible Timeframe: Yes (Minimum 8 weeks)
Work at a summer camp across the world.

Types of Summer Camp Jobs

There's a summer camp job for everyone, no matter what your skills and interests are.

  • General Counselor Roles These do-it-all camp counselors spend their days hanging out with their small group of campers. They have the closest contact with the campers, and make a direct impact on the success of their summer.

  • Activity Specialist Roles If you're passionate about a specific summer camp activity, you'll be a great fit as an activity specialist. These roles vary greatly, so check to see if there's an activity at camp that might suit you well.

  • Support Staff These staff members might live behind the scenes at summer camp, but they can be the difference between a good summer and a great one. Roles include kitchen staff, security, maintenance, office work, and more.

Roles can vary in each program, and often even by summer camp. It's worth looking into the many different types of roles on the specific program you're interested in.

Frequently Asked Summer Camp Questions

Why work at a summer camp?

There are so many reasons why working at a summer camp next summer will benefit you. They include:

  • Make an impact
  • Do something you love
  • Be outdoors & active
  • Weather
  • Limitless travel
  • Gain experience
  • Budget-friendly
  • Earn money
  • Making new friends
  • In-between studies
  • Experience more of the world
How long is summer camp?

Summer camp dates can vary depending on which country/summer camp you place at.

The majority of summer camps run between June and August, which then allows you time to travel once you have finished work.

It also makes for a fantastic summer job for students, as it fits perfectly between academic years.

What activities can be done in summer camp?

Just about everything!

If you're involved in a sport, hobby or activity, it's super likely that we will have a summer camp looking to recruit for it.

It could be rock climbing, wakeboarding, outdoor cooking, water-skiing, golf, football, netball, tennis and quite literally anything else!

If you're unsure if your favourite skill is one summer camps are looking for, drop us a message and we will happily talk through it with you.

What does a summer camp counselor do?

A camp counselor is one of the most important people at summer camp.

As a camp counselor, you'll be looking after the children, taking them from activity to activity and being their active role model during their time at summer camp.

You'll be engaged on a day-to-day basis, meaning you can have an incredible impact over the entirety of the summer. You'll form incredible links and create memories that will last a lifetime, as you live the children's dream summer camp with them.

What countries have summer camps?

Why Travel With a Summer Camp Agency?

Rather than have hundreds of applications piled on their desks, camp directors trust summer camp agencies to find them awesome new staff members for the season. Agencies:

Find The Right Summer Camp Fit For You

Agencies have access to camps across each country they work in, so they'll make sure you're placed at a camp that will suit your skills, experience, and personality. Through our application process, we will make sure that we get to know the 'real' you, along with your goals, hobbies and passions. Summer camps are looking for energetic, passionate staff to take on and train up. This means you have access to hundreds, or even thousands, of summer camp jobs that suit you.

Flights are Included

Many summer camp agencies such as Camp Leaders offer a flights included package which takes away the hassle of having to book flights separately. It also gives you security of knowing exactly how much your summer will cost. When booking your own flights sometimes you can find a slightly better deal if you book early but if you get a job at a camp on the west coast late in the season you can be left paying for a very expensive flight.

Provide a 24/7 Support System

Potentially the most important factor for any work and traveller, summer camp agencies provide 24/7 in-country support while you're overseas. Established agencies will have offices in the country they're sending you to, so they'll be there for you if anything happens at Immigration when you're trying to enter the country, or if you encounter any challenges or need any support at camp. The unequalled level of support makes summer camp jobs abroad one of the safest work and travel options.

Meet People Before You Go

A good summer camp agency will provide access to moderated social platforms. Helpful past participants are often active in these groups, so you'll be able to ask them about any questions you have. Social media is also a great way to make friends before camp, as you'll find other people going to the same place you are. Each year, participants get a head start on camp by meeting new friends, and planning after-camp travel and weekend excursions together.

Visa Sponsorship and Assistance

To work at summer camp in America (the most popular summer camp destination) you're required to have a J1 visa. The only way to get one of these is to go through a sponsor. Agencies either sponsor you directly or work closely with sponsors in the USA to provide you with the visa. Important to note is there's no difference between an agency who is a sponsor or works with one. In other countries around the world the visa process works a little differently but in most cases you will need some kind of visa or work permit to work at a summer camp abroad.

Extensive Prep Process

We want you to have the best summer camp experience possible, so we want to place you in the best summer camp role! From phone calls, to interviews and prep days, we ensure we get to know you and that you get to know about summer camp. By knowing your hobbies, passions and pastimes, we can link you with the summer camp where you can have the greatest impact, doing something you love. You'll be departing fully prepared, so you can focus on having an incredible summer.

Summer Camp Job Opportunities

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Summer Camp in America
  • An unforgettable summer brought to you by Camp Leaders
  • Visa assistance & sponsorship included
  • Food, and accommodation, & return flights included
  • Pre-departure preparation and orientation upon arrival
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Summer Camp in Canada
  • The original summer camp experience by Camp Canada
  • Visa-exempt work permit included
  • Food & accommodation included at camp
  • Pre-departure preparation and orientation upon arrival
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Summer Camp in China
  • Authentic experience in the heart of the Orient with Adventure China
  • Visa assistance from an award-winning customer service team
  • Food, and accommodation, & return flights included
  • Pre-departure preparation and orientation upon arrival
  • Opportunity for travel after camp

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