AmeriCamp

Average Duration

7-9 Weeks

When?

Jun - Aug

Packages from

£299

About AmeriCamp

AmeriCamp was founded on a dream to offer the highest salaries and lowest prices for people around the world who wanted to work at what people would refer to as ‘Camp America’. For many years we have championed our original mission statement for the benefit of the thousands of people that have done AmeriCamp, whilst at the same time giving out lots of #FreeBiscuits!

For six years running, AmeriCamp has been independently named ‘Best Summer Camp Organisation’ by Save The Student – namely due to the fact that we pay the highest salaries, offer the lowest costs and have achieved a 100% placement ratio for everyone who completed everything on time for the past three years running! Add all of this to our excellent customer service and you have the six-time winner of the biggest award in the Summer Camp in America industry, which we work ever so hard to retain each year!

Itinerary

Placement

AmeriCamp work with over 600 US Summer Camps that are located across the entire US, from New York on the East Coast to California on the West Coast and even one camp in Alaska!ABOUTPIC

Participants are expected to complete a placement that will last for a minimum of 9 weeks (11 weeks for day camps). Whilst on a camp, participants are answerable to the Camp Director. It should be noted that camps in the US often have very strict rules and regulations regarding areas such as curfews, alcohol, smoking and behaviour towards campers and staff. Participants should expect to be asked to leave camp if they break camp rules. Being fired is not a pleasant experience and to minimise the disruption on camp it should be understood that following a firing participants may be asked to leave camp immediately. AmeriCamp will then work with the participant regarding the situation and if needs be investigate the matter further. Upon being hired at a camp, applicants will receive a camp contract including all of the duties and their role which they are expected to fulfil during their 9 week placement (11 weeks for day camp).

Accommodation

What You Pay

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AmeriCamp Program Costs

Stage 1:  £59 If you are successful in obtaining an interview with us after you completed your application in full then we ask you to pay a stage one cost of £59. This goes towards the overall total £279 upon placement and has to be paid before being interviewed by one of the amazing AmeriCamp team. This stage one fee is used in order to show your commitment to taking part in the AmeriCamp programme. Please note that this is non-refundable.
Stage 2: £70 Once you have completed your interview, your interviewer will write up your interview notes and attach them to your application. After this has happened you will be asked to pay the Stage 2 cost of £70 and also complete all three references and your application video. Once all of this has been done your application will then circulate to over 600 camp directors in the USA who are actively seeking amazing staff for this Summer! When a Camp likes the look of your application you will go on what is called “review”. You may be asked to have a Skype or Phone call with the camp director or you may get “#plACed” straight away. If this doesn’t happen then it is mandatory that you attend our camp fairs in January.
Stage 3:  £170 Upon placement at a camp you will be asked to pay the final stage three payment of £170. This has to be paid within 10 days of you confirming your placement. This covers securing your placement, sponsorship of your visa and your medical insurance for the duration of your stay at camp 3 months in total.
Total: £299

What third party costs do I have to pay?

Criminal Record check (CRB) £48.86 A CRB check is mandatory and it must be completed for anyone who works with children. If you have previously worked in a child-work environment you may already have one, but unfortunately it must come through via AmeriCamp’s facilities.
Visa $160 + £34 Once you have received your visa paperwork an Interview at the US Embassy in London is required to secure your visa to work in the USA. You will also be responsible for travel down to the embassy on your interview day.
Medical £0-40 To do AmeriCamp you will need a medical check from your GP. This will include a list of vaccinations and immunisations. The cost depends on your relationship with your GP.
Flights Approximately £350-500 We will help you with the booking of your flight and provide great deals through our partners Student Universe. You have flexibility in booking your own flights, meaning you can change your date of your flight if plans change. The average cost for Summer 2017 was £416.

Whether it be over the phone, over Facebook, over Twitter or if you want to pop into AmeriCamp HQ for a chat and a cuppa to discuss this in more detail we are always here to help.

Did you know? AmeriCamp has some of the lowest programme costs in the entire industry around the world.

Extras

AmeriCamp After Party

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Finished camp? Don’t want the American dream to stop?  Then you HAVE to do the AmeriCamp New York After Party!

The AmeriCamp New York After Party gives you the perfect opportunity to travel with like-minded people, experience everything that NYC has to offer at an unbeatable price and it removes all the unnecessary potential stress! What could be better than that?

For just £329 you can secure your place and be a part of our AmeriCamp New York After Party – The ultimate way to see the Big Apple! Included within this price is; 4 nights accommodation, entry to the iconic Empire State Building, Your chance to see the Statue of Liberty Fun loving reps to look after you and lots more!

We also have a number of epic optional extras to offer you, including; Club Night (18+), a meal out at the world’s most iconic Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square, Disco Bowling and much more!

This is the one party this summer you really don’t want to miss out on! With limited spaces only you’d be crazy not to sign up!

Frequently Asked Questions

The best way to have a say in which state you are #plACed in is to attend one of the AmeriCamp Camp Fairs, we hold these in January across the country and they are the best way of meeting the camp directors face to face and securing that dream job. However we would recommend not getting too hung up on the location of the camp, camp is an incredible experience wherever you are #plACed so engage your sense of adventure and don't get bogged down only considering camps in New York or California. You can use your 30 day grace period to travel after camp if you have a specific state in mind.

The only way to get #plACed with a friend, relative or partner is to attend one of the AmeriCamp Camp Fairs. However, please be aware that this is not guaranteed, it is the camp directors decision to hire more than one person at a time, it could be that they only have a position for one of your party, or maybe you don't all have the skills the camp is looking for. Always keep your options open, some camp directors are put off from hiring friends as it stops you fully embracing the spirit of camp, don't let this put you off, you will have an incredible experience wherever you are #plAced and you can always meet your friends/brother/sister/cousin/partner/grandma/dog at the end of camp for your 30 day grace period, plus you'll have more way more crazy camp stories to share!

There is no exact science to the amount of time it takes to get #plACed although generally speaking the earlier you apply the earlier you will be #plAced. The AmeriCamp Camp Fairs are held in January and here you have the opportunity to secure your placement on the spot. In addition our placement co-ordiantor will be working all the way through the year to match you with your perfect camp. Please be aware placements can occur anytime up to the 30th of June, so hold tight and keep the faith!

Qualifications in certain areas are always desirable (take lifeguarding for example) but they are not essential, personal experience is really valuable combined with positive 'can do' attitude. Add as many skills as possible to your application, even if you don't have the ability to teach it, the more skills and experience you have in different areas the better as it shows you are a good all round candidate. You don't necessarily need extensive experience teaching or working with children in order to apply, but you must be able to demonstrate a desire to work with children and make sure they have the Summer of a lifetime.

Most camps have a 9 week contract between the first and second week of June through to mid August. We can only accept applications with availability upto the 18th of June 2017, if you can't start until after this date please contact the office to discuss your options. The earlier you are available the better, camps start hiring for some positions from May 1st, if you do work longer than 9 weeks (11 weeks for a day camp) you will get paid a daily rate on top of your initial salary.

You must be 18 by June 1st 2017 in order to apply for AmeriCamp 2017 unfortunately this is non-negogatible. You can apply for AmeriCamp if you are 17 as long as you turn 18 before June 1st 2017. If you are under 18 please contact us as we have other programmes that would be suitable for you.

We will be taking applications upto Friday 17th March 2017 if you want to apply after this date please contact the office to discuss your options. Please be aware applying after the deadline will reduce your chances of placement.

To apply as a general camp counselor or a instructor you do not need to be a student. If you want to apply as a support staff do you need to be in full time education at the time of applying, or have a confirmed place in full time education in September 2017 in order to be eligible

Yes, as part of your programme fees you will get 90 days of medical insurance to cover accident and illness, this will cover you at camp and on your days off and for most standard 9 weeks contracts will cover your 30 day grace period. This can be extended both before and after your contracted dates and can also be upgraded to premium coverage.

Yes, after your camp contract finishes you will get a 30 day grace period to go and see the sights. If you are looking for inspiration check out our amazing AmeriCamp After Party in New York!

This can vary greatly depending on what Doctor's surgery you attend, typically you shouldn't be paying more than £40-£60 however some do charge much higher fees, please give us a call in the office if you are a victim of this, we can give you some suggestions to help bring the cost down.

We wouldn't advise you to turn down your first placement without speaking to us first, we will take a look at the reasons why the camp might not suit and can make changes to your application. If you really feel that the camp isn't the best fit we will do our best to #plACe you elsewhere, however we can't guarantee you would be offered a second placement. All the camps we work with are truly amazing and you will have the summer of a lifetime wherever you end up.

You will be invited to a designated J-Day that begin in March 2017, you will be given full instructions on how to apply for your J1 cultural exchange visa once you are #plAced. Your visa fees ($160) are paid directly to the embassy.

We work with our incredible partners Student Universe who will work with you to get you the absolute best deal on the market with the benefit of flexible flights and 24 hour support. Typically flights will cost between £350-£500.

We work with awesome placement co-ordinators who look at your application and place you 'on review' with a camp. The Camp Directors then have the opportunity to take a look through your application and offer you a Skype interview, if all goes well your placement will be confirmed in your footprints account. It is also not unusual to be #plACed straightaway without an interview, if this happens congratulations! The camp director must have really like your application. We also run our camp fairs in January where you have the opportunity to meet with camp directors face to face to secure your dream placement on the spot.

Your video brings your application to life, it is the perfect opportunity to show off your personality and skills and to convince a camp director to hire you. Keep its short and sweet (we recommend no more than 2 minutes) Take a look at our 'How to make your video guide' for suggestions, think outside the box don't be afraid to get creative.

For the London and Belfast embassy the turnaround time is usually between 5-10 working days, please check the website for upto date processing time.

If you are 19 years old or over, your salary will be a minimum of $1550, if you are over 21 your salary will be $1645 If you are 18 years old your salary will be minimum of $1285. Participants with advanced skills can expect an extra $100 bonus.

Most camps will reach out to you via email so it is important you check your mail daily, especially your junk/spam file as the email will be coming from an American address, sometimes your mailbox will filter them out. Each year placements are lost because people don't respond to emails quickly enough or they are lost in spam, don't be one of them! Make sure you are on the ball and are replying to camps promptly.

Your placement will be confirmed through your Footprints account so make sure you are checking that regularly.

Each year AmeriCamp sponsor multiple societies, from providing free kits, sponsoring competitions and tournaments, through to givings societies cash incentives for promoting AmeriCamp. Please email info@americamp.co.uk and we'll be in touch.

Your first point of contact should be your camp director, they will have years of experience in dealing with all sorts of issues. However if you feel you can't approach them please contact the US office on + 1 (800) 999-2267 Alternatively you can contact us by calling +44 161 312 3640 or email info@americamp.co.uk and we will get straight back to you.

AmeriCamp provide you with 90 day of medical insurance to cover you over Summer, we would recommend that you take out extra travel insurance to cover you for flight cancellations, baggage and personal items. Our partners Student Universe offer a brilliant top up package, you can give them a call on 0800 082 9975 for a quote.

We can easily defer your application to next year, you can just pick up where you left off. If you want to cancel altogether your fees will be non-refundable, please refer to your programme agreement for terms and conditions.

AmeriCamp are extremely proud to announce that we have successfully #plACed 100% of all applicants for a second year running! 2015 and 2016 have been incredible years for the AmeriCamp and we hope to replicate this success for 2017! We work extremely hard to ensure all of our AmeriCamper's have the very best chance of placement, however if we are unable to place you we can defer your application over to next year and you will have no fees to pay to AmeriCamp. Alternatively we will give you a full refund of your stage two fee.

Our number one priority in this situation will be to get you home as quickly as possible, our US team are on call 24/7 and can be reached on +1 (800) 999-2267 Please be aware you will incur extra fees for leaving camp early, please refer to your programme agreement.

You can turn up to the embassy anytime before 12.30pm on a designated J1 day and will still be able to have your appointment. If you miss your appointment you must contact us for advice to re-arrange however we can't guarantee there will be another appointment time available. You are responsible for securing your visa if this is denied all fees are non-refundable, however it is extremely rare anyone is denied a visa, if you have any concerns please call us before your appointment.

To extend or upgrade your medical insurance you must get in direct contact with an AmeriCamp team member who will then get the necessary details from you and update your policy.

Interviews will usually be carried out in your local area, in person with one of our lovely campus managers. All of our campus manager have completed at least one Summer at camp and are the perfect person to chat to about what you'll get upto at camp, the interviews are quite casual so you don't have to turn up suited and booted. Think of it more as a chat to get to know you and talk about what skills you can bring to camp, the interviewer will then complete an interview report and we can move you onto the next stage if you are successful.

The programme fee covers your application fee so the cost of us working with you to make sure your application is processed to the US office and you get placed at your perfect camp! It also includes your visa sponsorship, which allows you to work and earn money legally in the US, if covers the cost of us producing your DS2019 (Certificate of eligibility) and SEVIS receipt, it also includes 90 days of medical insurance.

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