Hiring international J-1 staff provides many benefits for camp directors, but it also gives campers a great opportunity to experience cultural exchange by bringing the world to their summer camp experience. And with InterExchange Camp USA, we can help you find international staff to meet your needs, or we can help you sponsor returning J-1 staff or employees that you've already found and wish to hire.
Here are just a few ways your campers also benefit from international camp staff:
Learn About Different Cultures
By meeting and interacting with international camp staff on a regular basis, campers are able to form relationships with people they may have never had the opportunity to meet before. International staff learn about U.S. culture, and they teach campers and their fellow staff about what life is like in a different city or country. Interacting with international staff will not only be fun, but campers will go home with new perspectives on the world.
Language learning doesn't have to be a sit-down lesson in a classroom. International staff can introduce new languages to campers in fun ways, like songs or games. Learning becomes a fun activity and may spark an interest in learning more about a language or a culture once summer camp is over. We recruit camp staff from 18 different countries, so camp directors can hire staff and counselors from all over the world!
Daily Cultural Exchange
One of the greatest benefits of hiring international staff is that campers can interact with new cultures on a daily basis. It's one thing to read about a different country or culture and quite another to learn about another place in the world through the eyes of a local. By spending time with international staff on a regular basis, campers are able to have fun while also walking away with a wider worldview.
Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Ani is a fan of exploring new places through photography and the local cuisine. After earning her BFA in photography from NYU and gaining communications experience at International Planned Parenthood Federation, she joined InterExchange in 2012, and worked as the Marketing Producer until 2016.