Preparing to be an International Camp Counselor

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This has been a difficult year for aspiring international camp counselors. But there is hope on the horizon: 2021 will arrive soon and you can take steps to ensure that you make up for 2020 with an exciting, adventure-packed new year!

Researching the best camp for you

Although you will formally choose camps to apply to later in the process, take some initial time to familiarize yourself with all the options! This article will introduce you to types of summer camps in the U.S.A.

The application process

Simply head over to CampUSA.org/apply to get started. There is no cost to begin an application and no payment is due until you accept a job offer!

Step 1

Create your summer camp application. Visit our website for tips for a great application.

Step 2

Have a quick interview with us.

Step 3

Begin your search for the perfect camp. (Your application will be listed and shown to hundreds of camps around the United States. You can also browse their profiles and send your application directly to the camp of your choice!)

Step 4

Accept an offer! We guarantee that you’ll get at least one offer through our matching system or you’ll pay nothing.

Step 5

Pay the $150 program fee and upload any required documents. Remember to find the best references for your application! This guide will help you!

Getting prepared (and excited) for camp!

You made it - you’ll be at camp before you know it! But this means that you need to get prepared. It’s never too early to start thinking about the fun you’ll have next summer. Starting to get prepared for the upcoming camp season will also help you get excited! Start by packing for camp. Packing for an adventure makes it feel real, and we’re so excited for the incredible memories you’re about to make. Use this article to help you decide what to pack!

Now that you know all the steps to prepare to be an international camp counselor, are you ready to take the very first one? Find more information about the program here, and when you’re ready, sign up!

InterExchange Staff

InterExchange is proud to have an experienced team that is dedicated to international cultural exchange. We come from a variety of backgrounds, but nearly every member of our New York City-based staff has extensive experience traveling, working, or living abroad.

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