How it works
How it works as a camp counselor. Whether you are looking for a position at a U.S. summer camp, or already have a contract, we’re here to help.
Create an application for free and provide InterExchange with some basic information and—most importantly—why you’d make a great counselor. Once you submit your application, we’ll contact you for an interview.
We’re looking for applicants who love working with kids, enjoy spending time outdoors, are enthusiastic about sharing their skills and culture, and have a positive can-do attitude. Are you up for the adventure?
Age: At least 18 years old
Either a student, teacher, youth worker, or capable of leading a specialized skill at camp
Language: Proficient in spoken and written English
Interest: Comfortable working with children
There is no fee to start an application. After you submit your application and it is accepted, you can begin your search for the perfect camp! Fees must be paid before we can start the visa process.
The total cost above includes the program fee, a $35 SEVIS fee, and a $165 insurance fee. There are no additional fees paid to InterExchange. The Camp USA program includes accident and sickness insurance for the duration of your placement.
If you are applying through an InterExchange-approved cooperator, please note that the total cost may be different based on the services provided by the cooperator. For more information, please contact the cooperator directly for a description of their fees and services.
What You’ll Earn at Camp
Camp Placement Participants
The minimum stipend is based on a nine-week (63-day) schedule. If your placement lasts longer, you’ll be paid an additional $35 for each additional day you work. Your camp will also provide you with free housing and meals while you’re at camp!
Stipends are subject to local, state, and federal tax laws and deductions. For more tax information, please visit our frequently asked tax questions page.
Below are some additional fees you will encounter that are not paid to InterExchange but are required to participate in the program.
- U.S Embassy Fee ($185 USD)
- Medical Check
- Background Check
Program and SEVIS fees are non-refundable once you have accepted and signed your job offer. Any insurance fees paid are refundable before your program start date. If your visa is denied, you will receive a 50% refund of the program fee and a complete refund of the insurance fee.
Refund policies vary if you apply through one of our International Cooperators.