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Working Holiday · SC-01

Summer Camp in USA

United States
2 months
18 to 30 years old
4.4(5 reviews)

Trip overview

Discover what it’s like to live like a local and become a vital part of the cultural institution that is a Summer Camp in the USA. Summer camps are an American tradition that dates back over 100 years! American parents will send their kids from the ages of about 6-16 to picturesque locations all across the country; to participate in outdoor activities, make friends and have the time of their lives. These camps may be on a lake, by the beach, in a forest or anywhere else you can think of, and there’s now a camp to suit everyone. All those camps need a wide range of counsellors to take a wide range of kids on a wide range of activities. That’s where you come in! Combine your love of travel, kids and nature by basing yourself at a spectacular summer camp location for your own awesome cultural exchange experience, then head off and travel the land of opportunity afterwards. Feel inspired in the concrete jungle, cruise from coast to coast and tick jaw-dropping landmarks off your bucket list as you embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience working and travelling abroad.

We offer the complete summer camp counsellor package and, most importantly, score you the perfect camp counselor position. Our team will help you with all the essentials you need to feel that summer loving from J-1 camp counselor visa application & sponsorship, airport transfer & accommodation, a US mobile number with credit, extra accommodation nights to use when you please, 24/7 worldwide support and so much more.

Completely immerse yourself in a new culture, meet lifelong friends and, best of all, break away from your usual routine back home. With the freedom to travel as far and wide as you want after the camp, this trip is perfect for those who want to be more than an average tourist and adventure for longer.


USA summer camp match

Dedicated Trip Coordinator

J-1 Camp Counsellor Visa sponsorship

Pre-Departure Guide & online orientation

Personal Travel Concierge

Arrival Airport Transfer

Camp accommodation

Local life essentials


Pocket Money

5 nights hostel accommodation

US Medical Insurance

$200 Global Tour Voucher

Ongoing support from our local team

24/7 Global Emergency Line

gWorld access

$250 off your next trip

Just in case it’s not clear already, we’re not an employment or recruitment agency, so please don’t book with us if that’s what you’re looking for. We sell and organise amazing international travel experiences for the purpose of cultural exchange & education. If a trip has a paid work option, this is not mandatory to do and is there as a means to fund your travels only, and no fee is charged by us for this component. All payments you make are for travel and local support services. If you’re still confused, please get in touch.

Trip details

Our Summer Camp in the USA trip is a cultural exchange program backed by the US Government and designed to place you in the perfect summer camp that’s right for you, so you get to experience first hand what it’s like to live in the USA! Every camp will require different skills from their camp counsellors, so what are you good at? Do you want to lead the campers in team sports? Well, kick some goals! Are you a bit of a theatre buff? Well maybe you’ll get to be the theatre instructor, or maybe not to be. Our expert team take care of all the stressful essentials you need to get set up overseas; selection of the right summer camp & camp counsellor placement, your J-1 visa application & sponsorship, as well as unparalleled guidance and support on any questions you might have about your summer camp placement in the USA. 

Arrive in the USA with the confidence that you are one step ahead of every other traveller looking to work in a summer camp in the USA. You’ll have more time to focus on you and planning your adventures around the USA! With the hard work already done, you can relax into your summer camp, meet new friends and have a bunch of fun with the campers. Our in-country partner will guide you throughout the entire journey to ensure you feel confident knowing you are in the best hands possible.

When you work in a summer camp in the USA you become more than just a tourist. Spend your time having the summer of your life, while creating lifelong memories for not just your campers, but yourself as well. After an amazing time at camp you’re free to explore the States for a whole month, ticking off those bucket list destinations with your new friends. Embrace a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live and work in the USA in an experience that will stay with you forever!


To qualify for this trip you must meet the visa requirements. You must attend an in-person interview, usually in April, at your nearest capital city (AU, NZ, UK & IE) or at one of our offices, as part of US Government regulations.

What extra costs will I have? 

Flights, optional travel insurance (your medical insurance is included), visa, criminal background check, souvenirs & spending money.

Trip itinerary

The beauty of this trip is that your days will generally be filled with camp counsellor duties during the 8 weeks you’re at your summer camp. After you have finished your camp stay, you will have the freedom to create your own adventure and explore the USA as you wish. As a rough idea, this is a daily schedule you could expect:

Week 1

Once you’ve touched down at the closest airport to your summer camp, a representative from your camp will pick you up from the airport and take you to camp. Relax, settle in and meet your fellow camp counsellors and campers. If this is not a possibility and you have to take public transport, your camp will reimburse you.

It’s time to settle into your camp. You will normally arrive at camp a week before the campers. You can use this time to get trained up in everything that’s involved in being a Camp Counsellor. From preparing what you’re going to do in your workshops to getting to know your fellow camp counsellors.

Trip location

Arrive in the USA and head straight to your summer camp location. After camp you have the whole 50 states waiting to be explored.

Camp Counsellor Skills

With over 7,000 summer camps all across America, the types of camps are endless! Here are some of the skills that camps are looking for. If you have some experience in any of the following, you could find yourself coaching or assisting with these activities:

Team Sports

  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Football
  • Cricket
  • Obstacle courses

Water Sports

  • Swimming
  • Kayaking/Canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Lifeguard
  • Water Aerobics
  • Water Trampoline 
  • Snorkelling

Arts & Crafts

  • Drawing
  • Ceramics
  • Jewellery  Making
  • Costume Design
  • Sewing
  • Murals

Outdoor Activities

  • Climbing
  • High Ropes/Low Ropes Course
  • Zip Line
  • Fire & Shelter Building
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Hiking
  • Forest Scavenger Hunts

Theater & Music

  • Performing
  • Acting
  • Improvisation
  • Film
  • Instruments (Guitar/Piano/Drums)
  • Singing
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Choreography

Other Sports & Activities

  • Stargazing
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Martial Arts
  • Archery
  • Team Building Games
  • Horseback Riding
  • Computers
  • Graphic Arts
  • IT/Graphic Arts

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Deposit is 100% refundable if you don’t qualify.

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Pay your trip off in instalments that you get to choose.

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