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we TRAVEL not to
escape life, but for life
not to ESCAPE us
QUOTE: ANONYMOUS. LOCATION: BANFF NATIONAL PARK, CANADA
“WITH DRIVES THIS EPIC, NO WONDER JACK KEROUAC
AND COUNTLESS OTHER WRITERS, SINGERS AND POETS
HAVE ALL FOUND THEIR INSPIRATION IN AMERICA.
LET’S HOPE THEY FOUND BETTER SOCKS
THAN THIS GUY...”
Image courtesy of Travellers Autobarn
START THE ADVENTURE
It’s in our DNA. Whether we’re haggling with the locals, trying
weird and wonderful food or trekking new territory, we like to
keep things interesting. It’s the whole reason we set up STA
Travel in 1979.
We love nothing more than getting to know a new language,
culture or environment and, 35 years later, we’re still exploring.
We’re convinced that experiencing the wonders of our planet
opens your mind and stretches your horizons. We listen to our
travellers, our expert staff visit faraway places and use this
knowledge to create your very own life-changing experience.
Inside, you’ll find no end of incredible adventures to inspire your
ultimate trip to the USA or Canada, whether you’re looking for an
iconic road trip an exciting city break or the chance to get back to
nature in breathtaking national parks. From shoestring hostels to
luxurious hotels, and from great value camping trips to indulgent
active adventures, we’ve also got every budget covered.
Our expert advice, unique experiences and amazing special offers will
make sure you never look at the world in quite the same way again.
So buckle up, you’re about to uncover a whole new way to travel.
04 We Know Because We Go!
05 Save with STA Travel
06 Flying High
08 Kickstart your Trip
10 Sleep with us
12 Go Smart or Go Home
13 Stay Connected
14 Making it Count
16 Discover North America
19 Work USA
20 Summer Camp USA
21 USA: GETTING AROUND
21 Car, Motorbike &
26 Bamba Experience
28 Amtrak Rail
29 Jet Blue Air
30 ROAD TRIPS
34 USA TOURING
48 SMALL GROUP ADVENTURES
76 ACTIVE & NATIONAL PARKS
83 Ski Lake Tahoe
84 USA: CITIES & SHORT
84 New York
91 Boston & Washington D.C.
94 Miami & Deep South
98 Las Vegas
104 Los Angeles & Anaheim
111 San Diego & California
114 San Francisco
118 Pacific Northwest
128 Work Canada
129 CANADA: GETTING AROUND
129 Car Hire
131 Moose Travel Network
134 ROAD TRIPS & TOURING
140 CANADA: CITIES & SHORT
141 Vancouver & Beyond
144 Calgary & the Rockies
146 Toronto & Niagara Falls
148 Ottawa & Ontario
150 Montréal & Québec
152 TERMS & CONDITIONS
153 TRAVEL INSURANCE
WE KNOW BECAUSE
REASONS to travel with STA Travel
WE ARE THE EXPERTS
We know our stuff when it comes to travel adventures, we’ve
been there, done that! No matter what your age or budget, we’ll
inspire you to create your ultimate trip.
IN-STORE. ONLINE. MOBILE.
With hundreds of stores all over the world, you’re never far
from one of our Travel Experts. Alternatively, give us a call,
browse our website or book accommodation and day tours on
our STA Travel app. Wherever you are, our Global Travel Help is
there for you 24/7.
FLEXIBLE AND COMPETITIVE AIRFARES
Our unique airline partnerships offer the lowest fares and allow
you to change your plans without breaking the bank. You can
secure the cheapest fares with our flight deposit scheme, which
means nothing more to pay until just before you travel.
WORLD-CLASS TRAVEL PARTNERS
We only work with the most reputable tour operators and
accommodation providers across the globe so you can book
with confidence. We’re continually working with our suppliers
to maintain and improve standards of health, safety and
hygiene, but please note that these can often be lower than
what you’re used to at home.
WE ARE RESPONSIBLE
We offer travel experiences that are not only authentic but also
sustainable and responsible. We believe in giving back to the
communities we visit through the STA Travel Foundation (see
PRICE BEAT GUARANTEE
We’ll beat any round the world price you find elsewhere*
*For full terms and conditions on our RTW price beat guarantee please visit
Image courtesy of Contiki
SAVE WITH STA TRAVEL
Save with STA Travel and make that hard-earned cash stretch a
little further by taking advantage of some of our amazing offers.
We’ve come up with some great, exclusive discounts to make sure
you get the best deals going.
Buy two or more tours with the same operator and get up to 5%
off your total price.
No single supplements
Travelling alone but happy to share a room with a same-sex
traveller? If so, you’ll save the single supplement on many of
Travel with the same tour operator more than once and you’ll often
find your loyalty is rewarded with a discount.
Save cash if you travel as a
group, or maybe earn a free
place if there are enough of you.
Stay longer at many of our hotels
and hostels and we’ll often throw
in a free night, or two...
STA Travel’s unique range of
flexible products aim to make
travelling easier and cheaper.
Check out our Multiflex pass on
Book your trip well in advance
of your travel date and you may
qualify for reduced rates.
anyone aged under 31 can grab
an ISIC, ITIC or IYTC card to
qualify for 1000s of discounts
at home and abroad. Bag an
exclusive deal with STA Travel
on flights, tours and more (see
If you are eligible for an ISIC,
ITIC or IYTC card, you can get
yours absolutely free when you
book one of the tours operated
by our partners, G Adventures.
Look for this symbol
throughout this brochure.
Aside from our unbeatable prices, many of our airfares
are unique and exclusive meaning we can book just about
anything you desire, from one-ways or simple return tickets,
to complex and exciting round the world or multi-stop
itineraries. Below is just a snippet of what we can do for you.
• The absolute lowest fares with the world’s leading
airlines including exclusive discounts and flexible
booking conditions for students holding an ISIC card
and for youths aged 31 and under holding an IYTC card.
We even throw in discounts for teachers holding an ITIC
card for good measure!
• The flexibility to change your travel dates and route
before and after departure.
• Build your very own itinerary using our exclusive
one way fares.
• 100s of STA Travel stores worldwide giving you personal
support as you travel the globe.
GET THE BEST PRICE
We’ve been helping our customers get the best airfares for
over 30 years so our Travel Experts know exactly where to
look and what to check to give you the deal of a lifetime! Buy
an ISIC, IYTC or ITIC card to be eligible for our exclusive
student, youths under 31, and teacher fares. We’ll beat any
competitor on price for round the world tickets and that’s
a promise – see statravel.com or ask in store for details.
Sign up to our weekly newsletter by visiting statravel.com to
receive our best offers and the chance to win amazing prizes!
ROUND THE WORLD
We practically invented the concept of flying round the world,
so we’ve got a huge range of exclusive choices and plenty of
suggestions for you. Our fares are totally flexible as we know
once on the road, plans sometimes change!
The vast majority of our fares allow discounted, or even
free, stopovers en route to your final destination. You don’t
need to limit it to a night or two as some of our fares allow
stopovers of weeks or even months! So, in effect you could
be getting two or more countries for the price of one. These
aren’t bookable online so be sure to ask your Travel Expert
what’s available for you.
We love the free-spirited
independence of travel and we want to
give you as much flexibility as possible
to chase your dreams and stretch your
horizons. On our exclusive tickets
you can buy your date changes up front, saving you
$$$s and giving you the freedom to change your mind
without worrying about the cost while you’re travelling.
Our Multiflex passes start from just $99; ask us for
*Age restrictions may vary, please speak to your STA Travel Expert
At Virgin Australia we’re committed to bringing the romance
back to flying for all New Zealand travellers. With constant
innovation at the heart of everything we do, our superior
products and award-winning service set us apart from our
competitors and lets you enjoy a world-class experience on
On international long-haul flights our recently refurbished
Boeing 777 aircraft offer you a fully inclusive, awardwinning
service with premium touches and entertainment in
Virgin Australia have handpicked the world’s finest airlines
to partner with, including Delta Air Lines, who share their
vision for world leading service and innovation. As well as
exceptional value and premium service, we can offer you
greater choice through improved connectivity and schedules,
a reciprocal frequent flyer program and lounge benefits.
Together we can fly you to over 300 destinations throughout
North America and Mexico, with convenient, direct
connections from Los Angeles to over 30 destinations.
You can also connect on to numerous other cities in the US
via Delta Air Lines US hubs including Detroit, Cincinnati,
Minneapolis and Salt Lake City.
If you’re heading Stateside you can connect over Australia
where you can choose from three flights a day between
Australia and the United States, via Sydney, Melbourne and
Brisbane to Los Angeles.
What’s more, Velocity Frequent Flyer members can earn and
redeem Points and gain Status Credits on eligible flights.
Eligible members can also escape the airport hustle and
bustle in Delta Air Lines’ Lounges throughout North America.
Wherever you’re travelling around the world, Virgin Australia
can get you there in style.
KICKSTART YOUR TRIP
There’s no more convenient way to travel than on a tour, it
takes all the hassle out of travelling, opens your mind to local
cultures, gets you trying out a whole bunch of exciting new
activities and is a great way to make new friends from all over
the world. You’ll visit all the must-see highlights, of course, but
expert guides will also take you to authentic, out-of-the-way
places that only those with insider knowledge would know.
You’d probably never find them on your own! Taking a tour can
usually be cheaper than trying to put it together yourself so
whatever your budget, we’re confident you’ll find your perfect
trip. We also guarantee that you will not find the same tour
cheaper anywhere else.
To help you choose the trip style that’s right for you, see the
‘Inclusions’ box on each of the tour pages and look out for the
following logos throughout the brochure:
These tours encourage you to step off the beaten path and
immerse yourself in your chosen destination. You’ll usually
share your trip with no more than 22 like-minded travellers,
though the average group size is often lower.
As above, but exclusively for younger travellers looking to
experience the best of North America with a bunch of fun and
friendly travel mates.
On these trips, which typically have a larger group size, you’ll
travel only with 18-35 year olds who share your passion for
discovery. These trips are super sociable, ideal for making new
friends through shared experiences.
Independent travel in North America is easy with Moose
Travel and Bamba Experience, whose hop-on, hop-off
bus networks allow you to explore at your own pace and
according to your own itinerary.
Exactly what it says on the tin. These exciting short tours
can be booked on their own, added on to a longer tour or
mixed and matched to create your own itinerary. You are
likely to be travelling with other like-minded people but each
tour is different, run by our local operators and designed for
If you are looking for private arrangements for you and your
travel buddy(ies), check out our range of itineraries that
usually come complete with private driver/guide.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, no big deal, just ask
your STA Travel Expert to tailor make you the perfect trip.
Using the best in-country ground handlers, we’ll build you a
bespoke itinerary using a combination of public transport,
private cars and drivers, local guides and accommodation to
suit your budget.
STA Travel is proud to partner with G Adventures to deliver an amazing range of small group adventures worldwide. G Adventures has
been redefining small group travel for over 20 years and their trips feature active exploration, cultural immersion and the creation of
true, lifelong connections with the people and places they visit.
All trip styles / service levels
have these in common:
NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENTS
You can be paired up with a
same-sex roommate at no extra
cost or, if you prefer your own
space, look for the ‘My Own
If you need to cancel or
postpone, your money’s
protected for use against a
Once you book, you’re going!
FREE ISIC DISCOUNT CARD
If you are eligible for an ISIC, ITIC
or IYTC card, you
can get yours for
free when you
book any of the
YOLO – exclusively for 18-
39 year olds, Yolo trips are
for those who want to take
on the planet in a fun and
Classic – for travellers of all
ages seeking extraordinary
landscapes and wildlife, and real
interaction with local cultures.
Comfort – unforgettable trips
with upgraded accommodation
and transport, plus more meals
and included activities.
Active - geared towards
adventurers with a love of the
great outdoors who are hungry
to hike, trek, bike, raft and more.
Camping – great value trips
with the odd hotel stay; public
and private transport.
Basic – simple and clean
hostels, hotels and
guesthouses; public and private
transport; great optional
Standard – comfortable
and central mid-range
and private transport; top
Upgraded – well-equipped
hotels; private and upgraded
transport, more included meals,
activities and transfers.
1. Easy – you can walk
unaided, climb a few stairs and
carry your own bag.
2. Light – some gentle walks
or hikes, but still suitable for
all fitness levels.
3. Average – includes
moderate activities such
as hiking, biking, rafting or
4. Demanding – some hikes
at higher altitudes or other
5. Challenging – serious
high-altitude treks, climbing,
cycling and heavy exercise.
You’ll have nothing but choice when you travel with Contiki, with travel experiences
designed exclusively for 18-35s. More departures, more destinations and more
‘ME Time’, and with more included in the overall trip price. You can’t see and do as
much any other way!
Accommodation is a hand-picked mixture of comfortable, well-located hotels with
pools and Wi-Fi at most, and special stays in the likes of lakeside resorts and Rocky
Mountain chalets to provide you with some seriously memorable experiences.
You’ll travel with couples, solo travellers and groups of friends, and you won’t
be charged a single supplement if you choose to travel alone (you’ll be matched
with a same-sex roommate). You’ll have constant access to valuable insider
knowledge and, best of all, on every date listed for Contiki trips in this brochure
you can be sure that your departure is 100% guaranteed!
High Energy – for anyone who lives for late nights, bright
lights, epic sights and generally having a great time.
Discovery Plus – if you love to see and do it all, make
great mates for life, enjoy unique experiences, central
overnights and fantastic inclusions.
In-Depth Explorer – live like a local on these insider
access trips. Get under the skin with multi-night stays,
more local meals and locally-guided experiences.
EasyPace – later starts, more ‘ME Time’ and spending
a minimum of two nights in each place, this is the more
relaxed way to travel.
North America is ideally suited to overlanding, and
with our partners Dragoman, we bring you truckbased
journeys of exploration, adventure... and
fun! Follow in the footsteps of trappers, explorers
and gold rush pioneers on an epic journey all
the way from Anchorage through Canada’s
Klondike and Rocky Mountains, into the USA for
Yellowstone, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon, and
over the border into Mexico and beyond!
Your overland truck does not just get you from
A to B. It’s your home from home; your comfy
safari vehicle, your kitchen and your camping
support. Overland tours
typically cover some
pretty long distances but
we guarantee you’ll enjoy
every mile and every
Pick up our dedicated
brochure for our full range
of overland trips in North
America, plus expeditions
in Africa, Asia & Latin
America. It’s all you need
for truck-based fun!
SLEEP WITH US
Star ratings are often not the best way to categorise hotels. Depending
on what country you’re travelling through, perceptions of each standard
can vary quite dramatically. To make things much easier for you, we’re
giving you our own, very educated opinion on each property that we
feature. We’ve horizontally tangoed with the cool, the interesting, the
enviable, the luxe and the off the wall to bring you our curated offering of
hostels, hotels, lodges and apartments, all chosen especially for you.
Our wallet-friendly digs are
hand-picked by us. No frills
and no nasty surprises but a
great sociable atmosphere and
HI Alpine Banff, Banff
Stay in some of the most
expressive and one-of-a-kind
hostels and budget hotels around,
without breaking the bank. They
are cool and unique, just like you!
Pod 39, New York
You want a comfy bed, a hot
shower and a good range of
amenities. Ranging from low key
2* hotels to well known 4* brands,
you know it’s a safe bet!
Handlery Hotel & Resort, San Diego
Hotel Helix, Washington D.C.
888 Apartments, New York
These flash and funky hotels are
worth splashing out on. Great
facilities, classy interiors and a
bit of luxury thrown in. Get your
Be like a local; live it up in an
apartment. Wash your own socks,
fix your own breakfast, share with
your mates. It’ll be like a home
from home, wherever you are.
Hotel Zephyr , san francisco
There are loads of
very good reasons
to book your
us. Here are some of
We’ve searched every corner of the globe for the very best
properties around, in every conceivable style.
We’ve slept in it and vetted it for safety. We are
continually working with our suppliers to maintain and
improve standards. We actively seek good practice in
health and safety to ensure your travels are safe and
We’ve chosen our favourite hotels and hostels for this
brochure but you don’t just have to take our word for it.
We also partner with TripAdvisor, and soon you’ll find
their ratings on our website and on our
mobile app. We have highlighted their
Travellers’ Choice destinations honouring top
travel spots on the relevant pages.
Look out for this logo.
Best Price Guaranteed
No hidden extras, no nasty surprises.
Look out for our STA Travel bonus offers. We’ve sourced
the very best deals that will ensure you save money and
make the most of your stay. Please ask your STA Travel
Expert for applicable dates, terms and conditions.
Want to stay connected? Look for the free Wi-Fi symbol
on our hostels and hotels.
Book your hostels, hotels and activities as you
travel at amazing prices, all from the STA Travel
app. Download now before you hit the road.
GO SMART OR GO HOME...
OK, travel insurance might not be the most exciting thing in
the world, but it could be the most important purchase you
make before you take off on your travels. You must take travel
insurance before you leave, you won’t be able to get it once you
have left your home country. Make sure you ask us to organise
the cover that’s right for you. Check out page 153 for full
details of all our insurance options.
Your trip of a lifetime will quickly ground to a screeching halt
if you forget to sort our entrance visas. Please don’t forget to
check with the relevant embassy if you need to get a visa for
the countries you plan to visit.
GLOBAL SIM CARD
Make sure you always stay in contact with friends and family
back home. We offer global low cost prepaid SIMs with low
international roaming rates for calls, text and data in more than
190 countries. There’s no contracts, no terrifying roaming bills
and no special handsets - just top up, slip the SIM into your
mobile phone and start chatting.
Change your mind? Change your ticket without fees. Save
$100s on date changes with our totally unique STA Travel
Multiflex pass (see page 6).
It’s your responsibility to obtain proper and detailed medical
advice in plenty of time before you go. We suggest you visit the
Safe Travel website at www.safetravel.govt.nz or www.mfa.gov.sg
for up to date information. Your local GP can also give you advice
on which vaccinations you’ll need for particular countries.
Don’t forget your MasterCard Multi-Currency Cash Passport,
the chip and pin protected travel money card that gives you a
safe and easy way to carry your spending money while on your
travels, plus it can be loaded in nine different currencies.
This insurance is issued and managed by AGA Assistance Australia Pty Ltd ABN 52 097 227 177 (Incorporated
in Australia) trading as Allianz Global Assistance and is underwritten by Allianz Australia Insurance Limited ABN
15 000 122 850 (Incorporated in Australia) trading as Allianz New Zealand. STA Travel (NZ) Limited Company
No. 296025 arranges this insurance as an agent of Allianz Global Assistance. You should consider the Policy
Wording before making any decisions about this product.
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Get your travel fix straight from the source, with the brilliant STA
Travel Blog. Get the inside track on adventure travel ideas and stock
up on knowledge from behind the scenes here at STA Travel.
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Responsible travel has been with STA Travel in various shapes
and forms since our pioneering days. Over the decades, we’ve
helped millions of travellers to make deep connections to places
they visit, and to come away with a greater sense that we’re
sharing this world.
We believe that far from being a negative force, real sustainable
travel has the power to create opportunities to develop
communities and build a greater understanding between the
many great cultures in the world that we share.
To ensure we’re doing all we can to fulfil our responsibilities we
have created a three pillar approach to social responsibility.
In order to ensure that we meet our responsibilities in these
areas we have created a three pillar strategy made up of Our
World, Our Action and Our People.
You can learn more about this at
As an employer we take our responsibility very seriously.
We want to make sure that we support the next generation
through offering apprenticeships and working with community
partners local to our offices through our staff volunteering
This planet is our playground. It is therefore only right that we
do all we can to preserve it for future generations by reducing
our environmental impact.
We work with credible partners to secure travel experiences
that are not only authentic but also responsible and
sustainable as well as regularly assessing all of our operations
to ensure that we can be proud of how we do our business. We
also fund our very own charity, the STA Travel Foundation.
Founded in 2012, the STA Travel
Foundation is our chosen method of
giving something back to the people
and places that we work in. By funding a
number of projects we are really making
a difference to local communities as
well as supporting local causes in the
countries where we have stores and
offices. By harnessing our brand to
raise money from our staff, customers,
suppliers and networks we can help
smaller charities access vital funds.
STA Travel covers all costs of running
this registered charity meaning that
every penny the Foundation raises
goes straight towards our chosen
causes around the world. STA Travel
also donates $30,000 per year to the
foundation via staff donation matching.
You can learn more at:
In 2010 STA Travel embarked on
a responsible travel journey with
Planeterra. Planeterra exists to support
local people to develop their communities
and conserve their cultural heritage. STA
Travel has committed $1 million over five
years to Planeterra and has so far been
instrumental in funding a community
tourism project in Thailand, water
tanks and a river ambulance in Panama,
building a paediatric ward in Kenya and
creating an art workshop at a drop-in
centre for kids in Cuzco.
Learn more at: planeterra.org/
VOLUNTEERING & THE STA
TRAVEL CODE OF CONDUCT
If you are looking to make a worthwhile
contribution to the areas you visit,
pick up a copy of our volunteering
brochure. We only work with a select
number of partners who build meaningful
relationships with local communities.
We have collaborated with them to
develop a set of criteria that help
voluntourism providers plan and manage
their programmes in a responsible
and sustainable manner. Ensuring that
local community needs are met while
at the same time satisfying the desires
of travellers to make a difference and
create lasting impact, requires effective
planning and management and consistent
monitoring. This ensures that our
voluntourism projects are developed with
the local communities’ needs, and not the
travellers’ or STA Travel’s needs as the
first priority. Please ask if you would like
a copy of our Code of Conduct.
Keep on going past
coast into the Pacific
SALT LAKE CITY
GRAND CANYON N.P.
united states of america
Avoid the East Coast,
West Coast drama and
ride into the South.
Stagger off a horse on a
Texan ranch, lament of
heartbreak in Nashville
and seek southern
comfort in a New
Orleans jazz den.
Play hard and party
harder in Canada’s
buzzing cities and
playground for skiers,
boarders, kayakers and
nature lovers - beware,
the aprés is just as
Pick up my STA Travel North America brochure
Book an appointment with a Travel Expert and
Get my flights booked
Make sure I book the travel insurance cover that
best suits my trip requirements
Buy my ISIC, IYTC or ITIC card for amazing
discounts all over the world
NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR
Get my International SIM card for low cost
Book somewhere to stay for at least my first
Check and arrange any visas required
Download the STA Travel app so I can book
accommodation and activities as I travel
Get packed, it’s time to hit the road
NEW YORK CITY
Add some East Coast
glamour and grit to
your USA trip. Cruise
the hipster ‘hoods and
artisan food-trucks of
NYC, gatecrash a college
frat party on Boston’s
old school cobbles, and
uncover secrets and
scandal on the capital’s
streets in Washington D.C.
thinking about spreading Your
wings a little fArther?
Then pick up one of our other brochures
it’s BETTER to see
something once than hear about it
a thousand TIMES
QUOTE: ASIAN PROVERB. LOCATION: PHI PH ISLANDS, THAILAND
The statue of liberty
was a gift from france
in 1884. the seven rays on
her crown represent the
US waiters depend on
tips for the bulk of their
earnings; 15 - 20%
is the standard rate.
Anything less is seen as
service is usually quick
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
New York City
32°C+ | 90°F+
Feeling hot hot hot 24-31°C | 75-89°F
Pleasantly warm 17-23°C | 62-74°F
Take a jacket 12-16°C | 53-61°F
Chilled1-11°C | 33-52°F
Ice Ice Baby!
0°C- | 32°F-
Ever dreamt of travelling
throughout the big ol’ U S of A,
meeting the locals and experiencing
a larger than life country? Miami,
Colorado, New York, Chicago or
anywhere else in the States; it’s
up to you. A working adventure
in the USA is the perfect way to
become immersed in the diversity
of this beautiful, exhilarating and
How the programme works
You can work in virtually any field you want and travel anywhere in the United States.
Whether you’d like to get some amazing overseas work experience whilst doing your
degree or do temp jobs and explore the US, Work USA provides you with flexibility.
Work USA 12 Month is a year-long programme for recent graduates (within 12
months). You can apply year round for this programme but places are limited.
• Help obtaining your J-1 visa
• Work USA Handbook
• Pre-departure session giving you help and advice to prepare for your trip
• IEP can put you in touch with other Work USA participants
• Banking and tax assistance
• Phone card – no excuse not to call home!
• 24/7 day support in America
VISA APPLICATION & PRE-DEPARTURE PLANNING
Many IEP participants find casual employment. For example: amusement parks, country
clubs, hotels, restaurants, and cafes. Salaries range from US$7 to US$12 per hour.
However, if you have relevant experience and a bit of motivation, jobs can be found in
just about any sector.
how to APPLY
The IEP team will be on hand to guide you through the entire process
Step 1: Register with your local STA Travel Expert
Work USA 12 Month $995
OTHER COSTS TO CONSIDER*
US Visa fee
SEVIS fee (paid to the Department of
Homeland Security) US$35
Personal support funds (visa
(depending on visa)
Please note these are third party costs, they are
not unique to IEP participants and are subject to
*Insurance: A condition of the programme is that
all participants must enroll for travel insurance
cover provided by IEP New Zealand
• A full time tertiary student or recent
• Aged over 18 years
• An Australian or New Zealand
Work USA 12 month can depart at
anytime. We recommend you apply
at least eight weeks before planned
Step 2: IEP will contact you within two working days for an initial phone interview
Step 3: You’ll then attend an informal interview where your application and suitability
will be assessed
Step 4: IEP will then guide you through preparing a variety of documents for your visa
Step 5: You will then attend a US Consulate interview and participate in a pre-departure
orientation to discuss the programme and answer any questions you may have
Step 6: Once your visa has been issued, you are ready to fly to the USA!
SUMMER CAMP USA
If you enjoy working with kids, have a
sense of adventure, love the outdoors
and are aged 18-30 years, then the
Summer Camp USA programme is for
you. It allows you to work as a camp
counsellor in the most challenging and
rewarding summer camp jobs you can
imagine! As a camp counsellor at a US
Summer Camp you will spend eight to
ten weeks living with and leading kids
in beautiful surroundings. Your job is
to teach amazing activities and help
them have life-changing experiences.
How the programme works
On Summer Camp USA you benefit from low up-front costs and earn a salary whilst
enjoying the summer of a lifetime! The US team will find you a placement at camp suited to
your individual skills and experience. IEP then look after all your pre-departure planning
including help with arranging flights and insurance (tailor made to meet your needs).
IEP administers Summer Camp USA in conjunction with a US designated sponsor. Both the
sponsor and IEP offer help and support during your time in the USA.
WHY GO TO CAMP WITH IEP?
• Highest paying Summer Camp programme
• Low programme fees & IEP are upfront about all associated costs
• 40 years’ experience running summer camp programmes
• Experienced staff are on hand before you leave and in the US, with most members of
the team are summer camp veterans.
• You’ll receive individual placement at an approved camp based on your interests and
ACTIVITIES AT CAMP
Counsellors who are able to teach a
specific sport or activity are always in high
demand. The range of activities taught at
summer camps is endless; however here is
a list of the hottest activities!
• Canoeing and
• Horse riding
• Mountain biking
• Rock climbing
• Ropes courses
• Water Skiing
• Wake Boarding
how to APPLY
The IEP team will be on hand to guide
you through the entire process
Step 1: Register with your local STA
Step 2: IEP will contact you within two
working days to arrange an interview
Step 3: We’ll then work with you to
put together your profile to send off to
Step 4: Once you’ve been successfully
placed at a camp, IEP will help you apply
for your US visa
Step 5: Get ‘amped for camp’ - it’s time
to pack your bags and head to camp!
IEP programme fee FR $150
(full refund if you’re not placed at camp)
Placement fee FR $650
(not payable until you get placed at a camp and
includes medical insurance)
OTHER COSTS TO CONSIDER*
USA Visa fee
Proof of funds
*Note, other than the IEP programme fee these
are third party costs. They are not unique to IEP
participants and are subject to change.
To be a counsellor on Summer Camp USA
you need to:
• Have experience with working with kids
• Be aged between 19 and 30 (18 year
olds with excellent skills/experience will
• Be available for at least nine weeks from
mid May/early June to mid August
• Be an energetic and adaptable team
Interviews are held October to March
and placement notification is any time
until early May. Actual departures are
during May and June. The earlier you
apply the more likely you are to receive
As well as having a fantastic summer
you also get paid a competitive salary.