Summer Camp USA - IEP
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Summer Camp USA - IEP


WHO AREIEP?• We’re part of a worldwide network ofcompanies and partner organisationsthat help people have amazingoverseas work and travel experiences.• We have been offering supportedworking holiday programs here in NewZealand since 1996.• Our parent company, BUNAC, havebeen placing staff at Summer Camp USAfor more than 40 years.• We all love to travel and have workedand lived overseas – we know the deal!


WHAT’S ITALL ABOUT?• Summer Camp USA is an Americantradition dating back 150 years• 12,000 camps – we work with 1000 ofthem• 11 million kids attend summer camps• Over a million staff needed everysummer!• Most of the camps are on the East Coastor towards the mid west

WHAT’S ITALL ABOUT?• Placement at a US summer camp for8 - 10 weeks (May - August)• Teach and look after campers aged6 - 17• Food and accommodation iscovered while you’re at camp• Ongoing support in NZ and USA• Share a cabin with your campers

AM I ELIGIBLEFOR SUMMERCAMP?You MUST:• Be between 18 and 30 years of age(18 yr olds must have provenleadership and work experience)• Have experience working with kids• LOVE working with KIDS• Have experience in leadership• Be available for about 10 weeksbetween May and August

WHY DO ASUMMER CAMP?• Escape the NZ winter!• Experience a difference culture• Get outside your comfort zone• Make friends and contacts from allover the world• Make a difference• It’s a great way to introduce yourselfinto the wonderful world of travel!

WHY KIDS GOTO CAMPCampers go to do fun activities over theirsummer holidays in a safe andsupportive environmentThey go to make friends, try new thingsand learn life skills such as:• responsibility• communication• tolerance

WHY CAMPWANTS YOU• Because you’re a Kiwi!• Kiwi’s are known all over the world forhaving a great work ethic• Growing up in NZ means you have skillsand experience unique to camp life• Add international flavour to camp

WHAT WILLMY JOB BE?ACTIVITY COUNSELLORTeach an activity during the day andhave a cabin of campers that you areresponsible forMost camps are structured this wayGENERAL COUNSELLORGeneral leadership role at camp forpeople with all around experienceMakes sure the campers get to theiractivities on time

IT WILL BEYOUR JOB TO…•Organise activities for the kids• Stay in a cabin with 6 - 12 children• Be their friend and their shoulder to cry on!• Be a really great role model

WHAT ‘S ATYPICAL DAYLIKE?7:15 Reveille – Optional dip or jog7:45 Flag raising and inspection8:00 Breakfast followed by clean up ofcabin or tent9:30 First activity period10:30 Second activity period11:45 Optional general swim12:30 Lunch13:00 Rest hour14:30 First afternoon activity period15:30 Second afternoon activity period16:30 Free time (supervised)18:00 Dinner19:00 Flag lowering and special events21:00 First bell, lights out for younger kids22:30 Lights out for seniors

WHAT MAKES AGREATCOUNSELLOR?•Knowing what you’re in for!•Being prepared•Ability to get along with theother people•Organised!•Flexible, adaptable•Great role models

WHAT CAN I DOAT CAMP?SPORTSarchery*baseballbasketballfencinggolf*gymnastics*hockeyhorseriding*judokaratelacrosseriflery (.22)*soccer*tennis*volleyballWATERFRONTcanoeing (indian)*kayaking*boat drivingsailing*scubaswimming*waterskiing*wakeboarding*windsurfing*PIONEERINGcampcraft*fire buildinghiking*outdoorcookingovernight trips*ropes course*SCIENCEastronomychemistrycomputersecologyelectronicsnature study*physicsMUSICbuglechorusfolk singingguitar*piano*(for accompanyingshows, not teaching)pop*play by ear*accompany*sight readtransposesong leadingARTS & CRAFTScartooningceramics*copper enameldrawinghandicrafts*jewellery*leathermacramémetalpaintingprintingphoto/darkroom*sewingsilversmithingweaving*woodwork*ENTERTAINMENTcircus arts*costumingdance*directingmagicstagecraftvideoMISCELLANEOUSbroadcast radioanimal careauto-mechanicscyclingfarmingfirst aidfishinggo-cartsmountain bikingmini-bikes*religious service*roller-skating

I’M WORRIED IDON’T HAVE THESKILLS…Camp is a long way off so you haveplenty of time to improve your skillsand experience.There are loads of things you can dobetween now and then.Talk to the IEP team to find out more!

NEED TOUPSKILL?Take a GapYear Experience from Jan-May with Horizons!• Develop great technical andinstructional skills (e.g. Sea kayaking,rope courses, rock climbing)• Learn Leadership and Teaching Skills(including outdoor first aid)• Develop Interpersonal Skills• (organisation, communication etc)

WHAT WILL MYCAMP BE LIKE?Private, traditional and residential campsAgency CampsCamps for disadvantaged childrenDay CampsSpecialist CampsSpecial Needs CampsReligious CampsGirl Scout Camps



PASTCOUNSELLORSSAID“Summer camp has a huge effect on yourlife, you learn so much about yourself andexperience another culture. It’s aninvaluable opportunity”“The BEST thing that I have ever done withmy winter!”“Be prepared to work harder than youthought possible and have more fun thanyou could imagine. I can’t wait to comeback next year!”

WHY IEP?• Top program benefits, low fees andhighest base salary• Camp placement that matches yourindividual skills• Dedicated help, advice and supportevery step of the way• We are a trusted organisation – thecamps we work with rely on the highquality staff we put through to them


TRAVELAFTER CAMP• Visa includes 30 day grace period fortravel• You can use it to travel anywhere in theStates (maybe even with the newbuddies you make at camp!)• Doing a Contiki or Trek America is agreat way to pack a lot into a short time

WHAT’S INIT FOR ME?• Travel from arrival destination to camp• Your first nights accommodation in NY*• Food/accommodation while at camp• Full IEP support and advice• IEP t-shirtPLUS• International work experience and contacts• Experience a new and exciting culture• Great chance for independence• Skip the cold NZ winter!

WHENSHOULD IAPPLY?• Before the end of year or by early 2015 at thelatest• Camps start hiring about now and hire right theway through until when camps start so thesooner you apply, the better shot you have ofbeing placed• It’ll be less stress and you’ll have more time toput together your profile and get it right!• Early bird fee is $50 less if you apply before30/11 and you’ll go in the draw to win aWestern Highlights Tour of the States thanks toTREK AMERICA!

APPLYING FORSUMMER CAMPUSA1. Apply online and pay program fee2. Informal interview in person or viaSkype3. Put your profile together includingreferences4. We review it and send it off to the US5. Interview with the camp director6. Your placed!7. Pay acceptance fee, sort flights, visaand insurance8. Attend a pre-departure session9. Your off!

WHAT WILL ITCOST ME?VisaJ-1 visa fee: US$160 NZD$208 (approx)US Consulate interview in AucklandProgram fee: First time: $150 (EARLY BIRD)Returner:$595 (No acceptance fee)Acceptance fee: $650Proof of funds:USD$300Flights:$2300 (approx)TOTAL: $3,608

WHAT WILLIT EARN?You’ll recoup some of the cost and havemoney for travel after camp!18 years: USD $1,550 (NZ1915)19-20 years: USD $1,650 (NZ$2015)21+: USD$1,750 (NZ$2140)Special Needs: +USD$100 (NZ$128)Returners can negotiate their own salary

TELL ME MOREABOUT THEVISA• J1 visa for camp counsellors only• You can get it numerous times but itcan’t be extended• Needs to be issued by a US sponsor• You’ll also need to attend an interviewat the US consulate• Includes 30 day grace period for travel• Costs US$160 (separate cost to programfee)• SEVIS Fee included in placement fee

FLIGHTS• STA travel – discounted rates• Return trip to New York City inMay/June approx $2300• In-house STA travel agent has beenworking alongside Summer CampUSA for 13 years

TRAVELINSURANCE• Your travel/medical insurance is coveredin the acceptance fee• Minimum 3 months coverage• Extendable for up to 12 months

FAQ’S•Can I extend my camp visa?•Can I choose my camp?•Is it a guaranteed job?•How much experience do I need?•Do I get days off?•Can I go with a friend or partner?

FAQ’S•Will I be traveling to camp on my own?•What happens at the end of camp?•Can I book a one way ticket into theStates and sort the flight home later?•What is the accommodation/food like?•What if I don’t like my camp or job?•When should I apply?

WORKCANADA12 Month Working HolidayVisaAny job, work anywhere inCanada and depart anytime of the year!

WHYWORK CANADA?• Maximise your ticket to North America!• We can help arrange a ski resort job!• Don’t ski – no worries!• Full support program; visa, tax number,bank account, jobs/accommodation &much more!• Canada has camps too!• Loads of summer campers do it!• You can apply from summer camp

APPLY NOWApply pop into any branchof STA Travel


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