piątek, 7 października 2016


Hello everyone!
I'm back and have a lot to tell you, but I think the best idea is to start right from the beginning. A lot of you have asked me about my trip, how did I organise all of it, where did I work. Basically, how did I do it? This post will answer all of your questions and hopefully make everything easier for you if you decide to go (if you're still wondering whether you should go - you should!)

The first and most important point is - you have to be a STUDENT. Unfortunately, the J1 programme is only available for students.

Student? Want to know more? Keep reading!

First step!
Go to https://www.campamerica.co.uk/ and register! You will be asked to fill out an application form and sections such as:   

  • Background Checks
  • Personal Details    
  • Contact Details
  • Passport & Flight Choices
  • Language & Current Education
  • Education History
  • Work History

  • Furthemore, you will have to record a video, in which you will have to tell a bit more about yourself, your hobbies and interests and basically why you want to go! All of this takes time, especially because you really should fill every section as best as you can. This mostly refers to work history and the experience you have gained over the years. By doing this, you will find the perfect job for yourself. So, take time!

    One of the decisions you have to make is whether you would like to work as a counsellor or as a campower. Counsellors work directly with children, take care of them and basically make sure the kids have the best time of their lives at camp! So if you really love children, this is the perfect job for you! I have chosen to work as a campower, due to my previous experience. Campower works more behind the scenes - the kitchen, dining hall or houskeeping, but is as equally important in the life of a camp. And of course, it also gets a chance to meet the kids and make friends with them!

    Remember that Camp America will be there to help you at all times and whenever you have a question you can always call or email them and will be helped straight away! This is really good, because all of this can become a bit stressful and complicated at times, especially when you are a student, who also works at weekends and never has the time for anything! But keep one thing in mind at all time, it will all be worth it! And you are not on your own.  

    Once you have everything filled out and completed, your application will be sent to various camps across America. As soon as a camp becomes interested in your application, you will be informed and will have the final say whether you want to work with them or you want to keep looking.

    Found the perfect camp? Then, the next step is.. VISA! But don't worry. Again, Camp America will make sure you have everything you need for the interview at the US embassy and will assist you with filling out the online application for the visa as well. You will be guided on what to do step by step. Once you have the application completed and pass the interview successfully, that's it! You are set to go and the only thing left to do is to count down the days to the best summer ever!

    And another frequently asked question! How much does it cost?
    • Pre placement - 180€
    • Post placement - 763€
    • Non Camp Amrica fees - approx. 140€

    TOTAL = 943€*

    You can see more detailed information in regards to costs here: https://www.campamerica.co.uk/costs/costs-process-explained/first-timer-costs

    *This can change slightly, it depends on various factors, but it will never increase too dramatically

    I hope I answered at least some of your questions and remember that you can always email me at kulakowskaklaudia@gmail.com and I will be happy to answer any other questions you might have.

    I really, really do recommend Camp America and honestly there's not one single bad thing I can say about them! I was looked after from the very beginning to the end, and even now, when I'm thinking of going back, I am already taken care of.

    And! One more thing! If you cannot wait until the summer and you would like to have an oppurtunity to meet your potential employer and get a job on the spot, go to Camp America's job fair! Every year, Camp America organises a job fair where various camps come to look for their ideal workers. This is a great opportunity and that's how I got my job! Make sure to check out Camp America's website for any updates on where it is going to take place this year and when.

    Soooo what do you think? Would you like to go?

    In the next post, I will tell you a bit more about life and work at camp.

    Talk to you soon,
    Klaudia.. X

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