Unfortunately BUNAC no longer run the summer camp programme, but there are SO many amazing working travel opportunities available with them! If you want to work with children the Volunteer Ghana might be for you!! Activities include look after children in a Ghanaian orphanage for 2-6 months while living with a local family and work alongside local people. This is a programme that is makes a genuine and worthwhile difference to peoples lives as well and boosting your CV!! There are so many like programmes available such as coaching in South Africa and Teaching in Chile, China or Nepal! I worked in America as a lifeguard last summer and I had the time of my life! I definitely recommend working abroad and BUNAC make it so easy to get on a do it. Check out the website of more info: www.bunac.org/wapcardiff
Hope that helps!
Hey, I'm interested in applying for summer camp usa for 2013 and I was just wondering if I have enough experience with kids and also if I had enough specific skills. I have a brown belt in Jujitsu and for that I had to help out in some of the junior lessons, I also did a weeks work experience at a primary school a few years ago and I've done some babysitting and helped out in some lessons of younger years in secondary school. The only other skills are that I've done a beginners course in archery and have done singing lessons and concerts and enjoy hiking and biking but I don't have any qualifications in these things. Would this be enough to apply with or would I need to gain more experience first? Thanks
I was told the earliest possible appointment for an interview would be June 7. I've sent in all the paperwork (participant agreement, reference, school documentation, etc.) How come it will take so long to be seen when the U.S. Department of State website says it only typically takes "3 days" for non-immigrant visas in at the Consulate London and only 5 days to process?
The £315 covers
Full programme administration and help in obtaining J-1 visa
BUNAC membership - entitling you to discounts on all Lonely Planet guidebooks and Green Tortoise and Trek America tours
Work America Job Directory includes job hunting and CV advice in addition to job listings
Comprehensive insurance with no excess
BUNAC support services (incl. 24/7 emergency contact)
The New York office provides the following for the duration of your stay in America:
Assistance in obtaining Social Security Number
Advice about job and accommodation hunting
General info about life in the USA.
If you are looking for a slightly more affordable option, check out the KAMP USA programme. Working in a vital support role on a US summer camp gives you the chance to enjoy some of the fun and camaraderie of camp life without living with the children. www.bunac.org.uk/kampusa
Hi, thank you for the reply! I have had a quick look through the Brochure and everything, and I would really love to apply. £315 to register though, seems a lot of money especially when I have to add the visa and flights out to it, I was just wondering what that money got me?
It's really difficult to get a visa to work in America, your only other option through BUNAC is Summer Camp USA, which is obviously only possible if you have experience of working with kids.
I think your best bet is Work Canada. The student and non-student programme will be opening in January but if you are within 12 months of graduation I'd encourage you to apply for the student programme as you can do this more than once, giving you more options for the future.
BUNAC look after all the administation involved in getting the visa and give lots of help and support to find work and accommodation on arrival. Check out your options at http://www.bunac.org.uk/workcanada
Hi. I've just finished Uni and I didn't realise that the BUNAC work america program was only available to students. Do you know how I would go about working in the US for a few months without BUNAC? Or if there is a way to do this with BUNAC still? My second choice would probably be Canada, is that available for non-students?
Welcome to BUNAC. Your gap year adventure starts here/today.
Who are we? Established in 1962, BUNAC is now the UK's leading non-profit travel club for students, offering great value work, travel and volunteer programmes in every continent.
What do we do? Our work and travel programmes in Canada, USA, Australia, and New Zealand will help you gain independence, confidence and international work experience, while BUNAC’s wide range of volunteering and teaching placements in Africa, South and Central America and Asia offer the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Our Summer Camp USA programme also gives you the chance to work as a camp counsellor in America during the holidays.
With an office or partner organisation in every destination, we make sure that you get the most out of your experience. We offer a full support package for our members, providing all the resources you need to plan your adventure, including help with finding jobs and accommodation.
BUNAC offer group flight packages for all programmes, offering competitively priced return flights, transfers and arrival accommodation. Being able to travel with other BUNACers gives you the chance to make friends before you’ve even arrived at your destination!
How can we help you? BUNAC enables you to experience everyday working life in a new country and explore some of the world's most incredible places during your stay. Volunteering or working abroad can enhance your employability skills so your BUNAC adventure is sure to be a key discussion point at future job interviews!
You can take part in a BUNAC programme during a gap year, summer holidays or after graduation.
As a not-for-profit organisation, BUNAC programmes are competitively priced and all fees are used simply to cover programme costs. Our primary concern is to ensure you have a worthwhile and memorable experience at a fair price.
With 24/7 emergency support for all members, we also ensure you are fully prepared for your trip with a comprehensive handbook, pre-departure advice and orientations.
By the way… We are ATOL protected, a partner of the FCO’s Know Before You Go campaign and is a founding member of the Year Out Group, as well as a member of WYSE Work Abroad Association.
Give us a shout! Feel free to ask us any questions, visit our website or give one of our travel advisors in our London office a call. Over the last 48 years we’ve enabled over a quarter of a million people to explore the world and gain valuable life skills so we’re always happy to help you with gap year advice and general pearls of travelling wisdom!