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    Hi,

    Basically I've registered and started my application to work with Camp America (www.campamerica.co.uk) and have paid my first deposit and am awaiting my first interview.

    After I did this I had a scout around the internet and was surprised to find quite a few negative reviews about it in comparison to Bunac, Camp Leaders and CCUSA. It's quite hard to tell whether these are genuine reviews or staff of the other courses badmouthing Camp America and recommend their own in the hope of getting more applicants, as some of the posters only have one or two posts to their name.

    So - has anyone been with Camp America before and how did you find it? Is my paranoia unneeded? I am thinking about switching to another Camp (will I get my deposit back if I do?) if the company isn't as good as it makes out.

    Cheers.
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    I have been with them before - I loved it they were great at communication though this did slow a bit towards May with everyone getting visas/flights etc. But still provided so much resources and information- the forum was great this is what I liked about them. Also I liked that they did a recruitment fair which is where I got hired whereas I don't think Bunac does this. Your paranoia is unneeded I feel, Camp America you get paid less but I feel the reassurance and info they provided was worth it.
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    (Original post by questionmark)
    I have been with them before - I loved it they were great at communication though this did slow a bit towards May with everyone getting visas/flights etc. But still provided so much resources and information- the forum was great this is what I liked about them. Also I liked that they did a recruitment fair which is where I got hired whereas I don't think Bunac does this. Your paranoia is unneeded I feel, Camp America you get paid less but I feel the reassurance and info they provided was worth it.
    When in the year are recruitment fairs? And I heard if you go through their website application you can't chose what camp you get?
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    I went to camp with a different company and camp america seemed more organised (everyone was put up in a hotel for a night in new york together on arrival and they had a forum to meet people, whereas I was put in a cheap hostel at 2am with 1 other person and the booking was wrong!). But their fees are higher and wages are lower.

    I'm glad I didn't go with them but the extra cost may be worth it for you.
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    (Original post by Liberalist)
    Hi,

    Basically I've registered and started my application to work with Camp America (www.campamerica.co.uk) and have paid my first deposit and am awaiting my first interview.

    After I did this I had a scout around the internet and was surprised to find quite a few negative reviews about it in comparison to Bunac, Camp Leaders and CCUSA. It's quite hard to tell whether these are genuine reviews or staff of the other courses badmouthing Camp America and recommend their own in the hope of getting more applicants, as some of the posters only have one or two posts to their name.

    So - has anyone been with Camp America before and how did you find it? Is my paranoia unneeded? I am thinking about switching to another Camp (will I get my deposit back if I do?) if the company isn't as good as it makes out.

    Cheers.
    Obviously, I am a BUNAC staff member so I won't discuss which is "better". Instead I will outline what makes BUNAC different from other organisations.

    - BUNAC is a non-profit organisation and can therefore offer a low-cost programme with higher salaries. (BUNAC currently offer the lowest fees and highest wages)
    - You'll receive careful, individual placement as a counsellor at an approved camp, plus orientation and training. This essentially means that you are placed according to your own individual skills, talents and strengths at a camp that is right for you.
    - Almost everyone gets visited by a BUNAC rep while they are at camp to ensure that they are 100% happy with their placement.
    - You get to spend your first night in New York City with other campers
    - You get a comprehensive orientation to prepare you for camp life.

    If you have any questions about applying through BUNAC, please feel free to get in touch or call 020-7251-3448. Visit www.bunac.org.uk/summercampusa and get chatting to former BUNAC Summer Campers on our facebook at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/...CampUSA?ref=ts

    Thanks!
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    You will have fun whoever you apply with so dont worry too much

    Check out http://www.summercampworldwide.com/chat if you need some independent advice!
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    I applied to spend the summer with Camp America last year and I would recommend them. I always found them to be very well organised and willing to help. They were always contactable when an issue came up (for example there was a problem with a payment of mine going through and they got it resolved very quickly.) My interviewer was very efficient and helpful and went out of her way to email me reminders about recruitment fair etc. Likewise the forum on the website was a great source of information. I didn't end up going to camp in the end - seemingly due to the financial crisis there was a shortage of places but I think CA did well in dealing with this as they gave the opportunity for applicants to drop out and receive a full refund. I opted to take the refund but I plan to reapply next year. I think it is true that other companies are cheaper and I don't think it makes much difference who you go with but personally I would remain with CA through loyalty.
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    Camp America are money grabbing - if it's not too late I would cancel and go with someone else. Do you know anyone who has done a camp america type thing before who can help you out with your visa etc? Because I went with Camp America the first year I ever did it and I ended up getting about $500 at the end of the summer and when that was converted to GBP it was pathetic.

    I would say try contacting camps directly, as I have been back to my camp three times (albeit only ever once by camp america - they're not stealing any more of my money) and there have been plenty of people who just searched the internet and found my camp and just applied directly. The camp sponsors your visa if it's your first time, and you just have to pay for your flight and your visa appointment fee. My camp even gives us $300 travel expenses. This year I ended up clearing $2000 at the end of the summer, rather than $500 - pretty big difference.

    Otherwise I have heard good things about BUNAC and CCUSA, the only thing different about camp america is that they have a forum, which granted is very good, but there's plenty of stuff on the internet that can help, you just have to search for it.

    if you want any advice or anything please feel free to PM me.

    Good luck!
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    (Original post by Liberalist)
    When in the year are recruitment fairs? And I heard if you go through their website application you can't chose what camp you get?
    Yep that's true: you can express a preference if you don't like the camp you get placed at i guess you can reject it. That's why i went to the fair, last year they were in Jan and Feb.
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    Ive heard Camp America is great if you enjoy washing dishes.
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    My advice, never go with usa summer camps. They use everything from camp leaders anyway instead of having there own facililies. For example, the profile is made with camp leaders, and it is camp leaders who organise the job fair. when i ring up it sounds like a few people sat in a tiny office who aren't great at their job.
    Go direct with camp leaders, or another company.
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    Lots of feedback on http://www.summercampworldwide.com or maybe ask on a facebook page like http://www.facebook.com/summercamp365

    Just apply thats the main thing
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    Hey,
    What you have done makes sense. I want to cut out the middle man and apply directly too! Could you give me details about your camp please ?
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    Hey! What is your camp???x
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    For anyone reading this after 2011, BUNAC is no longer non-profit and is now owned by a travel company.

    I can't comment on the service that they now provide, I'm just saying that this review is outdated.
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    Hi!

    We work really hard on our customer service to make sure that our applicants are supported the entire time of their stay. We have been sending people to camp since 1969 and as the originals we have a lot of experience in sending people to the States, working with the most camps to ensure placements! We are also a designated sponsor for the visa and have a great relationship with the Embassy.

    Although I work at CA and I am obviously biased! I went to camp three summers and went with Camp America each time. I chose them initially (before I had any idea who the camp companies were) because I knew people who had been through them and they looked like they knew what they were doing. I continued to go to camp with them because they always looked after me and your pay goes up in your returner years.

    Let us know if you have any more questions
    Pops CA

    (Original post by Liberalist)
    Hi,

    Basically I've registered and started my application to work with Camp America (www.campamerica.co.uk) and have paid my first deposit and am awaiting my first interview.

    After I did this I had a scout around the internet and was surprised to find quite a few negative reviews about it in comparison to Bunac, Camp Leaders and CCUSA. It's quite hard to tell whether these are genuine reviews or staff of the other courses badmouthing Camp America and recommend their own in the hope of getting more applicants, as some of the posters only have one or two posts to their name.

    So - has anyone been with Camp America before and how did you find it? Is my paranoia unneeded? I am thinking about switching to another Camp (will I get my deposit back if I do?) if the company isn't as good as it makes out.

    Cheers.
 
 
 
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