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Definitely do Camp America!!! I've been working at camp for the past two summers and am planning to get back this summer!! Provided I pass my exams!!
They've literally been the best summers of my life - I've got up to some crazy things (e.g. accidentally kicking my shoe over Niagara Falls, swimming in a lake at midnight!!), made some amazing friends (clichéd yeah, but they really are - I'm going inter railing with a camp friend before camp next summer!! ) Aaaaah!! Even talking about it makes me want to get back!!
It's an amazing experience and it's pretty sweet to have it on your CV!!! One of the first things I was asked in my job interview was all about camp!! Employers just love the fact that you have the guts to get up and head off to America for at least two months!!!
If you've got more questions or want to know more about what I got up to, send me a wee message!!
SERIOUSLY, GO FOR IT!!!!!
I've applied for this year, and I'm spending three months in PA
I've done videos on my youtube including my application video, and what to expect at your interview if you want some more information
Cannot recommend it enough.
It always seems like we're sounding corny, but it will be one of the best summers of your life!
Well worth doing.
If you want to return to the same camp the year after just apply direct to the camp, some will do that and help with visas etc and then you'll end up with better pay as Camp America do take a cut for finding staff etc, same as most companies that do that (ie agencies)
But going with Camp America helps a lot and does take the stress out of it.
You'll be amazed at what you learn out there and what you get the chance to see. It also looks great on your c.v and I've always been asked by employers how i found it etc and why I did what I did (ie.going out there on my own).
All I can say is its definitely worth it and will change you as a person when you come back (even if thats just some american twang you pick up and a few extra pounds in weight haha)
Best of luck!
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I've worked on two different camps, both have been special needs. My first summer I got placed at the Edinburgh recruitment fair, and had the most wonderful time at camp, but the campers were predominantly adults and I want really wanted to work with kids. So last year I went to the Manchester recruitment fair as there was a special needs camp there I wanted to speak to, and got placed at it! I adored the summer so much and after being asked back to the same camp for summer 2016 I said yes straight away. I'm actually having to leave my job to go back but as far as I'm concerned I've got all the time in the world to settle down with a proper job.
Camp is so unique, you're in a bubble where everyone just loves their job and the kids and what they're doing and it sounds so cheesy but it's the best environment ever. It's hard work, you work ridiculously long hours and get barely any time off but it's so worth it. You get really close to people really quickly and camp relationships are a lot more prominent than I ever expected haha, so be prepared for lots of that! When you get back to England you'll spend all your time wishing you were back at camp, and miraculously forget how tired and stressed you ever were.
Do it do it do it, you'll have the summer of a lifetime.