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    (Original post by Loulabell)
    I'm not 100% sure with how Camp America work things (because I'm with ccusa) but I'm pretty sure that if you end up on Ready Steady Go, if you pull out you won't get a refund. That's just what a girl at my camp said, because she came late, replacing a girl who went home early. Check your contract.

    As a British Citezen (I'm assuming you are!) you't don't need a visa to be able to go backpacking, as long as you don't stay more than 90 days.
    You do however have to fill in a ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Autorisation) it's free, and it needs to be filled out online, at least 72 hours before you plan to depart to the US.

    Any clearer? for more infomation: http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/wi...hout_1990.html
    a ok cool thanx
    and 2 the others who helped explain things as well!!
    It all makes sense so wait till may I shall and hope I'll get placed
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    Hey. I'm not actually going in 2010, but there're no threads for later entries atm so I'll post here.
    I have to go for 2012 entry, because i turn 18 halfway through the 2011 season, which is quite annoying! But I'm planning on taking a gap year so it'll just mean I'll have more experience travelling and working independently hopefully Though I have seen people say that CA take a bit out of your paycheck if you're 18, so what will happen with me turning 19 halfway through my placement?
    Since I'll be applying for physiotherapy at uni I was thinking of going to a special needs camp to get some more experience working with the kind of people needing specialist physio e.g CF, MS. But I also do archery a lot and should have a coaching qualificaition by the time of my application, so does anyone on here know if i can be a specialist counsellor doing archery at a special needs camp?
    Reading the posts on here has made me want to go so much!
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    CA do not take anything out of your paycheck. They will however charge £500-£600 regardless of your age.

    What yo uare asking about camps is specific to each camp and personally I have no real knowledge of special needs camps.
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    (Original post by LeighAnne93)
    Hey. I'm not actually going in 2010, but there're no threads for later entries atm so I'll post here.
    I have to go for 2012 entry, because i turn 18 halfway through the 2011 season, which is quite annoying! But I'm planning on taking a gap year so it'll just mean I'll have more experience travelling and working independently hopefully Though I have seen people say that CA take a bit out of your paycheck if you're 18, so what will happen with me turning 19 halfway through my placement?
    Since I'll be applying for physiotherapy at uni I was thinking of going to a special needs camp to get some more experience working with the kind of people needing specialist physio e.g CF, MS. But I also do archery a lot and should have a coaching qualificaition by the time of my application, so does anyone on here know if i can be a specialist counsellor doing archery at a special needs camp?
    Reading the posts on here has made me want to go so much!

    i turn 19 7 days into my placement but im still being payed the amount for an 18 year old
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    (Original post by thisyear!)
    i turn 19 7 days into my placement but im still being payed the amount for an 18 year old
    oh that sucks! Least there's a few weeks for me, but 7 days? can you not go out a week later and get paid as a 19 year old lol
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    (Original post by LeighAnne93)
    Though I have seen people say that CA take a bit out of your paycheck if you're 18,
    What they do is guarantee you a base payment. Some camps will be nice, and pay you more than this amount, but others will stick with pittance that Camp America guarantee.
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    Hi everyone, Just wondering if most people have an idea in their head of where they want to see after camp. Like what sort of travelling they'd like to do?
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    (Original post by Maeve_student)
    Hi everyone, Just wondering if most people have an idea in their head of where they want to see after camp. Like what sort of travelling they'd like to do?
    Hey!Well I'll be based in Massachusetts and I'd love to go to New York, Miami (to see relatives) and LA, but the distance might be an issue..I'm not too sure. What are your plans,if any?
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    eek visa interview tomorrow!!! any advice?
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    (Original post by starfall)
    eek visa interview tomorrow!!! any advice?
    Don't worry its hardly an interview. All they asked me was what I'd be doing there and that was pretty much it. (They clearly weren't indepth as I technically wasn't even eligible for the visa they were interviewing me for!). Be ready for a long wait though - I had to wait about an hour and then you have to line up again and speak to another person - very tedious!
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    (Original post by sam.hunton)
    CA do not take anything out of your paycheck. They will however charge £500-£600 regardless of your age.

    What yo uare asking about camps is specific to each camp and personally I have no real knowledge of special needs camps.
    They do! Although its invisible to you, they take a huge chunk of it directly from the camp - something like $1k if I'm remembering correctly (you aren't normally told this, but if you quit after a few weeks the camp makes you pay back the amount camp america took off them).

    EDIT: Just noticed you were referring to something slightly different but its still good to know for anyone not sure that they will stick it out for the whole thing - it can be VERY hard work!
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    (Original post by callum9999)
    They do! Although its invisible to you, they take a huge chunk of it directly from the camp - something like $1k if I'm remembering correctly (you aren't normally told this, but if you quit after a few weeks the camp makes you pay back the amount camp america took off them).

    EDIT: Just noticed you were referring to something slightly different but its still good to know for anyone not sure that they will stick it out for the whole thing - it can be VERY hard work!
    Again that is camp dependant though. My camp for instance will not take anything out of your pay regardless of what they get charged by the agency, and it is far more than the americans get paid as they also want to cover your own costs to the agency and also want to keep you
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    (Original post by sam.hunton)
    Again that is camp dependant though. My camp for instance will not take anything out of your pay regardless of what they get charged by the agency, and it is far more than the americans get paid as they also want to cover your own costs to the agency and also want to keep you
    I don't think I explained it very well. Basically, the camp pays a fee to camp america no matter what. Technically its not coming out of your pay, but in effect its all coming from the same place. (E.g. I went with camp leaders instead of camp america, and I got paid $60 more than the people with camp america because they charge a higher fee).

    Your camp sounds really good though - which one is it? I got the impression my camp couldn't care less about you, the american working there was also paid a lot more than we were! How much did they pay you (if you don't mind saying)?
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    Well, my first year I got paid the CA minimum, however my second year was upwards of $2000.

    You are right Callum in the way things work, I was just saying that some camps will swallow the fee and not pay you any less!
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    Annoyingly, I haven't been placed yet - which I think is because I put a pretty late earliest departure date...I am going to let BUNAC know that I would be willing to fly slightly earlier - I was wondering what sort of dates those of you who have been placed are flying out?
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    (Original post by s_k)
    Annoyingly, I haven't been placed yet - which I think is because I put a pretty late earliest departure date...I am going to let BUNAC know that I would be willing to fly slightly earlier - I was wondering what sort of dates those of you who have been placed are flying out?
    I fly out on June 7th.
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    (Original post by s_k)
    Annoyingly, I haven't been placed yet - which I think is because I put a pretty late earliest departure date...I am going to let BUNAC know that I would be willing to fly slightly earlier - I was wondering what sort of dates those of you who have been placed are flying out?
    I'm with Camp America, and I'm flying out on June 21st!
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    I'm with Camp America too and I'm flying out the 16th June!
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    Hey, I'm doing Camp America next year (hopefully). What were all the questions you guys were asked in your interviews? What work experience did you guys have pre-interview?
    If anyone could reply that'd be great. Thanks, C.
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    (Original post by primroselove)
    Hey, I'm doing Camp America next year (hopefully). What were all the questions you guys were asked in your interviews? What work experience did you guys have pre-interview?
    If anyone could reply that'd be great. Thanks, C.
    Hi I am working at a special needs camp in Chicago from June 7th till August 20th. I have no experience with children, but I am a support worker with adults with learning disabilities. I was recruited at the London RA fair. Questions hmm:
    Tell me about yourself
    Why do you want to work at this Camp?
    What experience do you have with special needs?
    What skills or experience do you have that makes you suitable for the camp?

    Search through previous forums or even this thread, loads of helpful advice that's what I did
 
 
 

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