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Summer Camp in UK

Experience
Summer Camp
Destination
United Kingdom
Duration
3 to 4 months
Ages
18 to 30

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Trip overview

We’ve all seen the summer camp movies – young kids and teens having a coming-of-age moment in a beautiful summer camp out in nature. Guided by the cool camp counsellors as they navigate team-building activities and outdoor adventures. 

Despite what you see, these summer camps aren’t limited to North America. 

Now you can live your own summer camp dream as a camp counsellor in the UK! 

On a summer camp trip, you’ll get to experience a tradition dating back over 100 years. Help kids of all ages have the time of their lives in exclusive camp locations around the country. 

In exchange for all the fun and games, you’ll get camp accommodation included. Which means your salary (£670 – £1,030 a month) can go straight to your post-camp adventure fund. 

And when you go with Global, you get: 

  • UK summer camp match – Have your camp counsellor opportunity in your hands and ready to go before you leave home
  • Local life essentials – We’ll hook you up with a British SIM card with your first month of coverage included. In-country partners will help you set up your National Insurance Number and local bank account. 
  • Sightseeing tour – Discover London the easy way aboard a hop-on, hop-off bus tour. You can get off at any stop you like, and see this world famous city at your own pace!
  • 3 nights hostel accommodation – Get 3 free nights hostel accommodation at a hostel in London. So you can start your trip with a bang! 

Keen for adventure? Love the outdoors? Love kids? Then this is the trip for you. 

Just imagine it; you’re living at a summer camp by a lake, by the beach, in a forest, or up a mountain. Your days are busy with plenty of hard work. But with a focus on fun, adventure, and building confidence, you can hardly call it work. 

The bonds you’re creating with your fellow counsellors and the kids you’re guiding will leave you with friends for life from all over the world. You might even meet some travel buddies to explore the rest of the country with. 

The best part is that pretty much everything is sorted out for you before you step foot on a plane. So you know exactly what you’re getting into before you leave home. 

With accommodation covered and a wage of at least £670, all your earnings could go straight to your travel fund.

Your days off could be filled with exploring the breathtaking natural beauty around your summer camp or getting to know your new friends better. 

When it comes to days off, you’ll get at least 1 day off a week. It’s a busy few weeks with plenty of activities and responsibilities to keep you busy. So it’s probably best to keep your most epic side quests for after camp when you’ll have plenty of time to spend what you’ve earned. 

When you book with Global, you book with the best. Our team will sort out your admin from visa assistance, finding an approved host family before you go, banking advice, side trip planning, human-centred 24/7 support, and much, much more.

Inclusions

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UK summer camp match
Dedicated Trip Coordinator
Pre-Departure Guide
Trip visa guidance
Personal Travel Concierge
Private airport transfer
3 Nights of hostel accommodation
Camp accommodation
"Welcome to the UK" Group orientation
Local life essentials
London hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour
Pocket Money
Certificate of completion
Ongoing local team support
24/7 Global Emergency Line
gWorld access
SocialNEW
Global AcademyNEW
Marketplace dealsNEW
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Qualification

To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between 18-30 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

Our Summer Camp in the UK is designed to give you the perfect summer experience. Located in your preferred area in the UK, it will give you a taste of what it is like to live like a local.

There are a whole host of different skills needed to be a camp instructor or Group Leader at these camps and as well as being able to focus on the ones you are best at, you will learn a ton of new skills too. Great for the C.V and of course, great for your self-confidence.

Travelling with Global Work & Travel means that you don’t have to think any further than where you would like to go and what you fancy doing while you are there.

Our expert team will take care of the heavy lifting, getting you secured with a paid placement that aligns with your desires, your visa application and unparalleled guidance and support, answering any queries you have about your placement with our trademark depth and understanding.

When you touch down in the UK, you will have the confidence that you are one step ahead, that all you need to do is rock up to the rail station closest to your chosen location and your new summer family will be there to pick you up and welcome you in.

We have spent years nurturing bonds with the best in-country partners, so you can be assured that you are in great hands and will not only learn a ton but will likely have the best summer of your life.

When you work in a summer camp in the UK you become more than just a tourist. With a great bunch of fellow travellers and local workers, you will form bonds for life, often exploring the local bars after an amazing day of making kids’ dreams come true. Then comes the icing on the cake, time to explore the UK and Europe with a little cash in your pocket, saved from your weeks of work.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live and work in the UK, a summer that you will truly never forget.

Requirements 

To qualify for this trip, you must have a working visa for the UK, undergo a police check and be over 18.

What extra costs will I have? 

Flights, travel insurance, visa, vaccinations, criminal background check, souvenirs & spending money.

Accommodation

Accommodation is fully included during the camp portion of your trip. 

It be typical shared camp accommodation which varies from camp to camp. This varies from tents, to cabins, to university dorm rooms. 

Which means your camp salary can go straight into your back pocket to keep your adventure going.

Trip itinerary

Before you leave

Confirm your camp counsellor position before you leave. This means getting the right visa. But not to worry! We’re well-versed in helping travellers get this elusive visa, so we’ll help you get it fast and approved the first time.

Arrival

Once you arrive at Heathrow Airport in London, a private chauffeur will be waiting to take you straight to your initial accommodation at a hostel in the heart of London.  You’ll get a chance to meet the other camp counsellors before heading off to your orientation and check out all the famous sites on your hop on, hop off sightseeing bus tour.

Week 1

 After your first 3 nights in London, it's time to head off to your camp! Your first couple days at camp are all about training because safety is the number one priority. If you’ve chosen an Activity Instructor role, you’ll be shown how to use and maintain the various equipment safely.  As you learn the ropes, you’ll move into a live environment before taking over the role.

Weeks 2 - 8

Each camp is different. So how your days look will depend on the camp you end up at.  During your time as a camp counsellor, you’ll be leading activities, organising entertainment, and helping your group have the time of their lives at the camp.  As an Activity Instructor, you’ll have non-stop opportunities to share your passion for sports and the outdoors, discover new interests, make friends, learn new skills, and have a life experience you’ll remember forever.  You’ll be helping kids develop confidence by facing their fears and solving puzzles in an outdoor environment. While having fun and getting involved in nature on a day-to-day basis.

Ongoing

While this trip is jam-packed with fun activities, it can be hectic with a large group of high energy children of all ages. So you can expect to be knackered – in the best way possible – at the end of each day.  This will be a busy few weeks with awesome activities from sunup to sun down. You will get one day off a week. Although you’ll probably want to take it easy on your off days and save your own adventures for after camp.  When camp’s over, the UK is your oyster. You’ll have some money saved up from your time at camp and you have the whole of Europe a short and cheap flight away.  So you’re basically halfway to the European adventure of your dreams.  And if you’re looking for travel buddies, we can help with that, too.  Hop onto gWorld – our social app for Global Travellers – and link up with other travellers to explore Europe together. You could even join a bucket-list Global Getaway with other Global Travellers. Whatever you choose to do, we can help make it easy.  We’ll be in touch with you throughout your stay. If you ever need advice or support our team is available to answer your questions. And our 24/7 emergency support line will help with urgent matters.  Don’t go alone. Go with Global. 

Why Camp

Some children in the UK spend a portion of their summer holidays in beautiful natural locations around the country. They’re there to get involved in confidence building activities in the great outdoors and having fun while making friends. 

That’s where you come in! You’ll help the kids do specialised activities in the morning and supervise arts & crafts in the afternoon all while getting to know your fellow counsellors and kids. 

These days, there are specialised camps that focus on one specific activity. Think surf camp, fishing camp etc. So if you have a special interest or skill in something, you could share your knowledge and experience with eager kids motivated to learn the ropes. 

Otherwise, there are plenty of more general summer camps that focus on building confidence and having the time of your life in a beautiful setting. 

While you’re there, you’ll probably become something of a mentor to the kids. There’s nothing like a foreign camp counsellor to inspire the kids to chase their dreams!

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Frequently asked questions

Why go with Global Work & Travel?

As the world’s leading gap-year and "work & travel" company, we provide a premium service for Global Travellers. Choose from a variety of awesome experiences worldwide. We assist with visas, pre-departure, flights, insurance, and tours. Our cool tech features support you throughout the journey. As a Global Traveller, access gWorld, our personalized app. Keep important documents and trip details handy. Enjoy exclusive Marketplace deals, a social network, language learning, side trips, meet-ups, and more. It's like all your favorite apps merged into one, but better! Our support doesn't stop there. With a 24/7 emergency team, 90+ staff, and ongoing assistance, we ensure you feel like a local. Join the 80,000+ Global Travellers who have turned their travel dreams into reality with us. We proudly boast the most & best reviews in the biz!

Are flights & insurance included?

While we would love to include flights and insurance in our trip packages, it is not feasible to have a fixed price due to the diverse destinations, trip durations, and individual coverage needs of our travellers from around the globe. However, once you register for the trip, we will assign you a dedicated Travel Concierge. They will work closely with you to arrange the ideal flights and insurance tailored to your specific adventure. Rest assured, our team is here to ensure you have a smooth and hassle-free travel experience from start to finish!

Do I need previous experience to do a summer camp?

Absolutely not! No prior experience is required. At our summer camps, we prioritise qualities such as maturity, responsibility, and a sense of fun. As long as you possess these attributes, you are more than welcome to join us and have an incredible summer camp experience. We believe in creating an inclusive and supportive environment where everyone can contribute and enjoy the fun-filled activities and adventures that await.

Do I get to choose where I will be placed?

While we do take location preferences into consideration, we also encourage our travelers to approach the experience with an open mind. Rest assured that all of our summer camps are exciting and designed to provide a lot of fun for kids. Each camp offers unique opportunities and experiences that contribute to your overall adventure. So, while we strive to accommodate preferences, we also encourage embracing new possibilities and being open to the fantastic experiences that await you at any of our awesome summer camp locations!

Will I have any free time at the summer camp?

During your camp placement, you will usually have at least 1 day off per week. This is a great opportunity for camp counsellors to come together, explore the area, and enjoy some time together. Additionally, after the camp placement is finished, you will also have the chance to do some exploring on your own. We understand the importance of balance and personal time, allowing you to recharge and make the most of your camp experience while also creating memories outside of the camp setting.

What is the staff accommodation like?

The staff accommodation varies depending on the specific summer camp you will be attending. However, you can expect to stay in shared accommodation with other camp counselors (and in some cases the camp dorm with the children) in a clean, comfortable, safe environment, conveniently right on site.

Why should I book now?

Covid-19 threw us a curve ball and pretty much halted all travel. This means that we have a backlog of travellers, just like you, who are desperate to get out and explore the world! Global Work & Travel works on a first-in-best-dressed basis. Booking earlier ensures that you don’t miss out on the best intake, season, placements and more! We recommend our travellers take 6-12 months to plan their trip for a reason - to make sure you’ve got everything organised perfectly, stress-free. As a Global Traveller you’ll get exclusive access to gWorld, our personalised app where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global. This is where you will find exclusive Marketplace Deals, a unique social network to connect you with other like-minded Global Travellers, access to our Academy with an ever-growing range of skills & languages, and so much more. Think all of your favourite apps merged into one, but like, better? Why not give yourself something to look forward to by booking that trip!

Can I travel with a friend?

Yes you can! Simply tell your Trip Coordinator after booking that your friend is also going and they can link your profiles. For most of our trips we should be able to have you and your friends placed together or nearby. Meaning that you can live, work, play & travel together! But wait there's more! Not only can you travel the world with your besties at your side, you can also earn some extra cash towards your own trip just by referring your friends to Global Work & Travel. You can learn more about the great referral rewards program inside your gWorld account once you join. And for those who decide to go-it-solo, we’ve made it easier to meet other Global Travellers in the same region as you. Just like any other social platform, you’ll be able to interact, share, chat and meet with some really cool people who are doing trips just like you!

Can I bring my pet along?

At Global Work & Travel, we share a deep love for animals and fully understand the special bond you have with your pet. We recognise the challenges of embarking on a trip without them. Due to travel restrictions, requirements, and limited pet-friendly accommodations among our host organisations, we regretfully cannot facilitate their inclusion in the journey. However, many of our customers choose to entrust their pets to a family member or friend, embark on their adventure, and return home to wagging tails and furry cuddles.

What happens if I want to cancel my trip?

We know that life can get in the way of travel, so all our trips come with a great deal of flexibility. In most cases, if you cannot travel on your selected date, you can place your trip on hold to deal with whatever is holding you back, and continue in the future without incurring any penalty. You may also have the option of transferring to an entirely different trip and destination as well, or even transferring your trip to a friend or family member. In the event that you need to outright cancel your trip, if you give us 84* days notice you can do so with only a 50% cancellation fee. Your refund of the balance will come in the form of a Store Credit which you can put toward any other trip that we offer, including tours through third-party providers, as well as holidays through DealsAway.com, and is valid for 2 years from date of issue. As international travel can be complex, your options are based on the progress of your trip organisation and our support team can assist you in finding the best solution for your needs.

How it works

1. Choose a trip style

Find your dream experience & destination, then secure your spot with a flexible & low deposit. Activate your gWorld to unlock some cool perks. Well done! The hardest part’s over!

2. We become friends

Book a time to meet your dedicated Trip Coordinator who knows all the ins & outs of your trip. They’ll be by your side and working behind-the-scenes to pull everything together.

3. Time to go!

We’ll get your tickets, accommodation & transfers ready. Our in-country team or partner will have everything prepared & waiting for your arrival. Get on the plane with no worries!

4. 24/7 support

Never stress, knowing we’re there with you when you need us with ongoing & unlimited local team support and check-ins. And just in case, we’ve got an emergency team on stand-by, 24/7.

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