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Summer Camp in USA

5(10 reviews)
Summer Camp
United States
2 to 3 months
18 to 26

Limited spots. Earliest available arrival is currently May 2024, and closing very soon.

Trip overview

Discover what it’s like to live like a local and become a vital part of the cultural institution that is a Summer Camp in the USA. Summer camps are an American tradition that dates back over 100 years! American parents will send their kids from the ages of about 6-16 to picturesque locations all across the country; to participate in outdoor activities, make friends and have the time of their lives.

These camps may be on a lake, by the beach, in a forest or anywhere else you can think of, and there’s now a camp to suit everyone. All those camps need a wide range of counsellors to take a wide range of kids on a wide range of activities. That’s where you come in! Combine your love of travel, kids and nature by basing yourself at a spectacular summer camp location for your own awesome cultural exchange experience, then head off and travel the land of opportunity afterwards. Feel inspired in the concrete jungle, cruise from coast to coast and tick jaw-dropping landmarks off your bucket list as you embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience working and travelling abroad.

We offer the complete summer camp counsellor package and, most importantly, score you the perfect camp counselor position. Our team will help you with all the essentials you need to feel that summer loving from J-1 camp counselor visa application & sponsorship, airport transfer & accommodation, a US mobile number with credit, extra accommodation nights to use when you please, 24/7 worldwide support and so much more.

Completely immerse yourself in a new culture, meet lifelong friends and, best of all, break away from your usual routine back home. With the freedom to travel as far and wide as you want after the camp, this trip is perfect for those who want to be more than an average tourist and adventure for longer.


USA summer camp match

Before you even take-off for America, you’ll have your camp counsellor opportunity in hand and ready for your arrival.

Dedicated Trip Coordinator

Handpicked from an experienced team who’ve been there, done that and ready to guide you through your entire journey and leave no question unanswered.

J-1 Camp Counsellor Visa sponsorship

Receive the expertise from our well-versed team who’ll help you apply for and validate your J-1 visa prior to leaving. With it, you’ll be able to work at your summer camp for about 9 weeks and travel in the USA up until October 31st.

Pre-Departure Guide & online orientation

You’ll be provided with a comprehensive Pre-Departure Guide and online orientation so you can arrive fully prepared and living the American dream in no time.

Personal Travel Concierge

You'll get a personal Travel Concierge to plan your flights, insurance or any add-ons to synchronise perfectly with your trip. Deal with a real human and get a personalised booking experience that ticks all your boxes.

Arrival airport transfer

A representative from your camp will pick you up from the closest major airport and take you straight to your summer camp grounds (Or, reimburse you if you have to take public transport).

5 nights hostel accommodation

During your trip, we’ll give you 5 nights to stay in a 4-person dorm hostel anywhere in the USA, perfect for when you go exploring after camp finishes.

Camp accommodation

You’ll be right amongst the action, sharing accommodation with your fellow camp counsellors and campers, this could range from cabins to tents to even college dormitories!

Local life essentials

We'll deliver a prepaid US SIM card to you before you go with unlimited national calls & texts, international SMS and 2GB of data for the first 2 months of your trip. Our in-country partner will help you set up your Social Security Number and bank account once you arrive.


During camp, you’re going to eat like a camper. Get full access to the dining halls and have all your food included (The cooks will probably throw you a few more servings if you ask nicely enough).

Pocket money

While at times it may seem like you’ll just be running around having fun with your friends, it is actually hard work and you will get paid a stipend by your camp. You will get a minimum of $1600USD for 18-20 year-olds and $1750USD for 21+! You could put that all towards your travels after you’re done at camp!

US medical insurance

Feel confident knowing you’re covered by US Government-approved medical insurance, just in case. (T&Cs & exclusions apply).

Ongoing local team support

From our team and in-country partner, think of them as your family away from home. Whether you need advice or a shoulder to lean on, you’ll be provided with unlimited support.

24/7 Global Emergency Line

Feel confident knowing we have a worldwide emergency team on standby, 24/7/365, so you can feel safe and secure throughout your whole trip no matter where you are in the world.

gWorld access

Stay organised with your personalised portal where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global.


Travel alone but never lonely with Social! An exclusive social network inside our gWorld app to talk, share & meet-up with other Global Travellers in your region, with a dedicated Community Manager.


Global Academy

Gain access to an ever-growing range of skills & languages to learn before & whilst you travel.


Marketplace deals

Get exclusive access to deals and discounts through our online Marketplace. Save big on a huge range of products and services from our brand partners worldwide.

$250 off your next trip

The “Travel Bug” is a very real thing! Once you catch it, it really doesn’t go away! Book any other trip with us later and save $250. Why would you ever stop travelling?

Just in case it’s not clear already, we’re not an employment or recruitment agency. Read more


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

  • Be between 18-26 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 USA trip is a cultural exchange program backed by the US Government and designed to place you in the perfect summer camp that’s right for you, so you get to experience first hand what it’s like to live in the USA! Every camp will require different skills from their camp counsellors, so what are you good at? Do you want to lead the campers in team sports? Well, kick some goals! Are you a bit of a theatre buff? Well maybe you’ll get to be the theatre instructor, or maybe that's not to be. Our expert team take care of all the stressful essentials you need to get set up overseas; selection of the right summer camp & camp counsellor placement, your J-1 visa application & sponsorship, as well as unparalleled guidance and support on any questions you might have about your summer camp placement in the USA. 

Arrive in the USA with the confidence that you are many steps ahead of every other traveller looking to work in a summer camp in the USA. You’ll have more time to focus on you and planning your adventures around the USA! With the hard work already done, you can relax into your summer camp, meet new friends and have a bunch of fun with the campers. Our in-country partner will guide you throughout the entire journey to ensure you feel confident knowing you are in the best hands possible.

When you work in a summer camp in the USA you become more than just a tourist. Spend your time having the summer of your life, while creating lifelong memories for not just your campers, but yourself as well. After an amazing time at camp you’re free to explore the States for a whole month, ticking off those bucket list destinations with your new friends. Embrace a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live and work in the USA in an experience that will stay with you forever!


To qualify for this trip you must meet the visa requirements. You must attend an in-person interview, usually in April, at your nearest capital city (AU, NZ, UK & IE) or at one of our offices, as part of US Government regulations. You may also be required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter this destination at the time of your travel.

What extra costs will I have? 

Flights, optional travel insurance (your medical insurance is included), visa, criminal background check, souvenirs & spending money.

Trip itinerary

Week 1

Once you’ve touched down at the closest airport to your summer camp, a representative from your camp will pick you up from the airport and take you to camp. Relax, settle in and meet your fellow camp counsellors and campers. If this is not a possibility and you have to take public transport, your camp will reimburse you. It’s time to settle into your camp. You will normally arrive at camp a week before the campers. You can use this time to get trained up in everything that’s involved in being a Camp Counsellor. From preparing what you’re going to do in your workshops to getting to know your fellow camp counsellors.

Week 2-8

You can expect your typical day at camp to follow this daily routine: 7:50am: Rise and shine, it’s time for flagpole. A ritual that happens both morning and evening where campers gather with the rest of the camp and prepare for the day. 8:00am: If there’s one thing Americans do well, it’s breakfast! Gather in the dining hall with all the campers.  9:15am First group of the day, run your specialised activity with the campers. 10:30am: Round 2! Have your second group come through.  12:00pm: Lunch time. Head back to the dinning hall and refuel for the rest of the day! 1:00pm: Lean into that food coma and have yourself a Siesta! Nap time isn’t just for kids anymore.  2:00pm: Party time! Campers and counsellors get together to make the most of the sunshine. If you happen to be at a camp by a lake, this will be one heck of a beach party (everyday)!  3:15pm: Head back to your cabin with your campers for the daily Cabin Activity Period, where campers have downtime to do activities with fellow cabin mates, which means you can have time to get to know your fellow camp counselors too. 5:45pm: Gather around the flagpole before dinner - it’s a tradition you’ll get used to very quickly. 6:00pm: Dinner time! You’ve probably built up an appetite from a full day of activities, so time to feast!  8:30-10pm: Round up the campers for bed and lights out.

Days off

You’ll have around 6 days off throughout camp, which gives you the perfect opportunity to explore the local area. Every camp is different, your camp director will inform you of time off procedures during camp training.

8 weeks+

Summer is almost over and Autumn is on its way! Now it’s your time to hit the road and discover the U-S of A. See one of their world famous sporting events, get to some amazing national parks, tick off those bucket list places, discover the deep south, go coast to coast! Go on an adventure, use your included 5 nights at any hostel to get you started, or even jump on a tour with your included Global Tour Voucher. America is calling your name!


If at any point during your trip you need advice or support, our local team will be on hand to answer all your questions. Don’t forget you can jump on our social media pages too or buzz our 24/7 emergency support line for urgent matters.

Camp Counsellor Skills

With over 7,000 summer camps all across America, the types of camps are endless! Here are some of the skills that camps are looking for. If you have some experience in any of the following, you could find yourself coaching or assisting with these activities:

Team Sports

  • Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Football
  • Cricket
  • Obstacle courses

Water Sports

  • Swimming
  • Kayaking/Canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Lifeguard
  • Water Aerobics
  • Water Trampoline 
  • Snorkelling

Arts & Crafts

  • Drawing
  • Ceramics
  • Jewellery Making
  • Costume Design
  • Sewing
  • Murals

Outdoor Activities

  • Climbing
  • High Ropes/Low Ropes Course
  • Zip Line
  • Fire & Shelter Building
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Hiking
  • Forest Scavenger Hunts

Theater & Music

  • Performing
  • Acting
  • Improvisation
  • Film
  • Instruments (Guitar/Piano/Drums)
  • Singing
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Choreography

Other Sports & Activities

  • Stargazing
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Martial Arts
  • Archery
  • Team Building Games
  • Horseback Riding
  • Computers
  • Graphic Arts
  • IT/Graphic Arts


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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 offer you the ability to not only choose from a number of awesome experiences all over the world but, we'll be your support system from the very first moment you become a Global Traveller! We provide a premium service that allows you to pick the destination of your dreams, get our visa & pre-departure assistance, book great flights and organise the perfect travel insurance or tours for when you arrive. Plus, we’ll back it all up with some cool and exclusive tech features that are with you the entire time.

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 for discounts with our brand partners, a unique social network to connect you with other Global Travellers when you’re overseas, access to our Academy with an ever-growing range of skills & languages to learn as you travel, invites to bucket-list side trips with other travellers, local meet-ups and so much more. Think all of your favourite apps merged into one, but like, better?

And it doesn't even stop there. We continue to be there from the moment you land with a dedicated 24/7 emergency team, over 100 staff and ongoing support ensuring that you have the tools you need to feel like a local. That’s why 65,000+ Global Travellers from all over the world have chosen to turn their travel dream into reality with us and we can proudly brag that we’ve got the most & best reviews in the biz!

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!

What happens if COVID affects my trip?

If you have to make any changes to your departure date, you’re protected with our Lifetime Deposit Guarantee and our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility. With this, we will change your trip dates for free. If this doesn’t fit around you and you can’t go on your trip anymore, we will give you a 100% refund in the form of a Trip Credit with us (See terms). If you’re unable to use it, you can also transfer that credit to someone else for them to put towards any trip too.

If you’re affected by Covid-19 while you’re overseas, you will have all the support you need from our team or partners in-country as well as have access to our 24/7 Global Emergency Line. We recommend travellers purchase Global Travel Cover travel insurance that provides Covid-19 medical protection too.

Do I need to be vaccinated to book?

As border restrictions for countries begin to ease, being fully vaccinated will maximise the number of locations you can visit. So while you are not legally required to be vaccinated, and it’s also not a requirement to travel with us, it will limit some of the countries that you can visit and may make it harder to travel through over the next 12-18 months. We highly recommend our travellers look at the current travel restrictions of their destination, speak with a medical professional or get in touch with our team for travel advice.

What happens if I want to cancel my trip?

Our Ultimate Corona Booking Flexibility means you can change your trip’s start date up to 84* days before departure without incurring any charges when you rebook it for any time (or even any other trip) in the next 2 years from your original start date.

In the event that you want to cancel your booking altogether, if you give us over 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 towards booking absolutely anything travel related with your Travel Concierge within the next 2 years!

*Some select trips excluded, including Teach (Spain, Italy & Czech Republic) and USA (Summer Camp, Working Holiday and Hotel Professional), and others as listed in Booking Conditions.

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Make your decision

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We become friends

You’ll be matched with a personal Trip Coordinator who knows all the ins & outs. They’ll guide you through everything we need to do together, so you can leave your worries behind.

Time to go

We’ll get your tickets in-hand and your transfers ready. Then, our in-country team or partner will have everything prepared for your arrival. It’s now time for the real adventure to start.

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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