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Applying to become camp counsellor is easier than you realise!

Applying to become camp counsellor is easier than you realise!

Author -  Stephanie

So you have decided you want to work at a summer camp in America?

Congratulations, you have just made an incredible life changing decision!

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I found myself in this very same position a couple of years ago when I sat down to think about what I wanted to do once I finished university. The obvious answer was to travel before settling in to a full time job. 

As a study procrastination one evening I sat down at my computer and started to research short term employment overseas; after all I wasn’t too confident that I would be able to support the immense amount of travelling I desired to partake in fresh out of university! I quickly came across an agency named Camp America New Zealand, and quickly realised this was the exact overseas working experience I wanted. 

The incredibly friendly team at Camp America New Zealand made the initial application process simple and stress free, before I knew it I had an offer of employment from a camp in New York. Camp America got the ball rolling very quickly and it wasn’t long after accepting my camps offer that Camp America’s sponsorship letter arrived in the mail. This sponsorship is required for a J-1 Visa, this is the visa you need to work at a camp in America for up to 4 months, with a grace period of 30 days either side of employment. With the sponsor letter now in your hot little hands you are now ready to begin your J-1 visa application.

Don’t forget to check that your passport is valid for up to 6 months after your travels!

The J-1 visa application process begins when you receive your DS160 form in the mail. You can now go ahead and answer the US Consulate’s online questioner which consists of a sequence of simple questions. This questioner may seem to take a lengthy amount of time to complete but it is necessary as it provides evidence for the US Consulate that you are legitimately going to be working at camp and not a threat to the US security. 

Next you will be able to pay your application fee and book your interview at the US Consulate. I was grateful for Camp America New Zealand at this stage of the process because they had written easy to follow step by step instructions on how to complete these tasks.  

Every applicant is required to interview face to face at the US Consulate located in Auckland. It is highly important that you book your appointment at the US Consulate as soon as possible as the US Consulate is constantly busy processing visas- besides the hundreds of camp applicants, therefore it can be difficult to book an appointment at short notice. 

My greatest piece of advice for the interview itself is do not stress! Several people have approached me prior to their interviews in quite a flustered state as they are unsure what to expect. Keep calm! The interview is not intimidating, in fact the interviewers are very friendly and genuinely want to hear about you camp placement and the endless travel plans you have made! 

For me, the interview was the first time that it dawned on me that I was actually about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Who wouldn’t feel the same way, with the American flag greeting you and many references to America such as portraits of presidents dotted on the walls.  

Now all the hard work is over, your visa will be returned to you within 3-7 working days- so all that is left to do is pack your bags and brag to all your friends about your up and coming adventures- which will remove you from the freezing winter temperatures of New Zealand and see you begin the adventure of a lifetime! 


That’s it, all the hard work is over and you are now ready to take on America and fill your camera with generic tourist snaps!

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Stephanie, NZ | Camp America Counsellor 


Applying to become camp counsellor is easier than you realise!

Former counsellor Steph shares her smooth Camp America experience.

So you have decided you want to work at a summer camp in America?

Congratulations, you have just made an incredible life changing decision!

Camp America blog 1.png

I found myself in this very same position a couple of years ago when I sat down to think about what I wanted to do once I finished university. The obvious answer was to travel before settling in to a full time job. 

As a study procrastination one evening I sat down at my computer and started to research short term employment overseas; after all I wasn’t too confident that I would be able to support the immense amount of travelling I desired to partake in fresh out of university! I quickly came across an agency named Camp America New Zealand, and quickly realised this was the exact overseas working experience I wanted. 

The incredibly friendly team at Camp America New Zealand made the initial application process simple and stress free, before I knew it I had an offer of employment from a camp in New York. Camp America got the ball rolling very quickly and it wasn’t long after accepting my camps offer that Camp America’s sponsorship letter arrived in the mail. This sponsorship is required for a J-1 Visa, this is the visa you need to work at a camp in America for up to 4 months, with a grace period of 30 days either side of employment. With the sponsor letter now in your hot little hands you are now ready to begin your J-1 visa application.

Don’t forget to check that your passport is valid for up to 6 months after your travels!

The J-1 visa application process begins when you receive your DS160 form in the mail. You can now go ahead and answer the US Consulate’s online questioner which consists of a sequence of simple questions. This questioner may seem to take a lengthy amount of time to complete but it is necessary as it provides evidence for the US Consulate that you are legitimately going to be working at camp and not a threat to the US security. 

Next you will be able to pay your application fee and book your interview at the US Consulate. I was grateful for Camp America New Zealand at this stage of the process because they had written easy to follow step by step instructions on how to complete these tasks.  

Every applicant is required to interview face to face at the US Consulate located in Auckland. It is highly important that you book your appointment at the US Consulate as soon as possible as the US Consulate is constantly busy processing visas- besides the hundreds of camp applicants, therefore it can be difficult to book an appointment at short notice. 

My greatest piece of advice for the interview itself is do not stress! Several people have approached me prior to their interviews in quite a flustered state as they are unsure what to expect. Keep calm! The interview is not intimidating, in fact the interviewers are very friendly and genuinely want to hear about you camp placement and the endless travel plans you have made! 

For me, the interview was the first time that it dawned on me that I was actually about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Who wouldn’t feel the same way, with the American flag greeting you and many references to America such as portraits of presidents dotted on the walls.  

Now all the hard work is over, your visa will be returned to you within 3-7 working days- so all that is left to do is pack your bags and brag to all your friends about your up and coming adventures- which will remove you from the freezing winter temperatures of New Zealand and see you begin the adventure of a lifetime! 


That’s it, all the hard work is over and you are now ready to take on America and fill your camera with generic tourist snaps!

Camp America blog 2.png

 

Stephanie, NZ | Camp America Counsellor 


Applying to become camp counsellor is easier than you realise!

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