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Applying with friends to camp

Applying with friends to camp

Author -  Vicki Kenny

Applying with friends

Camp is one of those places where you are in a bubble for nine whole weeks. A camp bubble.

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Many of you want to apply and go to the same camp as your best friend. While that's great for you guys - the camps don't think along the same lines.

Firstly - remember the Camps are a business at the end of the day - they want the best staff they can find. They hire based on skills so the chances of them needing both you AND your friend's skills are slim. Possible, but slim.

Then think about what happens if one of you gets homesick and wants to go home.... will you stay? If your friend goes home, then you do too, the staff loses two staff where normally they would have only lost one.

Some other things to think about while we are on this subject;
  • You won't necessarily get the same days off - you are better to plan to travel before and after camp rather than plan day trips from camp.
  • Camps like individuals best as they make more of an effort to meet new friends and integrate into the staff environment - sometimes if you are alone on arrival you lose your inhibitions and can adjust to camp life more quickly
  • You will not be in the same living quarters or cabin so chances are you will not actually even see or be able to spend time with your friend or partner
  • Camps are reluctant to hire friends and partners together because if one gets unhappy - they have two unhappy staff rather than one to deal with - and if one leaves the other tends to go too. If one gets homesick the other will too etc
  • Camps hire staff for particular jobs - so they need say a waterskiing instructor from NZ and a Archery teacher - they may have a job for one of you but not necessarily both - which makes your placement chances harder
  • Not being ready to do this on your own can be a negative point towards your application as you may be viewed not being mature enough for a job at camp - it's fine wanting to travel together, but not being willing to work at different camps is akin to getting a job at home and asking if your friend can work there to.


So - if you are about to ask us in an email or on Facebook - Can I apply with my friend? 

Yes, you can apply together, travel together after camp - but we can't guarantee you will be at the same camp.

We do have Camps that come to NZ to hire Kiwis - and this can be a good time to present yourselves to the camps - but it's on an Invite Only basis - so make sure your Applications are both finished by then and that you have both followed all our instructions for the best chance of placement.

Applying with friends to camp

Many of you want to apply and go to the same camp as your best friend. While that's great for you guys - the camps don't think along the same lines.

Applying with friends

Camp is one of those places where you are in a bubble for nine whole weeks. A camp bubble.

CANZ-Instagram-fair.png

Many of you want to apply and go to the same camp as your best friend. While that's great for you guys - the camps don't think along the same lines.

Firstly - remember the Camps are a business at the end of the day - they want the best staff they can find. They hire based on skills so the chances of them needing both you AND your friend's skills are slim. Possible, but slim.

Then think about what happens if one of you gets homesick and wants to go home.... will you stay? If your friend goes home, then you do too, the staff loses two staff where normally they would have only lost one.

Some other things to think about while we are on this subject;
  • You won't necessarily get the same days off - you are better to plan to travel before and after camp rather than plan day trips from camp.
  • Camps like individuals best as they make more of an effort to meet new friends and integrate into the staff environment - sometimes if you are alone on arrival you lose your inhibitions and can adjust to camp life more quickly
  • You will not be in the same living quarters or cabin so chances are you will not actually even see or be able to spend time with your friend or partner
  • Camps are reluctant to hire friends and partners together because if one gets unhappy - they have two unhappy staff rather than one to deal with - and if one leaves the other tends to go too. If one gets homesick the other will too etc
  • Camps hire staff for particular jobs - so they need say a waterskiing instructor from NZ and a Archery teacher - they may have a job for one of you but not necessarily both - which makes your placement chances harder
  • Not being ready to do this on your own can be a negative point towards your application as you may be viewed not being mature enough for a job at camp - it's fine wanting to travel together, but not being willing to work at different camps is akin to getting a job at home and asking if your friend can work there to.


So - if you are about to ask us in an email or on Facebook - Can I apply with my friend? 

Yes, you can apply together, travel together after camp - but we can't guarantee you will be at the same camp.

We do have Camps that come to NZ to hire Kiwis - and this can be a good time to present yourselves to the camps - but it's on an Invite Only basis - so make sure your Applications are both finished by then and that you have both followed all our instructions for the best chance of placement.

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