Camp USA

What does it means and what does this program offer?


Each summer, millions of American children pack their bags and head to summer camps; it’s a century old tradition, as popular as baseball and Coke! There are hundreds of these camps in USA, most of them in beautiful country areas, where children meet to play sports and other outdoor activities.

  • People who supervise children from camp are called advisers.
  • The young people who work behind the scene and ensure a good function of camps are called support staff.

Camp USA places you in the camp that best suits your personality, abilities and interests, where you will work between 8-12 weeks. At the end of your contract with the camp, you are free to travel USA for 30 days before coming back to your home country. Why not climb the Grand Canyon, bathe in the California or Florida sun or climb to the top of the Statue of Liberty?

For camp counselor: you must posess abilities and skills in at least one of the following areas: sports activities (swimming, tennis, football etc.), arts and crafts (pottery, dancing, teather etc.), organising games and field trips, pedagogy.

For support staff:  you have to be ready to work as caretaker/housekeeper/driver/kitchen help and it is mandatory to be a daily current student.

This program is an ideal way to make new friends and to have the best summer of your life!

Conditions of participation


Age under 28 until May 2017
Conversational english language skills
The desire to gain experience, to work outdoors and in rustic conditions, to work in a team
Current university student, Masters or PhD, in any year of study, signed at an accredited university.
Or Graduate in one of the following fields:

Child Care/Educatoare
Community Services
Counseling
Nursing
Occupational Therapy
Personal Training/Fitness
Physical Education Teachinge
Religious Studies
Social Work
Sports Coaching
Sports Science
Swim Instructor
Teaching
Special Education

How much does a participant earn during the summer?

    • All the participants in the program receive free food and accommodation in camp
    • Those who participate with the Placement option are paid according to their age and position they occupy in camp
    • The Returnee and Self-placed participant will negotiate their salaries directly with their employer
    • Camp Placement Counselors will earn:

• Minimum of $1,500 for participants 18 years old
• Minimum of $1,650 for participants 19 and 20 years old
• Minimum of $1,750 for participants 21 years and over

        *All Support Staff participants receive a minimum of $2,700.
        *Wages are calculated on 63 days of work, for additional work days it is earned daily 30$ and free accommodation and food offered by the camp.

Program costs

First Timer Counselors

• $500 – include the SEVIS tax (35 USD), medical insurance during placement, taxes for releasing the work permit DS-2019, placement in an american children’s camp and other taxes for the visa sponsor.

First Timer Support Staff

• $700 – include the SEVIS tax (35 USD), medical insurance during placement, taxes for releasing the work permit DS-2019, placement in an american children’s camp and other taxes for the visa sponsor.

Returnee & Self-placed (the student goes back to the camp where he worked before and finds his own placement)

• $600 – include the SEVIS tax (35 USD), medical insurance during placement, taxes for releasing the work permit DS-2019, placement in an american children’s camp and other taxes for the visa sponsor. In this case, the pocket money are negociated directly with the camp, confidential – over 2000 USD.

2. Other mandatory costs:

• visa fee: 160 USD, which will be paid separately in account of the American Embassy in Bucharest
• Round trip transportation to USA

3. BRD Credit: If you don’t have the money to leave, you can apply for the Work & Travel credit from BRD. We help you!
You pay for the program when you come back from the States!

Work period: The program begins from 1-15 June 2017 and lasts 8-12 weeks, it ends on 30 of September at the latest, including the optional travelling period.

Work conditions: Based on the J-1 visa you have the right to work in the same conditions as US citizens. On an average you work 40 hours a week.

Remember! Our program coordinator is your trustworthy partner! Student Travel will support each participant individually throughout the entire program (from filling out the documents, to the process of getting the visa and until returning home) through direct contact, e-mail or phone, no matter the location or applicants status.

How do you apply in the program?


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    Registration form completed online

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    A one page Resume/CV in English

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    Three character references to state the skills and qualities of the applicant, from employers, coaches, teachers etc.

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    Relevant diplomas (sport, pedagogy, physical therapy etc.) translated in English

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    Criminal record, copy of passport

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    Medical certificate (Health History Form)

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    A passport type photo – electronic

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    Collection of digital photos about the applicant in his free time, preferable with children

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    Interview with a Student Travel representative

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    Signing a mediation agreement, in which the terms and conditions of participation in the program are described

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    Payment of the costs of the program

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    Making the formalities for obtaining the J-1 visa

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    Schedueling the visa interview at the American Embassy in Bucharest

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    Pre-departure orientation before departure, in which you will follow all the imediate steps in running the program.

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    Being present at your work place and fulfillment of the contract with your american employer