International Staff

We are so lucky to have counselors join us from all over the world! They add special and unique touch to our summer program–both our staff and our campers benefit from interacting with people from other countries and cultures.

 

Interested in coming to America this summer and joining our team? You probably have some questions…read below to see if any of them are answered!

Be sure to check out Camp America, Camp Leaders, and CCUSA, as we are unable to hire internationals without a visa-sponsoring agency.

As an international applicant, what questions did you have?

Erin Dunleavy, Ireland, Camp Leaders, Year 2, Dance Drama & Singing

I wondered what the daily schedule of a counselor would be like, what things I would need to pack and how getting paid would work- would we need an American bank account, how to cash cheques etc. but these were all answered super quickly!

 

 

 

 

Molly Simpson, Australia, Camp America, Year 1, Basketball & Volleyball

When was I able to call home? What did a typical day at camp look like?

 

 

 

 

 


What position or activity were you hoping to get, and what activity or position were you ultimately placed in?

Johnny Cunningham, England, Camp America, Year 3, Videography

Videography and I got Videography

 

 

 

 

 

Sergio Maldonado, Mexico, Camp Leaders, Year 1, Kitchen Staff

I was not wanting to get any position, I wanted to work in what camp needed

 

 

 

 

 


What was the process of getting a visa like?

Will Crombie, Scotland, Camp America, Year 4, Fencing

The first time you do it, it is intimidating. Going to London and the US embassy building. Doing the paper work for the visa seems daunting at first but is pretty straight forward once you start.

 

 

 

 

Ben Borrelli, Australia, Camp America, Year 1, Tomahawks

Easy. No issues at all. Camp America walked me through the process step by step.

 

 

 

 

 


What were your biggest concerns before coming to camp?

Nicky Mather, Ireland, Camp Leaders, Year 2, Horse Staff

Not having done anything like it before, not knowing if I would like it

 

 

 

 

 

Will Crombie, Scotland, Camp America, Year 4, Fencing

Packing the right stuff for summer, my first year I brought way too many cloths. Also would I fit in and get on well with everyone. The fear of the unknown having never done it before and going somewhere I knew on one was pretty intimidating in my first year. This year my biggest concern was simply my luggage making it to camp with my different flight connections.

 

 

 


How would you describe your camp experience?

Matt McKillop, Australia, Camp America, Year 1, Campcraft

Amazing, it was jam packed full of crazy and exciting things the whole way through. Meeting new friends was incredible. For sure the best summer I’ve ever had.

 

 

 

 

Aaron Larkham, Australia, Camp America, Year 1, Soccer

Well there no way to explain it at first your worried and nervous after 3 days your fine then you have so many new friends it’s an amazing experience I already miss camp I now have a new family on the other side of the would and so many new friends

 

 

 

 


How would you describe your experience in America?

Erin Dunleavy, Ireland, Camp Leaders, Year 2, Dance Drama & Singing

Amazing! Everyone I encountered was so lovely, I loved experiencing things I’d only ever seen in movies- 4th July, campfires, s’mores, palm trees!

 

 

 

 

Johnny Cunningham, England, Camp America, Year 3, Videography

I can see why people are so patriotic, it’s a beautiful country and I think I’d like to live there some day.

 

 

 

 

 


What expectations did you have of summer camp and living in the USA, and how did they live up to your actual experience?

Sorcha Grogan, Ireland, Camp Leaders, Year 2, Swimming

Compared to last year I was a lot calmer going over as I knew what to expect more than last year and I knew it would be a great summer!

 

 

 

 

 

Molly Simpson, Australia, Camp America, Year 1, Basketball & Volleyball

I expected to come to America to have the best experience, be hard working and make amazing friends. They did live up on my actual experience except the job itself was a lot harder mentally and physically than what I was prepared for.

 

 

 

 


What advice would you give an international applicant coming to camp for the first time?

Matt McKillop, Australia, Camp America, Year 1, Campcraft

Don’t be shy, camp is a great place where everyone is accepted. Just please organise your visa early. Don’t leave it too late like I almost did.

 

 

 

 

 

Johnny Cunningham, England, Camp America, Year 3, Videography

Make sure you keep all your paperwork in check and get to everything on time when you’re doing visa stuff. In terms of camp, embrace it and do everything you can to build bridges and offer kindness and it will all come back to you.

 

 

 

 

Sorcha Grogan, Ireland, Camp Leaders, Year 2, Swimming

Stick it out and get 100% involved

 

 

 

 

 

Mitch Hair, Australia, Camp America, Year 1, Tennis

Don’t spend all your money traveling

 

 

 

 

 

Aaron Larkham, Australia, Camp America, Year 1, Soccer

You better like kids and have patience and also have an imagination and be willing to get out of your comfort zone cause it’s going to happen but when it does every ones with you you’re not on your own

 

 

 

 

Molly Simpson, Australia, Camp America, Year 1, Basketball & Volleyball

Don’t over pack! I brought so many clothes that I didn’t end up wearing and especially because you’ll buy so much stuff while you are in America.
Come to camp a few days earlier if you can – I arrived the day before we started working and I was so exhausted from jet lag.

 

 

 

Erin Dunleavy, Ireland, Camp Leaders, Year 2, Dance Drama & Singing

Pack light! Most things you need can be bought here, plus spending an hour in WalMart is honestly kind of fun your first time.
Talk to people! Don’t be afraid to just go up to anyone and start chatting, everyone at camp is pretty much always up for a chat.
Take something to remind yourself of home- I always pack my home flag and put it up in my cabins, the kids love asking you about your home and it’s a good thing to have if you’re ever feeling a little homesick.

 

 

Nicky Mather, Ireland, Camp Leaders, Year 2, Horse Staff

Just jump right in, go even if you’re friends aren’t going and give it your all because what you put in you get back

 

 

 

 

 

Ben Borrelli, Australia, Camp America, Year 1, Tomahawks

It will be the best time of your life. Get out of your comfort zone, talk and get to know everyone, all these people around you will become your best friends, enjoy the little things. It’s the best in the world.

 

 

 

 

Sergio Maldonado, Mexico, Camp Leaders, Year 1, Kitchen Staff

It’s a job, we have time for doing what we can and have fun, but never neglecting the job.