A little more about us...

One27 is a Youth Exchange Organisation based in Cape Town that specializes in American Summer Camp placements.  Our South African applicants work alongside Americans and immerse themselves in the local culture. We have partnered with CIEE,  the largest J-1 Visa sponsor in the US and leader in international education and exchange.

Our staff has a combined 14 years experience in various work abroad and exchange programs. We take great pride in offering transparent, affordable and personalized service to our customers. The program enables young South Africans to experience the US and gain the knowledge and skills to become world citizens.

Work at a US Summer Camp

Have you always wanted to experience a classic American Summer Camp? With One27 you can spend up to 10 weeks working at a summer camp in the great American outdoors from June to August each year leading, teaching and encouraging campers to develop their talents and have fun. You will be placed in a position suited to your strengths such as sharing your particular passion and knowledge with others or as a camp counselor, guiding campers through the daily camp activities. Along the way you will also gain leadership skills, learn life lessons and make new friends as a camp counselor. End it off by traveling the country for up to 30 days seeing the sights that make America great.

Are you ready to become a leader and educator at camp?

Are you eligible?

  • 18 Years old by 1 June
  • Between the ages of 18-27
  • Possess some of the skills listed in the brochure
  • Have some basic experience working with kids
  • No criminal record
  • Funding for the program
  • South African resident and passport holder
  • Available to travel from June to mid- August

What can you expect?

Visa application and scheduling assistance
Flight scheduling assistance
Insurance Coverage for duration of program
24 Hour Support on Program
Food for duration of camp
Accommodation for duration of camp
Get paid between $1000 - $1800 at camp
Optional 30 days travel after Program
Pre Departure Orientation
Meet & Greet in Boston/New York if chosen by camp

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What past participants are saying?

"Let me start saying my experience was amazing seeing that it was my second time going to my camp, getting to see all the people I missed and also seeing the kids I love, I was not just a lifeguard but also helped with the kids and I had my own group of kids and I really loved it just being able to spend my time with them"

Nico Jacobs

Camp Kinderland - 2019

Testimonials
5.0
2019-10-14T11:25:03+00:00

Nico Jacobs

Camp Kinderland - 2019

"Let me start saying my experience was amazing seeing that it was my second time going to my camp, getting to see all the people I missed and also seeing the kids I love, I was not just a lifeguard but also helped with the kids and I had my own group of kids and I really loved it just being able to spend my time with them"

"Great experience having met loads of friends I will have for life. The children I worked with were challenging but also have impacted my life positively"

Marco Pimenta

Summit Camp - 2019

Testimonials
5.0
2019-10-14T11:26:42+00:00

Marco Pimenta

Summit Camp - 2019

"Great experience having met loads of friends I will have for life. The children I worked with were challenging but also have impacted my life positively"

"Amazing experience, so different from my previous experience and awesome in every way, a life-changing experience. Amazing people, amazing work and always a good time"

Kyle Van Dyk 

Cape Cod Sea Camps - 2019

Testimonials
5.0
2019-10-14T11:29:14+00:00

Kyle Van Dyk 

Cape Cod Sea Camps - 2019

"Amazing experience, so different from my previous experience and awesome in every way, a life-changing experience. Amazing people, amazing work and always a good time"

"My first summer camp was beyond amazing, working with kids and fellow staff teaches you so much about your self through others"

Dustin Milne

New Jersey Y Camps - 2019

Testimonials
5.0
2019-10-14T11:31:59+00:00

Dustin Milne

New Jersey Y Camps - 2019

"My first summer camp was beyond amazing, working with kids and fellow staff teaches you so much about your self through others"

"I had the time of my life, met awesome people from so many cultural backgrounds and made some long term international friends along the way"

Robert Johnson

Long Lake Camp Adventures - 2019

Testimonials
5.0
2019-11-19T13:22:10+00:00

Robert Johnson

Long Lake Camp Adventures - 2019

"I had the time of my life, met awesome people from so many cultural backgrounds and made some long term international friends along the way"

"I had a wonderful time at my summer camp. It was well organized, I was happy in my position and with the work I did. I loved the staff, the camp and the experience wholeheartedly"

Natasa Popovic

Woodmont Day Camp - 2019

Testimonials
5.0
2019-10-14T11:42:19+00:00

Natasa Popovic

Woodmont Day Camp - 2019

"I had a wonderful time at my summer camp. It was well organized, I was happy in my position and with the work I did. I loved the staff, the camp and the experience wholeheartedly"

"The program turned out to be a very eye-opening experience. Working with children and adults from different cultures and made me learn how to appreciate varying perspectives. I have grown in ways I'd never have imagined possible. I'd definitely recommend the experience to anyone whose passionate about camp and the youth of today"

Linda Ndegwa

Sambica - 2019

Testimonials
5.0
2019-11-19T13:24:31+00:00

Linda Ndegwa

Sambica - 2019

"The program turned out to be a very eye-opening experience. Working with children and adults from different cultures and made me learn how to appreciate varying perspectives. I have grown in ways I'd never have imagined possible. I'd definitely recommend the experience to anyone whose passionate about camp and the youth of today"

"It was amazing and I learned a lot about my camp and fellow staff members, so much culture and diversity and also learned their views on politics"

Monray Kenny

Camp Kinderland - 2019

Testimonials
5.0
2019-10-14T11:45:10+00:00

Monray Kenny

Camp Kinderland - 2019

"It was amazing and I learned a lot about my camp and fellow staff members, so much culture and diversity and also learned their views on politics"

"I've learned some new skills like driving a pontoon, speed boat and learning the USA culture. I've gained more confidence in working with kids"

Nkosinathi Simelane

Girl Scouts River Valleys - 2019

Testimonials
5.0
2019-10-14T11:51:26+00:00

Nkosinathi Simelane

Girl Scouts River Valleys - 2019

"I've learned some new skills like driving a pontoon, speed boat and learning the USA culture. I've gained more confidence in working with kids"

"Camp was an amazing experience, I can't even begin to describe how amazing it was. I enjoyed every second of it and would definitely be interested in doing this again next year, I'd like to thank you and your team for the hard work and amazing communication to help me get through all the admin and that this was all possible thanks to you guys"

Kyle Van Dyk

Cape Cod Sea Camps - 2018

Testimonials
5.0
2018-11-03T16:58:38+00:00

Kyle Van Dyk

Cape Cod Sea Camps - 2018

"Camp was an amazing experience, I can't even begin to describe how amazing it was. I enjoyed every second of it and would definitely be interested in doing this again next year, I'd like to thank you and your team for the hard work and amazing communication to help me get through all the admin and that this was all possible thanks to you guys"

"The camp was great and I met many new friends from all over the world"

Tristan Bernstein

Chipinaw and Silver Lake Camps - 2019

Testimonials
5.0
2019-10-14T11:53:40+00:00

Tristan Bernstein

Chipinaw and Silver Lake Camps - 2019

"The camp was great and I met many new friends from all over the world"

"Best experience of the story of my life...been taken care of since day one I signed up till today. Had the best summer of my life full of fun, joy and experiences...looking forward to going back in the states"

Asanda Ndlovu

Deer Crossing Camp - 2018

Testimonials
5.0
2018-11-03T16:59:48+00:00

Asanda Ndlovu

Deer Crossing Camp - 2018

"Best experience of the story of my life...been taken care of since day one I signed up till today. Had the best summer of my life full of fun, joy and experiences...looking forward to going back in the states"

"Camp was a great first experience. Very different type of culture but adapted really good. Working with the kids was great, I enjoyed every minute of it. I made a lot of new friends, that I had a wonderful time with"

Abigail Havenga

Camp Watitoh - 2019

Testimonials
5.0
2019-10-14T11:55:04+00:00

Abigail Havenga

Camp Watitoh - 2019

"Camp was a great first experience. Very different type of culture but adapted really good. Working with the kids was great, I enjoyed every minute of it. I made a lot of new friends, that I had a wonderful time with"

"I made new friends, mentors, colleagues, brothers and sisters. Words can never describe the amount of joy I had as part of the facilitators, I wouldn't exchange it for anything else in the world, and I believe I made a whole lot of impact to different individuals. Thank you so so much for such an amazing experience. So as a young person if you find yourself wanting to escape the South African winter and you also want to see the USA in the most affordable and self-fulfilling experience you should then try One27 Camp Exchange USA"

Thabo Khumalo

Camp Fiver - 2018

Testimonials
5.0
2018-11-03T17:12:31+00:00

Thabo Khumalo

Camp Fiver - 2018

"I made new friends, mentors, colleagues, brothers and sisters. Words can never describe the amount of joy I had as part of the facilitators, I wouldn't exchange it for anything else in the world, and I believe I made a whole lot of impact to different individuals. Thank you so so much for such an amazing experience. So as a young person if you find yourself wanting to escape the South African winter and you also want to see the USA in the most affordable and self-fulfilling experience you should then try One27 Camp Exchange USA"

"I experienced the first-hand knowledge of the American culture. I had the best time of my life and I would definitely want to do it again"

Manasseh Alukwe

Sambica Camp - 2019

Testimonials
5.0
2019-10-14T11:56:37+00:00

Manasseh Alukwe

Sambica Camp - 2019

"I experienced the first-hand knowledge of the American culture. I had the best time of my life and I would definitely want to do it again"

"Camp has been amazing! It has been everything I could have asked for and more. The people I have worked with have been phenomenal, the farm is beautiful and I have enjoyed every moment of it. I have made friends that I will keep for life"

Dayle Adams

Road's End Farm - 2018

Testimonials
5.0
2018-11-03T17:13:49+00:00

Dayle Adams

Road's End Farm - 2018

"Camp has been amazing! It has been everything I could have asked for and more. The people I have worked with have been phenomenal, the farm is beautiful and I have enjoyed every moment of it. I have made friends that I will keep for life"

"I enjoyed every minute, I learned a lot about kids and myself. The difference in the way countries do things has pushed me to be a better person"

Kholosa Gcwabe

Centre Day Camp - 2019

Testimonials
5.0
2019-10-14T11:58:46+00:00

Kholosa Gcwabe

Centre Day Camp - 2019

"I enjoyed every minute, I learned a lot about kids and myself. The difference in the way countries do things has pushed me to be a better person"

"This American camp experience has been a life changer! I have gained so many skills which will help me later in life, mainly the importance of independence. I'd like to thank you for your work and giving me this opportunity. I'm so excited to tell you all about it"

Matthew Bassoples

Camp Carolina - 2018

Testimonials
5.0
2018-11-03T17:15:03+00:00

Matthew Bassoples

Camp Carolina - 2018

"This American camp experience has been a life changer! I have gained so many skills which will help me later in life, mainly the importance of independence. I'd like to thank you for your work and giving me this opportunity. I'm so excited to tell you all about it"

"I went to a really big camp and had the opportunity to meet a lot of international staff from all over and making all the new friends across the world was awesome"

Ryan Ziervogel

Camp Blue Ridge - 2019

Testimonials
5.0
2019-11-19T13:17:32+00:00

Ryan Ziervogel

Camp Blue Ridge - 2019

"I went to a really big camp and had the opportunity to meet a lot of international staff from all over and making all the new friends across the world was awesome"

"It really was eye opening, the people I met I will remember forever and a special few I never want to lose as friends. There just isn't enough time and words to put it all together and explain it but if someone told me they want to do it I would say they must because no one will understand until they experience it for themselves"

Reece Karner

Camp Kinderland - 2018

Testimonials
5.0
2018-11-03T17:15:59+00:00

Reece Karner

Camp Kinderland - 2018

"It really was eye opening, the people I met I will remember forever and a special few I never want to lose as friends. There just isn't enough time and words to put it all together and explain it but if someone told me they want to do it I would say they must because no one will understand until they experience it for themselves"

"The first few weeks were hard. Adapting to everything and having a lot of stress at first made it hard to get through the tough times but later we made a lot of friends who we could get advice from and have a really strong relationship helped us through some really tough times. I loved working at camp and would love to go back especially to the previous camp"

Illise Cilliers

Camp Seneca Lake - 2019

Testimonials
5.0
2019-10-14T10:57:06+00:00

Illise Cilliers

Camp Seneca Lake - 2019

"The first few weeks were hard. Adapting to everything and having a lot of stress at first made it hard to get through the tough times but later we made a lot of friends who we could get advice from and have a really strong relationship helped us through some really tough times. I loved working at camp and would love to go back especially to the previous camp"

"Camp was an amazing experience! It's not what I thought it would be, its better than what I thought haha, it was a huge learning curve as well and the people I met there have become friends for life for sure, it was great to work with the kids, all in all it was an unforgettable experience, the memories made are extraordinary!"

Tanya Toth 

Camp Echo - 2018

Testimonials
5.0
2018-11-03T17:16:56+00:00

Tanya Toth 

Camp Echo - 2018

"Camp was an amazing experience! It's not what I thought it would be, its better than what I thought haha, it was a huge learning curve as well and the people I met there have become friends for life for sure, it was great to work with the kids, all in all it was an unforgettable experience, the memories made are extraordinary!"

"It was an amazing experience that taught me a lot, not only about myself but about life. I made so many new and lifelong friends. And also attained new abilities. I did work that I loved and learned so much. My horizons were for sure brightened. Thank you very much for this amazing opportunity"

Hilletjie De Villiers

Camp Kamaji - 2019

Testimonials
5.0
2019-10-14T11:07:40+00:00

Hilletjie De Villiers

Camp Kamaji - 2019

"It was an amazing experience that taught me a lot, not only about myself but about life. I made so many new and lifelong friends. And also attained new abilities. I did work that I loved and learned so much. My horizons were for sure brightened. Thank you very much for this amazing opportunity"

"Is was really awesome I did enjoy every moment of it. Learned how to work hard and enjoy seeing another country which taught me a lot. I am really hoping on going again next year"

Ryan Ziervogel

Rock Point Summer Camp - 2018

Testimonials
5.0
2018-11-03T17:17:58+00:00

Ryan Ziervogel

Rock Point Summer Camp - 2018

"Is was really awesome I did enjoy every moment of it. Learned how to work hard and enjoy seeing another country which taught me a lot. I am really hoping on going again next year"

"My summer camp experience was AMAZING! I was in the sun 24/7 and constantly on the ball with the kids. The amount of strangers who became friends and together we were one big family amazes me. It's insane how close you can become to someone over the course of 3 months. If I could do camp all over again, I would, without a doubt press replay"

Emma Jo Keevers

Girl Scout River Valleys - 2019

Testimonials
5.0
2019-10-14T11:19:12+00:00

Emma Jo Keevers

Girl Scout River Valleys - 2019

"My summer camp experience was AMAZING! I was in the sun 24/7 and constantly on the ball with the kids. The amount of strangers who became friends and together we were one big family amazes me. It's insane how close you can become to someone over the course of 3 months. If I could do camp all over again, I would, without a doubt press replay"

"The experience was amazing from beginning to end! Everyone was so welcoming and warm, camp became my second home within a couple of days and I'm so grateful for all the help I received to get there"

Katherine Roering

Birch Trail Camp - 2019

Testimonials
5.0
2019-10-14T11:21:27+00:00

Katherine Roering

Birch Trail Camp - 2019

"The experience was amazing from beginning to end! Everyone was so welcoming and warm, camp became my second home within a couple of days and I'm so grateful for all the help I received to get there"
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One participant. One tree

Here at One27 we aim to transform the travel industry to become greener and more sustainable. We have partnered with Cape Town-based Environmental Social Enterprise called Greenpop who plants trees through urban greening and reforestation projects, spread environmental awareness, and activates people through green festivals and workshops across Southern Africa. To date, they have planted over 100,000 trees and mobilised thousands of changemakers to get Active, not Anxious about our planet.  Our aim is to have one tree planted for each participant we send on a program. Each applicant will receive a wooden key ring with the coordinates of the tree that was planted on their behalf, this will later serve as a reminder of their time spent in the US.