Camp Exchange USA
Your guide to the best summer of your life
What is summer camp?
Through One27 and CIEE, you will spend up to 10 weeks working at a summer camp 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.
No matter which role you are assigned you will take part in a transformative cultural exchange experience that will allow you to:
- Develop essential leadership and teaching skills and independence
- Establish lifelong friendships with your peers, mentors, and youth
- Share a part of yourself and your culture through meaningful interactions with both campers and peers
- Gain a deeper understanding of and appreciation for U.S. culture
Do you have the skills it takes?
The Summer Camps in our network offer a wide variety of games, sports, arts and crafts for campers to engage in. There is a constant search for counselors with experience in leading and teaching groups of campers, especially more specialized activities like woodworking, fencing, etc. One27 will work with you to find a camp that could use your skills.
Types of summer camps
Choose your role...
Be a camp counselor, interested in gaining real-world experience working with kids?
Be an educator, mentor, and leader to a group of kids for up to ten weeks, develop important skills and gain critical work experience in the education field. No matter which role you choose, you will be an ambassador for your country, discover America through one of its most unique traditions, and develop skills like critical thinking and leadership that will serve you throughout life.
As a camp counselor, you will be placed in one of two roles:
You will guide campers through a specific activity each day. Depending on the camp, activities range from ceramics to music lessons to waterskiing to specialties such as dance or skateboarding.
Whether you are helping campers write an email home to their parents or checking in to see how bunkmates are getting along, you will be the children’s activity master, supervisor, cheerleader, and source of guidance throughout the program.
Life at Camp
Typical day at camp
- 7 am Wake up
- 7:30 am Breakfast
- 8:15 am Flag Raising & Announcements
- 9 am Morning activities (painting, tennis, kayaking)
- 12 am Lunch
- 1 pm Rest hour (you will need it)
- 2 pm Afternoon activities (music, canoeing, volleyball)
- 3:15 pm Snack time
- 3:45 pm Team sports activity
- 6 pm Dinner
- 7:15 pm Evening activities (campfire, talent show)
- 9:30 pm Lights out
After the camp
The summer’s almost over, you have said goodbye to your campers, and are making plans to visit your new friends. Now, get out and see America!
After the camp season is over, you will have up to 30 days to travel the country, learning about the landscapes, cultures, and people that make the U.S. such a diverse and fascinating place to live. From coast to coast—and everywhere in between—you will find sites that inspire and amaze. Climb to the top of the Statue of Liberty in New York City. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Or explore the great wide-open in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
No matter where you go, you will get a taste of what makes the U.S. so unique.