Roo Foster from BUNAC told us why working at an American summer camp is the best way to spend your gap year.
Do you want to travel the USA? Do you love kids? Do you love being outside in the sunshine all day? If the answer to all of those is yes, then spending two months working at an American summer camp with BUNAC could be the perfect start to your gap year!
Make the trip across the pond
Every summer, thousands of children from across the USA spend anywhere from 1 to 10 weeks living in cabins or tents at incredible, lakeside locations, having the time of their lives with their friends, doing awesome activities, singing songs, making smores (deliciousness in the form of melted marshmallow and chocolate inside a cracker) and generally being a little bit silly.
Summer camp is a magical place where everyone is totally free to be just who they are, without any ridicule or judgement. It’s a place kids go to feel safe, to make new friends, learn new skills and have a break from their everyday life at home.
Show off your skills and get paid for it
Of course, there need to be some adults around to make sure the kids don’t totally run riot! That’s where YOU come in. Every year, summer camps around the USA look across the globe for new staff who can join their seasonal teams and help their camps, and their campers, grow.
So if you have a special skill and have experience working with kids, then you could be exactly what BUNAC and the American summer camps are looking for in a camp counsellor. Can you teach tennis, swimming, horseback riding or water-skiing? Do you have artistic prowess, are you a singing sensation, mad about dance or have excellent photography skills? These are just some of the activities you could be teaching at summer camp!
Learn and grow whilst having a really fun time
Often described as ‘the hardest job you’ll ever love’, working at summer camp is one of the most rewarding, fun, difficult, and most inspiring jobs you’ll possibly ever have. No two days are the same; one day you’ll be dressed as a pirate, the next you’ll be pretending to be a ninja, hiding behind trees and rolling around on the ground with your kids as you sneak across camp on a very important mission.
BUNAC have 52 years experience helping young people work abroad, and their summer camp programme is one of the best out there – they provide help every step of the way, from your initial application, to getting you placed at the perfect camp, to helping you get your visa, right through to organising your flight, airport pick up and first night’s accommodation in the USA.
If you want to spend 2 months of your summer surrounded by stunning scenery and amazing people, having fun, dressing up, singing (a lot), making some of the best friends you’ll ever have and getting the chance to travel around the USA, then it sounds like summer camp is for you! What are you waiting for?
To find out more, head to BUNAC’s website.
Roo is a traveller and summer camp enthusiast who has spent the past 4 summers at camp in the Berkshires in Connecticut and loving every minute of it. You can find out more at her blog summercampsecrets.org.
This article was in partnership with BUNAC.