Several Alliance member organizations facilitate the Camp Counselor Program, a category of the U.S. Department of State’s Exchange Visitor Program that is designed to allow foreign participants to interact directly with groups of American youth by overseeing their activities in a camp setting during the U.S. summer season. Non-counseling chores may be an occasional part of camp life; however, program participants do not serve as “staff” — including (but not limited to) administrative personnel, cooks, or menial laborers such as dishwashers or janitors. Foreign university students, youth workers, and other specially qualified individuals at least 18 years of age and proficient in English may work as counselors in U.S. summer camps for up to four months.
See more information on the Camp Counselor Program on the Department of State website.
The following Alliance member organizations sponsor camp counselor programs:
- AIFS-Camp America Program
- CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange
- Concordia Language Villages (CLV)
- Cultural Homestay International (CHI)
- InterExchange Camp USA
- International Exchange of North America (IENA)
- United Work and Travel, a division of APEI
A list of all Camp Counselor sponsors designated by the Department of State can be found on the Department’s website.