Having recently been placed at a camp for Summer 2016 with Camp Leaders, I thought I'd share an insight into the application process for anyone thinking of applying, or already in the process themselves, just so you can see how it all goes!
Most people tend to apply through agencies such as Camp Leaders, Camp America or Americamp. They all do pretty much the same thing, just browse the websites and see which one you prefer and go with that! You'll still end up having a great summer whichever agency you choose. I'm sure the application process is similar across the agencies, but I went through Camp Leaders, so this is what I have done!
Step 1) Starting the application
To begin with, it's all very basic. You fill in all the information about you, where you live, who you are, what you do etc. You then move onto filling in your skills which is so important! Think of anytime you participated in any of the skills and write about it, show versatility! Especially talk about any child related experience with the skills too. Although it will take quite a while, take time completing the application, you need to sell yourself! You'll also need three references who have known your for at least six months, and within the past year.
Step 2) Deposit and Interview
In order to be accepted onto the Camp Leaders programme, you need to pay your £49 deposit and have an interview either face-to-face or over Skype, with a member of their National Team. Don't be worried about this!! It's more like a char about your application. Just think about why you want to do it, why you'd be good, and be ready to talk more about your skills!
Step 3) Fees, Showcase & Forms
Next up is to create a Showcase. This is a short video introducing yourself, why you want to go to camp, for around 1 minute. I'd recommend adding one of these, as they're pretty easy to do, and it just makes your profile look even better!
Then you need to complete some forms: Medical and the Police Check. Both forms are found on your camp leaders account under the 'Documents' section. The medical form needs to be completed and signed off by your GP, mine cost just under £20, but this will vary depending on your doctors. Next you complete your Police Check which is an International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC) and this costs £60 and you'll need a passport size photo of yourself, signed by a professional you know.
Step 4) Ready to Hire!
Now comes the exciting bit! Once you've completed all of the above, your profile will change from Visible, to Ready to Hire, meaning camp directors can now view your application. Be sure you check your emails (including junk) in case a Camp tries to contact you. If they are interested they will put you 'On Review' meaning so other camp can see you for the time being.
It is likely they will want to have a chat with you to see if you are a match for their camp, but if not don't worry, there's plenty more! Hopefully though, it will lead to you being Placed, and then moving onto sorting out your Visa and Flights - as I am now doing!
Alternatively, you can head to a recruitment fair and find a position that way. If this is what you try, ensure you do your research in advance, and get there early! The queues get very long.
I hope this helps, Good Luck!
P.s. Anyone else going to Camp this summer?! It's my first time!