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What You Get

A fantastic experience that is value for money

CCUSA programs provide you with the rare opportunity to immerse yourself into a new culture with like-minded, outgoing people from throughout the world. Break away from the normal scenery, uni or job life. 

It's not as simple as it may seem to get organised to work overseas (especially in the USA). As a Government appointed J1 Visa Sponsor, CCUSA offers you everything you need to make the experience a success for you.

WAGES

CCUSA gives you the chance to earn the highest camp wages from New Zealand based on your skill level.

Your wages, also known as Pocket Money, are determined by your age as of June 1st and your New Zealand skills/qualifications. Earn up to US$2,695 for a 9 week resident camp or 11 week day camp. Earn US$39 per day for extra days worked.

Camp Counselors

Age 

Pocket Money

18 Years US$1335
19 - 20 Years US$1600
21+ Years US$1795

Advanced Skill Level Counselors

Age 

Pocket Money

18 Years US$1485
19 - 20 Years US$1750
21+ Years US$1945

Participants with specialized skills and sufficient experienced are entitled to increased pocket money.To see if you qualify, please review the Advanced Skill Level sheet.

ELITE Program POCKET MONEY earn up to US$2,695. Click on your Skill below:

 

 

PLUS YOU ALSO GET

  • Awesome Placement Record: A placement record that is the best in the industry 29 years of 100% placement for accepted participants. We do not cancel people from the program to create a better statistic - we proudly get our Kiwis placed at camp! Some other companies also advertise that you'll get your money back if they don't place you. Of course our Program Agreement states that we refund anyone unplaced, but as our placement record shows, that's not something you'll have to worry about with us! We work with up to 1000 camps in the USA.
  • Low Program Fee: From just $699. We keep our program fees low and have no hidden charges so that you can receive more and pay less. Our program is less than most other US camp programs. You don't need to pay over $1000 to have a US Summer Camp experience!
  • Official J1 Visa Sponsor: CCUSA is an official US designated J1 Visa Sponsor and you will only be dealing with CCUSA in New Zealand and in the USA, not a third party (like most other US camp organisations in New Zealand)! CCUSA is your visa sponsor and issues the sponsoring US Government document that you need to get your visa. The visa is for work at camp plus up to 30 days to travel and sight see around the USA (before and after camp). We assist you with your mandatory face-to-face interview with the US Consulate and help you put together your visa application. We can even help those of you wanting to depart Australia before May.
  • Pay: The highest earning potential - you can earn over US$370 more than you'll get with most other US camp programs. PLUS for each day over 9 weeks you work you earn US$39 per day. See below for more information regarding wages.
  • Free Food/Accommodation: This is included while at camp, so you can save your hard earned cash for after camp travels. Our camps also have laundry facilities so you can save even more.
  • Biggest and Best Camp Job Fairs: For 23 years CCUSA has been hosting American Camp Directors in New Zealand to meet and hire staff. Our annual Camp Job Fairs are held in January and we host up to 15 summer camps. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet your potential Camp Director face to face and get hired on the spot! 
  • Insurance: Up to 4 months US State Department approved Travel Insurance Policy included with the program at no additional cost. You receive insurance for the duration of your work visa/camp placement. Your policy can also be upgraded and extended for further travel in the USA or anywhere else in the world.
  • SEVIS Fee Paid: Your US Government SEVIS tracking fee (US$35) is included with the program and not charged to you (this is not the case with all US camp programs!)
  • Flights to the USA: CCUSA participants are offered special flight prices through Travel Managers. You also have the flexibility to arrange your flights through an agent of your choice at no additional cost.
  • Free Travel to Camp: From your camp's designated arrival meeting point in the USA.
  • 24 Hour Emergency Assistance: We know how important support is while travelling. You'll have access to a 24 hour toll free emergency assistance hotline while in the US.
  • Types of Camps: CCUSA work with over 1000 camps in the USA meaning we have more jobs available giving you the best chance to be placed. CCUSA personally and carefully access your skills, personality and the camp types you wish to work at - from there we find you the perfect camp placement. Camps love CCUSA's quality staff! We have a long-standing relationship with many camps (some of our staff have been with CCUSA for over 20 years and all of our staff have worked at camp!)
  • Orientation: CCUSA prepares you for camp and your travels before you leave New Zealand at this fun and informative meeting. It's a fantastic opportunity to meet   other like-minded Kiwis heading to camp.
  • Online Support Site: You'll gain access to 'Footprints' your personal support members website that holds important information and documentation for your travels.
  • Information Meetings and Events: We know when planning a big overseas adventure you'll have heaps of questions. We hold regular, free information meetings and events around the country so you can find out more and meet us face to face. 
  • Personal Development: Build lifelong skills and enhance career opportunities. Participating on a cultural exchange program shows a prospective employer you are mature, adaptable and hard working.
  • Extras: CCUSA exclusive Global T-shirt, Free US Sim Card, access to YHA Memberships, Cash Passports,   Specialized Tax Service Assistance, CCUSA staff handbook, travel guide and more.

Returning to Camp?

See the Returning to Camp page for details including program information, wages and more.