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Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
I am interested in doing this year.

Anybody got any experience from it?

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I think Pussykatty did something similar.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I think Violette went
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Violette and FireyFirenze did it last year, they had a ball from what I can gather. Give them a PM, I'm sure they'll share it with you!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I did it. Go with BUNAC instead of Camp America. You get more money. Anything else, PM me. It's an awesome experience. I'd definitely recommend it!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I did it. Go with BUNAC instead of Camp America. You get more money. Anything else, PM me. It's an awesome experience. I'd definitely recommend it!
    Heard bad stuff about BUNAC. Just sent off my application through Camp America.
  • **helen****helen** Mod malarkist Deactivated Posts: 9,235 Listening Ear
    Heard bad stuff about BUNAC. Just sent off my application through Camp America.

    From what I've heard all the organisations have their pros & cons and imo whether your experience is good or not will probably depend more on which camp you end up at rather than which organisation facilitated the journey. That said, if you get a place with CA - then probably not worth applying to the others. You might find this thread interesting: http://vbulletin.thesite.org/showthread.php?t=108411
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Heard bad stuff about BUNAC. Just sent off my application through Camp America.

    You did? What kind of stuff? As far as I was concerned, BUNAC presented a more realistic picture of camp life, while with CA it was like rose-tinted glasses. At the end of the day though, Helen's right. It doesn't make a difference to your camp experience who you end up going through, cause it's the camp that makes the experience at the end of the day. I was really happy with my experience, so much so I went back again the next year. Good luck with your application, and I hope you get a placement!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I did it last summer through camp america, worked at a special needs camp in Florida, it was absolutely amazing and im going back the same camp through camp america again this summer. If i can answer any questions give me a shout.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    This sounds like good fun, what camps are the best?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I did it last summer through camp america, worked at a special needs camp in Florida, it was absolutely amazing and im going back the same camp through camp america again this summer. If i can answer any questions give me a shout.

    Special Needs Camp :heart::heart::heart: Sounds good to me! Will drop you a PM instead of bugging the hell out of everyone and hjaking the thread!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    shit yeah

    I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

    Worked at a camp in Maine fer two consecutive summers.
    Some of the best (albeit tiresome) times of my life.

    Are you thinkin bout using Camp America or Camp USA?
    Cas the latter company sometimes pays more.
    There's another organization that's a good option...
    They actually shell out for the roundrip flight to your camp.
    I'll have a dig and get back to you on that one...
    if you so desire.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I'd be interested in that to.

    Tho Bunac only offer things for students.

    Also I aint a very sporty kinda guy so not sure about being a camp counsellor, its all activites and sports.

    I know there is an alternative one where you can do office work I think, but wouldnt wanna be out in a new country, in the sun aand sitting innsdie doing paperwork! lol
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Doomsday wrote: »
    I'd be interested in that to.

    Tho Bunac only offer things for students.

    Also I aint a very sporty kinda guy so not sure about being a camp counsellor, its all activites and sports.

    I know there is an alternative one where you can do office work I think, but wouldnt wanna be out in a new country, in the sun aand sitting innsdie doing paperwork! lol


    They're not all sports camps. At my camp sometimes I had to teach sports, when we'd play rounders or kick-ball, and sometimes country dancing
    :) (don't say anything!) :o but mostly it was things like arts and crafts, swimming (not really swimming, just messing around in the pool), riding and animal stuff.

    When you fill in the application form you say what your skills are in and they generally find you a camp that suits your skills. There are camps which specialise in things eg music, drama, sports etc.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    thanks pussy katty, I am still unsure but it seems pretty cool.

    wheres best to find out more info? do they take non-studnets?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    My housemate went a few years ago and is desperate to go again, so she obv enjoyed it!
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Doomsday wrote: »
    thanks pussy katty, I am still unsure but it seems pretty cool.

    wheres best to find out more info? do they take non-studnets?

    :yes: im not a student and i did it last year.

    it was amazing and i'd definitely recommend it to everyone...im not saying its easy cos its bloody hard work but the plus points of it make up for it all.

    i could ramble on all day about it but iv said lots in that other thread helen posted a link to. if you wanna know anything specific i would be glad to answerrr on here or in a PM :)
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I sent a pm :)

    tho happy for this thread to continue lol.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Decided not to go... Tbh, I'd rather do something more relevent to my career than Camp America.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Are some of the camps you can go to girl scout camps? I remember way back when when I would go to girl scout camp almost every counsler was foreign and from a different country. So reading this I'm all curious if thats what they did.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Ah thats awsome :D
    Thanks.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I planned a gap year in which i went to ecudor from sept-feb with "GAP" , spent feb-may living with my auntie in rome, and then the summer on camp america, but then decided I did actually want to go to music college and you cant defer if you go to music college :(

    I will definately go again one day - but I have heard before BUNAC pay a lot more which will be good as I will be a student when I do it. And both organise it really well.

    Did you make money on it?
    Did you then spend it all when you went travelling so ended up paying more money then you made or did it equal out?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I live in the states and the camp I went to for few years usually had at least ten foreign counselors and about eight foreign workers like cooks, nurses, and horse staff. I believe the YMCA's camp has foreign staff, but I'm not sure.
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