Camp the World brings the world to participants through adventure and learning. We work with activity specialists from around the world to provide the most dynamic learning experience.

Our flagship program is the Camp Counselor Exchange USA for young adults ages 19 to 30.  Participants go to the US as Camp Counselors during the summer of June to August. For 9 to 10 weeks, they will lead children ages 5 to 17 in various camp activities and traditions.

US Camp Counsellor Exchange

How it Works

The Camp Counselor Exchange program is a US Department of State J1 cultural exchange program where participants get to live, work, and play in camps across America for 9 to 10 weeks during the summer. It is a unique experience where participants take part in an authentic American tradition. Participants discover this quintessential part of American culture while sharing their own culture at a camp setting.

After camp, participants will have a 30-day grace period in their VISA to travel around the US!

Who Can Join

Young Adults ages 19 to 30 years old.

Undergraduates, Fresh Graduates, and Employed Individuals are welcome to apply!

What You'll Do

Teach skills, supervise activities, and create an amazing summer experience for kids ages 5 to 17 years old!

When It Happens

9 to 10 weeks from June to August.

Latest possible arrival (start date) for Camps is June 15, earliest departure (end date) from Camps is August 15.

Where It Happens

Across the USA. There are thousands of camps with most of them on the East Coast: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and upstate New York.

Easy Steps

1Attend an Orientation
2Sign Up for a Free Pre-Screening
3Get Pre-Screened
4Make your first payment

Our Success Stories

When students are exposed to a new environment and are taken out of their comfort zone, they gain new perspectives, they adapt, they grow. This is what participants of our program has accomplished!

Naomi Bustamante, 22, Camp Newaygo, Michigan

Camp was a thrilling experience that went above and beyond my expectations.

I can’t say I wasn’t nervous at the beginning.

I mean, flying over 8,222 miles right after graduation to do something I’ve never done before was an adventure that was both frightening and empowering at the same time.

Fortunately, all my nerves went away when I was greeted with big smiles from everyone at camp. From orientation to lifeguarding training to kayaking through rapid rivers to zip-lining cross tree canopies, everyday brought something new.

The most fulfilling experience, however, was really getting to know my campers on a deeper level. Sharing about their fears and insecurities one day, and then seeing them come out of their shells and become their best selves at camp was an experience that was as beautiful as it was fulfilling.

Camp may have been miles away from home, but when I left, it felt like a second home that I would love to come back to next year.

Leandra Yu, 22, Summit Camp, Pennsylvania

Camp was overall a great experience. Aside from building friendships with people from all over the world, I think one of the best parts of my camp experience was learning the different perspectives they had about people with special needs.

Camp’s a wonderful place that not only brings people together but ultimately embraces differences. It’s a place where your perspectives are valued because they enrich the camp experience for campers and the counselors. In camp, you learn to share what you love with other people and at the same time grow in their passions. It’s a good place to discover what you can do and what impact you can leave.

Aliana Gimena, 25, Camp Allen, New Hampshire

Camp experience was a rollercoaster ride for me. Truth be told, it’s not all about fun. You’ll get frustrated, you’ll feel down. But at the end of it all, you get a rewarding and fulfilling feeling because the campers are amazing. They have unique and wonderful stories especially in my camp where the campers are those with special needs. You will realize that even though they have disabilities, they can make you happy, give you inspiration and leave an impact in your life. And I will always carry these with me for the rest of my life.

Migs Morales, 21, Camp Killooleet, Vermont

I love Camp Killooleet. I had one of the best and memorable summers so far. I’m not good in expressing myself through written words, but if I were to share my overall camp experience? I would say I can’t wait to go back next summer!! Camp has taught me a lot of things even in life. I consider Camp Killooleet my other home and family. ‘Til next summer again!!!

Queen Ambulo, 19, Aloha Hive Camp, Vermont

The people really made the experience. The kids were also amazing, feeling their dependency towards you really molded me to grow into someone that can really consult and help others in need. It made me responsible to handle actual living with tiny humans and disciplined to keep up with the daily schedule. The people I met and worked with are my friends for life!

Gab Cruz, 24, EasterSeals Camp Sno-Mo, New Hampshire

There isn’t really one word you can use to describe Camp Sno-mo. It was crazy, sad, fun, exciting. The camp gave me multiple chances to learn new skills and get better opportunities for myself in the future, but at the end of the day it was all about the kids. The kids we had were amazing: some could not speak, read, or write, some were facing multiple challenges in their lives. All of that didn’t matter to them though, because in camp they were just themselves. To them I was their friend, brother, and sometimes even like their own dad. What mattered was that I gave the kids the best week of their lives. It was a life-changing experience I would do again.

Niki Francisco, 26, Camp Chateaugay, New York

I was able to experience different cultures, not only from the international counselors, but also the kids too. It was inspiring to see kids do various activities that scared them – it made me even more confident in trying out new things too. Wakeboarding, glass blowing, wood working, a lot of arts and crafts, lacrosse, football, soccer – things I would not have access to here.

Being around kids encouraged me to bring out the best version of myself – loud, happy, positive and spirited – because the kids loved that. Good energy was celebrated at camp and just being able to be happy, loud and fun makes the work that goes into teaching, caring for the kids and doing tasks at camp worth it. I became a spirit leader at camp – it was the most tiring yet rewarding role. I loved every second of it.

Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Camps are supervised programs where kids learn and do fun activities! Camps are part of the American tradition that run during the summer months of June, July, and August. Hundreds of thousands of kids ages 5 to 17 attend camps every year.

Camps are located in rural areas across the U.S. but mainly in the North East where camps were first setup. Usually situated in the great outdoors, campers, and counselors live and play at camp so you can imagine camps can be huge and stretch across acres of land.

Every camp is different with its own traditions and activities but all camps foster an atmosphere of fun, friendship, and discovery.

Activities can range from Arts and Crafts to Archery to Horseback Riding to Waterskiing to Sports to Outdoor Adventure. There are also special events that are unique to the camp making it the most memorable days. Through these activites, campers and counselors develop individual and group skill and make friendships that last a lifetime. Every camp’s mission at the end of the season is to create the most unforgettable summer for each camper.


As a leader, role model, and moral compass to campers ages 5 to 17, the primary responsibility of a camp counselor is overall supervision.

Camp Counselors will ensure campers’ well-being and make campers’ camp experience as fun and rewarding as possible.

Camp counselors supervise camp activities, and may organize camping trips, plan and schedule group activities, provide emotional support, greet new campers, and explain all the rules of the camp. (What is a Camp Counselor)

Participants must be 19 to 30 years of age before May 31st. The basic qualifications to join are:

  • Conversational English Fluency
  • Knowledge in 3 Required Skills for Camp
  • Energetic, Friendly, & Positive Attitude
  • Leadership and Collaborative Abilities
  • Active and Outgoing Personality
  • Genuine Interest to Work with Children

There are so many activities at camp! From Arts and Crafts, to Archery, to Sports, to Music, to Theater and Horseback riding.


  • Batik/Printing
  • Candle Making
  • Ceramics (Wheel/Kiln)
  • Fine Arts
  • Glass Blowin
  • Handicrafts
  • Jewelry
  • Leathercraft
  • Metalwork
  • Model Making
  • Naturecraft
  • Painting
  • Puppetry
  • Sculpture
  • Silversmithing
  • Stained Glass
  • Textile
  • Tie Dye
  • Weaving (Loom)
  • Woodworking


  • ATV
  • BMX
  • Cycling (Trip 21+)
  • Go-Karts
  • Moto-Cross
  • Mountain Bike
  • Mountain Boarding
  • Skate Park


  • Aerobics
  • Ballet/Tap
  • Choreography
  • Contemporary
  • Hip Hop
  • Jazz
  • Kickboxing
  • Weights & Fitness
  • Yoga
  • Zumba


  • Dressage
  • English Riding
  • Horse Care
  • Vaulting
  • Western Riding


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Figure Skating
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey (Ice/Street)
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial Arts
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball


  • Computer (Programming/Graphics)
  • Creative Writing
  • Newspaper Production
  • Photography (Digital/Darkroom)
  • Radio Broadcast (Equipment)
  • Recording and Sound Editing


  • Video
  • Bass (Guitar)
  • Brass
  • Bugle
  • DJ
  • Drums
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Piano (Accompany)
  • Rock Band
  • Singing/Vocals
  • Song Writing
  • Strings
  • Ukulele
  • Wind Instruments


  • Animal Farming
  • Fishing
  • Gardening
  • Geocaching
  • Hiking
  • Orienteering
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Primitive Camping
  • Rock Climbing
  • Ropes (High/Low)
  • Shelter Building
  • Trip Leader /Driver 21+
  • Trip Leader 21+
  • Whitewater Kayaking
  • Zip-Lining


  • Circus
  • Costuming
  • Lights/Sound
  • Magic
  • Set Design/Construction
  • Theater
  • Theatrical Make-Up


  • Astronomy
  • Culinary Arts (Teach)
  • Electronics
  • Environmental Education
  • Model Rocketry
  • Wildlife Ecology


  • Swim Instruction (Certified)
  • Diving
  • Lifeguard (Certified)
  • Synchronized Swimming


  • Archery
  • Riflery


  • Physical Education
  • Special Education
  • Teacher (Ages 11-16)
  • Teacher (Ages 5-10)


  • Canoe
  • Crew
  • Flat Water Kayak
  • Motorboat Driving
  • Sailing
  • Surf/Wakesurf
  • Wakeboarding
  • Water-skiing
  • White Water Kayak
  • Windsurf

The program happens for 9 to 10 weeks from June to August. Preference is given to applicants who are available at an earlier date and for longer periods of time.

For the best chance of placement, applicants should be available between the dates of June 1 and August 25.

We work with all kinds of camps! Here are the general kind of camps we work with:

Traditional Camps

  • Traditional multi-activity camps
  • Often privately owned
  • Can be co-ed, male, or female campers only
  • Facilities and cabins range from very Rustic to traditional
  • Can be daily, weekly or full summer sessions

Agency / Non-Profit

  • Affiliated with social or advocacy agencies
  • Serve kids from all walks of life
  • Purpose and mission are aligned to their Affiliated Agencies
  • Facilities and cabins range from very Rustic to traditional
  • Can be daily, weekly or full summer sessions

Girl Scouts

  • Follow Girl Scouts principles and philosophies
  • Serve only females
  • Often Focus on wilderness skills and outdoorsy activities
  • Cabins are usually primitive in nature
  • Usually one to two-week sessions throughout the summer


  • Focus on a particular sport or activity like horseback riding, sailing, or theater.
  • Serves all types of kids but may also serve specific populations such as campers who have ADHD or have suffered a loss.
  • Can be daily, weekly or full summer sessions

Religiously Affiliated

  • Affiliated with either the Christian or Jewish faiths
  • Usually serve kids of the same Faith as the camp
  • Incorporates both religious and non-religious activities
  • Emphasis on religion varies greatly from camp to camp
  • Can be daily, weekly or full summer sessions


  • Run or sponsored by community groups
  • Serve Low-Income campers from inner cities or extremely rural backgrounds
  • Facilities are often rustic
  • Can be daily, weekly or full summer sessions

Special Needs

  • Serves campers with emotional, mental or physical disabilities or complex needs
  • Offer most challenging camp experience, but most rewarding
  • At some special needs camps, counselors also assist with
  • daily living tasks such as eating, dressing, and showering.
  • Can be daily, weekly or full summer sessions


Every participant will be advised to select at least 3 kinds of camp they are willing to work in. Flexibility is important when it comes to choosing camps. The more open a participant is, the more camps will be able to view the participant’s profile.

Absolutely! As long as you love working with kids, meeting new people, and are comfortable in the outdoors, being a camp counselor can be a great break from a regular job.

Yes. The program is a US Department of State J1 Exchange program so once you are accepted, you will need to apply for a J1 Visa. You will be guided and advised before your VISA interview to help you ace your interview.

You will have the option of availing of a Travel Package (inclusive of roundtrip transatlantic airfare) or just the Basic Program Fee.

Other expenses include: VISA Application Fee, SEVIS Registration Fee, Notarization costs for contracts, Bank Transfer Fee, and the Commission on Filipinos Overseas Pre-Departure Orientation fee.

If you are taking the Basic Program Fee option, you will also spend for your airfare.

To get the latest schedule of fees, please contact or inquire when you attend an orientation.

Yes. You may visit any part of the mainland US during your 30-day travel period of camp.

Yes. Using the 30-day travel period is optional.

Yes. Participation in the program requires a US J1 Exchange Visa. We will help you acquire one.

  • Apart from an incredible summer, these are also part of the Basic Program inclusions:
  • Excellent Customer Service & Expert Guidance from UTP Camp the World
  • Camp Placement & Vetting
  • Daily Meals Full Board & Lodging for 9 – 10 weeks
  • Allowance from Camp* at least $900 after the program
  • Valuable Work Experience
  • Face-to-Face Interview
  • VISA Assistance
  • DS2019 Form Issuance
  • Meet & Greet with Accommodations in New York or Boston Upon Arrival in the US
  • Transportation to and from Camp
  • Comprehensive Medical Insurance Before, During, and After Your Program Duration**
  • 24/7 Support from CIEE and UTP Camp the World During Camp
  • 30 Days Travel Period within Continental US
  • Certificate & Membership in the CIEE Alumni Global Network
  • *Travel and All-In Packages also available for those who want us to handle flights and VISA payment

What we do

We look for the camp that’s looking for YOU.

Every Camp Counselor is unique with their own expertise, skills, and preference. We work closely with every applicant so that we can find the perfect camp. The application is competitive as camps are exposed to hundreds of applicants from around the world! UTP Camp the World will coach, advise, and assist participants in every phase of the application. We match participants to camps as early as September until May.

Apply Now

Take the first step – answer the pre-screening survey and our Camp Specialists will be in touch on how we can move forward.

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