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"CIEE Camp Exchange USA" program -  Camp (Counselor) Job Description

Working Conditions:

Living with children in a bunk
On your feet and outside most of the day
Teaching children your skills
High-energy, fast-paced and child-focused environment
Responsible for children at all times
Working 6 days/week and 24-hour on-call.

Living Conditions:
Rural setting
Little to no privacy
Weather can include sunshine and rain
There will be biting insects, like mosquitos
Accommodations vary, but always shared space. 

Technology:
Limited to no internet and cell service
No cell phones at camp
Device-use is limited to off-time (buy a watch)
Camp is a great place to un-plug.

Food:
Cafeteria-style
Dietary options are limited (ie, gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan)
There’s nothing like a home-cooked camp meal after a 12-hour day.

Time off:
Limited
Many camps have a full-camp rest hour.

What to expect?
Culture shock (camp culture and American culture)
Training prior to camper arrival
Limited contact with world outside of camp except during off-hours
Schedule is important – stick to it and do not be late.

Tips for Success:
Be proactive - don’t be afraid to ask for help while at camp
If you’re unsure, ASK
If you have a question, ASK
Set yourself up for the best summer: make sure this program is the right fit for you!