Summer Camp Counselor Volunteering
Welcome to the place where you will find an ultimate life changing experience in the Old Continent, performing as a role model for children & youth at diverse wonderful summer camp locations. Whether as a Camp Counselor, a Language Coach, a Group Leader, a Program Director, Support Staff or an Adventure Guide & High Ropes Course Assistant; Camp Europe is committed to offer young motivated people from around the world, the opportunity to embark into a life learning experience during each summer, by providing the means to develop their skills and extend their international work experience at the same time that they can explore the wonders of the Old Continent and meet like-minded people from all over the world. If you are 19+ years old and looking for an amazing summer internship program, you just have found the perfect place.
This invaluable experiential learning volunteering program will foster your professional development as you will be trained and certified by our professional Academy. Our intensive International Camp Counselor (ICC) training session focuses on your personal skills development, with the aim to offer you a specific profile-oriented preparation for the role you will perform within the different program areas. From High Ropes, Language Coaching, Aquatic Sports, Survival & Adventure, Land Sports, Drama or Arts & Crafts. Furthermore, you will obtain a Life Guard Course complementary to the ICC.
All in all, you will get started with a professional complete 7 days training session through which you will be able to considerably broaden your personal skills. Optionally you can also participate in a 1 and a half day First Aid course. Due to all these positive factors obtained by training, plus the experience of a placement with us, the whole experience will contribute in launching yourself into an international immersion within the Outdoor Education Professional Sector, and we will be proud of having supported you. Every year, we provide hundreds of referral letters to prospective employers who are interested in the certifications with which we provide our participants.
Long story short, the program is designed to allow University students to travel to Europe, meet people from many different countries, to benefit from a top class Outdoor Education Intense training and get a few certifications along the way. Then having met cool people and being pumped up by the training, you might find some time to do some traveling around Europe with your recently met friends. Travel, enjoy and relax to then show up at your designated campsite to perform as a role model, spend time playing outdoors like a kid, experience to work in a team based environment, and have the time of your life.
- Learn or practice a new language.
- Meet people from all over the globe with like-minded interest.
- Acquire teaching experience through your own creation of stimulating, fun and safe activities for children and youth.
- Every summer, many european towns become hosts for International Education & Recreation Outdoor gatherings.
- A wide variety of Summer Camps and Summer Schools, throughout Europe, offer the opportunity to International students to participate in their programs fullfilling many different roles as staff members.
- Mainly, there are 2 different placement positions available each summer: Camp Counsellor & Language Coach.
- Camp Europe participants perform an Internship which allows students to receive an Official Certificate of Participation in an International Internship Program.
- Camp Europe programs are most often bilingual; offered in English as well as in the native language of the host country.
- Travel around the Old Continent; locations are concentrated mainly in Germany, Austria, Ireland, Spain, and France.
This allows us to implement always an educational focus and its immediate feedback. Educational content is portrayed & infused through different didactic areas, such as:
- Language Development
- Environmental Awareness
- Leadership & Communication Development
- Community Building
- Universal Values
- Creative Thinking
- Social & Interpersonal Skills
Always provided through a full immersion onto a different, multi-cultural. amazingly fun, experiential learning.
Camp Europe was born under an agreement reached by individuals living in North America and Europe that share an avid interest in global topics such as world fraternity, the need of a true integral educational path, and who believe that there is much to be learnt from one another on a variety of topics; the importance of effective communication between different cultural backgrounds, empathy, leadership, environmental awareness; creative ways to attack our current problems & healthy ways of enjoying the summer time getting unplugged from our daily on line devices, through motivational dynamics, & adrenaline-loaded adventure sports.
Recreational elements of each activity include a basis of fantasy and creative thinking, to build positive energy and break down the learning barriers of each participant. Activities normally fall into one of the following Program Areas:
- Climbing & High Ropes Courses
- Leadership Development
- Water Sports
- Land Sports
- Music & Drama
- Creativity Workshops
- Survival & Orienteering
- Hikes & Excursions
- Camp Coordination & Logistics
Application Process for Camp Counselor
All Interviews will be via Skype.
For German participants, Skype ID: camp-europe – interview Times in German time
For International participants: Skype ID: CampEurope_Interviews – Interview Times in EST
NOTE> Prior to the interview you will be required to submit a 50 Euro deposit required to confirm the interview. This pre-interview deposit is refundable to you in cases where, after the interview, Camp Europe is unable to offer you a placement.
The pre interview deposit is a requirement, as it acts as a filter and demonstrates serious commitment with the program.
You will receive an email containing three documents:
- A Memorandum of Understanding for you to read and sign and send back to us as a pre-agreement.
- A Placement Guarantee.
- The Preliminary Placement Offer Package which includes:
- A welcome letter from the camp head director.
- A Preliminary Placement Offer
- A Catalogue of what each camp site has to offer.
- Information regarding training sessions.
- Information Regarding logistics; transfers and shuttles.
- A description list of duties and responsibilities for each position at camp.
- A description of what a regular day looks like.
- A packing list.
- A list with hints and advice for traveling, cheap and light.
- A list of ALL documents you must provide us.
Within that same email you will find a set of three deadlines to comply with:
- Signed MOU
- Payment of the Program’s required deposit
- Transportation Ticket to Training + Document Checklist.
- Signed acceptance of the Memorandum of Understanding
- Signed acceptance of the Preliminary Placement Offer
- Copy of your valid passport
- Copy of transportation ticket to Hamburg or to Walsrode in order to attend the Training session.
- Valid First Aid Certificate
- Recent Non-Criminal Record Check
- A doctor’s Note of good health
- European Health card or Travel Insurance valid for the plcement’s length
- Deposit payment of 290 Euros in order to confirm commitment and participation in the program
In order to confirm your participation in this volunteering program, we require to collect a deposit of 290 Euro which is to be sent once you have been offered a placement and you want to confirm it. This deposit is intended to secure your participation in the program. Once you complete the first four weeks of placement, you will get back the deposit. For every extra week, starting with your 5th week of placement, you are elegible to obtain a 75 euro transportation compensation pocket money.
With the Deposit, you ensure to obtain a Volunteering Service at no cost, and that offers you in exchange for your time and commitment>
- Personalized Interview Service
- Full Room & Board during Training and placement(s)
- Airport Shuttle Service (Pick-up) * only for main training session in late june
- 4 different Training Sessions
- International Camp Counselor Training
- Bronze Cross Lifeguard
- Specialty course Training (High ropes, Water sports, Creative & drama, Field sports)
- Inter-Placement Transfers
- Interview Cost
- Admin fee
- Processing Fee All International participants must send their Deposit through this link.
Or through Direct Bank Transfer to:
Beneficiary: International Camps Network CC0001 33019 1995390
Bank of Montreal
SWIFT BIC CODE_ BOFMCAM2
International Banking, Head Office, Montreal
Branch: 2I0 4307 13Oth Avenue SE, Calgary, AB.
Direct Payment Routing Number CC0001
BRANCH TRANSIT NUMBER: 33019
Account Number: 1995390
For German Participants>
Empfänger: Camp Europe e.V.
Bank: Hamburger Sparkasse
IBAN: DE04 2005 0550 1035 2144 18
Main training: June 22nd to June 28th – T1
June 22nd – June 25th International Camp Counselor mandatory for all Camp Counselors
June 25th afternoon Life Guarding Bronze (Group 1) mandatory for all Camp Counselors (exceptions possible)
June 26th – June 27th GEOlino Training parallel sessions – mandatory for all GEOlino Coaches
High Ropes Assistant parallel sessions – mandatory for all High Ropes Course Assistants
Adventure, Survival, Creative parallel sessions – mandatory: for everybody else
June 27th – June 28th First aid certification optional (you can book it for 65 EUR)
Life Guarding Bronze (Group 2) mandatory for almost every Camp Counselors
Alternative Training 2: June 30th – July 6th – T2
Alternative Training 3: July 14th – July 20th – T3
Alternative Training 3: July 28th – Aug 3rd – T4
NOTE: If you are unable to attend any of the training, then we can not offer you a placement.
Address: Camp Adventure Academy, Vethem 58, 29664 Walsrode, Germany
Campsite Address: Camp Adventure Academy, Vethem 58, 29664 Walsrode, Germany.
In order to arrive to our main campsite for training>
Option 1: Airport Shuttle from Hamburg International Airport (HAM) on Friday June 21st, 2019. Meeting Point: McDonald’s patio on 3rd floor of terminal 1, departure at 6.00pm
Option 2: Walsrode train station shuttle on June 21st, 2019 at 7:45pm
Option 3: Walsrode train station shuttle on June 22nd, 2019 at 10:45am
Option 4: Self arranged arrival on June 21st after 8:00pm or June 22nd before 11:00am
Our intensive 7 day International Camp Counselor (ICC) training session will focus on your personal skills with the aim to offer you a specific profile-oriented preparation for the role you will perform within the different camp program areas, for which you will get special training sessions whether it be High Ropes, Language Coaching, Survival & Adventure or Arts & Crafts. Furthermore, you will obtain a Bronze Cross -Life Guard- Course complementary to the ICC. Optionally you can also participate in a 1 and a half day First Aid course.
All in all, you will get started with a professional complete 7 days training session through which you will be able to considerably broaden your personal skills. So, you can expect…
- A fantastic week full of an energetic crowd gathering in a patch of forest, just an hour away from Hamburg.
- An opportunity to meet like-minded people and enjoy experiential learning through educational and recreational activities, games & group dynamics.
- A lot of action at our campsite in Walsrode. where you’ll meet other international faces with whom you will spend a wicked summer.
The contents of the International Camp Counselor Training are many. From knowing how you can entertain children and young people to what to do accurately with homesickness: passing through legal aspects, on how to develop presentation skills to perform in front of large groups and other counseling techniques for instructing various activities such as survival, team building, etc; our coaching team has prepared a full training pack for you.
- The only thing you must bring, is your own fantastic & motivated good feeling vibe to start the summer!
- If you don’t have a first aid certificate or your old one has expired, you can complete this course after the International Camp Counselor Training at our campsite in Walsrode.*
- The camp-specific seminars, they all take place directly at each camp-site, during this occasion you will meet with the rest of the team, explore the premises, etc.
All staff members will perform as International Camp Counselors. However, due to different camp programs some staff members will deepen their skills in different program areas.
- The Language Coach training is aimed at those who will perform at one of the Language Camps. During the training you will learn our coaching philosophy and a variety of games and activities, so that you have the tools to keep the campers active and entertained.
- Climbing & High ropes course training will provide you with a CA Academy program Area Assistant Director certificate.
- Outdoor Adventure, Creative & Drama training will provide you with a CA Academy program Area Assistant Director certificate.
- GEOlino training is only available for German speaking staff members with a very good language proficiency. The training will provide you with all necessary skills to lead a newspaper and photography workshop.
Language Coach, Climbing & High Ropes, Outdoor Adventure, Arts & Crafts training are also free of charge.
All senior staff, returning staff and new internees will meet for a fantastic training session full of great moments. Last summer 180 staff members from 30 different nations joined our team.
- The accommodation is in tents. The premises can be found by some people as basic or even rustic. We are all based on community collaboration, so we cook our own meals and we clean and tiddy up ourselves.
- Although mid summer, at night it can get chilly. Bring warm clothes for sleeping.
- Bring Bug spray.
- Sometimes it can get really wet, bring rain gear and plastic bag for protecting your stuff from water.
- Bring any musical instruments, typical stuff from your country and 1 donation item for the yearly charity silent auction.
- There is no WI FI during training session and neither in most camp location. Take advantage of that great chance, unplug yourself and make friends from all over the world
For ALL summer placements, the general training will be held in Germany. Additionally, every camp offers a more specific training, according to the nature of each summer camp. (i.e. Horseback Riding Camp, ESA camp (European Space Agency, Rock Climbing Camp, etc)
If you are assigned to one of these camps, you still have to attend the General Mandatory Camp, and then the corresponding training to your specific placement, which takes place normally 2 or 3 days before the start of the specific program.
All Equipment & Materials and lots of fun.
No weekly stipend, though.
As a Counselor, you will be in charge of a group (6-8) of children / youth. Making sure they are safe, having fun, integrating to camp life, performing their chores, and over all, motivating them to have a great summer time in the outdoors.
As an Adventure Guide you will either assist in the High Ropes Course or run projects like Kayak, Canoeing, Survival.
During the on-site training session, any final contract particulars can be discussed with CE coordinators and senior staff.
Most likely you will have from 3 days and up to 2 weeks between training and first placement. In such case, you can take advantage to go traveling around on your own or with new friends you will make during training.
Working always in mixed age groups, tolerance and respect for diversity is found in the training groups as well as in our camp groups.
Also, you can always access our facebook page to get Social with Camp Europe. Click here
Also, every camp session starts on a Sunday evening and it ends the following Saturday morning. So, between Saturday noon (after clean up) you have time to go out and relax, either on your own or with the rest of the camp’s staff crew.
If you are participating as a Camp Counselor, you can also bring it, if you will.
As for other items, you will get a packing list later on, along with your Preliminary Placement Offer.
If you are interested, make sure to let us know so on your application and during the interview.
No, we are not a travel agency. However, we can provide tips and offer suggestions, based on our experience. Airfare reservations and purchases are the sole responsibility of each participant.
Additionally, you can also get picked up at the train station in Walsrode.
About the Fee
We are an International Placement Partnership Organization.
We offer International Placement Opportunities> Summer Staff – Internship – Diplomas.
The Payable Fee that covers many different expenses incurrid on by offering this full service package, such as:
- Full Room & Board
- Shuttle Service
- All Program’s Materials,
- Airport Shuttle
- Transportation to Hosting Camps,
- Plus, all required Administrative Costs.
- In return , you get>
- 4 different exhaustive training sessions that will develop and enhance your personal, physical and teaching skills, such as:
International Camp Counselor Training.
- Bronze Cross Lifeguard Training
- High Ropes Course Assistant Training,
- Language Coach Training,
- Outdoor Adventure Guide Training,
- Crafts & Drama Program Training,
- A weekly stipend of 75 and up to 250 euros/week from the 5th week of placement onwards..
- Your plane ticket,
- Any hostels you might need to stay at, and all meals while you are not at camp / training,
- Any other required transportation,
- Souvenirs & any personals.
- If you decide to complete your 1st aid course during the training week in Germany, you will need to pay 65 EUR for it.
You can get an instant quotation for a Reliable Full International Travel Insurance here.
About the Weekly Stipend
The 290 EUR deposit covers all related costs of a 7-day staff training, full board and accommodation. This deposit will be reimbursed to you upon completing 4 placement weeks. For every additional week of placement there’s a weekly stipend of 75 EUR. On top of this we cover travel expenses.
For 2nd year returnees the weekly stipend raises to 100 EUR / week
For 3rd year returnees the weekly stipend raises to 150 EUR / week.
Camp Europe operates internationally through its 2 main offices located in Hamburg & Ottawa. The application process and administrative steps required in order to handle applicant’s files differs according to the applicant’s nationality. Therefore, German citizens have a slightly different process than all other UE citizens as they deal with domestic law and procedures.
International Applicants (non german volunteers) are welcome to apply through a bit more complex process due to international immigration policies, medical coverage insurance and background checks. Find out more about the specific process you must undergo. So, feel free to enter into your corresponding section and get started submitting your application form as the kick start for a magnificent summer time experience.
The freedom to plan your own creative/outdoor activities was great. My favourite 4 aspects were: The other teamers, The campers, The night staff meetings and the impressive enthusiastic campfires. Also, that I got to improve my German language skills.
Evelyn Henderson - USA
The training week was lots of fun, a great start. Got to meet lots of interesting people and learn lots of different aspects about counseling children & youth. The four week session was intense and rewarding. I got to connect and bond deeply with campers and counselor peers alike.
Joe Peter Halloway- Scotland
The other camp counselors were fantastic. The excursions were amazing (Eifelpark & Schwimmbad). It was nice to get a new group of girls every week. I guided the archery course. This was one of the highlights each week and the girls absolutely loved it. It is not something most kids have access to, so they are very interested in trying it out. It is also relatively easy to explain and for them to master.
Jana Klages Miller- Milwaukee
The whole Camp atmosphere, it was actually like a big family where everyone helped each other every day. Some of my best memories: My wonderful tent groups with whom I had an absolutely wonderful time. The singing in the kitchen while we were cooking or cleaning up. That one night we had a million stars in the sky during the hike.
Juan Carlos Sullka- Bolivia