One of the biggest attractions of working in a summer camp is the opportunity to travel afterwards. On the J-1 visa, you have up to one month to travel around America after your work placement ends and you have to return home (or continue your travels in another country). This is an incredible chance to see America with new found friends and tick a number of things off the ol’ bucket list.
Getting to and arriving at camp was one of the scariest, most nerve wracking and exciting parts of my first summer in America. My flight to Boston was the first flight I ever took by myself and it was the first time I’d been to another country without my parents. Being a nervous flyer, this was somewhat terrifying to say the least- especially given the length of time (three and a half months in a country I’d never been to) and not knowing anyone beforehand.
When I started university in 2012 (unbelievably six whole years ago) I was eager to spend my summers working in an American summer camp. I spent my first summer of university working in a hospital to save up enough money to afford a three and a half month adventure in the beautiful US of A the following summer. Once I’d saved up enough money, the scary part began. How do you know where to start? How do you actually get placed in a camp? How do you get a working visa?