Application Process for Europeans
The Preliminary Placement Offer Package includes:
- A welcome letter from the camp head director, Jan Vieth.
- A Preliminary Placement Offer
- A Memorandum of Understanding for you to sign as a preliminary contract.
- 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.
- Copy of your valid passport
- Copy of Plane ticket to Hamburg (HAM) or train ticket to Walsrode for Training session.
- Signed acceptance of the Memorandum of Understanding
- Valid First Aid Certificate
- Recent Non-Criminal Record Check
- Medical certificate
- Total Fee payment of 190 Euros
In order to confirm your participation, 190 Euro is to be paid once you have been offered a placement. The Fee is intended to cover:
- Full Room & Board
- Airport Shuttle Service (Pick-up)
- 4 different Training Sessions
- International Camp Counselor Training
- 1st aid Certification
- Bronze Cross Lifeguard
- Specialty course Training (High ropes, Water sports, Creative & drama, Field sports)
- Transfer to 1st Placement
- Interview Cost
- Admin fee
- Processing Fee
All European Applicants must send their Processing Fee Payment to;
Recipient: CAMP EUROPE, e.V.
Address Acount Holder: Laufgraben 16, 20146 Hamburg, Germany
Bank: Hamburger Sparkasse
Bank’s Address : Mittelweg 157, 20148 Hamburg, Germany
Bank Code: 200 505 50
IBAN: DE04 2005 0550 1035 2144 18
June 17th – 26th
Training 2: Alternative International Staff Training
July 16th – 22nd
Campsite Address: Camp Adventure Academy, Vethem 58, 29664 Walsrode, Germany.
Option 1- Camp Europe offers a complimentary shuttle service: June 16th – From Hamburg Airport (meeting point at the McDonald’s Patio in Terminal 1) Heading – to the International Camp Counselor Training site in Walsrode at 6.00pm Sharp -.
Option 2 – Make your way to Walsrode by Train. A friendly Camp Europe staff will be glad to pick you up at the Train station, no later than June 17th @ 9.00am.
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.
Participation in the first aid certification course has a cost of 65 €. It also covers accommodation and meals.
Language Coach, Climbing & High Ropes, Outdoor Adventure, Arts & Crafts training are also free of charge for all International Participants
All senior staff, returning staff and new internees will meet for a fantastic training session full of great moments
- 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.
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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.
Camp Europe provides a shuttle service from Hamburg Airport to the General Training site. You can also get picked up at the train station in Walsrode.
All participants placed in Ireland, England or Spain will get a confirmation whether they are on a group flight or not (group flight means being responsible for campers transfers) 4 weeks prior to staff training.
- Before training participants should not book a transfer flight as we will arrange and send further instructions by then.
- In case the participant is not on a group flight, then he/she will have to book the plane ticket on their own and will receive a refund up to 300 EUR, upon presenting the invoice.
Camp Europe will also cover the Change/cancellation fee, in case last moment changes occur to the participant’s placement offer. Make sure you buy the supplement for cancellation insurance. Camp Europe will not refund for an entire lost ticket!
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,
Please also note we have not raised our fee, since we got started 8 years ago. We do have a strong commitment with students and their low budgets. You can tell how much other volunteer opportunities cost these days.
- A weekly stipend that can range between 75 and up to 250 euros / week.
- 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.
This insurance must cover medical expenses for participants while they participate in the training course and during the full length of their placement. Travel insurance is optional.
About the Weekly Stipend
- Position & roles
- Previous experience
- Hosting camp
- Number of weeks you participate
- The season of the year, etc.
Weekly stipends oscillate between 75 euros/ week up to 250 Euros / week.
Camp Counsellor & Language Coach:
- 75 EUR first year staff members
- 100 EUR 2nd year staff members
- 150 EUR 3rd year staff members
- Spring and Fall seasons: 250 EUR / week