Application Process for Europeans

Read ALL the information regarding Camp Europe’s program including the Frequently Asked Questions section as well as the Terms & Conditions. Once you are sure this program suits your interests, fill out & submit the Online Application Form.
Once our selection committee has reviewed your application, you will be contacted by email to set up an interview. Depending on your location the interview will be either personal or via Skype.
Upon a successful interview & a second review of your profile, a placement offer package will be sent to you, You will have 1 week in order to confirm your participation by sending us back the signed agreement and 1 more week to submit the fee payment and required documents.
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
Money is always tight, specially for students; we know that, we were students ourselves not too long ago.
In order to confirm your participation, 250 Euros is to be paid once you have been offered a placement. The Fee is intended to cover:

  • Interview/Deposit
  • Full Room & Board
  • Airport Shuttle Service (Pick-up)
  • 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
  • T-shirt
  • Interview Cost
  • Admin fee
  • Processing Fee

All International participants must send their Fee Payment 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

Please take some time to read the following questions as they might solve many concerns you might find along the process. The training session is an essential component of the program. Be aware that if you are not capable to attend it completely, from start to end, Camp Europe will not be able to provide a placement opportunity.

We offer four training sessions throughout the summer, one of them needs to be attended before going on a camp placement. The first staff training in June is the main training, with an expected number of 140 participants. All Language Coaches and High Ropes Course Assistants will have to join the training from June 23rd to 29th.

Training 1: International 2018 Staff Training – June 23rd – 29th, 2018 (approx 140 part.)
Training 2: Alternative International Staff Training – July 1st – 7th, 2018 (approx 20 part.)
Training 3: Alternative International Staff Training – July 15th – 21st, 2018 (approx 20 part.)
Training 4: Alternative International Staff Training – July 29th – August 4th, 2018 (approx 20 part.)
Exclusive Language Coach Training: July 1st – 7th, 2018 (approx 40 part.)

Campsite Address: Camp Adventure Academy, Vethem 58, 29664 Walsrode, Germany

There are several ways to get to the camp site. An airport shuttle from Hamburg Airport will only be available for the main training. Shuttles from the train station Walsrode will also be available for all three alternative training sessions. Here are the different options:
Training 1
Option 1: Airport Shuttle from Hamburg International Airport (HAM) on Friday June 22nd, 2018. Meeting Point: McDonald’s patio on 3rd floor of terminal 1, departure at 6.00pm
Option 2: Walsrode train station shuttle on June 22nd, 2018 at 7:45pm
Option 3: Walsrode train station shuttle on June 23rd, 2018 at 10:45am
Option 4: Self arranged arrival on June 22nd after 8:00pm or June 23rd, 2018 before 11:00am.
Address: Camp Adventure Academy, Vethem 58, 29664 Walsrode, Germany

Training 2:
Option 1: Walsrode train station shuttle on July 1st, 2018 at 3:00pm.
Option 2: Self arranged arrival on July 1st between 4pm and 6pm
Address: Camp Adventure Academy, Vethem 58, 29664 Walsrode, Germany

Training 3:
Option 1: Walsrode train station shuttle on July 15th, 2018 at 3:00pm.
Option 2: Self arranged arrival on July 15th between 4pm and 6pm
Address: Camp Adventure Academy, Vethem 58, 29664 Walsrode, Germany

Training 4:
Option 1: Walsrode train station shuttle on July 29th, 2018 at 3:00pm.
Option 2: Self arranged arrival on July 29th between 4pm and 6pm
Address: Camp Adventure Academy, Vethem 58, 29664 Walsrode, Germany

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.
For International participants, the International Camp Counselor Training costs are already included in the fee. It includes: team coaching and training materials, as well as accommodation, food, and the shuttle service from the airport to the training.
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.
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

About Training

YES.
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.
Full Room & Board is provided during the training, as well as
All Equipment & Materials and lots of fun.
No weekly stipend, though.

About Placements

As a Language Coach, you have to create and run your own program for a few hours every day teaching english to kids; through games, group dynamics, sports, creative activities, etc. The weekly stipend you receive is determined by your expertise level and responsibilities. After your teaching sessions, you will become a regular camp support staff.

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.

Prior to departure, you will sign a Memorandum of Understanding, which might suffer minor changes according to your assigned camp & country of placement; however the main elements on it and the terms and conditions will remain unchanged.
During the on-site training session, any final contract particulars can be discussed with CE coordinators and senior staff.
Not necessarily. Your placement assignation is established according to many factors, such as: your time availability, camp preferences, interview results, etc.
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.
No. Your participation in the program is structured under European laws as an Internship exempted from paying any sort of taxes. The money you will receive is mostly intended to help you recover your inter continental transportation expenses.

There are main goals within the programs. Its content is carefully set out in our Camp Europe’s program guidelines; however, the specific activities which are used to reach these goals can vary according to your skills and interests. This will all be discussed in detail during the training session.
They come from all over the globe, mainly: Germany, Ireland, UK, Canada, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Spain, Mexico, South Africa, South America, India, and others. The counselors are generally between 19 and 35 years old.
Working always in mixed age groups, tolerance and respect for diversity is found in the training groups as well as in our camp groups.
Every year, we create a pool of email addresses with all participants that accept to share their contact details, in order to get you in contact with other participants. The email for participants to get in contact with each other is sent by mid May
Also, you can always access our facebook page to get Social with Camp Europe. Click here
Every 2 weeks, you get one night off (from dinner time and until breakfast time the next morning).
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 Language Coach it will be very convenient, as you will be required to prepare lessons, and do presentations.
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.
No, but be prepared to get immersed in the local language, and be open to the idea of exploring the culture, the food and traditions of a foreign nation.
Yes; However, contract extension decisions are to be agreed upon, directly with the Camp Europe representatives in your host country in Europe. Every year we have a few spots available to teach English during the Spring and the Fall.
If you are interested, make sure to let us know so on your application and during the interview.

About Meals

No, although nuts in general are not included in the daily diet of our menus, we can not guarantee a peanut free environment.
At all camps there is always a vegetarian meal option.

About Traveling

Depends. For all participants in the 6-Month Outdoor Education Diploma program, yes, you need to obtain a working holiday visa. For all other programs, participants from the EU, Canada, USA and Australia, you do not need any Visa. Citizens from th rest of the world will need to obtain a regular Tourist Schengen Visa. In this case, upon receiving a Preliminary Placement Offer, you will also receive a Format Letter directed to the German consulate of your country, in order for you to include it in the list of documents that are required. Please note that this letter does not guarantee you will obtain the visa, as it is not Camp Europe’s decision.

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 complimentary shuttle service from Hamburg Airport to the General Training site (only for Training 1 – June 22nd).
Additionally, you can also get picked up at the train station in Walsrode.

Counselors placed in Germany, if they need to go from the training site to another placement location, will either get 75 EUR or a Rail ticket from Camp Europe.
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!
Depending on the training session, and your placement dates, you may have an opportunity to travel before your training session, between your training session and placement, and/or after your placement.

About the Fee

We do not offer any sort of jobs.
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,
    • T-Shirt,
    • 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.
Depending on your plans, but basically:

  • 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.
Yes. We are able to offer these placements only to participants who present either: A European Health Card, a valid International Medical Coverage Policy or a Travel Insurance that covers medical expenses for participants while they participate in the training course and during the full length of their placement.
You can get an instant quotation for a Reliable Full International Travel Insurance here.

About the Weekly Stipend

For every completed week of performance, you are granted certain amount of money, according to many factors such as:

  • 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
No. All weekly stipends are paid in cash at the end of the each placement week.