Camp Counselor & Trip Leader Internships Abroad

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Camp Counselor Internships Abroad


142 Camp Counselor & Trip Leader Internships Abroad


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UNICEF estimates that approximately 2.3 million children in Kenya are orphans. Many of these children move in with relatives after the deaths of their parents. Orphans are often put to work, denied the opportunity to attend school, and suffer physical abuse. Many run away or are forced out of the house. These children turn to the street or an orphanage for refuge. ELI works with orphanages in N...


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Experience life in a new culture while you gain valuable work experience with an internship in Cape Town, South Africa from Connect-123! We create customized internship programs based on your unique skills and interests and our on-the-ground advisors work closely with local organizations and companies to find exciting opportunities. Interns interested in education can work on a number of pr...


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Healthcare in Madrid, graphic design in Barcelona, journalism in Seville, tourism in Marbella, teaching English in Santander – these are just a few internship opportunities that Adelante has to offer. We offer internship placements across Spain (Barcelona. Madrid, Marbella, San Pedro, Seville) in nearly every field you can think of. One thing that separates Adelante Abroad from all others i...


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With over 13 years of experience, more than 600 established partnerships, over 2000 internship placements to choose from, Go Abroad China provides participants with invaluable work experience through China Internship Program. We are a leading provider of paid internships in China. Over 4000 talented undergraduates, graduates and young professionals from from over 80 countries have joined Go Ab...


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Projects Abroad offers meaningful volunteer opportunities in Belize for anyone with a passion for alternative travel and giving back to disadvantaged communities. Volunteering in this beautiful Central American country is open to all on a gap year, career break, or those just looking for a meaningful experience during a vacation. With Projects Abroad, you will live and work alongside the divers...


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The Intern Group is the leading provider of internship programs in the emerging market of Colombia! We provide international students with internships in top private companies, NGOs and state ministries. Our programs are regularly featured on CNN International and other mainstream media. Apply now for a wonderful experience and propel your professional development! Develop your Spanish langu...


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IES Internships, a unit of IES Abroad, offers hands-on, professional internships in some of the world's most exciting cities. Whether you chose an eight-week, full-time summer internship in one of our 13 global locations, or enroll in a part-time internship while you study abroad for the semester, one thing is for sure: you'll add global brilliance to your résumé. With more than 400 global p...


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Join a three-month internship program in Auckland and Sydney. You will be working with one of the carefully selected internship hosts based on their experience in handling interns and their stature in their respective communities. Before leaving for the program, you will be provided with details on your job duties and will be connected with your host to enable you to ask questions that are spec...


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BUNAC's Work Australia program offers you the opportunity for the trip of a lifetime. Choose from 2 support packages based on the level of support in this beautiful country. Work Australia is a program authorized by the Australian Government to allow young Americans (aged 18-30) to work in Australia for up to 12 months. Australia, one of the largest and most beautiful countries in the world,...


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ISA Internships provides opportunities for you to develop personally and professionally through a high-quality internship experience. We offer full-time, structured, unpaid internships throughout the globe with the option to receive academic credit in a wide variety of career fields. Through our unique one-on-one advising session, we’ll learn about your area of study, qualifications, past work...


Be the best paid TEFL intern in Thailand! You won't find a program offering better benefits for a 4 month (single semester) commitment. It's only one of the many reasons to get excited about teaching English in Thailand! With two start dates per year in May and November you'll have plenty of choice, plus - with contract extensions and pay rises the longer you stay, this is a fantastic opport...


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The Outdoor Recreation Program’s objective is to provide the residents and visitors of Kalu Yala with high-quality recreational opportunities that promote health, education, and culture by preserving Kalu Yala’s extraordinary biological diversity. Here, you will study different land management practices and will set the standard for tourism in Kalu Yala. You will also be responsible for raising...


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Intern in Sport is Europe's only specialist sports internship provider, dedicated to delivering dynamic sport internships in the European sport industry. Our Italian programs provide ambitious students and graduates with their first taste of the global sports industry, working with some of Italy's best known sports clubs, academies, coaches, management agencies, brands, and sporting associat...


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Instead of spending your summer in your old haunts or waiting around for something interesting to happen, make your OWN luck! Visit the Emerald Isle to do an internship in sports and recreation. You can work with sports teams or community centers to create programming that gets people up and moving and grooving. While many say they "travel by way of stomach," it's equally fun to follow the f...


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Summer internships are an excellent opportunity to expand your knowledge outside classroom and use your skills in real-life situations. The experience can be more enriching if the internship is in an emerging market that offers a friendly and dynamic work environment. Join the India Immersion Program of Kenilworth, which is offered to graduate and undergraduate students. This once-in-a-lifet...

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Camp Counselor Internships Abroad

Remember those summer days of playtime, adventures, and discovery? The outdoors called explorers and the day ahead was full of motion: climbing, swimming, camping, telling ghost stories, and roasting s’mores. Guess what? It’s possible to relive those glory days. Eye-opening personal growth and new friends that become lifelong mates are common side effects of interning abroad as a camp counselor or trip leader. In fact, it just might be one of the most fun ways of getting international work experience. The options are bountiful and the long-term skill-sharing is even greater, so start trekking through your own Moonrise Kingdom.

Why Intern Abroad as a Camp Counselor

Warning to those who prefer a more humdrum lifestyle: won’t find it here! Other than being plain fun, interning abroad at camps is not a mainstream internship option, so it will set you apart when entering the more formal workforce.

There are sure to be some fun opportunities to act as a camp counselor in your home country, but going abroad is extremely meaningful, as both the campers and counselors will benefit from the new international perspectives. Typically, there are other camp counselors from around the world, so camp counselors will get work experience in a global context, no matter the country they end up in. In addition, there’s the potential for various language acquisition skills and cultural immersion experiences, so why wouldn’t you want to go on an extended playdate abroad?

Getting to know people in an international environment is a unique opportunity from a professional point of view as well. Camp counselors stand to gain highly valuable conflict resolution skills and often practice discussion moderation. It also takes a real “self-starter” to excel in these sometimes challenging environments; another trait that comes comes handy in the real world.

Finally, consider the personal growth. Having experience as a trip leader or camp counselor abroad can communicate a number of ideal characteristics to future employers. Effective trip leaders and camp counselors are patient, willing to work in teams, understand that it’s important to consider different perspectives when approaching problems and finding solutions, and are inherently interested in helping others.


There are more countries with camp counselor and trip leader opportunities than there are names you’ll mispronounce during orientation. It’s a good idea to first identify what kind of activities and environment interests you, then choose a country and internship opportunity from there.

English speakers are highly sought after in language immersion camps, which are prominent throughout Latin America. In countries such as Peru and Argentina, camp leaders not only impart their linguistic words of wisdom, but also mentor youth and try to inspire environmental change. Basically, your job is to become someone’s BFF or temporary older sibling, serve as a role model, and teach colors, numbers, animals, and basic verbs in your native language. If you’ve ever thought about becoming an English teacher abroad, this is a great place to start!

In Europe, interns can expand their own language palette while soaking up local cultures. From sports coaching to education-focused programming, Belgium offers the chance to indulge in coffee and chocolate and learn about childcare practices. For those with a more sunny disposition, who want to kick back on beaches and tapas, check out camp counselor internships in Spain. In big cities, such as Madrid and Barcelona, camp curriculum is focused more on education, while rural areas of Spain lead more active programs.

Consider trading in the flip flops for hiking boots and head to Australia or New Zealand for outback exploration through trip leader internships. The national language may be English, but these countries come with a completely new and outrageous slang vocabulary to play with, not to mention the sensational indigenous cultures and diversity of campers’ cultures.

Camp Counselor Internships

There are many different types of camps, depending on the location, culture, and social trends. Some countries, particularly those in less developed regions, focus more on community workshops and health programs, while others engage interns in sports and after-school activities. However, most organizations offer the following the form of international internships:

Camp Leader. Like the president of the school, the camp leader is the “Big Guy/Girl” of a camp. Camp leaders oversee other members of the camp community, organize activities, schedule excursions, lead songs around the bonfire, and make sure that everyone is happy.

Skills Teacher. Share your passion with the world. Whether you are interested in archery, canoeing, art, orienteering, or music, your talents will provide endless entertainment for the youngsters. Who knows, you might even foster a new passion in someone else!

Lifeguard. If there is a pool of water nearby, swim time is inevitable. Lifeguards at summer camps normally require the same certification as they would in neighborhood pools: swimming demonstration, water safety, CPR, and first aid basics.

Cook. This isn’t a call for fancy chefs; there’s no presentation to worry about, nor exotic ingredients to deal with. Instead, time in the kitchen will be spent preparing large quantities of grub that will energize and nourish groups of hyper kids.

Nurse. There’s alway a stubbed toe, scrape, blister, nasty bug bite, cough, or sprained ankle. Camp nurses don’t need doctorate degrees in medicine, but basic certificates in the field might be required.

Trip Leader. These internships are commonly available in camp programs with a focus on environmental topics, such as marine life, sustainability, or animal preservation. Interns might have to go on site ahead of participants to set up camp, and they will also have to undertake extra training to be prepared for all sorts of unexpected situations.

Benefits & Challenges

For some, particularly those who never had a chance to attend camp themselves, it takes an adjustment period to adapt to the lifestyle of living with others and being part of a team-focused environment. Facing it head-on will help to speed up and enhance that process, and it’s a great life lesson to learn once summer comes to a close.

Another big factor is realizing that you are, above all, a role model. Not only are you taking care of a group of younger people, but you are setting an example and influencing lives. Whew, talk about responsibility! Of course, there is training for emergency situations and behavioral management, but there’s no time to let down your guard at camp. Likewise, “that’s not my job” is not something that will come out of your mouth. Take charge, expand your skills, and don’t turn down adventure.

Don’t be surprised if these very kids teach you more than you taught them. Share skills, learn lessons, impart knowledge, and open your eyes to unique realities and situations. Camp is a transformative experience for everyone in the end. Expect to make new friendships, have your heart broken when saying good-bye, and walk away a different person.

There is a unique bond which occurs between people who share camp time and partake in silly community development exercises together. If outside games, new friends, worldly travel, and survival skills sounds like a good alternative to office jobs and research labs, consider a camp counselor or trip leader internship abroad and get ready for endless fun.

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