The American Institute for Foreign Study (Australia) Pty Ltd opened its Australian office in 1999 and began offering its Camp America and Au Pair in America programs to young Australians. In 2005, AIFS commenced offering inbound programs and currently facilitates cultural exchange programs for more than 2,000 young people.
Camp America is the original summer camp experience. Since 1969, we've placed over 250,000 young people from around the world at summer camps throughout the USA.
From lively private camps, to working with special needs, we’re bound to have a camp that suits you. As the oldest running summer camp provider, we’re not only experts in the field but highly trusted by the summer camp industry in the USA and Australia.
We have long running partnerships with the American Camp Association, Australian Camps Association, SCOPE and our managing director has sat on the Backpacker & Youth Tourism Panel with the Australian Tourism Export Council for a number of years.
Camp America makes your dream of spending a summer in the USA a hassle-free reality.
Our online application site makes applying easy and we’ll guide through every step of the way.
You are guaranteed to have expert customer service and support with Camp America, from the moment you hit apply and right through your placement in the US.
As a designated J1 visa sponsor, we pride ourselves on not using any third party agencies. Our team have 50 years of experience ensuring you have an amazing once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
The American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) was founded in 1964 by Sir Cyril Taylor, GBE (1948-2018) who helped a French Language teacher organise an educational trip for her pupils to France. From that first group AIFS was born and has grown to become a leading provider of cultural exchange with more than 50,000 participants each year.
Senator William Fulbright of Arkansas created the J-1 visa and the camp counselor exchange visitor category which was passed in the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961.
AIFS was in business just five years when they acquired a small programme called “Rural Britannia” in 1969. Changing the name to Camp America, the strongest and most widely recognized brand in the summer camp industry was born.
We love connecting with you online, but Camp America is more than just a website. Feel free to drop by our office, located near Sydney’s Hyde Park, or meet one of our interviewers and brand ambassadors located across the country.
In 2019, our team are proudly celebrating 50 years of sending young people to American summer camps as the original summer camp provider.