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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.

9-12 Weeks of


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Use Your Skills to Make a Difference.

Work alongside American and international counsellors and directly with children, instructing or assisting them in a variety of different activities.

Every camp is different so your Camp America experience will be unique to you.

Your story will not only be one to add to your CV. Camp America will give you a camera full of amazing memories that cannot be found on any tour or travel package.

Make Friends From All Over the Globe.

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When placed at Camp America you will be placed as either a...

Aka "The All-Rounder"

The Camp Counsellor’s role is to keep their group of campers safe, happy and on schedule. You’ll be helping with activities and setting a positive example for your tribe of campers. If you have a flexible 'have-a-go' attitude, you’ll be perfect in this role.

Aka “The All Action Heroes”

The Advanced Skills Counsellor’s job is to set up, organise and instruct campers in a particular activity. So, if you're skilled in the visual or performing arts, sport, or outdoor recreation, and are a great teacher and mentor, this role could be a great fit for you!

Camp Types

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Day Camps

Day camps do exactly what they say on the tin…offer day-time activities only! Children from the local area spend time at camp during the day, before returning home for the night.

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Faith Based Camps

Faith-based camps offer campers from Christian or Jewish backgrounds the best of both worlds - the chance to enjoy all the activities found at traditional camps

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Speciality Camps

Certain camps we work with have one particular area of interest that they concentrate on such as tennis, gymnastics, drama or circus skills!

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Girl Scout Camps

Words like ‘rustic’ and ‘back to basics’ are often used when talking about Girl Scout camps, but really these don’t sum up the philosophy of this camp type.

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Underprivileged Camps

Each year thousands of children from urban, low-income or even homeless backgrounds in the U.S. get the chance to spend a couple of weeks at camp.

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Special Needs Camps

Anyone who has volunteered before will tell you that the feeling you get when you know you’re truly helping someone is unrivalled.

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Agency & Non-Profit Camps

Agency/non-profit camps offer a chance for a truly unique and rewarding experience. Generally agencies are charitable.

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Private & Independent Camps

Private camps are the flagships of the great American summer camp tradition. Many have been around a long, long time.

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Camp Life

Get a camp tour, find out about a typical summer camp day and learn about some of the more surprising camp activities you can join.