What is the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program?
The primary goals of the Exchange Visitor Program are to allow participants the opportunity to engage broadly with Americans, share their culture, strengthen their English language abilities, and learn new skills or build on skills that will help them in future careers. Exchange visitors on private sector programs may study, teach, do research, share their specialized skills, or receive on-the-job training for periods ranging from a few weeks to several years. Exchange program categories include scholars, trainees, interns, college and university students, camp counselors, au pairs, summer work travel, and more.
The U.S. Camp Counselor Program is one of New Zealand’s most popular exchange programs, allowing post-secondary students, youth workers and teachers an opportunity to share Kiwi culture and learn about American history and culture at the same time. Annually more than 900 Kiwis travel to the U.S. to live and work as summer camp counselors throughout the United States.
Camp counselors supervise American youth at camp in a variety of roles, from general camp counselor to activity specialist — focusing on anything and everything from arts and crafts to watersports.
Most summer camps start between mid-May and late-June and run for 9-11 weeks. Camp counselors receive pay and benefits commensurate with those offered to their American counterparts at the camps. Participants need to work with an official program sponsor.
Local providers of the Camp Counselor Program include:
For more information, please visit j1visa.state.gov.