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What You Pay – Camp America

What You Pay to go to Camp America
We advise most participants to save about $3800 to cover flights, fees, visa, and a little spending money – but here’s the breakdown…
Application payment
Once you have confirmed your acceptance of a placement, you will be required to pay this. This covers all the work that the US/UK and NZ Office do for you to get you placed, sponsor your visa, and provides you the support of Team Assist – a personal assistant if you lose your passport or documents while in USA.
You cannot work in a camp unless we sponsor your visa – and it takes a lot of paperwork from Camp America to the US Authorities. Your payments will all be forfeited if you drop out or cancel from the programme for anything other than medical emergency (see Terms and Conditions).
Medical Insurance
You receive comprehensive Medical Insurance for your entire time at camp plus your 30 days grace. This is included for all participants.
Application payment
The U.S. Consulates charge this fee for processing your visa application. This is payable direct to the embassy and is subject to change by the Auckland US Consulate at any time. The latest J1 Fees are listed on their site.
All applicants for a J-1 Visa must have a personal interview at the Auckland US Consulate Office. This may mean you will need to travel to Auckland before you fly out to obtain your visa. The cost of this is not covered by the US Consulate or the visa application fee. See visas for more information.
There is an additional SEVIS fee charged with this visa – of $35US but we prepay that for you.
Fees for Camp America First Time Participants & Returning Staff
If currencies fluctuate extremely after Feb 1st we may have to increase the fees but we will give a couple of weeks notice of any increases beyond the above.
Airfares To Camp America
You need to pay for your flights to and from camp unless you decide not to be an Own Traveller. See Travel Options. Our Travel Department (your Camp America Own Transport Providers) will search the planet for the best deals and give you the options (and the teeny tiny fine print alot of ‘great deal’ flights have attached to them) – then you can choose which deal you want.
This is at no extra cost to you. You can layby these ahead of time too with our Travel Department.
Other costs
You will also need to budget for the following – just so you know:
  • Travel to Auckland if you don't live there, for your visa interview at the US Consulate, and any costs related to that visit.
  • Spending money for your trip - this would include going out on your days/nights off and travel after camp as well as shopping if you are into that.
  • Costs to have your Medical Form completed at the Dr.
  • If you lose your DS2019 or don't check your details are 'as per your passport' a DS2019 re-issue fee will be charged - $55 NZ.
  • Optional Baggage/Travel Insurance - Time at camp plus 30 day grace period $233
  • Option courier of your visa papers once printed (from Auckland to your address)
A summer camp job in the USA is waiting for you!