If you have already been a summer camp counselor you can return through us whether or not you originally went through IEP New Zealand!

Summer Camp USA Returning staff make more money!

Why? Because we are the only summer camp program that lets you keep all your wages. In other words, no agency fee will be taken out of your pay.

As a returning counselor you’ll be earning more than the standard first-timer rate. You are free to negotiate your pay with your Summer Camp and can receive a salary of up to US$2,200.

Costs for Returners

Program fee: $595


These are costs to consider that are related to the program (not paid to Summer Camp USA).

USA Visa Fee

J1 Visa fee: $160USD

Proof of funds

$300USD – a required amount of savings you will need to support yourself upon arrival


As a Returner you are able to book your own flights to get to Camp. We strongly recommend that you talk STA Travel. STA Travel’s core purpose is to make travel as affordable and as attainable for young people as possible. And it’s not just about offering cheap flights. STA Travel offers real value with the expert knowledge, flexibility and features our travellers want.


As part of working in the USA as a Summer Camp USA Counselor you must have an approved insurance policy. Our visa sponsor requires that everyone on our Returner program gets program insurance through us. A medical insurance policy is provided as a part of your program fee for the duration of your camp contract. Contact us 03 9329 3866 to find out about insurance options and costs.


1: Apply online for returning to summer camp
2: Get a contract from Camp
3: Get two references on our reference form
4: Complete the application form (much shorter than your first year!)
5: Send us a photocopy your previous J1 visa and passport, a reference and copy of your contract…. then leave the rest to us!

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