J-1 Camp Counselor Program

Special Offer Program Fee Only €99

 Program fee includes insurance and SEVIS fee. Deposit payment €50.

Earn: Age 18 – 20 – $1,600; Age 21 and over -$1,750 based on 9 weeks’ work

Enjoy the outdoors, meet new people, teach activities you love to do, and learn all about a new culture? Working at a camp in America might be the most fun and exciting summer job you’ll ever have!

As a counselor, you will have a variety of responsibilities. You’ll be assigned a group of campers that you’ll share a cabin with. You may also be assigned to teach an activity such as swimming, art, tennis, water-skiing and other sports and skills.

Program Fee €99

€99 program fee includes camp placement, free housing and meals, accident and sickness insurance for the entire duration of the program & SEVIS fee. You book your own flights.

Additional Costs

These are additional fees you will encounter that are not charged by J1 Ireland or our partner sponsor, but are required to participate in the program.

  • Flights
  • Visa Application Fee ($160USD)
  • Medical Check

How Camp Placement Works

After you pay deposit an account will be created for you on our US J-1  designated sponsor’s online system where you will complete an application and upload any required documents. Camps will be able to view your application and can contact you to organize an interview. A camp will offer you a job if they believe you are a good match for them.

Once you accept the job the sponsor will process your visa paperwork for your US Embassy interview

What You Get

  • Comprehensive online pre-departure orientation
  • Job placement at a U.S Summer Camp
  • Earn a stipend: Age 18 – 20 – $1,600; Age 21 and over -$1,750
  • Step by step assistance throughout the Visa process
  • Accident and sickness insurance
  • 30 day grace period to travel after camp
  • 24-hour program support throughout the summer

Stipends are all based on a nine-week (63-day) schedule. If your placement lasts longer, you’ll be paid an additional $30 for each additional day you work. The camp will also provide you with free housing and meals.


All Camp Participants must be

  1. Between the ages of 18 and 28
  2. Either a student, teacher, youth worker, or capable of leading a specialized skill at camp
  3. Proficient in spoken and written English
  4. Comfortable working with children

Camp Placement Cancellation Fees

  • After confirmed placement with a US Camp by Sponsor – €99 Cancellation Fee.
  • Visa Denial, any cancellations due to circumstances beyond our control after placement such as inability to get embassy appointment, travel restrictions, program suspensions – €50 Cancellation Fee
  • If a participant is unplaced by the sponsor at the end of the season no fees apply, but participant must not cancel before June 1st.
  • All fees are final after the program start date as stated on the DS-2019.