Working Holiday in the USA

Live, work and play at a USA Summer Camp
8-10 weeks


Become part of a time honoured American tradition as a Camp Counsellor with a Camp Exchange program in the USA. Gain valuable new skills as a leader and educator while making new friends in a picture-perfect outdoor setting. Summer Camp is magical. The best time of your life.

USA Camp Exchange Program

All camp counsellors experience an amazing array of summer guiding and mentoring activities over a 4 month period.

During your program, you are part of a range of outdoor activities like water skiing and rock climbing, canoeing and archery. You’ll pick up new skills, and will fall in love with the outdoors! Program counsellors are placed all over the US, from the East to West coast, California to Maine. Each program provides a unique experience.

Immerse yourself in American culture, explore the great outdoors and make friendships that will last a lifetime.

Our Working Holiday in the USA includes

Full-time employment

Your paid placement at a leading US Summer Camp. All meals and accommodation is included + Payment of pocket money following the completion of your contract.

Visa Sponsorship

Visa sponsorship including your DS-2019 Form issuance and SEVIS payment

Orientation + Accommodation

One night accommodation (orientation) upon arrival*

Meet and Greet on arrival

Onward travel assistance from orientation / arrival location to your host summer camp

Travel the USA

An additional 30 days to travel anywhere in the United States after the succesful completion of your camp contract

Ongoing and Unlimited Support

Ongoing and unlimited support from our Australian Headquarters.

Dedicated Program Manager

A dedicated ‘Program Manager’ who will be your key point of contact in the lead up to departure

Certificate for your Resume

Certificate of Completion and references available following completion of contact.


Insurance coverage for the full duration of your time in the United States.

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USA summer working holiday

The applications are currently closed for this programme.

Uk travel


Our Camp Exchange USA program commences in late May and early June each year. It’s the perfect time of year to be outdoors, enjoying the activities in the Spring weather and into the early Summer months. The weather is just another reason why everyone loves a Summer Camp.



Camp Exchange USA program is an 8 to 10 week placement, depending on camp location and position. Plus with Letz Live you get up to 30 days after Camp to travel the USA. So start planning your unique trip. Will it be the bright lights of New York or the Grand Canyon of Arizona?



In addition to accommodation and food, Camp Counselors can expect to receive a minimum of USD$1,640.00 (under 21 years old) and USD$1,800.00 (21+ years) for the duration of their placement. This is a great opportunity to save for your travels around the USA after Camp.

Application and Programme Fees

The Letz Live USA Summer Camp Program fee is a total of AU$395.00 for the full placement. All our Working Holiday programs are subject to a non-refundable application fee which is payable at the time you complete your online application. Only applicants who are offered and subsequently accept a placement will be charged the remainder of the programme fee.

ApplicantApplication Fee Program Fee
2021 Camp Exchange ProgramAUD$95.00AUD$300.00
2021 Camp Exchange Program (Returnee)AUD$95.00AUD$255.00


Applicants for the Camp Exchange USA program must meet:

  • Be at least 18 years of age by June 1, 2024
  • Hold a valid Australian or New Zealand passport
  • Possess an interest / experience working with children
  • No criminal records / history
  • No serious medical / health conditions
  • Have an understanding that;
    • There is a zero tolerance towards alcohol, drugs and cigarettes while on camp
    • Most camps have strict grooming criteria that do not allow for tattoos, and visible facial / body piercings.
    • Be available for the full camp duration (approx 10 weeks)

Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find the answers to some commonly asked questions regarding our USA Camp Exchange Summer program. Can’t find the answer to your question? Get in touch with one of our friendly team today!

What does a typical day at camp involve?

No two days will be the same! Depending on the location of your camp a typical day involves working with kids and other counselors, experiencing new culture, making friends and participating in a huge range of activities from swimming, to archery to horse riding and ceramics classes. In between family-style meals shared in the dining hall, counselors are always learning new skills through their Camp work and receive on-site training.

Where in the USA will I be placed?

Letz Live partners with hundreds of camps right across the USA, most of which are located throughout the country’s vast East coast. However, you could find yourself placed anywhere in the US, so it is recommended that participants submit their application with an open mind and a sense of adventure! All summer camps are rewarding and provide that American culture experience that is so iconic.

Do I need any specific qualifications to apply?

A hard-working, ‘can-do’ attitude is the most important attribute that our participants can demonstrate! Although not mandatory, our camp partners are always on the lookout for participants who can display a desire for working with children. If in doubt, be sure to refer to our ELIGIBILITY guide above to make sure you’re suitable for placement. All Summer Exchange Camps provide orientation weeks with on-site training, team building and seminars on child care.

How long do I need to stay in the job?

The opportunities we provide are full-time permanent positions, so you can stay as long as you like. There’s no fixed term contracts as such, so you’re not locked in for any set period of time, in saying this, most managers do request a minimum commitment period of at least 4-6 months.

What should I pack for my time abroad?

Beyond the essentials (clothing; toiletries; tech), it’s important to prepare for all climates when considering what to take on your USA Working Holiday, as Summer Exchange Camp locations and climates can vary greatly. You may find yourself living in a forest, by the ocean or even in the city; the opportunities are endless!

How to apply for a working holiday

Apply online

Send us your application online via the button below. It’s as simple as that!

Phone Chat

Casual over the phone chat to discuss your plans & the job of a camp counsellor.

Travel Plans

Start making your travel plans for your 30-days in the US, post camp.

Accept the offer

Accept a job, pay our fee & start the visa application process. 


We’ll assist with camp details before you depart and a travel quote too!

Take 30 Days to travel the USA

Become part of a time honoured American tradition as a Camp Counselor with a Camp Exchange program in the USA. Gain valuable new skills as a leader and educator while making new friends in a picture-perfect outdoor setting and then enjoy 30 days to travel the USA at your leisure.

With Letz Live you get up to 30 days after Camp to travel the USA. So start planning your unique trip. Will it be the bright lights of New York or the Grand Canyon of Arizona?

Let us simplify the application process for you.

Camp Exchange Program in USA

Nick Hare, the founder of Letz Live, returned to Australia late in 2004 after a gap year in the UK. He made lifelong friends and learned immeasurable life lessons during his time away from home. He wants other young people to have a similar experience, with Letz Live making gap year preparation easier for you.

On a working holiday program, you get to spend an entire year living and working like a local. This gives you a better understanding of the local culture than any tourist vacation can. Also, spending time on the other side of the world can help you have a better grasp of how things are at home and what you really want to do with your life. Let our team take you on a journey of a lifetime. Fill out an application form today.

If you’re looking to move halfway across the world, this is definitely the company you need to look into!
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