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What You Get...

Participants on the CCUSA program receive the following as part of their program fees:

  • Outstanding customer service from our Irish CCUSA office
  • Face-to-face interview with one of our experienced interviewers
  • DS2019 form & SEVIS receipt (required for visa application) and assistance with your J-1 visa application
  • Comprehensive medical insurance coverage for the duration of your camp contract period. (*Upgrade to premium insurance option available for a small surcharge)
  • International return flights if you select the CCUSA flight option (see below)
  • Pre-departure orientation in Dublin (and other locations around Ireland & Northern Ireland subject to availability) to prepare you for your summer adventure
  • Placement at a camp based on your camp type choice and experience/skills
  • Assistance with travel to camp from arrival US airport
  • Meals and accommodation during your contracted time at camp
  • 24/7 support from CCUSA whilst you are in the USA
  • Phone card and t-shirt
  • Pocket money (wages) for your work at camp (see details below)
  • Memories and friends that will last a lifetime!


CCUSA Flight Option- CCUSA can book your international flight to camp for you! This cost of your flight is included in your CCUSA program fees (select 'CCUSA Flight Option' on your online application). CCUSA will arrange your flight from Ireland to the US airport as specified by your camp and in accordance with your camp contract start date. You will have the flexibility to select your return US airport and flight date. 

Own Flight Option- 

CCUSA allows you the flexibility to book your own flight to camp, if you prefer. You will be required to book your own return international flights to the US airport specified by your camp once you have received a placement. Your pocket money (wages from camp) will be higher to help compensate for this. You must fly into the airport as specified by your camp (or make alternative arrangements that your camp is agreeable with, ex.- fly into a major hub airport and take ground transport onwards).


Your wages, also known as Pocket Money, are determined by several factors:

  • Age as of June 1st
  • Position you are hired for at camp - Counselor, Advanced Skill Specialist or Support Staff
  • The flight option you select

The wage/pocket money is based on a 9-week contract at camp (11-weeks for participants placed at Day Camps) and is paid to you directly by your camp based on their pay periods (weekly, monthly or at the end of the summer in which case you may take pay advances). If you work longer than 9-weeks (11-weeks for Day Camps) you will be paid an additional amount per working day as follows:

  • $39 USD per day for Counselor positions
  • $49 USD per day for Support Staff positions

Below are the wages/pocket money you will earn depending on the CCUSA flight option you choose.

Camp Counselors

Age / Category CCUSA Flight Option Own Flight Option
18/19/20 Years $900 USD $1625 USD
21+ Years $1050 USD $1750 USD

Advanced Skill Level

Age / Category CCUSA Flight Option Own Flight Option
18/19/20 Years $1000 USD $1775 USD
21+ Years $1150 USD $2000 USD
Participants with certain specialized skills and sufficient experienced are entitled to increased pocket money. To see if you qualify, please review the Advanced Skill Level sheet.

Support Staff

Age / Category CCUSA Flight Option Own Flight Option
Any $1300 USD $1850 USD

A Fantastic Experience

CCUSA programs provide you with the rare opportunity to immerse yourself into a new culture with like-minded, outgoing people from throughout the world. Here are just some of the benefits of choosing CCUSA:

  • Broad network of Quality Camps
  • Simple and easy Online Application
  • CCUSA is a designated J-1 Visa Sponsor which means we work directly with the US government
  • Camp Fairs –  Camp Job Fair in Dublin where you can meet camp directors from the USA and get hired face-to-face
  • Competitive wages
  • Accommodation, meals, and laundry included
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance Policy
  • Tax Service Assistance
  • Personal Development: - build lifelong skills & enhance career opportunities
  • Informative Pre-departure orientation in Dublin or Belfast
  • Support and advice every step of the way

Returning to Camp?

See the Returning to Camp page for details including program information, wages and more.