Sadly BUNAC are no longer taking applications for camp counselors. This was the statement on their website a few weeks ago…
“Regrettably, after 40 years operating Summer Camp USA, proposed changes by the US government to the regulations governing the programme make it no longer possible for BUNAC to operate this programme with the level of involvement we would wish in order to maintain the high standards of service participants have come to expect from BUNAC. Therefore, we are not running the programme in 2013 and beyond.”
The BUNAC recruitment fair is your chance to get hired on the spot by camp directors who have flown over to England especially to employ their team for summer 2012. There are two dates in January:
24 Jan 2012, Manchester, at Barnes Wallace Building, University of Manchester, Sackville Street Campus, Aldringham Street, M1 3BB, 3.30-6.30pm 26 Jan 2012, London, at International Students House, 229 Great Portland Street, W1W 5PN, 3.30-6.30pm
Why come to the BUNAC Recruitment Fair?
Instead of sitting waiting for your application to go through and to hear back from BUNAC, you can meet your future employer and come away with a job all in one day. Your Camp Director will get a better of you, and you’ll understand your future camp better too. There are usually past counselors there you can talk to about what camp is really like, and you’ll usually get a DVD and a pamphlet or two about what to expect.
What do you need to bring?
Your printed out application, a good attitude and a friendly smile.
What to expect…
Each camp that’s attending will have a stand – just a table and notice board decked out in their camp paraphernalia – and will usually have the camp director and one or two current or ex-staff manning the stalls. They sometimes have a TV playing a DVD of camp and will also have brochures to entice you.
What to do there…
Take a walk around the stalls first to see which camps are there. Chat to the Camp Directors of any camps that you like the sound of and show you’re interested. It’s up to you whether you want to go in for the kill straight away and ask if you can be interviewed, or whether you want to see what others are offering first. Remember they will have no real allegiance to you, so by the time you go back they may have given the job to someone else.
Where do I sign up?
If you book a regional interview before the fair, you’ll get priority entry to speak to the Camp Directors first. You also need to email BUNAC at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and which fair you want to go to get your name on the entry list.
Make sure you get to the BUNAC Camp Recruitment Fair early, once the jobs are gone, they’re gone! Just get chatting to the directors of the camps that interest you and don’t be afraid to go for what feels right.