International Camps Network

International Camps Network

About

We have created and continue developing a solid relation with only the very best educational-recreational programs across Canada & Europe; with a clear objective of promoting camp and the inherited benefits derived from it: development on personal, and social skills, respect for one self, the rest and the environment. We are a network of like minded people, putting an effort on promoting experiential learning internationally. Find a placement in Canada or Europe at an Outdoor Education Center or Summer Camp. We have 3 Month Internship Programs as well as 6 Month-long Outdoor Education Diploma Program.

Website
intercamps.net
Founded
2007
Headquarters

29 Jardin Private, 303
Ottawa ON K1K2V6
Canada

Reviews

Vipul
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

"It was a crazy ride, did not expect to be so enriching and that it will leave such a lasting impact on me. the skillsets, learning such a diverse culture, being able to interact with the whole world in such a small space and such incredible opportunities to develop myself professionally. Camp Europe did it all for me and in such a fun-filled way that I am raring to go back again. I would totally recommend it if you want to spend six months in an environment that you would want to cherish for all of your life. just remember the environment will challenge all your notions about the people all over the world and wherever you are from you will have a degree of culture shock and will push you out of your comfort zone" Go ahead do this program and have an experience of a lifetime

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Maria
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Six long months in the camp. So different from "normal" life. Like living in the cushy bubble, on the green island, far away from the city rhythm.

For the first 3 months of internship You have Your little place on the Earth (Vethem Camp / Shire) and small group of people around You who become Your camp family very quickly. You eat, sleep, work and clean up together. You learn new things, have a lot of fun and dig into a hole together. And after this time You realize how hard it is to leave these people and place for summer season and go to the other camps.
But You go somewhere else and... You meet the other great people and You bond very quickly. And over and over again. That's the real magic of Camp Adventure.

It was long 6 months of living Diplo life. Hard working (sometimes 18 hours per day), sometimes being extremely tired, not having time for Yourself. Being far away from home and family. Facing different dilemmas.
But...It was worth it. For all these moments of happiness, laughing, having a lot of fun. For all the beautiful people, friendships, kindness and positive energy You get from them. For the most beautiful sky full of stars above the camp. For everyday campfires which smell stays with You for a long time (Your hoodie knows what I mean). For all the sincere conversations and moments of silence. For learning new skills, sharing experiences, discovering a lot about Yourself and the other people. And, above all, for unique atmosphere You won't find anywhere else.

Thank You Camp Adventure for these enriching experience!
All the best
Marushka

Rory
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I applied for Camp Europe because I thought it would be a good chance to travel and meet new people. I also really enjoy working with kids and being active, so it was only natural for me to love working at an adventure camp. A tip I would have to others is to approach everything at camp with an open mind. I found it most beneficial to just put myself out there and by doing so I got to meet lots of new and exciting people that I never would have got to know if I didn't get involved at camp. I would encourage anyone who likes to have fun to apply for Camp Europe. I had the most enjoyable summer of my life and I hope that others can also have this opportunity.

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing to add
Anita
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had a chance to improve my German. For example, leading a project, dealing with homesick kids and being a daily manager speaking english and broken german. They were so appreciating my effort of speaking their language which made me feel proud of myself. So I want to thank CA for this wonderful opportunity. And I also learnt that CA is an international camp, so you have a chance to improve the knowlegdes of other people's countries culture more and more, and to built the friendship from all around the world. In my case, I could visit my friends from Germany in Australia. Also I had one american friend and one irish friend who visited me in Montreal, my hometown.

Thomas
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Got to experience an international camp that was flexible yet structured. I learned a lot and formed a lot of new relationships. It was great being able to participate and instruct various outdoor activities and sports. I would recommend this to anyone that is interested in spending time abroad. It is very easy to organize travelling based around camp placements as well. Definitely makes for an unforgettable summer.

Programs

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Camp Europe: Summer Camp Counselor Placement
Germany
9.69 •13 reviews

Camp Europe offers specializes in language & adventure sport camps for...

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Internship & Outdoor Education Diploma in Germany
Germany
9.5 •2 reviews

Participate in our Outdoor Education Diploma and improve your...

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Teach English in the UK
Multiple Countries
8 •1 review

Native English speaking University students travel to Europe, in order...

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Work at a Summer Camp in Mexico and Improve Your Spanish
Mexico

If your summer plans include any of the following: - Traveling...

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6-Month Outdoor Education Program in Canada
Canada

Participate in our Outdoor Education Program and improve your...

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Summer Camp Internship - Canadian Experiential Learning
Canada

If you are the type of person that likes to travel and meet people...

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High-School - European Leadership Trip
Germany

This is a fully-intensive travel experience for school groups & sports...

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Outdoor Programs Specialist Internship
Germany

Camp Europe offers a 3-month & a 6-month Outdoor Programs Specialist...

Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Danielle Vosk

Dani is a keen traveller who is always looking to learn the most about each place she visits whether it be language, food, music or anything else, she's looking to do more than just skim the surface.

Dani is a keen traveller who is always looking to learn the most about each place she visits whether it be language, food, music or anything else, she's looking to do more than just skim the surface.

Why did you choose this program?

I had some more time to explore this time around so I was looking for something more. An authentic, original experience where I could both learn and teach. I wanted to improve my German skills as well as gain new life skills and learn about the culture of others. I had a practical 10-day training course that included getting a lifeguarding certificate, learning how to operate the high ropes course and how best to navigate being in charge of groups of children who may not speak English.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

My program provider did their best to have me prepared for everything. I had lists of things I had to show them (police check, working with children's check etc) and they gave me the option to do first aid training with them or do my own beforehand. They organize the placements and hands-on training and help with visas as needed. They are always contactable and give you plenty of info beforehand. They are flexible with placements so these may change last minute but often it's a case of they simply ask if you'd like to do more.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Be prepared to adapt. You will be tired, the weather may change, plans will have to be altered due to changing circumstances and that's just part of the fun and spontaneity. There will be children whom you instantly connect with and are easy to get along and there will be challenging ones.

Don't judge too quickly and be prepared to be exhausted at the end of the day in a good way!

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Daily tasks include morning sports/activities, waking the kids, depending on their ages, helping to get them ready for breakfast, breakfast, more activities, lunch, different activities, dinner, something fun after and then bedtime. You can learn different sports of the world, yoga, high ropes, geocaching, archery tag, even Quidditch, swimming and BMX riding. There's also daily teamer meetings and a relaxing campfire every night.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was having a problematic child in my group or just a child who I couldn't get along with. The language barrier was also a bit daunting as my German isn't great, I've only learnt for a few years in high school. This did happen and I simply had a chat to teamer manager who helped me deal with the situations as they arose. I tried to have a few one on one conversations with the child and I simply tried my best to make her feel wanted and comfortable within the group as best as I could.

The days are long, what if I need a break?

There's a great team around you, if you are desperate to catch up on some sleep or aren't feeling well just let your other teamers (leaders) know. At training we are taught how to run big group activities, this allows teamers to get some R and R as needed. The best thing to do is to tell someone :-)

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Joe Mandingo

Job Title
Program Director
I was a happy camper every single summer of my childhood.

I had the opportunity to work at camp, under different positions, at different camps in Spain, the USA, Canada, Czech Republic, and Germany during my 20's and early 30's.

I have worked at Camp Europe for the last 14 years.

What is your favorite travel memory?

A solo expedition through the jungle of Chiapas, Mexico.

I got the chance to explore magnificent landscapes, meet humble but yet very interesting people, try out tasty food, and discover amazing archeological Mayan sites. Plus, have a close approximation to flora and fauna I did not even know it existed.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have met loads of people from all over the globe. Each of them has contributed to my understanding of a culturally diverse world.

Besides, after each season, the bonding that it gets created provides a great reward and contributes to establish long-lasting friendships.

Besides, my leadership & communication skills definitely have improved a lot.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Not just 1, but many (I can recall at least 5) that they got married to people they met at camp, contributing to the creation/expansion of the Camp Family.

Not only that, but that they even choose the campsite as the venue to celebrate their marriage.
For me, this speaks clearly about how profound an experience at camp can be on a very personal level.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

6-month Outdoor Education Diploma in Germany.

It provides a fully intense experience that is hard to obtain in only 2 months during the opportunity; I believe it is a very complete program that allows participants to grasp a deep understanding of the mechanics of a seriously wicked outdoor education program.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

The people that work there.

They are all laid back people who really treat everyone as friends, and they are always willing to provide opportunities to mothers so they can develop and grow.

The daily atmosphere at the office is relaxed, good-humored and efficient.

We all know each other very well and you can always rely on finding support.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?
  1. Listen to critical feedback.
  2. Invest in improving program areas.
  3. Creating an inclusive atmosphere.
  4. Creative and fantastic program.

Besides, we maintain a close relationship with all participants, during the application process, the summer season, and after.

We are proud of having a 65% returnee rate.