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

Reviews

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Angelica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Challenging and inspiring summer

Working for Campadventure has been a fulfilling and exciting experience. I worked as a teamer in an adventure camp for kids and teenagers in Germany. Being a teamer means taking care of a group of kids, explain and run the daily outdoor activities with them.
Never was there a moment where I felt bored, everything was a challenge for the kids and for me as well. Thanks to a strong community I have always felt supported, also during stressful times, and never left alone. I made really good friends, because the people working for Camp adventure have all something in common- that is, love for nature, for being active and a desire to step-out from the comfort-zone to find your true-self. In Camp you learn to think about life in a more easy and spontaneous way, that is why a lot of flexibility is required from the teamers: everyday is different and you need to be ready to face every kind of situation. Apart from running great outdoor activities like archery, canoe and kayak, raftbuilding , shelter-building, fire-making, high ropes, you get the chance to grow as a person and develop strong bonds with people from all over the globe. Overall I consider myself lucky to have had the chance to join the Campadventure community for the Summer 2021 and hope to be part of it again in the future.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Jump into this experience with an open mind and heart and you will enjoy it 100%.
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Julia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Camp Adventure

The thing the stands out the most for me is the amount of fun that I had. With the kids, the teamers, the activities, the campfires, and everything in between! It's not an easy job, the days are long, we don't have a lot of free time and it's not for everyone but I will most definitely come back next year! You create such close bonds with your group of kids and I really felt like I was a big sister to my teenage girls, it's always sad to see them leave. It's the perfect opportunity to meet different people from all over the globe and to make true friendships.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
In my first group of kids, my very first week as a teamer, I had to run activities for the first time and guide the group, I was very nervous. Although once you are in it, the confidence kicks in, and as you experience running activities week after week, the nerves start to go away.
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Rachael
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Summer adventure

Camp is so wonderful that you end up getting drawn back year after year! Coming back this year was like being welcomed back home by a wonderfully large family! Whilst overall organisation may not be the strongest at camp they make up for it in wonderful directors who support you with all your worries and queries throughout the summer, creating a incredibly strong and united teamer team who really are there for you whenever you may need it. If you're someone who enjoys the challenge of working outside and in nature with children and a wonderful team of young people and adults then camp is for sure the place for you!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Whilst I'm not afraid of standing in front of a class and teaching I sometimes struggle with organising larger groups and lack sometimes the confidence in myself to take the lead fully. Camp this year supported me to step out of my comfort zone and learn that I am more than capable of taking the lead not only when no one else can but also now voluntarily.
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Cooper
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best summer ever

I found Camp Adventure when I was bored at work and was looking for ways to travel in the summer. I got to Germany two months later and now I never want to leave. I have met so many cool people from around the world and made so many memories with the campers this summer. I have really enjoyed my time getting to go to four different camps throughout my placement and I even extended my stay for two more months. I wish I didn’t have to leave. I am already looking forward to camp next summer to make more friends and memories!

What was your funniest moment?
I participated in 7 “decorate your teamer” competitions throughout the summer and won all 7 of them thanks to the creativity and enthusiasm of all my different groups.
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Dino
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Quarantine with a plot twist

Since the training week to the last week, I enjoyed every minute, every day and every activity, of course we had some highs and some lows, but that didn’t stop us from being teammers and do great. rain, cold and Quarantine where only regular situations we were dealing with and at one point those things were just words that didn’t stop us from making someone else grow and learn. The way we impact some kids it’s just incredible, they just see us as role models, every detail, what we eat, how we laugh, when we are happy and when we’re ready for a great time.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don’t be afraid of asking for help, be yourself and enjoy, no one is perfect, they’re all trying

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

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

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.