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International Camps Network

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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.

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
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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?
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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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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.

The Deer

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.

Daniel Macías-Barajas

Job Title
International Affairs Manager

Daniel graduated with a Master's degree in Educational Centers Management Masters from Universitat de Barcelona, has acted as co-founder of a couple non-profit educational associations, and has over fifteen years of experience bringing camps together by linking a network of camps and camp people.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Tough question for a brief answer. However, I can clearly distinguish by types of travel. And for sure, solo-travel is an exciting thing I enjoy these days. But as a fond memory, I have those days back home where five cousins and myself would go into the wilderness and walk for days and days through the forest, finding our own way to get from town to town with lots of fun along the way.

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

I have changed and grown ever since I first attended a summer camp at age 8. Every year during the school year we would go on long weekends to the countryside and have these camp-like retreats.

Later, I was lucky to go to a camp in California and another in Kentucky. I learned so much there and realized how much many others also learn and change and grow, and that is the reason why I work in the industry.