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How to Apply


Most ICEP counselors are undergraduate students, graduate students, teachers, social workers, or youth leaders. The most important requirement is the ability to work with children and exhibit a genuine interest and enthusiasm for the work of a camp counselor.

You must also be:

At least 18 years of age when submitting the ICEP application;
Strongly committed to working with children in a camp setting;
Highly proficient in the English language, including the ability to attend an interview in English as part of your application;
Skilled in specific activities that you can teach to children at camp, such as music, arts, waterfront, outdoor activities, horseback riding, and sports
Available to arrive in the US between June 1-20 (preference will be given to those who can arrive earlier) and able to remain at camp until mid to late August
Enthusiastic to share your culture with others
Open-minded, patient, flexible, and willing to work very hard for 8-10 weeks during the summer
Willing to live in an outdoor/wilderness setting


Contact the ICEP representative to find out about information meetings or get more information about the application procedures in your country.

Pick up an ICEP brochure and application from the representative. If we do not have a representative in your country, you may download the forms and instructions you need here.
Schedule an interview with your ICEP representative. All applicants must attend a personal interview, conducted in English.

Complete all application forms and attach the essay, 3 letters of reference, photo collage, and awards or certificates. Submit your complete application to your ICEP representative who will mail it to the ICEP office in New York City. Please do not submit your application directly to the New York office unless we have given you permission to do so.

Once all your application materials have been received, ICEP will review your applications and schedule a time to interview you by phone. We like to chat with our prospective camp counselors to get to know you better and determine language skills and what kinds of camps you might serve best.

The ICEP staff will notify you of the status of your application, either directly or through the ICEP representative in your country, within 10 days of its arrival in the New York office.
If you are selected, your application will be circulated among participating camps here in the US. You might then get phone calls from the camps for similar reasons and to determine how you will fit into the summer camp structure.


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