CCUSA History

Over 25 years of Excellence

In 1985, CCUSA was only a dream. Today, we are an internationally recognized organization with over 15 programs that recruit from over 60 countries. We have placed over 200,000 young adults in hundreds of summer camps and seasonal employers across the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, UK, Europe, Brazil, and Russia.

Below is a brief description of CCUSA and our programs.

In 1985 the Camp Counselors USA program was founded to give internationals the chance to work in the USA and share their culture and experiences with American children during their Summer Holidays. As a staff provider for more than 1000 US camps, Camp Counselors USA has developed a reputation for the high quality of service we provide to both our participants and our camps. Camp Counselors USA is known throughout the US Camping Industry as the program that provides only the best quality counselor and support staff. This reputation comes from our past participants, with their great attitude, work ethic and abilities.

In 1995, Work Experience USA was developed to widen the opportunities offered to internationals. Work Experience USA provides participants with valuable learning and personal growth experiences in jobs throughout the USA. Participants come to work in the USA during their Summer Holidays from University. Many of our participants have worked in ski areas, national parks, amusement parks, resorts, hotels, ranches and in any number of other various seasonal employers. With many options to choose from, this Student-only program is a great way to expand work experience, resumes and friends. Once again CCUSA has led and continues to lead the way by supplying top quality staff for many of our US employers.

In 1996 with the opening of Camp Counselors Russia, CCUSA expanded its work programs to outside the United States. With Russia’s long tradition of youth camps, Camp Counselors Russia offers the opportunity for counselors and Russian children to share their cultures and traditions in a unique setting. With CCUSA’s great reputation in supplying staff for US camps, it was an easy transition to recruiting staff for Summer Camps in Russia. This wonderful and challenging program is definitely a true Cultural Experience.

In 1997, Work Adventures Down Under was launched. 18 – 30 year olds travel to Australia or New Zealand or a combination of both to work and travel their way around the country. Work Adventures Down Under helps participants with the right advice and assistance to make their travel and work in these countries as carefree and memorable as possible.

In 2000, CCUSA expanded its offerings to include Practical Training USA. The J-1 trainee visa allows qualified individuals in the fields of Commerce, Finance, Business and Management to come to the USA and improve their skills through a 12 - 18 month training program. Successful completion of this program is a valuable enhancement to anyone’s CV.

In 2003 Camp California debuted. After years of requests for an America style camp in mainland Europe, CCUSA opened the 1st ever US style summer camp on the coast of the Adriatic Sea in Croatia. With over 160 campers per 2 week session and a staff of 50 counselors from around the world, this American style camp has it all: international friendships, songs, games, ropes courses, climbing walls and, of course, a wonderful waterfront program. CCUSA recruits both campers and staff for Camp California.

In 2006 CCUSA added a number of new exciting programs:

  • Camp Counselors Canada: CCUSA teamed up with NYQUEST to supply Camp Counselors and Support Staff to work at Summer Camps in Canada.  
  • Work and Play Canada:  For our Work and Play Canada programs CCUSA has teamed up with GO International Work and Travel Providers.  CCUSA is helping to supply participants for their seasonal and year round programs. On this option participants are able to work at a Ski Resort during the winter, a variety of jobs during the summer, or line up work year round in Canada.
  • Work in an English Pubs program. This program offers wonderful opportunities for those that are heading directly to the UK or want to combine with one of our USA or Russian programs.

In 2007, CCUSA started Volunteer Experience South Africa. In conjunction with You2Africa UK, Australian and American participants have the opportunity to partake in volunteer programs in South Africa.

In 2008, Working Holiday USA started allowing Australians and New Zealanders to extend their international working adventure for up to 12 months.

In 2009, CCUSA added new Volunteer programs. Participants will be able to volunteer through Volunteer Latin America, Volunteer Asia, and a new volunteeer option in New Zealand.

As you can see our entire range of programs offer both adults and children a fantastic opportunity to work or attend summer camps in various countries. All participants on our work and volunteer programs should come prepared to work hard and to share their culture with others. While children on our Summer Camp programs should come prepared to make new friends, try new things and even improve their English if need be. All CCUSA’s participants will develop strong personal friendships with people from around the world and will grow, learn and experience different lifestyles not as a tourist, but as a valuable member of the community.

This year CCUSA programs have placed or will place over 35,000 individuals in summer camps, ski areas, hotels, restaurants and other work environments around the world.

We are extremely proud of all of our programs. They provide a fun, safe and rewarding way to experience the world. We look forward to welcoming you to the “Best Adventure of Your Life”, and helping you become - more than just a tourist!

- The CCUSA Team