You stay with local host families during the camps. These families have a child attending the camp and have offered to host a tutor.
Families will pamper you with great dinners and include you in their family events. Camps are in small towns and some families may have never met a foreign person before, and therefore will be very excited to have you staying at their house. They love to show you their local area, and show you off to friends and family!
You will have your own room and all meals are provided by the family. Host families aren't hotels; they make you feel like part of their family and lasting friendships are often made! Many returning counselors still keep in contact with their past host families!
We always ask camp counselors and directors to recognize that the host families are from a different culture to ours and therefore respect their different customs; they always respect ours.
**There may be a few camps each summer, where the accommodation is in a local hotel or an apartment.
You are required to pay for your travel costs to orientation in Italy and your travel expenses at the end of your final camp of the summer. Your travel expenses during the summer between the camps will be covered by The E.C.C.
All accepted Camp Counselors & Camp Directors must attend orientation week in Italy. During orientation you will learn everything you need to know about English Camp including:
plus information about cultural differences, host families, travel to camp, and other necessary information.
The orientation week gives us the opportunity to get to know you and vice versa, and be able to place you at camps that we think will suit you the best.
(sometimes there is a second orientation later in June or July)
It is obligatory for all accepted Camp Counselors and Camp Directors to attend the orientation week. Camps commence after the orientation week and run through to the beginning of September.
Camp Counselors prepare English lessons for their own class of children. The lessons are fun yet informative. Teaching with games, songs and activities.
Camp Counselors work together to organize an afternoon activity for the children who are mixed together in teams.
Activities vary from camp to camp and are based on the counselors' likes and dislikes; sports, game shows, and cultural activities from the tutors' home countries are always the most popular.
Why should I be an English Camp Counselor or Camp Director?
When you work at the ECC, it is not a vacation but it's better. You not only teach English in a fun, summer camp environment, but during the camps you live with local host families* and have the opportunity to experience Italian or Austrian cultures firsthand!
*There is the odd exception every summer, where the accommodation at some camps could be at a hotel or in an apartment.
ECC Camp facts:
The English Camp Company
Orientation Training Week
The Final Show
The Final Show takes place on the final afternoon or evening of the camp. The counselors and children plan the show together during the course of the two weeks. The parents are invited and it provides them with an opportunity to see what their children have learned during the camp.
A Typical Day At Camp
9:00 - Warm up (Songs and Games)
9:45 - English Class with your Camp Counselor
11:00 - Break
11:20 - English Class
13:00 - Lunch
14:00 - Afternoon Activity *
15:30 - Break
15:45 - Afternoon Activity
17:00 - Home
* Afternoon Activities vary daily and could