The English Camp Company
Frequently Asked Questions
Application Process F.A.Q
Who can apply?
Camp Counselor positions: All native English speakers are eligible to apply, regardless of where you are living.
Camp Director positions: Anyone who can speak Italian or German is eligible to apply.
If I apply with a friend, and we are both accepted, can we work at the same camps?
It depends - we see how everyone works together during the orientation week. There are a lot of factors that we we take into account when deciding which camp counselors will go to which camps. If we feel that you are well suited together and to a particular camp, then you may be able to go to the same camp, but we cannot guarantee this.
What are the costs? What do I have to pay for?
All camp counselors and directors are required to pay for their travel to orientation training week, and their travel costs from their final camp. You are required to have your own health insurance.
The English Camp Company pays for all accommodation, main meals during the camps and travel expenses between camps.
Do I need to have health insurance?
You must have health insurance that is valid in Europe to work with us; camp counselors and directors are not covered under our insurance program.
Is there a charge for the application or for the orientation week?
There is no charge to apply for our program or for the orientation week.
Do I need a TEFL certificate or equivalent to be able to apply?
No, you don't need a TEFL certificate. However if you interested in getting a TEFL qualification, we are pleased to be able to advertise with the following organisations, who offer TEFL courses:
globaltesol.com - applying to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp Life F.A.Q.
Is the ECC program teaching like in school or is it more like summer camp?
It is a combination of both - although more summer camp than school. It is teaching English in a FUN, energetic, interactive way through the use of games, songs, and activities.
When do we find out which camps we will go to?
At the end of orientation week you find our out your first camp location. We tell you during the second week of each camp, where your next camp will be.
Where are the camps located?
The camps are located in small towns throughout Italy and Austria.
Are the camps day camps or overnight camps?
Most of our camps are day camps, however the times can vary slightly from camp to camp.
How long is each camp?
Each camp is 2 weeks long and are from Monday to Friday.
Program Dates F.A.Q.
When is Orientation?
Arrival Day: Summer 2019 - 1st June 2019 (& possibly a second orientation week TBD)
Orientation Training Week takes place from (1st June 2019) . It is obligatory for all camp counselors and directors to attend the orientation week. Counselors and Directors travel to their first camps on (8th June 2019).
The past couple of years we have also had a second orientation later in June or July but we don't know yet if we will need to have a second orientation this summer.
I can't come to the orientation. Should I still apply?
If you can't make the first orientation, we would encourage you to still apply, and simply write your available dates on the application form, so we can take them into consideration.
What are the dates for the summer?
Camps run from June through to Friday 13th September. Camps begin the Monday immediately following the orientation week.
How long can I work for? Is it flexible?
You can specify on the application form, your availability. Accepted applicants are given specific work dates. They may not be the exact dates you wrote on your application.
What are the end dates?
We have various end dates throughout the summer. Everyone will be given a different schedule.
Can I choose the dates I work?
No - you can specify your availability on the application form, but everyone is given different dates. Your end date may not necessarily be the end date you wrote on your form. We offer you specific dates when offering you a position.
Do I have to be able to work through to September to apply?
No, not at all. We have various end dates.
Do I get to visit both Italy & Austria?
It depends on how many weeks you are asked to work for. Most of the camps take place in Italy. Our Austrian camps tend to take place in August.
Can we travel at the weekend at our own expense?
If you are not required to travel to the next camp and the camp director & your host family say it's ok, then you are allowed to do a day trip at the weekend in the middle of the camp. However, host families are so excited to have someone staying with them, that they want you to meet the rest of the family, they arrange big family meals and often want to take you to places at the weekend. The families are extremely hospitable and love to show you off to their neighbors and friends!
Host Families F.A.Q.
Will I stay with a new host family each camp?
Yes. The camps are in different towns, so each camp you stay with a different host family.
How are the host families chosen?
Host families have a child attending the camp and they have offered to host a tutor or camp director in their home. The camp organiser is responsible for selecting the host families for the tutors and camp director.
How often do I change host families?
Every two weeks - for every new camp.
Camp Counselors F.A.Q.
What age are the camp counselors?
Camp Counselors tend to be university students or graduates, however regardless of your age we will still happily look at your application.
How many camp counselors work together at one camp?
It depends on the number of children at the camp. The number of counselors at one camp could range from 2 to 7 tutors.
Will I work with the same counselors all summer?
No, we mix camp counselors around during the summer.
What is the best piece of advice for a new ECC Camp Counselor?
Don't be afraid to be silly and ridiculous with the kids at camp! Lose all your inhibitions and don't "act cool"! The sillier and more involved and energetic you are, the more the kids will love you!