Imagine a job where you could live, work and play in the great outdoors. Summer camp jobs might just be the best jobs in the world. Get paid to go on active adventures, make new friends, learn valuable life skills and become a child’s hero.

But why stop there?

As UK travel restrictions start to ease, work at a summer camp in England and live in a historic mansion in the rural countryside, spending days off embracing British Culture across a smorgasbord of thriving cities (more on that later); all while earning money. Our UK Camps Program is now taking applications for 2022 summer camps, and if this sounds like your cup of tea, read on to discover all you need to know about how Canadians can work in the UK, residential summer camp jobs and travelling this delightfully diverse continent.

Summer Camp Jobs: Why Work at a Camp? 

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First things first, why work at a summer camp? Camp jobs enable you to develop a whole roster of valuable life skills. No day is ever the same and you will get the opportunity to work in a fast-paced, fun environment, develop leadership skills, network and build a community. Working at a summer camp in the UK also brings a whole heap of additional benefits. On our UK Camp Program, you’ll also benefit from… 

  • Guaranteed camp job placement, meaning you can start earning as soon as you land
  • Work and travel across the UK, with 11 different camps catering to every interest 
  • Save money! Living costs are included which means you can save for travel after your contract 
  • Make friends from all over the world 
  • Option to return for a second year contract

UK Travel Restrictions

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From October 4th, 2021, fully vaccinated travellers won’t need to take a pre-departure COVID-19 test, making it much easier, quicker and cheaper to enter the UK. You also won’t need to quarantine anymore, meaning you can hit the ground running. Handy, as with in-country restrictions now lifted, travelling the country has never been easier. 

Don’t be fooled by the UK’s small size – it fits into Canada 41 times – this island nation carries a serious punch. While it’s hard to narrow down a list of highlights, any visit should include scouring the streets of London, a city so rich in history, attractions, events and restaurants (the list goes on), that multiple trips are a necessity. Party in Manchester, step back in time in Edinburgh and drink Guinness in Belfast. Rent a car and take the scenic route to explore quaint countryside villages, feast on fish and chips wrapped in newspaper in sleepy seaside towns; explore ancient castles, Roman ruins and mysterious monuments (we’re looking at you, Stonehenge) and book a festival or two for the summer – the UK boasts some of the best music festivals in the world. 

Need to save up some cash for all that exploration? Camp jobs run from February to November, and we can arrange for you to start working the moment you land, giving you the flexibility to work earlier (and later) in the year if you’re keen to save some dosh (Brit slang for money) for some summer adventures. 

How Can a Canadian Work in the UK?

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Great, so you’ve decided to work in the UK. Now you’ll need to get a UK Working Holiday Visa, otherwise known as the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa. This is a work permit that allows Canadians to live and work in the UK – including England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – for up to two years. The whole process can be quite complicated, but don’t be put off. You can discover more about the process in our UK Working Holiday Visa guide, and we can provide step-by-step work visa application assistance and help you get set up for living in the UK (we’ll even get you a SIM card).  

Residential Summer Camp Jobs UK

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Working at a summer camp is one of the best outdoor adventure jobs in the UK. Fancy leading trips to kayak, climb, hike, swim (the list goes on) the UK’s most iconic countryside landscapes? Receive paid training to become an activity instructor (insider tip: these roles fill up fast, so we encourage you to get in touch to secure your spot). 

There’s also a plethora of other roles to suit every interest, experience level and schedule.  For camp job placement, you will need to be the following: 

  • Canadian citizen between 18 and 30 with a valid passport
  • Proof of sufficient funds for the trip
  • No criminal record and in good health
  • You are energetic and fun, and enjoy working with kids!
  • Available for a minimum work term of three months

Residential Summer Camp Job Locations in the UK

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There are 11 different camps across the UK to choose from, each with unique characteristics. Stay in remote countryside mansions nestled in woodland, lake and seaside settings. All camps are within a train or car ride to major urban centres, so you can have the best of both worlds. 

You’ll be working with local school groups and for adventure holidays for children all over Europe. Each camp features several activity centres, which, depending on the location, will be equipped with climbing walls, zip-lining, canoeing, kayaking, soccer fields, BBQ areas and so much more. 

Camp Job Roles

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There are a variety of different jobs available at each camp, with the most popular being the Activity Coordinator, Retail Assistant and Cooking positions. Most of the roles don’t require qualifications, and you’ll receive paid training on the job, so it’s a win, win situation. 

  • Activity Coordinators – share your love of sports and the great outdoors organizing and leading activities. No day is ever the same and you’ll be providing entertainment and ensuring groups have a great stay at the camp.
  • Retail Assistant – whether working in a shop or a bar, this role is all about providing excellent customer service.
  • Cooking – passionate foodie? Gain valuable skills to get you prepped for the catering industry, from assisting in food preparation to serving and ensuring the kitchen and dining areas are kept clean.

Camp staff work seven to eight hours a day, five or six days a week. On your days off there are plenty of opportunities to explore, whether paddling, climbing or hiking the local wilderness, or heading to the local town. You’ll build up vacation time each week, which you can accumulate to plan trips to destinations further afield. 

Interested in Applying for a Residential Summer Camp Job in the UK?

Applications are now open for our UK Camps Program, and our most sought after positions tend to fill up quickly, so what are you waiting for? Get in touch in the form below for more information on how to apply.

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