Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Camp America - Application/Interview


Hi Guys!

So after my Introduction Post to Camp America a few weeks ago where I introduced the agency and told you my reasons for applying and so forth. I am now in the Post Interview stage, and I thought what better time to give you all some hints & tips for the Application and Interview if you're thinking of applying for Summer 2017 or the years to come.

Application Process

I do admit the application process is quite time consuming, but it is the least bit dull or boring I promise. I actually did enjoy the application form, it's basically just talking about yourself and your skills and really just selling yourself to the camps. Due to the length of the application, I would advise to do it in a couple of sittings, there's no rush to complete it all in one night. Once you have your basic information down, you can select your interviewer and book your interview so really you have that time till your interview to finish the overall application. My tips for the application would be:


  • Be yourself - the camps want to know you for who you really are
  • Include a video - as scary as it sounds, it really will help with your placement and it's not something you have to broadcast to your friends or family, it can stay between you and the camp directors
  • Come back to your application several times - you never know if there's something you've missed

Interview Stage

Before your interview, you will have been guided on applying for your DBS where you will have picked 3 forms of ID, I went for my passport, birth certificate & provisional driving license - and because my last name changed in 2010, I took my document proving this. These ID's are the only things I needed to take to my interview, your interviewer may specify if you need to take a print out of your application or not, I didn't need one due to my interviewing having it at in front of her on her laptop.

I can not stress enough how friendly this interview is. Do not get yourself worked up over the big scary "interview" word because all in all, it's more of a friendly chat! 

I ended up being 15 minutes early for my interview, however my interview didn't mind "the earlier we start, the earlier we finish" she replied. We literally went straight into it from there, the first couple of questions are specific to the skills you wrote on your application so it's just going over those with your experience on each skill and if you have any experience teaching these to children. Once you've gone through that, there's the section of questions which need to be asked for the Embassy part of the interview, this is just regarding Safeguarding & Child Protection, you don't need to be a mastermind on this topic as it is something that you will be told a lot more about further into your application but I would recommend at least looking up the definitions. Finally, you and your interviewer will just sort through your police check and theres a fee of £53 which you can either pay there and then or wait and pay it later.

The questions are really straight forward, it's nothing you will struggle with because it's just about you and your life and like I said, it's more of a chat than anything!

I think my biggest struggle prior to interview was deciding what to wear, I don't know why this was my biggest concern but it was...
I ended up wearing just a nice little summer dress with a cardigan and my vans, the overall dress code is "smart casual" I believe, so don't go in your ripped jeans and favourite band shirt nor go in suit and tie - just find something inbetween.

My tips for the interview process would be:

  • Again, be yourself! - that's all anyones looking for, the point is to match you up with a camp best suited for you! That's difficult if you pretend to be something you're not
  • Take your ID's!!
  • Do not stress - it's a simple relaxed process, nothing like a scary job interview
  • Read through your application beforehand - this just reminds you of everything youve already talked about
  • Do your research - a little bit of a look into child protection won't do any harm
So, this is my second post in the Camp America series and I hope there's a lot more to come! I had a lot of positive feedback from my first post, seems you guys are just as excited as me. 

Lily xo

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  1. My friend is currently still at camp America and she is just loving it! Always sending pictures back to us of her adventures. It really sounds like a great opportunity! This is a great post to talk people through the process!

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

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    1. Oh that's so amazing!! That gets me even more excited x

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  2. Would love to know more of what this is about! I'm so glad you aced it!

    -kimberleyjessica.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. I used to really want to do this - I am so glad you're going to experience something this amazing!

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  4. I would love to do this! x
    www.izzieslife.co.uk

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    1. You should look in to it Izzie!! X

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  5. I would love to do Camp America but the interview stage has always terrified me but this has definitely helped!
    Laura x
    fbl-savvy.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Honestly it terrified me too! But it really is so easy and the least scary thing. It's such a comforting procedure and you come out of it too excited to get placed! X

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  6. Oh I'm doing Americamp next year and can't wait!!!

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    1. Thats amazing!! It's so exciting x

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  7. Great advice for applying! This sounds so much fun xx

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  8. Been wanting to go and work with camp America for a while now but because of my job it's bad timing- this has made me want to go even more! I can't wait to keep up with your story! xox

    tonigeorgiaxo.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Hopefully you'll get the chance soon Toni!! X

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  9. My stepbrother did camp america and LOVED it! Good luck with it all:)
    Cloe X http://clxelouise.blogspot.com

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    1. I've heard so many stories, I can't wait!! X

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  10. This sounds like so much fun! Good Luck! x

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  11. I would really love to do this one day, I hope you you have the best time if you go xx

    Sofia | www.theglamchapter.blogspot.com

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