Be Your Own American Dream, with Camp America Gap Year Programs in the USA

Attention Australian students: if you are between the ages of 18 and 26, and currently looking for a once in a lifetime opportunity, then you might be interested to learn about Camp America. Founded in 1969 by the American Institute of Foreign Study (AIFS), the Camp America program has long facilitated cultural exchange between the United States and numerous countries throughout the world. In short, we strive to give young people from around the world a chance to experience their own piece of the American Dream.

The Perfect Start to a USA Gap Year Program?

We particularly like to pitch the Camp America experience as the perfect beginning to an American gap year program. Because we have been around for nearly half a century, we have connections and partnerships that can help students plan American gap year programs in a variety of ways.

Travel visas? We provide J-1 visa sponsorship for every young person placed in the Camp America program, allowing for a summer's worth of worry-free work and play in the USA. However, if you are interested in using Camp America as the start to a gap year program in the U.S., we can also help you to attain a B-1 or B-2 visa, which can allow you to live and travel in the United States for up to a year!

Our connections don't end at the visa office, either. On the contrary, if you are interested in a gap year program in the USA, then Camp America can help you to explore America in affordable fashion. After camp finishes, we offer what are called Camp America Treks—opportunities to see and experience some of the coolest things the U.S. has to offer, from the beaches of Los Angeles to the Grand Canyon and beyond.

Our treks, created in partnership with the company Intrepid Travel, range from one-day vacations to three-week cross-country adventures. Best of all, because of Camp America's partnership with Intrepid, we are able to offer these treks at 10 to 15% off—big discounts that can help make your gap year program in America that much more affordable and that much more unforgettable.

The Value of a Gap Year in the U.S.

Some students are hesitant to take an American gap year, or to apply for Camp America in general. They worry about the cost of the program and of traveling throughout the U.S., or about falling behind in their studies at university.

However, while these are both valid concerns, the value of joining Camp America and pursuing a gap year program in America can't be overstated. Our programs help to enhance leadership skills, provide new cultural appreciation and build maturity. They also forge lifelong friendships and unforgettable experiences that simply cannot be gotten in a classroom or at a typical summer job.

Whether you plan your gap year in the USA in between high school and university, or in the middle of your university studies, you will return from your Camp America experiences re-energised, excited to learn and ready to succeed in whatever endeavours you have chosen for your life. You can't put a price on that, so get your piece of the American Dream today, by applying for Camp America. The application for the 2016 summer program can be found on our site, at!