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After 18 months of lockdown-limbos and a pause on international travel, a recent update from the Australian Prime Minister is an announcement that we’ve been looking forward to for some while.
“Australia is ready to take its next steps to safely reopen to the world” - Scott Morrison
The announcement comes after the incredible vaccination rates across the country. It was initially estimated that Australia would be at an 80% vaccination rate by Christmas, but with 60% of the population fully vaccinated and a recent report suggesting that we are set to reach 70% by November, the vaccination roll out is well ahead of schedule.
The first step in reopening to the world comes in the form of international travel for citizens and permanent residents. This group will be able to travel internationally, provided they quarantine on their return. Those that are fully vaccinated will be required to quarantine at home for seven days, and those that are not must enter a government-designated hotel to isolate for 14 days.
The second step will allow foreign visitors to travel to and from Australia, however there is no timeline on this step just yet.
Along with the announcement on reinstating international travel, there has been an update on the launch of Australia’s vaccine passport for international travel, which is expected to be finalised by mid-October.
The vaccine passport will certify the holder’s COVID-19 status and will indicate that they have been fully vaccinated.
Anyone vaccinated in Australia with a recognised vaccine (Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca or Johnston & Johnson) should be able to request a vaccine passport, where you will be issued with a QR code to be used at international borders.
So, after waiting for news on when Australian’s will be able to travel, this news has got us excited and looking forward to the 2022 summer in America. With your arrival at camp pencilled in for June 2022, we hope that restrictions around international travel will continue to ease to make your journey to camp as smooth as possible.
So why wait? Let’s get you on track for your best summer ever.
COVID Vaccination Statement
Do Camp Leaders require vaccination?
As cultural exchange facilitators we do not set any health or medical requirements for our programs. However in order to facilitate travel abroad our participants must follow the requirements set out by the government of their destination country.
We strongly encourage our participants to follow their official local country guidelines when it comes to health and medical decisions.
Will vaccination be required to travel to the U.S.?
Yes, based on the recent announcement from the White House, all visitors must be fully vaccinated. We are awaiting confirmation from the CDC on which vaccinations will be accepted for travel to the United States.
Can I apply to the program if I am not vaccinated?
Yes, you may apply to the program, however, based on the most recent announcement that the U.S. will require all visitors to be fully vaccinated, you have to agree to become fully vaccinated before your travel (potentially before your visa interview as vaccination may be a requirement to attend a visa interview at a US Embassy).
I have already been accepted on to the program but I have not yet received a vaccine . Can I stay on the program or do I need to withdraw?
You may remain on the program but if you do not already have a placement at camp we will be unable to provide you with a placement until either you can confirm you have been fully vaccinated or that you plan to become fully vaccinated prior to processing your visa paperwork.
If you already have a placement, you will need to adhere to the requirements set out by the U.S. if you want to travel to camp. If you are unwilling or unable to get vaccinated, you may lose your placement and be unable to travel next summer.
If I already have a place at camp but I am not currently vaccinated will I lose my placement?
We can only facilitate travel based on the entry requirements set out by the United States government. If vaccination remains a requirement and you are not vaccinated you will not be able to travel to camp. In addition, many United States employers, including summer camps, will require all employees to be vaccinated. You should find out directly from your summer employer what their expectations are if you are not yet vaccinated.
Vaccines are not yet available to me. Can I still apply to the program or stay on the program If I have already been accepted?
Yes, you may apply to the program, however, based on the most recent announcement that the U.S. will require all visitors to be fully vaccinated. If vaccination is not available for your age group by 1st April 2022 you can defer your application or discuss your refund options.
If you have a placement and intend to be vaccinated when they become available please inform Camp Leaders and your camp (if you are placed).
Do I need to prove my vaccination status to apply to the program, to get accepted or just before my travel?
Frequently asked questions
Can I start my Camp Leaders application for 2022?
Yes. The 2022 summer hiring season is open. We have interviews available and are accepting people already. Our best advice is to get your deposit paid as soon as you are ready to commit to the Camp Leaders program. By getting it paid now, you're only doing yourself a favour.
Am I guaranteed a placement at camp for 2022?
If you meet our eligibility requirements, it is very likely we will be able to find you a placement at camp for 2022. However, there are a limited number of spots for new staff, so if you are wanting to go to camp in America, your best shot at securing a placement is to start the process today.
What’s the point in starting my profile now if there is still uncertainty around travel restrictions?
We understand that it seems strange starting a profile for work overseas when there are still travel restrictions in place. However, we are optimistic that with the vaccination roll out in Australia speeding up, we will be able to get you to and from America safely in 2022. There are deferral and partial-refund options outlined in the Program Agreement on your Camp Leaders profile, and due to there being a limited number of spots for new staff in 2022, we don’t want you to miss out on an opportunity to score your dream job.
Did the program go ahead in 2021?
Yes! We managed to get a good number of Australian's over to camp this summer. There was a big question mark over whether we would be able to send people from Australia, especially with the border restrictions currently in place. Our main focus was getting those who wanted to travel this year over to camp safely, and we like to think that we achieved this. Travel Exemptions and J1 visas were issued, pre-departure tests were completed, and those that wanted to go to camp this year have arrived at camp safely.
Is there anything different about the 2022 summer?
The short answer is yes, and no. 'Yes' in that that it's too soon to tell. We hope that by the time people are heading to camp in May/June 2022 international travel will be as close to normal as it could be. We expect that pre-departure Covid tests may still be required to travel, and hope that Managed Isolation on return from overseas will no longer be in place. 'No' because there's nothing different about the process for you. We'll continue to support you through the Camp Leaders process, get you a placement at one of the amazing camps that we work with, get your J1 visa and support your travel to camp. But for now, we are excited to be launching the 2022 summer season and looking forward to continuing as normal and giving updates as needed.
I deferred my profile from the 2020/21 summer, and want to go to camp in 2022. What should I be doing right now?
If you know that you're 100% going to camp, please let us know and we can transfer all your info to your new 2022 profile. You'll be confirmed with the placement that you had on your 2020/21 profile before the end of the year.
I deferred my profile from the 2020/21 summer, but am unsure about going to camp in 2022. What should I be going right now?
We understand that camp 2022 is a long way off and that there are still concerns over international travel right now. For now, we don't want you to miss out on the placement that you had in 2020/21, so recommend that you let us know so that we can start your 2022 profile. This way we can get you on track for the summer once you have had some time to think through your plans, and there is clarity around travel for next year.
I deferred my profile from the 2020/21 summer, but would prefer to go to a new/different camp. Can I request to go to a different camp in 2022?
No problem! We can easily get you on review with some new camps for the 2022 summer. The main thing is that you let us know that you want to go to camp next year so that we can have you on our list of priority placements.
What happens if the 2022 program is suspended similar to 2020?
If for any reason the program is suspended and travel cannot take place this summer, participants will have two options. Firstly, we will offer the deferral of all your fees to the 2023 season and guarantee no program fee increases. Secondly, if you cannot travel in 2023, we are happy to discuss your refund options. These will be calculated based on the services you have received and are done on a case-by-case basis.
Are there as many places available at camp this summer as in previous years?
This year we have limited places available due to the number of deferrals from the 2020 and 2021 seasons. The sooner you apply, the better your chances of securing your spot.
I want to go to camp in 2022, when should I pay my deposit?
The 2022 summer season is now open! We have interviews available and are accepting people already. Our best advice is to get your deposit paid as soon as you are ready to commit to the Camp Leaders program. By getting it paid now, you're only doing yourself a favour.
What about the rest of my Camp Leaders fees? When do I have to pay them?
We would never expect you to pay your full fees in one go, so we've split first timer fees in to 4 easy payments that you can pay when you're ready. By getting them paid in good time, you'll move through the Camp Leaders process nice and smoothly.
Do I need to upload/pay for my documents now? E.g Police Check
Not just yet, but if there are documents that you can upload now, go for it. These would be your passport and expired J1 visas (if you've been issued with one before). Other documents like your Medical Release and Police Check can wait for now. You'll be notified when to start getting these sorted.
Will it be possible to fly to the US this summer? (Referring to current travel restrictions?)
Yes, there are several flights to and from America each week. We appreciate that there are less flights than normal, and ask you to bear in mind that flights may be changed by the airline closer to the time of travel.
Will I need a travel exemption to get to camp in 2022?
All those that travelled to camp in 2021 did require a Travel Exemption to go to camp. There were no problems getting these issued and we can provide supporting documents if needed. We are unsure whether they will be required again in 2022, but is something that we are monitoring will be able to give updates on as statements are issued. We are hopeful that restrictions will be eased prior to the summer camp season, but we will be able to give better information once we have more clarity from the Australian Government.
What happens if I test positive before my departure to the US?
If you test positive close to your departure, you may not be able to travel on your existing departure date. If this happens, we will work closely with your camp to try and arrange an alternative arrival date. If this is not possible we will do our utmost to find you an alternative placement. If that is not possible then we will be able to offer deferral to the 2023 summer program. We would advise all participants to be responsible and follow government guidelines closely before their departure. To ensure you do not contract COVID-19 we highly recommend you isolate or reduce contact with people in the weeks before your departure.
What happens if I contract COVID-19 during the summer/while at camp?
Each camp will have its own quarantine procedures in place following guidance from the U.S. Government and their local state. These procedures may differ from camp to camp.
If I contract coronavirus (COVID-19) whilst on the program, will I be covered by the medical insurance?
Yes. You will receive regular insurance coverage in this case, provided you were not diagnosed with Coronavirus before starting your trip. If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness before departure, we ask that you follow your local health authority's guidance.
Will I have to quarantine after landing in the US?
Currently, if you are eligible to enter the USA, the CDC requires that you self-isolate for at least 7 days on arrival and that you take a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after your arrival. In most cases, the quarantine and testing after arrival will be facilitated by your camp. At this point in time, it is unclear whether international arrival quarantine procedures will be in place during summer. As we move closer to the summer we will bring you the most up to date information from our visa sponsors and the U.S. Department of State.
Will there be any social distancing or COVID-19 restrictions in place at camp?
Each camp may have their own social distancing restrictions in place. These restrictions will likely differ from camp to camp depending on their location in the United States. To find out more about any social distancing restrictions your camp may have in place please contact your camp directly.
Will a pre-departure test be required before flying to the US?
Currently, if you are flying to the US from any foreign country on or after 26 Jan 2021, you must have either a negative pre-departure test result (NAAT or antigen) or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 provided by a licensed health care provider or public health official. You can contact your local GP for pricing on pre-flight tests, we estimate that they will cost around $150 AUD.
Will testing be required when I arrive at camp?
Currently, if you are eligible to enter the USA, the CDC requires that you self-isolate for at least 7 days on arrival and that you take a COVID-19 test 3-5 days after your arrival. Each camp is working with federal, state and local governments in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These along with the American Camp Association (ACA) have been developing protocols for camps to operate safely since last Spring. These protocols may include testing, social distancing, and modified programming until everyone has tested negative. As we move closer to the summer we will bring you most up to date information from our visa sponsors and the U.S. Department of State.
Will testing be continuous throughout the summer?
Each camp is working with federal, state and local governments in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These along with the American Camp Association (ACA) have been developing protocols for camps to operate safely since last Spring. These protocols may include testing, social distancing, and modified programming until everyone has tested negative. To find out more about any social distancing restrictions your camp may have in place please contact your camp directly.
Will I have to quarantine when I arrive back home?
At time of publication, yes. It is likely that you will need to quarantine when you come back from camp. For more information on this please refer to the Department of Health website.
If I wish to defer to 2023 instead of travelling this summer, can I?
Yes. We understand that some people may not be able to travel this summer due to various individual circumstances, or may simply want to go next year instead. If you wish to defer to 2023, please speak to a team member and they will transfer your application to next summer.
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