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A note on the Reconnecting New Zealand to the World Forum
After watching other nations release information on how they intend to resume international travel in the coming months, we are encouraged to hear that New Zealand is now on track to Reconnect with the World in 2022.
Here at Camp Leaders, we are excited to hear that with the vaccination roll out speeding up across the country, and all ages eligible to book their vaccine by 1 September, it’s looking like that by mid-2022 we will be able to see an ease in travel restrictions coming and going from New Zealand.
Should the NZ Government’s strategy go to plan, we are looking at those returning from America in August/September 2022 only going to have to go into home-isolation or a shorter stay in Managed Isolation, depending on the ‘travel pathway’ (Low-Risk, Medium-Risk, High-Risk) the United States is deemed by the NZ Government.
As you can imagine, both Camp Leaders and our summer camps are also very excited by this news as we are expecting camps to hire more international staff than in previous years.
With NZ’s plan to Reconnect with the World underway, why would you wait on moving forward with your Camp Leaders application? We know that camps are going ahead in 2022. We know that you’ll be able to travel to camp. And, we are hoping that requirements around managed isolation on your return from camp will be reduced, or better yet, no longer in place.
With camps coming to a close in mid-August 2021, we are expecting camp directors to start looking at their new staff for 2022 come September. With these placements open to our global Camp Leaders community, we don’t want you to miss out on securing your dream job at camp.
Plus, we’ve got you covered. Due to the changes in travel restrictions, we’ve had to re-think our deferral and partial-refund policies, and they’re all in your favour. You can see more on these in the Program Agreement when you login to your Camp Leaders profile.
So why wait? Let’s get you on track for your best summer ever.
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 NZ 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 Kiwi's over to camp this summer. There was a big question mark over whether we would be able to send people from NZ, 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. 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.
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, you are allowed to fly to America. There are regular flights leaving Auckland each week, meaning there are no restrictions on you leaving NZ.
Do I have to be vaccinated?
At this point, we are not aware of any travel restrictions that require vaccination for international arrivals in the US. If you do qualify for vaccination, we highly recommend receiving it. Should any restrictions arise, this will put you in the best position to travel.
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 NZD.
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?
We hope that come late August/September, restrictions around MIQ will be lifted for those entering NZ. Should the NZ Government give the United States a High-Risk or Medium-Risk ‘travel pathway’ status, you may be required to enter MIQ or self-isolate on your return to NZ.
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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