Things to Keep in Mind Before You Leave

Mobile Phones

Check with your mobile phone company to see what is available in your contract before you head out. Look into costs to purchase a SIM card prior to coming to the United States. You can also purchase a pay as you go phone in the United States. Due to some remote locations for camps, anticipate that internet and cell phone service may be slow and potentially there will be no cell phone service.

Your Personal Bank

Once you know your departure date, notify your bank of your travel plans. If you do not, and attempt to use your bank card, your bank may presume fraud and potentially freeze your account. One quick phone call will make sure you’re covered. Do the same for a major credit card.

Going Private

Make sure to make your social media accounts private. Status updates, pictures and even the different pages you’ve liked can all be seen by others. Camps have dropped future staff members before they’ve even arrived in the USA based on what has been found on their social media accounts. Be wary about how you portray yourself on any of your social media accounts.

Social Media

Summer camps in America have quite a few rules surrounding social media at summer camp. Make sure you have reviewed your camps social medial policies and know what’s expected of you when online.

Money

We recommend having $200 in cash and a credit card with you when coming to the United States. It may be that you have to get a bus or train to camp (which camp will reimburse) or your debit card doesn’t work immediately when you arrive. Your Personal Bank Once you know your departure date, notify your bank of your travel plans. If you do not, and attempt to use your bank card, your bank may presume fraud and potentially freeze your account. One quick phone call will make sure you’re covered. Do the same for a major credit card.

Know Your Camp Rules

We’re sure that when you sign your contract there will be a whole section on social media and what your camp expects, from adding campers on Facebook to phone usage at camp. Take the time to read this, know this and understand it inside and out.

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