and make the world your world!
Du bist neugierig auf das Abenteuer Ausland und möchtest für einen gewissen Zeitraum deine bekannte Umgebung eintauschen gegen neue Erfahrungen, Erlebnisse und Herausforderungen? Mit CAMPS International kannst du einen High School Aufenthalt in 14 Ländern auf 5 verschiedenen Kontinenten erleben ... entdecke die Möglichkeiten!
You want to experience an adventure at a high school abroad?
We the team from CAMPS International would love to give you advice. We offer a personal interview with one of our staff members where you will be able to ask all your questions. However, it is advisable to inform yourself beforehand about the different programs we offer, the requirements and to know what your expectations and wishes are.
Für unsere High School Programme musst du ein paar grundlegende Vorrausetzungen erfüllen:
- Du solltest zwischen 14 und 18 Jahre alt sein.
- Das USA Classic Programm ist leider erst ab 15 Jahren möglich.
- Du musst bei deiner Ausreise noch Schüler sein bzw. deine Schullaufbahn darf nach deiner Rückkehr noch nicht beendet sein.
- Du solltest einen gewissen schulischen Fleiß und Erfolg mitbringen.
- Je nach Wunschland ist die Landessprache entweder Englisch, Spanisch, Italienisch oder Französisch. Du musst davon ausgehen, dass im Gastland kein deutschsprachiger Ansprechpartner vor Ort ist.
- Grundkenntnisse in der Landessprache des Gastlandes sind sicherlich hilfreich aber keine Bedingung.
GESUNDHEIT UND MOBILITÄT
- Du brauchst eine gute, stabile psychische und physische Gesundheit.
- Bitte informiere uns über Allergien oder andere Krankheiten, damit wir dich bestmöglich beraten und betreuen können.
- Dein Impfschutz sollte nach WHO-Empfehlungen auf dem neuesten Stand sein.
- Für die USA ist ein Tuberkulose-Test erforderlich.
- Unsere High School Programme sind für Personen mit eingeschränkter Mobilität leider nicht geeignet. Ihr könnt uns aber gerne kontaktieren und dies genauer mit uns abklären.
- Du solltest dich auf dieses Abenteuer wirklich einlassen wollen.
- Toleranz, Flexibilität, Neugierde, Durchhaltevermögen und Aufgeschlossenheit sind wichtige persönliche Eigenschaften.
- Sei ehrlich zu dir selbst!
For most of our program destinations you need a valid passport and a visa. We will send you the required documents to fill out by post, so that you can apply for a visa at the embassy or online. Of course, we will help you with the communication process with the embassies and in some cases, we will take care of the entire procedure for you.
Our high school programs in the USA (Select & Private), in Canada, New Zealand and Australia generally have a tuition fee and the host families receive a financial adjustment (Homestay Fee) for taking in a student in their home. However, these countries offer a wide range of choices regarding the regions, the school districts, the individual schools and the classes the students can take. For us it is important to support you in the process of choosing the school district and the right school for you.
This means: it’s your CHOICE!
The prices in each region, school districts and schools differ from each other. Our individual contract offer already includes school and host family fees.
Do you want to graduate and receive a high school diploma in your country or start an international baccalauréat to finish it when you return to Germany? In fact, it is possible with our programs in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, England and Ireland. We would like to give you all the information about the requirements, costs and advantages during our personal interview or in advance via phone or e-mail.
The flight in economy class is already included in the program costs in all our USA High School Programs. However, for all the other destinations a flight needs to be booked seperately. We offer to book the flight for you and add the cost of the flights to your program invoice. It is also possible for you to book the flight by yourself but it is important that you coordinate the dates and flight times with us so we can make sure that you will get picked up in your destination country. In case you decide to participate at one of CAMPS Orientations you unfortunately cannot choose your own flight.
For each of our high school programs you can book an optional travel rescission insurance, as well as the insurance package “CareMed Premium”. In fact, for our USA and South Africa High School Programs the second option is already included. We will inform you and your parents about everything regarding the topic insurance beforehand, during the personal interview and in detail during our workshops.
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Since CAMPS International is a German tour operator, before your departure you will receive the so-called "security certificate" from us. This guarantees you that your payments to CAMPS International are secured. Exceptions are payments that you may make yourself directly to institutions abroad (for example, school and host family fees to Canada, Australia or New Zealand)
We would like your high school exchange to be a complete success. To make this happen we pay special attention to planning and organization before, during and after your stay, next to our individual support. The CAMPS International Team supports you and your parents and you will also be taken care of in your destination country. Completing our noncommittal application which is free of charge is the first step towards your High School adventure. Keep on reading to find out what will be the next steps!
You are thinking about going abroad with CAMPS International? Go ahead and send us your application! You can apply online through our website. The application is without commitment and free of charge!
2. Personal Interview
By looking at your application we got a first impression about you – now we would like to meet you and your parents! The personal contact is very important to us, that’s why allk interviews are performed by an employee of CAMPS. The interview may take up to two hours, so make sure that you have that time.
We do not have group interviews; all the meetings will take place with only you and your parents. During the meeting we will try our best to find the best and most suiting program for you and of course this interview is without commitment and free of charge.
3. Consultation with your German School
During the planning of your stay it is important for you to talk to your principal of your school and discuss what period of time you will be absent from school. You should also talk to them to find out if your time abroad will be accredited by your school in Germany and if you can return to your grade once you get back.
4. Application of the partner organization
If you have decided to go abroad with CAMPS International and participate in one of our High School Programs, we will send you the detailed application forms that you have to fill out and send back to us. After one of our team members has checked them thoroughly, we will send them to our partner.
5. Visa Procedure
For most of our program destinations you need a valid passport and a visa. We will send you the required documents to fill out by post, so that you can apply for a visa. For our participants who are not German citizen, visa application requirements could differ.
As soon as we get your host family placement from our partner organization we will reach out to you and call you about the exciting news. You will definitively receive your placement before you depart.
7. Workshop in Germany
In order for you to be perfectly prepared for your stay we will invite you and your parents to a one-day preparation workshop. Here you can ask the CAMPS International team all the questions you may have and get to know some of the other high school participants.
The workshop’s goal is to answer all remaining questions concerning host families, everyday school life and also organizational topics like flight, insurance and visa. Especially helpful and informative are the reports from former CAMPS International students that can tell you interesting stories about their own experiences as exchange students.
8. Orientation Days in your High School Country
In all our programs you have the option of participating in our orientation days. Your flight will be booked in economy class and the size of the group varies between 10 to 100 participants depending on your program.
9. Your time abroad
Now you can finally start making memories abroad! We're always happy if you send us photos and videos of your time abroad.
10. Returnee Meeting
After you return from your high school adventure we invite you to our returnee meeting, where we're anxious to hear all about your experience!
Welcome to your second home!
During your stay abroad you will live with a host family, which comes in all shapes and constellations. The host family plays a very important part because they will offer you a place to stay and accept you as one of their family members. You will share interesting moments and experiences and they will help you getting used to your new home. You will build relationships with the family members and you will adjust to their traditions and every day life. You will get to know all about their traditions such as thanksgiving in the USA or St. Patricks day in ireland. And you will share your traditions from home with your host family.
Be curious and try out new things. You will be amazed how much our world has to offer!
You want to know more about the school in your host country? You can find a short overview about the specifics of the school system in your host country right here! Have fun reading through it and if you would like to receive more detailed information about the school systems, just make an appointment with us for a non-binding and personal interview.
USA – Canada
You will get to know the typical high school spirit in the USA and Canada! Experience a new feeling of solidarity at school events like football or ice hockey. The relationship between students and teachers is very open and friendly. Besides the regular classes, we advise you to also take part in extracurricular activities at school. High schools have a broad spectrum of sports and many creative activities. In Canada you could also improve your French and go to a French school. There is something for everybody and one thing is for sure: you will never get bored!
New Zealand – Australia
You will experience an extraordinary school system on the other side of the world. The classes are very practically based and the classes outdoors make school very special. Try out surfing, scuba diving, sailing or snowboarding as a class. Experience what its like to wear a uniform to school everyday. Many schools also offer excursions and trips over the weekend or holidays.
England – Ireland – Spain – France – Italy – Scandinavia
The school systems in these countries are very different. In England you will take different classes so that every student has individual schedules, unlike in Germany. The Irish school system is characterized by the transition year which is a voluntary year to gain job experiences and work on practical-oriented projects. In both countries you are going to wear a school uniform. In Spain the classes are less interactive but a little more head-on. Because school finishes around 2 p.m. you’ll have plenty of time for free time activities. In France you will go to study at Lycée with all-day intensive classes, but you will have long lunch breaks and Wednesdays are half-days! The Liceo in Italy is comparable to the German high school. Classes will be characterized through frontal teaching. You can spend your afternoon with your newly gained friends. In Scandinavia you'll be able to choose from a variety of classes. Try out as new class like psychology or economics!
South Africa – Argentina - Costa Rica
The British influence strongly shaped the South African school system. The classes are held in English and you will also have to wear a school uniform. In Argentina and Costa Rica the classes will be in Spanish. Both countries have a schedule with required and elective courses. While you can pick the school, you want to attend in Costa Rica, you will go to a private school in Argentina. Because there aren’t too many internationals in these countries you will get to know the language, the country and the culture very quickly and intensively.
Whatever you will learn during your stay will be a tremendous benefit for you! No matter for which country and what amount of time you decide to stay, you will most definitely gain valuable experiences, that will shape the rest of your path in life. We collected a few tips for you so that you can enjoy your time abroad and the time afterwards to the fullest!
Be curious and open!
Push yourself to try new things! Try out a new sport that you did not know about before or try typical dishes that you have never tasted before! Try to speak as much English, Spanish, French, Italian, Danish, Norwegian, Catalan or Afrikaans as possible in your daily life – at the bakery, while riding the bus or at school. And most importantly: Take courage and just ask people if you don’t understand something or don’t know what it is! This is how you effortlessly gain the most experience and improve your language skills as well.
Take your time!
Not everything will be perfect at the beginning. We usually need some time to get to know our new surroundings. Every school and host family, no matter if it is in Canada, South Africa or New Zealand is unique and most likely different from your family at home in Germany. This is something you have to get used to, so be patient with yourself and your new home! Don’t give up too quickly and think of difficulties and setbacks during your stay as challenges for yourself. Tolerance, openness and the ability to criticize yourself are important traits that will help you to adapt to your new surroundings.
Leave your trace!
Your stay abroad really is an exchange between you and your new surroundings. You are excited about your host country, to discover the new way of life and traditions of your host family? This is exactly how the people that you will meet feel like. They will be curious about you and your home country. This is your chance to act as an ambassador for your country and to make an impression. Be aware of this task and try to share as much as possible of your own culture!
Maybe you’ve already participated in a language or summer camp abroad and already know what it’s like to be without your family and friends for a while in an unknown environment. To participate in a High School program it takes even more courage, because all the sudden you are not only far away from home and your comfort zone for only a couple of weeks but for a longer period. But at the end of your stay you will see that courage and patience will pay off and you will have a different view on many things. You will be more independent and more self-confident when you return home.
Stay in contact!
Leaving your new family after your stay will be just as hard as leaving your friends and family behind in Germany. Don’t forget to exchange e-mail addresses, phone numbers and pictures with your new friends to stay in touch with them! Who knows, maybe your “second family” will visit you next year in Germany?
Tell us your opinion!
We at CAMPS International want to constantly improve our programs according to your wishes and expectations. Are you thrilled about your high school stay? Then become one of our ambassadors: send us a report about your stay or give us your contact details so that future students can get in touch with you to hear about your experiences. It is also possible for you to help us out with our workshops and school fairs. You did not have the experience that you wished for? We will gladly receive your suggestions and ideas of improvements. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at +49 (0)40/822 90 27-0.