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U.S. Summer Camps for International Students: For Parents

If you’re reading this, there may be a chance that your son or daughter sent you to us. Maybe they’ve already decided they want to spend their summer in the U.S. and needed some help convincing you. ​ Here at Epro 360 we are passionate about helping students achieve their dream of living and studying in the U.S. But we also know that deciding to send your child away for a whole summer can be a big decision. If you’re reading this, however, you are probably already thinking about the benefits of giving them the opportunity to attend a U.S. summer camp. ​But what summer camp they attend is also just as important and that’s why we’re here to give you the basics of summer camp living for international students in the U.S.
​​​by Lette Berhe
If you’re reading this, there may be a chance that your son or daughter sent you to us. Maybe they’ve already decided they want to spend their summer in the U.S. and needed some help convincing you. ​ Here at Epro 360 we are passionate about helping students achieve their dream of living and studying in the U.S. But we also know that deciding to send your child away for a whole summer can be a big decision. If you’re reading this, however, you are probably already thinking about the benefits of giving them the opportunity to attend a U.S. summer camp.  ​But what summer camp they attend is also just as important and that’s why we’re here to give you the basics of summer camp living for international students in the U.S.
Why the U.S. One of your main questions may be why you should spend money to ship your child to the U.S., when they could spend their summer with you. There are a couple of reasons:
  • Your Home City Doesn’t Have Summer CampsNowadays giving teenagers or high school students something “productive” to do over summer break is becoming more and more popular. But programs focused at high school students can sometimes be hard to find, as summer camps are usually for younger children as a way to help working parents. Maybe there is no English Language Summer Program in your town, so even if you are thinking about it you’d have to send them away. So if you’re going to pay for product why not pay for the best?
  • Cultural and Language ImmersionLearning English in school has become more and more popular in many countries. Maybe your child is in a bilingual school and has been learning English since they were young. But in order to fully test their language skills, they will eventually need to interact with native speakers. Learning languages in a controlled environment is not always the best for real-world communication. It’s important to learn the rules, to learn how to write, and to express yourself formally. But the reality is when you’re interacting with real people conversational language often changes. If your child already has a high level then they will only excel in creating personal relationships and absorbing what life in the U.S. can be. By giving your child the opportunity to live a week to a couple of months surrounded by native English speakers, it will only solidify their English skills and help them learn to communicate in a more natural and fluent way.
What Types of Summer Programs are There Many international students and parents think that the only camps that are available to them are language camps. Although it is important to make sure that your child gets plenty of English exposure, summer camps for international students can be about more than just the language. If your child has a hobby or special interest they can spend their summer doing it – but in the U.S.. Below are some of the most common types of summer camps.   
  • English Language Summer Camps These are usually the most popular focusing on improving conversational English skills. Also known as ESL Camps (English as a Second Language), the goal of these camps is to mix classroom learning with real-world activities.
  • Outdoor Summer Camps If your son or daughter loves spending time in nature and and sleeping in a tent, they will love these camps. Also focusing on language skills, your child will have a traditional camp experience by spending their summer swimming in lakes, sleeping in cabins, and sitting around a campfire. 
  • Academic Summer Camps Not as popular or well-known as the two above, academic summer camps are a special opportunity for you child. Academic summer camps in the U.S. focus on providing students with unique activities such as working with robots or learning about film and direction. ExchangeMate USA is a great example of what amazing academic programs exist.
  • Sports Camps Another popular choice offered through ExchangeMate USA is a soccer camp. The great thing about the U.S. is that there are an endless number of sports to practice from international sports such as soccer (football) to traditional sports such as American football and lacrosse. Your child can improve their English while improving their athletic skills or simply trying out a new sport.
Where Will My Child Sleep  The type of housing available for your child will depend on the type of program they sign up for. However, the two most common options are: 
  • Homestays: A homestay is when a local U.S. family offers to host an international student. They usually provide a private room, cooked meals, and often times also have a teenager of their own. Having your child live with a host family will give you a deeper sense of security as well as allow your child to have a more cultural experience. ​
  • University dorms: Many programs partner with local universities to be able to offer international students the opportunity to live on an American university campus. This option is more common for academic summer programs and some ESL camps. Spending a summer on a U.S. college campus will be a great way for your child to see what going to college n the U.S. could be like. 
​What is Included ​ ​The table below shows what is usually included in the price of a U.S. summer camp program. This can change depending on the company you work with and the program you choose, but these are the basics you should be prepared for.
What’s Included
What’s Not Included
  • A place to stay
  • Food
  • Health insurance 
  • Pick-up and drop-off from the airport
  • Camp activities and equipment
  • Your flight to the U.S. 
  • Your flight back home
  • Passport and visa fees (if necessary) 
  • Spending money
You taking the time to do research shows that you are a parent who is interested in giving their child the best opportunities available. We hope that this information will help you say  “yes” feeling confident and secure.  If you are interested in learning more about the summer programs mentioned above contact Exchange USA today for more information. If you are also interested in learning more about Epro 360’s high school programs, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.

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