Q&A with BUNAC: Life After Camp and the Best Travels Ever

The sun is setting on your time at Summer Camp USA *sob* – don’t remind us. Of course, it’s always emotional saying goodbye to some of the close friends you’ve made at Camp, but try to remember that it’s not all sad. With the end of Camp comes the start of some incredible travels for you and your friends, so get your map at the ready and let’s get planning!

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1. How long can I travel after Camp for?

You can travel for up to 30 days after your Camp ends. This is what you are entitled to on the J-1 visa. It’s a great length of time to travel around one of the best and most diverse countries in the world.

2. What sort of things do most people do after camp? Do you recommend any trips?

Where you travel is completely up to you! A lot of BUNACers decide to travel with the Camp friends they made over the summer, and this travel planning will usually begin in the few weeks before Camp ends when everyone is excitedly looking forward to some freedom. You can also check out the awesome tours recommended by Trek America. They offer group travel on some of the coolest USA road trips and an opportunity to see some truly breath-taking sights from Yosemite National Park to the White House at Washington D.C!  Coolest of all, BUNAC participants get a 10% discount on all their tours! Check out some of the tours Trek America offer here so you can save dollar and make memories!

3. Can I go to Canada or Mexico after Camp? How does this affect my visa?

If you leave the USA, your visa will become void, so BUNAC do not recommend travelling to either Canada or Mexico after Camp unfortunately. If you do leave, you would have to re-enter on an ESTA, however it is completely up to the person on border control if they let you back in, as you’ve only just left. The US is so big with so much to see and do, stay there and travel to Canada or Mexico at another time!

Yosemite National Park
Doing a road trip through California was one of my coolest post-camp travels

4. I LOVED Camp. How can I stay involved once the summer is over?

Amazing, that’s the best news to hear! You have a few options on what you can do now. Contact BUNAC on Facebook or Instagram, become a returner – or become a regional interviewer for BUNAC. Just drop BUNAC a message and CV over to jobs@bunac.org.uk

5. I want to return to Camp next summer. What’s the process?

Don’t delay, get started right away! The cost of Summer Camp USA is £299 as a returner and you also have the freedom to book your own flights. Best of all, you get to negotiate your own pay with Camp so you could be earning extra dollar! Contact the BUNAC team by emailing enquiries@bunac.org.uk or call 0333 999 7516 to get started. Roll on next summer!


Find out more information about BUNAC’s Summer Camp USA programme. Are you inspired to get to Camp next summer? Start your application now – it’ll be the best summer of your life. Got a question about the programme which isn’t on this blog? No worries, check out the BUNAC FAQ’s here or alternatively read my other BUNAC Q&A blogs on Summer Camp Secrets.


**I’m returning to camp this summer with BUNAC who have been sending people just like you to camp for many years. Get in touch with them via their websiteFacebookTwitter or Instagram, by phoning them on +44 333 999 7516 or by email at enquiries@bunac.org.uk.**

Disclaimer: BUNAC are waiving my camp fees in return for this blog series, but please rest assured that all opinions are honest and my own.


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