When should I apply for the program and is there a deadline?
Easy answer–now! Applying early gives you the maximum choice of camps with which we work and it is easier for us to accommodate preferences. However, we do accept applications until May 2018.
Do you accept 18 year old applicants?
The shorter answer is yes, but for more information about why the program is slightly different for 18 year old applicants please visit the following link:
18 year old applicants.
I am not available to fly out by June 24th, can I still apply?
If you are not able to arrive in Canada by June 24th please contact us and we will see if we will be able to move forward with your application (dependent on your earliest availability date and skill set). An alternative program that may interest you is our Extended Summer Program, which starts at the end of August.
I have experience teaching kayaking (example), but no official qualification. Can I still apply?
Yes! With most activities, qualifications are a great bonus but not essential. Don’t underestimate your personal experiences. Remember, you are teaching kids – not experts. Practical experience working with groups of children and enthusiasm are more important than a certification.
Where are the camps located and can I choose the location?
The majority of the camps that we work with are located in Ontario. We also work with a good number of summer camps in Quebec, British Columbia, and Alberta. You can express your preferences on your application and we will do our best to accommodate your wishes, but cannot give you a guarantee, as it depends on the Camp Director’s needs and work permit eligibility.
Can I get placed at the same camp as my friend/partner?
You can request to be placed together with a friend or partner, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate this as Camp Directors make the final hiring decisions. The earlier you apply the higher your chances are.
What if I don’t get placed at a camp?
In the rare case that you are not placed by July 1st you will receive a full refund of the fees you paid to NYQUEST.
Can I travel before or after camp on my work permit?
The short answer is YES!
However, this may happen in a variety of ways depending on your work permit situation and how much pre or post-camp travelling you wish to do.
For anyone travelling on a working holiday permit through the International Experience Canada program, you are able to work and travel on your permit from when you activate it (by arriving in Canada), for as long as it remains valid.
For anyone travelling on a temporary work permit that is specific to one employer, a couple of weeks pre or post-camp is typically allowed by Immigration Officers.
There are no definitive guidelines on the exact amount of time, but in our experience, over a month before or after means that you will either have to enter as a visitor and change your status over to a worker closer to the start date of your employment, or switch over to a visitor once your employment is nearing completion. Both processes are straightforward, and we can advise of the exact procedure on a case-by-case basis. Most visitors are permitted to stay in Canada, visa-free, for up to six months.
What happens if I am offered a camp placement/position I don't like?
Our placement team works very hard to match you up with the best summer camp for you. In the rare case that you are not happy with the camp/position you are offered, please notify NYQUEST within one week after your placement and we will work with you to find a more suitable camp or position.
Will I get time off?
Yes. Your time off will depend on the camp you work at and the position you hold at camp. Most camps provide a 24 hour block of time off each week to every staff. Other camps provide 2-4 days off in a row every few weeks.
What should I do about using a cell phone in Canada?
You can bring your cell phone, but keep it on Airplane or Offline mode and just use WiFi when it’s available. For calling home – use international calling cards. See our blog post here: Using a Mobile Phone while Travelling?.
Will there be Wi-Fi at camp?
This varies from camp to camp. Most camps will have internet access and some camps have Wi-Fi that staff can use during their time off. If this is very important to you you can ask about internet access at camp during your interview with the camp director.
Does the program fee include health insurance?
Yes. NYQUEST will organize and purchase up to 10 weeks of health insurance for you. The insurance will also cover trips to the USA that last less than 30 days. You can extend your health insurance for $2.75 CAD per day.
Can I apply if I have a pre-existing medical condition?
Yes, you can apply to our program. Each participant will be required to have a medical examination completed by your doctor to confirm that you are physically and mentally able to work at camp. If you have a pre-existing medical condition you are also required to have an additional questionnaire completed and sign the pre-existing medical agreement. We will also speak to each participant about the conditions/challenges of working at camp and decide on a case-by-case basis if we can accept the applicant into our program. Please note that the Health Insurance policy organized by NYQUEST does not cover any unstable pre-existing conditions. We recommend that you take out additional health insurance coverage for any unstable pre-existing medical conditions.
How much is the fee for returning participants?
There is no cost to return to your camp for additional summers! For returners going to a new camp in Canada there is a $150 CAD application fee plus $150 CAD program fee.