Of the 120 staff who work at Camp Sealth, about 15% of those are international. In past years, Sealth has hired staff from the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Colombia, France, Spain, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Portugal, Poland, and more. International staff play a key role in helping kids understand the world we live in, and enrich the camp experience for everyone.
About Camp Sealth
We invite you to explore the website to learn more about Camp Sealth and what it’s like to work here. You may also want to check out the City of Seattle website or the Visit Seattle website to find out more about Seattle and the surrounding area.
International Staff Agencies
Staff who are not U.S. citizens must have a visa or permit to work at Camp Sealth. If you have never worked at a summer camp before, we strongly recommend that you go through an agency like Camp Leaders or Camp America. You must be at least 18 years old.
The Camp Culture
Working at a summer camp is a one of a kind experience. It’s hard work, physically draining, emotionally exhausting – and you’ll have the time of your life. You’ll do crazy, weird things you never thought you could do. You’ll make friends that will last for years to come. And you’ll make an impact on children that will follow them for the rest of their lives.
To be successful at camp, you need to be prepared for hard work and the physical challenges of the job, to live and work very closely with your peers, and have little time off to connect with your friends and family at home. View our full Employment Guide below for more information about working at Camp Sealth. All staff MUST read the Employment Guide before applying.
Most new international staff will be hired as cabin counselors or activity specialists, depending on skill set. Counselors are responsible for daily care of a group of children and assist them with social and group living skills. Activity specialists teach camp activities like arts & crafts, archery, boating, horseback riding, etc. We also hire international staff on a Summer Work Travel visa to work in support areas like the kitchen and laundry. Staff in all positions will have a chance to interact with campers and fully be a part of the camp community.
The dates of employment for new international staff are June 14 to August 28, with June 14 being the day you arrive. You’ll have one full day to settle in, catch up on sleep, and meet your new coworkers before training begins. The first full day of work is June 16, which is an orientation day for all new staff. August 28 is the last day of work and departure day. You may have the option to stay on for one or two weeks of work crew to earn extra money if you want, or you can stay in the U.S. to travel as long as your visa allows (30 days).
The stipend international staff earn will vary depending on which agency you are hired through, your country of origin, and which position you have. International staff earn less than American staff because camp also pays a fee to the agency to hire you. International staff who return for more than one year will make the same as American staff after the first year.