First Timer FAQ's
HEADING TO SUMMER CAMP IN CHINA AND HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS? NO WORRIES.
We've pulled together the most frequently asked questions, & used our expert summer camp knowledge to get them answered for you.
Check out this blog, and get prepared for a summer like no other.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
CHECK OUT OUR PRICING PAGE FOR DETAILS ON COST.
Your fees include your return flights to China, medical insurance, visa assistance, placement at camp, and award wining support.
WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAM FEE?
- Summer camp placement
- Return flights
- 90 days medical insurance
- Airport pick up/drop off in China
- Food and accommodation whilst at camp
- Preparation days
- Visa assistance
- 24-hour support in China
DO I NEED TO SPEAK CHINESE?
NO. ADVENTURE CHINA IS AN ENGLISH SPEAKING PROGRAM.
When you're at camp, you will be expected to speak English - camps love to hire international staff to help their campers learn English! You’ll be working alongside local Chinese English-speaking staff members who will help with any translation issues.
That said, it's always good to know a little Chinese - it can be especially useful for days off and travelling after camp. Download our ultimate guide to Chinese phrases - why not memorise a few before you go?
HOW DO I GET A CHINESE VISA?
We'll help you every step of the way - we've got a visa guide that you can use, and we'll support you during the process. With our help, the visa process will be easy! During your pre-departure prepration day we'll show you how to apply online for the correct visa.
Once you’ve completed the basic online questions and attached an ID photo, you’ll need to drop it off at your closest Chinese consulate and pick it up a few days later.
CHECK OUT OUR CHINA F1 VISA PAGE FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE VISA PROCESS.
HOW MUCH DOES A CHINESE VISA COST?
THE CULTURAL EXCHANGE 'F' VISA COSTS AROUND £150.
The consulates are in Edinburgh and Manchester, so you should also consider the cost of travel. You will need to drop off your visa application at the consulate and either pick it up in a few days time, or pay a small fee to have it posted to your home address.
WHAT WILL I BE DOING?
As a camp trainer, you will be responsible for a group of campers, living in a cabin with them and a Chinese co-counsellor.
From getting the campers up in the mornings, to teaching camp activities throughout the day, your role is to make sure the kids have an amazing summer in a safe learning environment.
CHECK OUT THE ADVENTURE CHINA JOB ROLES FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF A CAMP TRAINER.
WHO WILL I BE WORKING WITH?
You'll be part of a large team of counsellors from all over the world. These countries will include England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and America, among others.
You'll be paired with a local Chinese co-counsellor - they will speak English (many of them are English students) and will be able to help with any translation issues that may arise.
WHERE ARE THE CAMPS LOCATED?
We work with some of the best summer camps in China. From the North East to the South, China is an amazing country and each province offers something unique and individual.
CHECK OUT OUR SUMMER CAMP LOCATIONS PAGE FOR MORE DETAIL ON EACH AREA OF CHINA.
CAN I TRAVEL AFTER CAMP?
Your visa lasts for 90 days from the date of entry into China. This means that you will have around 4 weeks to travel after your camp placement finishes.
CHECK OUT OUR ULTIMATE CHINA TRAVEL GUIDES FOR OUR SUGGESTIONS ON WHERE TO GO ONCE CAMP HAS FINISHED.
WHERE WILL I BE STAYING AT CAMP?
We work with lots of different camps, so this varies depending on where you are placed. A dorm-room style cabin is the most common amongst the camps that we work with.
You'll be able to learn more about your sleeping situation during your summer camp interview, so you'll know what to expect from life at camp way before arrival.
CAN THE CHILDREN SPEAK ENGLISH?
Most campers will speak English - it's a highly valued skill in China, which is why camps love to hire international staff. Camp is a great place for campers to develop their English skills, so the campers will have varying degrees of English ability. At the very least, they will usually be able to follow at least basic instructions in English at the start of camp.
The local counsellors will also help with any language issues and can give instructions in Chinese if necessary.
DO I HAVE TO BE A STUDENT TO APPLY?
NO. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A STUDENT.
You do have to be aged 18-30 by June 1st and meet our basic eligibility requirements.
IS THIS JUST AMERICAN SUMMER CAMP IN CHINA?
The camps that we work with follow both American and British styles of summer camp. However, summer camps in China encompass their own unique adventure.
Adventure China is a pioneer program that'll allow you to explore the unexplored. The distinct culture, language and traditions makes summer camp in China an experience of its own.
WHAT SUPPORT IS PROVIDED?
AWARD WINNING SUPPORT- BRITISH YOUTH TRAVEL AWARDS 2018
All our staff have extensive camp experience & between us have spent years living, working and travelling all over China.
We provide extensive pre-departure preparation days to equip you with every detail that you need to know before embarking on your journey.
From the moment you register, to the minute you get home after camp, we are here to support you every step of the way.