About Us

Why Choose Us?

IENA began in 1995 and offers a more personal approach to Cultural Exchange Programs for the Summer Camp, Hospitality and Retail Industries. Company owners are directly involved with the applicants and visit during the summer. In addition to providing International students the opportunity to work at thousands of hotel, restaurant and retail sites in culture rich tourist areas, to date,

IENA has helped over 80,000 participants learn and share with American children at over 500 summer camps, across the USA. IENA is designated as a J-1 Visa sponsor by the US Department of State. This means we are not a third party agent. We are the responsible body for the program and our participants.

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Summers of sending counselors to Summer Camps

100%

Led by ex Camp Owners and Directors and Hospitality Executives

24/7

Customer support during the summer

90+

Countries served

Meet our Participant Care Team

We’re an eclectic mix of artists, foodies, gamers, hipsters, musicians, readers, runners, skiers, dog owners, camp counselors, and all around adventurers.

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Adam Heslop

Summer Camp Programs Staffing Placement Coordinator

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Alexis Field

Staffing Manager

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Justina Welch

Camp Staffing Coordinator

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Lyndon Ashworth

Global Recruitment Director

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Montse Wong

Mexico Assistant Director

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Alberto Huerta

Director, Mexico

Adam Heslop

Summer Camp Programs Staffing Placement Coordinator

Adam has been involved in camping for the past 8 years, from counselor to assistant director and into the international staffing world. Adam Graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a BS in Outdoor Studies and Sports Science. Following his degree; he spent several years traveling and immersing himself in all types of adventure activities.

Adam is in a unique position as he has been privileged enough to see every aspect of the international staffing world. He was originally an applicant who came on a J1 program, then became an assistant director who interviewed and hired staff and has now come full circle as our placement coordinator. Assisting both applicants and camps to find the best match possible.

Adam likes to spend his down time planning for or going on adventures whether it be cross country skiing in northern Michigan, paddle boarding in California or skydiving in New Zealand, if it has some sort of adrenalin kick he will probably be there.

Alexis Field

Staffing Manager

Alexis has an outstanding dedication to customer service and wonderful attention to detail. Alexis graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a BS in History. During her time in school, she studied abroad in Rome, Italy which ignited her passion to spread the study/work abroad experience with everyone. She worked a summer at Camp Canadensis as a Theatre Specialist/Counselor and has 2 years of experience with onboarding paperwork and hiring.

Alexis comes from the Event Planning/Coordinating world and uses her skills of coordination every day to help participants along with their applications.

Alexis lives in Northern New Jersey with her husband Matthew.

Justina Welch

Camp Staffing Coordinator

Justina is a native New Jerseyan with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The College of New Jersey.  Before starting work at IENA, Justina had the pleasure of working with adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities. She was responsible for writing service plans and working with a team to create behavior management strategies.

Justina’s love for travel and cultural exchange began at the age of 15 while on a trip to Australia.  This love only grew stronger as she continued to travel into adulthood and later studied abroad in Bologna, Italy for the fall 2011 semester.

Justina currently lives with her family and three dogs (Sophie, Charlie, and Sadie) in Northern New Jersey.

Lyndon Ashworth

Global Recruitment Director

Lyndon has been in the Summer Camp world for that last 14 years, both on this side of the Atlantic and back in the UK helping recruit international staff for camps. Having completed 10 summers at both Sherwood Forest Camp and Kenmont & Kenwood Camp, he has chalked up a whole host of experience in various roles including Counselor, Lifeguard, Program Director and Assistant Director.
Camp is certainly Lyndon’s main passion and away from this he loves music and he will tell you only that he only listens to “good” music. He is a also a season ticket holder at his beloved soccer team – Bolton Wanderers and when he can takes any chance he gets to head back to his second home St Louis and watch the Cardinals.

Montse Wong

Mexico Assistant Director

Montse completed a degree in Foreign Languages at Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla.

Montse worked a summer at camp Indian Brook and three summers at camp Netimus as a Green and Adventure and Discovery counselor.

Montse has worked for IENA in Mexico for the past three years.

Montse lives in Puebla with her husband, Alberto and her daughter Maite.

Alberto Huerta

Director, Mexico

Alberto has been a participant for the J1 visa program; from Support Staff to Camp Counselor roles he has spent 8 summers working at camps in the USA. Alberto’s passion for the summer camp program began back in 2005 when he got his first camp job.

Alberto graduated from Benemerita Univresidad Autonoma de Puebla (BUAP) with a degree in Business Management; he also completed a degree in Foreign Languages at the same university.

Alberto lives in Puebla with his wife, Montse and his daughter Maite.

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