IENA recognizes there are several reasons why you may leave camp early.
Getting Fired by the Camp
Break the camp rules and you may be fired. This is a job working with kids. The most common reason people are fired at camp is returning to camp drunk after time off. When you are in camp you are expected to be in a condition to take care of children. As with any job you take, there are rules that need to be followed. In most cases you will be asked to leave camp immediately. There will be no chance to say goodbye to the children or co-workers. You will be escorted to pack your belongings and taken out of camp as soon as possible. This may seem drastic, but your camp director will want to avoid any disruption to camp or the campers.
If you have been fired, the first thing you must do is call IENA, your visa sponsor. We have a 24hr emergency line (888) 724 4292 ext 4. Camps are also instructed to call us before taking you out of camp. Our goal is:
- For you to understand why you have been fired
- Get your version of events
- Ensure you are paid up to date
- To make a plan with you as to where you will go and how you will get home
- Just because you have been terminated from employment does not mean you are not part of our program. We want to make sure you are safe and have arranged flights home. This does not mean that American Summers will pay for flights or hotels. There are consequences to being fired from camp. One of those is going to be costs of transport, hotels and flight changes. That is your responsibility. If you do not have accessible funds to cover these costs, we will suggest you call home and get help.
You Decide to Leave
We understand there are a few reasons why you may decide to leave. All we ask is that you give camp an adequate try. Please try to remain at camp at least for one week, after campers have arrived. Camp is a very different environment during staff training, before the children arrive; this is when most participants tend to feel homesick. Trust us, once the campers arrive, it will be a very different, and fun environment!
If you do decide to leave early, you MUST call IENA, the visa sponsor, before you leave on (888) 724 4292 ext 4. We will want to help you make a plan to get home.
After being fired or deciding to leave early, it is highly unlikely that you will be able to take advantage of your 30 day travel period at the end of your program. Typically you have 5 days to leave the USA. If you fail to complete your contract it is likely you will owe IENA money if you are a first time placement. This is because IENA, as your sponsor, has spent a great deal of money to get you to camp. Please look at your program agreement for further information.