International work adventure specialists CCUSA have celebrated 25 years of operation in Hungary at their first job fair of the 2015 season with a cake, in the presence of an employee of the consular department of the US embassy and a representative from the firm’s head office. The first fair, held in Hotel Novotel Budapest Centrum on Thursday afternoon, saw 13 camp directors from around the US hiring almost all of the 50 Hungarian students for a summer job who have already registered for the programme. Five of the around fifteen visitors who attended without formally applying prior to the fair were also offered a position.
One of the directors to visit the Hungarian capital to recruit staff was Mary Christopher, director of Skylake Yosemite Camp in central California, adjacent to the world-famous national park. She was drawn to Hungary by a desire to diversify her staff for the next year and hired five out of the 25 applicants interviewed for kitchen staff and housekeeping positions, with an average age of 23. The family-owned camp, which has been operating since 1945, welcomes around 320 children at a time, whose ages range from 7 to 15.
CCUSA’s Hungarian office has placed about 5600 Hungarian participants at camps throughout the United States during its 25 years of operation in Hungary, country director Miklós Rasovszky said. A wide array of positions are available, ranging from football coach to handyman, for students with expertise in a certain field and a reasonable level of English knowledge. Through its US head office, the Budapest branch is able to place applicants in every US state except Alaska and Hawaii.
The programme, which is open to those applying for both support staff and camp counsellor positions, offers students a unique cultural experience and an opportunity to meet new friends from around the globe while perfecting participants’ command of English and gaining experience of a foreign work environment. Participants act as “ambassadors” of their home country during their stay in the US by serving as a role model to children and portraying their own culture and traditions at camp.
The number of Hungarian participants over the years has been increasing steadily, up from 98 in 2004 to over 400 in 2014. CCUSA also offers a range of other possibilities for students and those no longer in education, including jobs in the US hospitality industry or at children’s camps in Canada.
CCUSA is holding its second camp fair this season on 22 February at the same location. For further information, visit their website: www.ccusa.hu.