Full Placement Program This program includes creating and adding your profile to the database, where GEC Partner Camps have the opportunity to select candidates for potential hiring. Please note, that placement is not guaranteedHost Camps make the final hiring decisions. $585.00
Returning to Camp Program Returning applicant is someone who has previously worked as a camp counselor at GEC Partner Camp and is returning for another season. Please be aware that we have a limited number of visa slots allocated for the Returning to Camp program. These slots are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. It is recommended to complete your application promptly to secure your spot in the program.
Self-Placement Program A self-placement candidate is someone who have secured a camp job independently and only require J-1 sponsorship services.
What is Included in GEC Program Fee?
Review and processing of application for sponsorship
Sponsor interview
Host Vetting of the Initial Primary Site of Activity Placement
Program pre-departure orientation and materials
J1 compliant medical insurance policy for the duration of your program
Mandatory U.S. government SEVIS fee payment*
DS-2019 form
24 hour emergency support while in the U.S.
Monitoring of program in the U.S.

*Note: The $35 mandatory SEVIS fee (SEVIS – the U.S. government database that is used to create their DS-2019 Form and monitor their time in the U.S.) is included in the GEC program fee but is paid directly to the U.S. government. This fee is subject to change per the U.S. Department of State.


Cancellation/Visa Denial Fees GEC Fee
If GEC is notified of the cancellation before the application is approved and DS-2019 form is printed No cancellation fee
If GEC is advised of the cancellation after the application is approved and DS-2019 form is printed $235.00
After visa is issued No refund
Visa Denial $235.00

ADDITIONAL PROGRAM COSTS (Not included in GEC Fee, paid by Exchange Visitor)

Visa Application Fee $185.00

All J-1 visa applicants must pay a Machine Readable Visa application fee, which is not included in the program costs listed above.

Note: Final Cost will vary according to ticketing date and options chosen $900.00 AVG (estimated)

Any flight or travel expenses before your program, including change of ticket fees, or during the program, including costs to return home early due to withdrawal or program termination, are exchange visitor’s responsibility and will not be arranged or provided by GEC.