Camp Counselors Russia

The Adventure
The Details

The Adventure


What is Camp Counselors Russia

Since 1990, CCUSA has been offering the Camp Counselor Russia program. The Camp Counselors Russia program is an adventurous, unique opportunity for those who want to work with children while immersing themselves in the Russian culture. Explore Russia, make new friends and impact the lives of children.

The Camp Counselor Role

Working in a Russian Summer Camp

Camp Types

Russian camps have their own traditions and philosophies, but they all provide children a safe place to learn new skills, have fun and make new friends in an outdoor setting. Russian camps are usually located in the countryside, often by a lake or river. Typical activities include theater, land sports, water sports, arts & crafts, dance, and performing arts. Children come for sessions lasting 2 to 4 weeks.


You do not need to be an expert in any one activity or skill to work at a camp in Russia. The skills and knowledge you already have doing activities in a team, through your school/university or socially with friends are enough to teach at camp If you have skills or prior experience in land sports, arts, drama and/or outdoor adventures, then you are qualified.

What to Expect

Life as a camp counselor in Russia is not an easy job. The hours are long and campers will keep you busy around the clock. You will lead activites for the campers, eat with them and possibly share living accommodations with them. You will be required to adapt to unfamiliar customs, traditions, and lifestyles. You may experience some culture shock and physical stress due to changes in diet, climate and schedule, so it’s important to be flexible!

Camp Counselor

As a camp counselor, you will be a teacher, leader and friend to a group of children between the ages of 7 and 17.  You will spend most of your days outside doing a variety of different jobs, which will make each day a new adventure. You will be expected to share your culture and traditions with the Russian children and other counselors on staff.  You will assist in teaching English to campers.   This is typically done in either a more formal, classroom setting or informal setting through activities such as reading, songs, sports, and games.  You will also lead activities, sports games and help campers in a variety of arts and craft projects.

The Details


In order to participate on the Camp Counselors Russia program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Program Options

You can choose to either participate on a 4-week or 8-week program. Below are the typical program dates and itineraries.

4 Week Program (June)

  • Arrival to Moscow: Mid-June
  • Travel to the camp: Two days after arrival in Moscow
  • Return to Moscow Post Camp: Mid-July
  • Return home flight: Two days after arrival in Moscow

4 Week Program (July)

  • Arrival to Moscow: Mid-July
  • Travel to the camp: Two days after arrival in Moscow
  • Return to Moscow Post Camp: Mid-August
  • Return home flight: Two days after arrival in Moscow

8 Week Program (June-July)

  • Arrival to Moscow: Mid-June
  • Travel to the camp: Two days after arrival in Moscow
  • Return to Moscow Post Camp: Mid-August
  • Return home flight: Two days after arrival in Moscow

CCUSA Benefits

The benefits of going with CCUSA are endless, but here are just a few highlights.

Processing of your Russian visa

Placement at a Russian camp

This includes your room and board.

A Virtual Pre-departure Meeting

Round trip flight from New York (JFK) to Moscow (SVO)

(Your round-trip domestic flight to New York/JFK is NOT included.)

Airport Pickup in Moscow

Overnight Arrival Orientation and Welcome Banquet in Moscow

This includes your room and board.​

Moscow City Tour

Includes Red Square, Lenin's Tomb, St. Basil’s Cathedral, the Theatre and Moscow Circus

Camp Transportation

Round trip transportation from Moscow to your Russian camp placement

Support Throughout the Program

This is through offices in your home country and Moscow

A Unique Educational, Work and Travel program

Fees and Costs

Program Fees

Vary by your home country where you are applying. Please contact your local CCUSA office for all program fees and conditions.

Supplemental Fees

The following fees are in addition to CCUSA’s program fee costs and set by independent bodies:
  • Visa fee: varies
  • CRB police check: varies
  • Medical:  varies


The Application Process

Follow these simple steps to apply to the program.
Step 1
Follow the link below to begin an online application.
Step 2
Submit your completed online application to CCUSA and make full payment on-line.
Step 3
Complete your application by submitting:
  • A police background check
  • 1 passport photograph
  • 2 completed CCUSA references
  • A health history form
Step 4
A CCUSA team member will contact you to schedule your interview and assist you with additional documentation and/or questions. If you are not accepted on the program, you will receive a refund, less a small administrative fee.
Step 5
Submit a clear copy of your passport. See attached for further instructions.
Step 6
Submit two Reference Forms
Step 7
CCUSA will contact you via phone to talk about the program and the options you have chosen.


Once your application is sent to the head office, Camp Directors will start reviewing your application immediately.  Your local CCUSA office will contact you once you have a confirmed placement at a camp.