Summer Schemes

Summer Schemes

Holiday periods out of UCC, are a good time to earn money and gain experience, Christmas, Easter and summer provide blocks of a few weeks when you can work full time.

Even if not related to your degree or future career, vacation work is excellent for developing transferable skills which employers want: team working, initiative, problem solving, communication skills and others.

Some opportunities will be advertised early in the year and others as they come up. It's worth planning in advance if you want to work on a particular event or summer scheme as they are likely to recruit earlier than an organisation looking for last minute cover for staff taking holidays.

Want to look at more options?

There are lots of websites listing vacation opportunities and jobs for students.

Summer Camps:

  • With USIT Camp Exchange USA, you’ll spend up to nine weeks at camp this summer discovering what it means to be a leader and educator-Simply choose your camp experience: as an activity specialist, engaging directly with kids to teach them new activities and skills, or as a cabin counsellor, living with and guiding campers throughout the camp experience.
  • CAMP AMERICA - Spend 9 weeks this summer with the company who brings you the original summer camp experience! Camp America are looking for open, energetic, fun and happy people to work with children in the USA for 9 weeks over the summer!  We work with hundreds of different types of camps and place thousands of people so there are opportunities available for everyone! Camp is a truly international environment and you’ll make friends with people from all over the world – you can also travel in America after you have finished working at camp.  Camp America Requirements: You must be 18 years or over before the 1st June of the summer you want to take part in.   -  Available to depart sometime between 1st May & 20th June for a minimum of 9 weeks.

    What's included:

    • Support throughout your entire application and whilst you're in the USA
    • Return flights to New York
    • Up to $1200 pocket money for working on camp
    • 1 nights stay in our arrivals hotel & transport assistance to camp
    • All your food & accommodation provided during your camp placement
    • Medical insurance that covers you for the entire time you're in the USA

    How to apply:Register and complete your application by visiting: 

  • TECS - and Recruit TECS have six camps allocated in Andalucia and one in Madrid - The Summer School programme is an activity based language learning programme in which language learning is combined with fun activities like: sports, adventure, excursions, music, computers, art, handicrafts, nature, songs, games, parties. The objective is for Spanish Children to learn English whilst enjoying themselves in a camp atmosphere.
  • Speaking-Agency is France’s leading organization in childcare services in foreign languages and language courses for all ages. We offer hundreds of jobs in Paris (everywhere in the Ile-de-France area), with a few positions available in Lyon, Lille, Bordeaux, Nantes, Toulouse, Montpellier, Aix-en-Provence and Nice. http://www.speaking-agency.com
  • AmeriCamp Here at AmeriCamp, we specialise in the delivery of a Summer of a Lifetime for thousands of applicants hoping to fulfil a lifelong dream of visiting America. Our team based at AmeriCamp HQ have all experienced Summer Camp in America, and have gained a range of invaluable skills in the process, qualities used to help people pursue the American Dream; the knowledge and passion of our team has been pivotal in the formation of an unrivalled program.
  • Camp Leaders From a back bedroom in 1999, we’ve come pretty far. Our founder Chris Arnold, saw a window of opportunity in the summer camp industry and, after being inspired by his own all American journey, he wanted to bring this life-changing program to as many people as possible. We now have 15 offices all around the world, we’ve sent over 50,000 people on life-changing adventures and will continue to do so because to us, there’s nothing more important than making the world a better and more understanding place. 
  • Camp USA Camp USA is your chance to realise your talents, to practice skills you’d forgotten you had, and to have a life-changing experience over 8 weeks of All-American Good Times. You’ll find yourself leading campfire stories, organising battles, manning ziplines and maybe even becoming a morning person! You’ll leave camp having made friends for life, by sharing an experience that no one else can understand. Because you need to be there to get it.


Outdoor/Recreation Jobs

  • The Youth Hostelling Association. YHA regularly recruit permanent staff, and temporary staff for the season February to October. You can apply via their web site 
  • Camp Beaumont Day Camps. Regularly recruit students as activity instructors, group leaders, nursery leaders, and administrators.
  • Barracudas 
  • Rockley Watersports. Often advertise for Watersports Instructors and Mountain Bike Leaders
  • Adventure Centres. Jobs are advertised at Adventure Centres across the UK and abroad 
  • PGL. Recruits several thousand seasonal staff for its activity centres in the UK, France and Spain. - vacancies in sailing, canoeing, windsurfing, abseiling, fencing, and motorsports.
  • Other relevant organisations. World Challenge, Exodus, Karakoram Experience, Outward Bound Trust ( , Explore Worldwide, KE and International Academy.
  • Brathay Management Centre - provides information about their graduate apprenticeship programme.
  • - browse for a list of outdoor business education providers.
  • - British Activity Providers Association
  • - list of outdoor and adventure organisations and job links.
  • - listing of opportunities with this YMCA centre.
  • - a Lake District-based walking holiday company that sometimes takes on students.
  • - visit the work experience section on this site.
  • Trekking A guide to trekking adventures abroad
  • Smaller Earth we aim to offer everyone an opportunity to work around the globe. 
  • YMCA Ireland The YMCA in Ireland is a voluntary organisation that works with children, young people, families and the community, with particular regard to those who are disadvantaged and disaffected. 

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