Camp Life

What is Staff Training Week Like?

We have a training week for our managers, and then afterwards a training week for all of our staff. All training takes place in our main hub in El Puerto de Santa Maria. On arrival, staff will be shown to their accomodation and given a tour of the installations. An example training week timetable can be found here (https://tecsemployment.com/example-staff-training-timetable/).

Will I enjoy camp life?

Not everyone suits the dynamics of camp life, but those who do, generally love it. Having the “camp personality” is usually the key to enjoying the job. Being naturally energetic, enthusiastic, positive, charismatic, and willing to make a fool of yourself, probably just about sums up the “camp personality”. If you feel your personality doesn’t match two or more of these characteristics it is probably best not to apply to summer camp work. We suggest to teacher applicants especially that they co...

Is there laundry on camp?

Staff laundry is provided on camp once a week. Staff however use the laundry service at their own risk and must accept that TECS is not responsible for the loss or possible staining of any garments. In the case of any issue, Camp Management of course would do whatever was in their power to locate lost items or “mend” damage ones but ultimately a staff member uses the laundry at their own risk and for this reason we advise all staff to avoid placing expensive items of clothing in the laundry as w...

What's the food like?

Camp caters for all common known dietary issues but the following must be accepted by any applicant with a special issue: - Food allergies will be passed on to the kitchen and they will cater for them. Although mistakes are very rare, ultimately, as an adult, it is the responsibility of the individual staff member to double-check any meal they are unsure about and make sure it for certain doesn’t contain something they can’t eat. Welfare Coordinators can provide assistance with communicat...

What kind of training do I receive?

We offer a comprehensive training week, to get our staff as prepared as possible for camp. The training sessions are given by managers who have worked on summer camp before, and are both informative and practical. Not only do we see training week as an opportunity to get staff ready for camp, we also see it as a great opportunity for team bonding and so a key part of training week is our team bonding and social events.

Is there WIFI?

Yes all of the camps have got working wifi. In El Puerto de Santa Maria due to the modern facilities the wifi works perfectly and there is a computer room which staff can use. However in some of the other rural camps in the mountains the wifi is not as strong at at times the coverage may be reduced and so staff might need to go to a nearby café to use their wifi. Also, if you have a data plan from a country within the EU, you will be able to use your data as if you are at home!

Where do I sleep?

Monitors in all camps are required to share a room with the campers, although some staff working with the older campers will share with other staff in some occasions. Teachers share a room with other teachers but twice a week are required to cover for the monitors and sleep in a room with the campers. Coordinators usually share smaller rooms, with other mid-management staff or sometimes with teachers, and Directors normally have their own room but this does depend on the camp. - Family Camp...

How many staff and campers are there?

- Family Camp Puerto (https://tecsemployment.com/summer-camp/the-camps/family-camp-puerto/) (El Puerto de Santa Maria) has 150-170 students, allocated within three age groups: Sophomores (6-9) Juniors (10-13) and Seniors (13-17). - Magic Village (https://tecsemployment.com/summer-camp/the-camps/magic-village/) (El Prado del Rey) has 90 campers, aged 11-13 (Juniors). - Little Village (https://tecsemployment.com/summer-camp/the-camps/little-village/) (El Prado del Rey) has 90 campers aged 14-1...

How long are the TEFL classes and what is required of a camp teacher apart from classroom teaching?

Any TEFL professional considering working with TECS should make sure to read the specifics about each camp (https://tecsemployment.com/summer-camp/the-camps/) because the requirements vary a bit per camp. However in general it is extremely important that any potential candidate recognise that all Camp Teachers (https://tecsemployment.com/jobs/campteacher/) are very much more than just TEFL classroom professionals. In all camps teachers along with a Monitor partner are assigned their own Leader G...

What are the working hours?

These are outlined in detail on the job profiles (https://tecsemployment.com/jobs/) but in general camp hours are long and camp life is nothing like 9-5 living. Camp days are structured similarly to American Camps with staff being involved in a wide range of activities throughout the day. Generally all positions have between 3-4 hours off during the day and some nights off each week. All staff have one full day off at the weekend. Little Village camp offers slightly less intensive working hours ...