- 07 Sep 18
J1s in American summer camps. Winter work at ski resorts. TEFLs in Spain. They've all been part of the rite of passage for Irish students. Five graduates - including a few from the Hot Press team - discuss the benefits and pitfalls of working abroad during your uni stint.
Peter McGoran, Queen’s University Belfast
J1 Visa with Camp Leaders, USA
Why I did it…
Three months working as a lifeguard by a lake in the dense forests of Upstate New York? Try to stop me. Getting a chance to work at – cue laboured American accent – caaamp is high on the list of almost everyone who grew up on American TV and films (watch Wet Hot American Summer if you get the chance). It’s also become a rite of passage for Irish students, with organisations like Camp Leaders and Camp America regularly recruiting at universities and colleges across the country.