Each counselor attends an orientation meeting in his or her home country prior to arrival in the US. These meetings are led by Country Representatives and ICEP alumni who explain about camp life, what to bring, and discuss international contributions which counselors can make in camp. Counselors also receive instructions for the visa application process at this time.
Orientation conferences are held throughout the month of June in New York and Los Angeles to prepare participants for work with American children and to clarify the assumptions, expectations and responsibilities of international counselors. Participants also receive information regarding the summer schedule, their health insurance, and travel arrangements for reaching camp.
ICEP Counselors are instructed to arrive in New York or Los Angeles at least two days before they are expected at camp, so that they can attend Orientation before the start of staff training.
At the end of summer, counselors return to New York or Los Angeles for evaluation conferences. These meetings provide an opportunity for counselors to give feedback on the camp experience and the ICEP program in general. Counselors receive the travel allowance portion of the stipend at Evaluations.