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Guy Healy Summer Camp

Dates | Costs | Program | Courses | Eligibility | Housing and Meals | Application

Guy Healy, Japan, a culture-exchange consulting agency based in Nagasaki and Fukuoka, Japan, has created the USA Summer Camp program. Students from America will stay in Japan for approximately 6-8 weeks. During this period the students will work as camp counselors at USA Camp for part of their stay, as well as at least one stay with a Japanese host families for approximately three days.

UNC is able to select five students every summer to nominate as camp counselors. These students do not need to go through the camp's competitive application process, but are guaranteed counselors for the summer camp. Therefore, the application process at UNC can be competitive, but not nearly as applying directly to the camp itself.


Application Deadline for Summer: February 15
Summer Semester: 6-8 weeks, from the end of June to mid-August

Camp dates for 2015 TBD. Below are dates from 2014.

Team Tokyo
Session A1: July 3 - Aug 26
Session A2: July 3 - Aug 20
Session B: July 3 - Aug 29

Team Nagoya
Team 3: July 10 - Aug 27

Team Tokyo
Team 4: July 1 - Aug 9
Team 5: July 1 - Aug 11
Team 6: July 1 - Aug 10


Costs for the program below are estimated.


US Dollars


Billable Expenses




Paid to UNC

Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee


Paid to UNC

International Travel Insurance


Paid to UNC

Non-Billable Expenses


Housing & Meals


Paid for by Guy Healy

Personal spending money


Will vary by person

Round Trip Travel
(reimbursed up to $1,600 for Tokyo team and $1,700 for Nagoya/Kyushu Team)


Paid for by Guy Healy

Guy Healy Acceptance Fee


Paid to Guy Healy


$1,861 - $2,061


Program Details

The USA Summer Camp is an English language immersion program for Japanese students, elementary school age through college. There will be a five-night counselor orientation session that will take place at the camp facility upon arrival in Japan. The general pattern varies by The camp program takes place at national campgrounds, hostels and hotels in various parts of Japan. Most campgrounds are quite comfortable with indoor sleeping and dining facilities, however there may be some sessions utilizing tents. During the program the students from America will act as camp counselors, working with the Japanese students on a variety of English language drills and activities. Counselors will also participate with the Japanese students in recreation activities, meals and variety of social activities. The program takes place at a variety of locations all over Japan. Each student will be assigned to a team in one location. Possible areas in Japan include: Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Kumamoto and Nagasaki. Other areas may be added to this list. While students will be allowed to state preferences, the final decision on placement will be made by the program organizers. While students will be allowed to state preferences, the final decision on placement will be made by the program organizers.

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Students who do not have previous experience with Japanese language or culture should plan to enroll in JAPN 116 during the spring semester prior to their departure.

Students will be required to register for 3 credit hours of ASIA 392 Internship in Asian Studies.


Guy Healy himself reserves 5 spots every year for UNC students. First-time participants to the program MUST apply through the CIE to participate in this program. First-time UNC applications that apply directly to the Guy Healy program without going through the CIE will not be considered by Guy Healy.

If you are a past participant, you may apply directly to the program without going through the CIE office, but we ask that you let the CIE office know they you have applied.

The program is open to all UNC students who have completed at least 24 UNC credits by the time of participation. It is best suited for students with an interest in Japanese culture or education. Successful applicants will have prior experience working, volunteering or spending time with kids. Five UNC students will be selected to participate each summer.


While at camp UNC participants will room with students in camp facilities and eat camp food. During non-camp days, UNC participants will stay with host families or will be given a stipend for meals. All housing and meals are covered by USA Summer Camp.  


Students will complete a UNC study abroad application and all supporting documents, with the addition of a letter of recommendation from a professor not on the selection committee.

After the February 15 deadline, students will be interviewed. UNC will provide recommendations for these students. Final selections will be announced by the last week of February and sent to Guy Healy. Flights will be arranged by Guy Healy around March 1.