Camp America offer Yorkshire students fully-funded summer work experience abroad

The American Institute for Foreign Study (UK) through its well-known Camp America programme has partnered with Keighley College (part of Luminate Education Group) to offer fully funded US summer camp placements through the Turing Scheme, the UK government’s new global programme to study and work abroad

As part of the UK Government’s commitment to a Global Britain, Camp America will provide selected students from Keighley College, with the opportunity to spend 9 weeks of summer 2022 immersed in a traditional American camp setting.  The honing of employability skills in a real-life employment situation & the challenge of applying classroom acquired skills in a fast moving and action-packed U.S. summer camp environment ensures a uniquely powerful and life changing experience that can profoundly impact a learner’s future ambitions and employment prospects.

The Turing Scheme was named to honour the British computing engineer Alan Turing. Turing himself studied abroad at Princeton University in New Jersey, America. As explained on the UK Government website:  “This scheme, which honours his legacy, will provide opportunities for future generations of British students, from all backgrounds to study and work abroad across the globe.”

This sentiment is echoed by Janet Henniker-Talle, Senior Vice-President of Camp America as she explains:

We are delighted to able to offer these placements to students at Keighley College. Through this scheme we hope to attract young people that would not have otherwise considered the Camp America programme. We are passionate about what a summer at camp can offer, and we see first-hand the life-changing impact it can have for many. From creating a network of friends around the world, to developing employability skills – camp is a unique place, and we want to help as many young people as we can to experience it.

Kerry McSweeney, Vice President of Camp America explains

We’re so pleased to be launching this scheme with Keighley College, we feel the Luminate Education Group mission to ‘develop world-ready students’ aligns with our programme perfectly. 

Steve Kelly, Principal of Keighley College knows all too well the power of a summer at Camp America. Participating in the programme himself for 15 years from 1989, he was keen to utilise the support of the Turing Scheme to offer Camp America placements to his students.

Participating in the Camp America programme is a truly life-changing and affirming opportunity. It will not only give our students the chance to use the skills they have learnt while at college, but also gain invaluable work experience in another country, with people from all around the world. Working with others, adapting to new situations, and developing leadership skills are core competencies that working on a summer camp can offer. I am proud that Keighley College is helping to pioneer this scheme and offer this opportunity to students across our group

This isn’t an ordinary bursary or scholarship. The Turing Scheme will offer students individual mentors to ensure they are guided throughout the entire process, with goals and targets set to ensure they make the most out of this unique International Work opportunity. Following their camp placement, students will also be able to become ambassadors of the scheme; ensuring their development journey continues long after summer has ended.

To find out more about the Turing Scheme, interested students should speak to their FE College or HE Universities.  Alternatively, please visit to view all scholarships and bursaries currently on offer.

Find out more about BETA Member Camp America here