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At the YMCA of the Rockies, we believe we have something special—a sense of community—and that everyone should have access to it, along with the programs and services that make a positive impact. As part of our mission, the YMCA of the Rockies offers a Work & Travel program and a Camp Counselors (ICCP) program. These programs allows you to explore the United States and boost your CV by gaining valuable international work experience, it connects your enthusiasm for cultural understanding and public diplomacy to work with American businesses.

These opportunities vary at each of the YMCA of the Rockies two locations. Explore what options are available to you and learn more about our selection process for this program.

Program Eligibility

Applicants for the Work/Travel or Camp Counselor Program must already have a work visa sponsored by a company that we regularly work with. We do not offer self-placements.


Provides the opportunity to live, work and travel for up to 4-months in the US.. This program allows College and University student’s enrolled full time and pursuing studies at post-secondary accredited academic institutions located outside the United States come to the United States to share their culture and ideas with people of the United States through temporary work and travel opportunities.


The Camp Counselor Program enables postsecondary students, youth workers, and teachers to share their culture and ideas with the people of the United States in camp settings throughout the country.


Food Service

Estes Park Center & Snow Mountain Ranch


Estes Park Center & Snow Mountain Ranch

Camp Counselors

Estes Park Center, Snow Mountain Ranch, Camp Chief Ouray

Additional Information on Work & Travel/ICCP Programs

Do I get paid to participate in the International program?
Yes! International trainees, interns and summer work employees will receive housing (dormitory style) and meals plus a weekly stipend (currently $220 per week). The 40- hour work week includes some morning, evening and weekend shifts. Trainees receive their share of the Appreciation Fund (tips) given by our guests at the end of the program.
Do I get time off?
Absolutely! We want you to explore the beautiful surroundings and take advantage of the Y’s amenities and staff discounts at various local attractions. We believe in building healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Do I have to pay for meals?
As a YMCA of the Rockies employee, you’ll receive 3 free meals per day, 7 days per week as part of the compensation packet.
Who do I contact for more information or with questions?
Please contact us at for more information or if you have any questions.
How long before my J1 program starts can I arrive in the YMCA of the Rockies?
You can arrive up to 3 days prior to the start date of your work agreement.
Do I need a sponsor for the Summer Work program?
Yes. The State Department designates U.S. government, academic and private sector entities to conduct educational and cultural exchange programs. To participate in the Exchange Visitor Program,foreign nationals must be sponsored by one of the State Department-designated sponsors. The program sponsors are responsible for screening and selecting eligible foreign nationals for participation in their designated exchange visitor program, as well as supporting and monitoring exchange visitors during their stay in the United States.

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    One of the best things of working here is the opportunity to be this close to the mountains. The view is breathtaking and it makes you feel more peaceful and grateful.

    Vilma, Park Center
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    My favorite part of working at the YMCA is that every day is a chance to learn something new. Some days will be a little quiet and other days will be challenging.

    Miao, Estes Park Center
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    It was in that moment when I thought to myself that these few days can mean a lot to the kids that spend time with us and how important it is to keep this kid inside yourself.

    Maria, Estes Park Center

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