the perfect summer job

we are young austria

As a private youth travel operator, young austria has been organising trips for children and young people for almost 70 years.

As a professional network of accommodation providers, we have been creating both sporting experiences and active adventures in Salzburgerland together with our 16 partner houses since 1950. The ya! summer camps form a small, but perfectly formed part of our company. Our goal is not only to ensure the company stays ahead of trends in the youth travel sector, but to offer holidays full of experiences for children and young people from all over the world to enjoy.

young austria regards itself as a tour operator for children and young people between 6 and 17. We aim to promote the talents and strengths of our young guests and support them on what is often their first trip without parents.

When children and young people from all over the world come together, culture, religion and politics play no part. Our drive is to facilitate unforgettable experiences and promote friendships from all over the world.

We act as an extension of parental care and constantly ensure parents feel sure that their children are in safe hands. As holiday operators, we use a mixture of comprehensive communication, individual care and highly responsible actions, day in day out.


Are you at least 19 years old, a real team player, do you enjoy working with children and young people, are you dynamic, flexible and responsible, do you have stamina and do you enjoy being out in nature? Then a camp counsellor is the perfect summer job for you!

Together with your team, you will look after 20 to 60 children, depending on the camp. The ratio of camp counsellors varies between 1:5 and 1:8. The programme includes great activities and excursions as well as sports tournaments, forest games, campfires, rafting, high ropes courses, trekking tours or a tour of the city of Salzburg.

If you are studying German or English, or already have experience teaching a foreign language, we would love to welcome you to the language camps! Check out what jobs we currently have available!

  • Minimum age of 19 years
  • Austrian or EU citizenship or work permit
  • Impeccable record
  • Pleasure and patience in dealing with children and young people
  • Friendly and polite interaction with children, young people, parents and the care team
  • Commitment, flexibility, team spirit and creativity
  • Imaginativeness and funny ideas for leisure programmes
  • First aid skills
  • Sports skills
  • Participation in the ya! Getting to know each other days
  • Participation in the ya! Caregiver Seminar

Procedure of application

  • Online application
    The first round involves applying on our website using our online counsellor application - the first round of applications. If your application is accepted, you will receive an invitation to a second online round of applications (CV and photo). If this is also successful, you will receive a preliminary job confirmation. The only thing left to do then is to agree with us which weeks you would like to work. 
  • Interview
    It’s important to us to get to know you personally. Therefore, we will have an interview with every applicant. These interviews will take place over videochat (Whatsapp, Messenger).
  • Definitive job confirmation
    After the interview, when all questions are cleared, you will receive a definitive job confirmation.
  • Training
    Depending on your starting date, the Wednesday before, you are excpected at your camp for a counsellor seminar. The counsellor seminar involves different workshops and visiting classes and activities.


As an activity leader you will have following responsibilities:

  • Planning and preparing activities
  • Running activities
  • Room counselling
  • Happy time - supervised and organised free-time




As a teacher you will have following responsibilities:

  • Assessing and grading camp participants (interview) according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
  • Preparing lessons
  • Taking lessons (grammar, vocabulary, conversation, country and culture)
  • Supporting the free-time programme
  • Happy time (supervised and organised free-time)
  • Room counselling