Working holidays are a great way to immerse yourself in a different country whilst earning some money. If you’re planning a working gap year in Canada for your next adventure then now is the best time to do it! Here are our five reasons why it’s a good idea to plan your Canadian working holiday with BUNAC.
1. Don’t miss the visa boat!
The Canadian High Commission opens online registrations each year with a quota of International Experience Canada (IEC) work permits. The permits, which allow young British and Irish citizens to spend up to two years living and working in Canada, are limited in number compared with other popular gap year destinations like Australia and New Zealand, so it’s important to apply early and get the details right. Savvy candidates can sign up for BUNAC’s Work Canada programme and maximise their chances of securing the sought-after visas. BUNAC guides you through the IEC process and helps ensure that your application is accepted first time.
2. Stay in the know with Facebook groups, webinars and more…
The Canadian High Commission’s application process requires IEC candidates to create an online profile, then join a “pool” of applicants and wait for an Invitation to Apply. On BUNAC’s Work Canada programme, not only do you benefit from expert help and advice on eligibility and supporting documents, but you also gain access to BUNAC’s exclusive Facebook group, online webinars, plus email and text messages alerting you to important announcements and upcoming deadlines.
3. Bag your dream job
With more than 25 years’ experience of organising Canadian working holidays, BUNAC enjoys long-standing relationships with key seasonal employers in prime locations like Whistler, Blue Mountain and Banff. There are countless opportunities for seasonal work in the tourism industry, especially in the Canadian Rockies, which provide endless outdoor activities during the summer months and winter sports in some of the world’s top ski resorts. Previous jobs held by BUNACers have included snowboarding instructor, teacher, spa receptionist and photographer in the mountains during the ski season. UK-based interviews with Canadian employers, either in person or via Skype, take place in April and May for summer jobs and from July to September for the winter season, which begins in November/December.
4. Intrepid adventurer or first-time traveller? You’re covered!
Two BUNAC programmes are available: the essentials package, where candidates are supported in finding a job on arrival in Canada, and the Ultimate package, which includes full assistance in finding a job before departure. You also receive assistance with travel insurance, two free nights’ accommodation on arrival in Canada, comprehensive arrival orientation and use of BUNAC’s resource centres in Toronto and Vancouver, where a wealth of practical support is available, from opening a bank account to finding accommodation, job opportunities, social events, travel advice and more.
5. Meet like-minded travellers on a group flight
Candidates signing up for either Essentials or Ultimate have the option of getting to know like-minded gappers on one of BUNAC’s sociable group flights to Toronto, or Vancouver, which has the added benefit of a three-day stopover in Iceland.
For further details visit BUNAC’s website.
This article was written in partnership with BUNAC