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After 40 years, SWAP is more
than just working holidays!

We started back in 1975, helping young Canadians live the dream of living and working in different countries around the world. We made it our mission to help Canadians land on their feet in new cities by helping them find accommodation and jobs, as well as host social events. We still proudly do that today, but over the years we've also expanded our horizons to include exciting programs in volunteering (in South Africa and India), teaching abroad (Thailand and Vietnam), and most recently into language and cultural programs (Japan and Costa Rica)!

As a not-for-profit program of the Canadian Federation of Students, it is our mission to offer you the best in international experiences at the lowest prices, whether you want to work in London, volunteer at an Indian orphanage, teach English overseas, or simply live by the beach in Australia.

Ready to do something exciting in 2018?

  • SWAP Program Reviews:

    SWAP is definitely worth every penny. Being a girl travelling abroad alone, I deeply appreciated that everything was taken care of for me, from the visa application to the transport voucher from Sydney's airport to my hostel. SWAP makes your arrival in a foreign country stress-free! They are the kindest and most helpful staff I have ever seen, and they even become friends. I do not regret putting my trust and money in the SWAP program.

    Sandrine P.
    Sydney, Australia, 2016

  • SWAP Program Reviews:

    During my time in Japan, I worked as an English instructor for children at an international school in Tokyo. SWAP was incredibly helpful. During the working holiday, they were always there to answer any questions I had through their 24/7 support line. SWAP was able to assist me in finding a place to live, finding social events, getting set up with a Japanese bank account, as well as providing me with helpful resources. When I was confused, and had trouble with extending my visa after 6 months, SWAP was able to help me all the way through the process. Overall, I couldn't have asked any more of SWAP -- they were like a great friend from beginning to end.

    Brett S.
    Tokyo, Japan, 2016

  • SWAP Program Reviews:

    Apart from the travelling, another great part of my working holiday was the wonderful job opportunities. I was able to develop my professional career all while dabbling in different work sectors such as tourism, the charity sector and even the UK public sector! I was offered a permanent job at as a Marketing and Communications Assistant. I worked within a team and was greatly able to enhance my skills!

    Jessica D.
    London, England, 2016

  • SWAP Program Reviews:

    First-off I would like to preface this with a massive THANK YOU! My journey to Ireland on the SWAP program has been an unparalleled experience that I never expected to touch my life on such a profound level. To your entire team who support youth-travel and cultural immersion - Thank you for all you do.

    Tiffany W.
    Dublin, Ireland, 2016

  • SWAP Program Reviews:

    New York is truly one-of-a-kind and far more than I could have imagined. I am lucky to have a perfect balance between learning valuable new knowledge at work during the week, and meeting new people and sightseeing on the weekends. I am completing a 10-week internship at a bank where I have gained invaluable knowledge and insights, and it has been a great and rewarding experience so far.

    Jeremy L.
    New York City, USA, 2016

  • SWAP Program Reviews:

    I'm a bartender at a classic old pub. It's THE best. I absolutely LOVE it! SWAP was so helpful with easing my mind and answering any questions I had along the way. They've been wonderful over here! Great group of people and the events they throw really help you meet people (which can be one of the hardest things). It's a great community and support system!

    Christina G.
    London, England, 2016



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