Thinking of doing a working holiday? You’ve come to the right place! Working holidays are a unique and exciting opportunity to experience life in another country, and we’re here to share our top 3 reasons why you should take the leap and pursue an opportunity to live and work abroad.
1. International Work Experience
For those who qualify, working holidays provide an incredibly accessible way for youth to gain international work experience. Don’t underestimate the value of having a diverse resume! Working abroad not only opens up a world of opportunity that you might not otherwise be able to pursue here in Canada but moving to a foreign country demonstrates a huge range of qualities that any employer is sure to value, such as independence, confidence, and adaptability. It takes a lot of courage to pick up your life, move to a foreign country, and fully immerse yourself in a new culture, especially one where English is not the local language! If anything, Canadian employers are likely to be intrigued by your unique experience and what you learned – they might even ask you for travel tips for their next vacation!
2. A Local Perspective
We know how fun it can be to take a vacation and surround yourself with a new and unfamiliar place (especially if you’re looking to get away from our frigid Canadian winters!), however, there’s only so much ground you can cover and experiences you can have when you travel somewhere for a week or two. Taking a working holiday provides a unique opportunity to live each day as both a local and a tourist by working along the way to fund your adventures. Whether you want to settle down in one city for a year, or experience life in different towns around the country, a working holiday gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace while fully immersing yourself in a new culture. Plus, how cool does it sound to tell your family back home that you’re “just heading to Paris for the weekend”?! Just another day in the life of a European!
3. You’re Only Young Once!
Did we mention working holidays are once-in-a-lifetime visas that are only available to youth up to a certain age? Don’t wait until it’s too late to take advantage of these unique opportunities to learn, grow, and explore the world. We know it can be scary to travel alone for the first time, let alone move to a new country. From visa assistance and pre-departure information from our expert staff before you leave, to a community of fellow travelers and our knowledgeable local staff in your new home, we’re here to help you every step of the way! With so many exciting countries at your fingertips, from Australia or New Zealand to Japan or the UK, there is no time like the present to say “yes” to the adventure of a lifetime and book a working holiday with SWAP!
“IN THE END… We only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.” ― Lewis Carroll