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Crystal-clear lakes, towering mountains, charming villages, delicious food…sound appealing? This German-speaking country is full of wonders, whether you are looking for history, arts, nature, or anything in between. If you hope to travel to a country that feels like you’re in a fairy tale, this is the one for you! Scenery Austria is home to some of the most magnificent and breathtaking views in the world. In the southern and central regions, Austrian villages are surrounded by the Central Alps, a

Ireland: endless emerald-green fields, majestic cliffs, old castles, and so much more! Thinking about going to Ireland for your Working Holiday? Look no further! This country has some of the friendliest and down-to-earth people who are always in the mood to go to a festival or visit the pub. Here are our Top 5 Reasons to visit the Emerald Isle! The Cliffs, Hills, and Forests The Emerald Island is aptly named! There are so many rolling hills, majestic cliffs, and other

Not only is Thailand one of our most fulfilling programs, but it is also one of the most beautiful countries! If you are looking for friendly people, delicious food everywhere you go, hot tropical beaches, and rich history and culture, Thailand is definitely for you! Here is SWAP’s Top 5 Reasons to Travel to Thailand! Temperatures above 10° See you later, -25° weather! Unsurprisingly, Thailand rarely has temperatures at 0° due to its proximity to the equator and its many, many

Interested in learning Spanish while exploring one of the most biodiverse areas in the world? Costa Rica is a beautiful, biodiverse country that attracts thousands of visitors around the world. Here are our Top 5 Reasons on why you should travel to Costa Rica! National Parks Costa Rica is full of gorgeous National Parks – 26 in total! The country has rainforests home to many different species, including the lazy two-toed sloths. They even have active volcanoes if you are feeling

Wildlife If you love animals, the Volunteer + Wildlife Conservation program is for you! South Africa as some of the most magnificent animals, both wild and tamed. Imagine hanging out with a monkey or watching zebras gallop across the plains! No matter where you go, you will want to bring a camera to capture a photo of the smallest butterfly to the biggest elephant! Culture South Africa is known as the “Rainbow Nation” across the globe because of the diverse cultures,

Combining rich cultural heritage with stunning landscapes and spectacular modernity, Japan is like nowhere you’ve ever been before, making it the perfect working holiday destination. After all, there is only one country where you can devour sushi, visit a samurai museum, and watch an anime in a movie theatre in one day? Distinct & Rich Culture Japan is known for so many things: origami, manga, karaoke, tea ceremonies, the list goes on! Not only does Japan have all this, but they

If you’re thinking of taking a trip to Ireland anytime soon, let us give you some incentive. After all, it’s one of the most beautiful and charming countries in Europe. It’s also home to so many historic places that you won’t find anywhere else. The lush green countryside, stunning castles, ancient monuments and beautiful lakes are just some of the things that make Ireland so unique and charming. So, if you’ve been planning on visiting this country any time soon,

Working and travelling abroad is a great way for young people to gain new skills, discover who they are, and grow as an individual. Working abroad will test you in ways like no other experience can. However, with the right preparation and planning with the team at SWAP, it can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. Working and travelling in Japan is a common bucket list item for many young people. The island country is home

So, your child has mentioned that they want to go on a working holiday and all you can think is “What exactly is a working holiday and why do you want to do that?!”, “Should those two words even exist side-by-side?” Working holiday, what?” Well, yes they do and thousands of Canadians take part in these programs every year. Let’s start at the beginning - what is a working holiday? A working holiday is a one to two-year work visa category

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