SWAP Working Holidays is a Canadian-owned organization that has been working for over 45 years to promote cultural exchange opportunities to Canadians. We started in 1975 and have been going strong ever since.

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Welcome Tours

What's a Welcome Tour?

While we call them welcome tours, they can be better described as planned group itineraries to help you get settled into your new home! Picture 4-8 days of city exploration, fun social events with your new travel friends, and one-on-one support to get you set up for employment. These Welcome Week programs offer all the same support services as our working holiday programs. Your 4-8 day itinerary will start on the day you arrive – you’ll attend your arrival orientation session and get set up to find work (resume, SIN equivalent, bank account, and local phone number), but with a group of fellow travellers and one of our local staff members showing you around.


Our local staff will take you to local coffee shops, pubs, sightseeing, all while telling you everything there is to know about living and working in that country. The longer 7/8-day itineraries include trips outside the city and some amazing adventures with your group. By the time you finish your first week, you’ll not only have all the paperwork done that you need to get working and some unforgettable adventures under your belt, but you’ll also have a group of new friends to continue exploring with.


We offer 7/8-day Welcome Tours in Australia and New Zealand and a 4-day Welcome Tour in the UK. Whether you’re planning to visit Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, or London, we’ll make sure your first week is filled with practical knowledge and a whole lot of fun. It really is the perfect way to start your working holiday!

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