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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

Here at SWAP, we absolutely love the UK! The United Kingdom is home to some of the most renowned festivals, events, coastal views, and landmarks – and so much more! If you are considering going to the UK, here are our Top 5 Reasons on why you should go! 4 Countries for the Price of 1! You really can’t get a better deal than this! When you go to the UK, you can travel between 4 countries: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland,

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

Top 5 Reasons to Travel to New Zealand If you’re a huge Lord of the Rings fan, we probably don’t need to say much to convince you that New Zealand is worth a visit, but there is definitely good reason it was chosen to represent this beautiful and majestic world! New Zealand is an outdoor lovers’ paradise Spectacular Scenery Though relatively small in size, especially compared to Canada, New Zealand’s dramatic landscape is in a league of its own. Whether you

Stunning beaches, quirky wildlife, iconic destinations, a carefree lifestyle…need we say more?? Australia is one of SWAP’s most popular destinations and with good reason! Here are our top 5 reasons to travel to Australia for your Working Holiday. Wildlife Did you know that Australia is home to 400 thousand different species? And that’s just the animals! Australia is one of the most unique places when it comes to wildlife, including both flora and fauna. For example, Australia is the only country that

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

Take a look at these apps that will make your working holiday easier to navigate your way about living, eating and having fun in another country. OMIO is a great app when you are looking for an app for travel, whether by bus, train, or plane! They specialize in European transport, but you can find bookings all over the world. They provide the most up-to-date travel info, live-chat support, reminders, and more. SkyScanner is the best app to find the cheapest flights

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