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UK + 4-Day Welcome Week

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Price $625 Up to 24 Months
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UK + 4-Day Welcome Week

$625 per person

It’s been a long workday, so naturally you gather at the pub with your mates. But this isn’t just any pub – every nook and cranny have a story and the establishment is older than Canada itself. Not bad for a Monday night, yeah? With the exciting nightlife, bustling capitals, serene landscapes, and the soaring power of the British Pound, it’s a brilliant time to spend up to two years living and working in the historic United Kingdom.

When you go with SWAP, you will receive guided support during your entire stay, from the day you start your visa application to the day you fly home. SWAP makes it easy to secure a bank account, phone, accommodation, and work. Spend less time trying to figure out the complicated logistics and more time riding in double-deckers, deciphering accents, and downing pints across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland!

With Europe at your doorstep, your two-year work permit means you can fund your adventures, festival fun, and weekend travels to just about anywhere in the continent – think of all the incredible memories you’ll make!

You’ll come home from the UK with international work experience, new friends, and countless stories from the trip of a lifetime.

Up to 24 Months
16+ Age
  • Departure
    Please arrive by 9:15 AM for a prompt departure at 9:30 AM.
  • Departure Time
    Approximately 8:30 PM.
  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and warm jacket.
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Day 1: Welcome to London!
Monday is your official arrival day. Use this day to unwind after your long journey, check-in to your hostel, catch up on sleep and connect with other travelers starting their UK adventure this week. Use our WhatsApp group to arrange to meet others to explore the amazing Kings Cross area where your hostel is based and grab some food and drinks. If you’re arriving earlier over the weekend, this isn’t a problem as travellers will be arriving at different times.   Want to arrive a few days earlier to get over your jet lag or explore on your own? Get in touch if you want to book any extra nights. We’d be happy to arrange it for you!
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Day 2: Walking Tour + Get Set Up
You'll be meeting us bright and early at 10am at the hostel. First, we’ll start by checking that you've got everything you need to get the essentials sorted today. During the London city walking tour, we will show you around the city and what it has to offer: the best places for coffee, amazing places to eat, what bars you need to visit, and what sights you must see. We’ll have you living like a local in no time! During the tour, we’ll also set you up with your local SIM card, as well as cover what you need to get your NIN tax number sorted. Cap off the night with drinks?      
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Day 3: Work & Travel Workshop
After drinks last night, enjoy a lazy morning. We suggest grabbing breakfast and coffee at Coal Drops Yard and taking a walk down the Regents Canal to Camden Town and Primrose Hill to take in the sights before getting ready for an informative day on all things work and travel in the UK and beyond. Today is all about providing you with what you need to know about working and travelling in the UK: you’ll attend our job workshop where we’ll be able to get your CV ready for British employers, discuss what type of work is available, and how to find it – that’s if you’re ready to start looking straight away. Next, we’ll provide a UK and Europe travel session where you can satisfy your travel bug with tons of inspiration for where to go and what to see in our little island and beyond - and the best times to visit places. We’ll finish up the day by taking a short walk to Exmouth Market: a street filled with some of the best eateries and bars in London that you must check out!  
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Day 4: Day Trip to Brighton
A quintessential day trip for Londoners, escape the city and head to the seaside in Brighton for your final day. Just over an hour by train from London, we’ll sort you out with a same-day return train ticket. Just make sure you don’t have too much fun and miss the last train back! The city is filled to the brim with quirky lanes for you to explore, fantastic bars, pubs, and restaurants. Grab fish & chips, dip your toes in the English Channel, or just wander and explore this English seaside haven. We’ll provide you with our must-do Brighton guide for your ultimate day trip! You are sure to have a great day, whatever the weather.
UK Working Holiday + 4-Day Welcome Week
Thinking about taking the leap?
International travel is not without rules. Check these conditions to see if you qualify.
Age: You need to be 18-30 years old (you must apply after your 18th birthday and be issued your visa prior to your 31st birthday)

Nationality: These adventures are open to Canadians only.

Required Savings: You need to have savings of at least £2530 saved up as funds to support you once you arrive, as requested by the UK Government.

Criminal Check: Must have no criminal record.

Health Insurance: You must purchase health coverage directly from the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), which will cover you for the duration of your stay in the UK (£940).

Registration Timeline: You should be able to travel approximately 8 weeks after you start the application process with us. Do not make travel or accommodation arrangements until your program coordinator lets you know that everything is good to go.

Duration: You can stay in the United Kingdom for up to 24 months.

Start Date: Pick the best start date according to your travel plans! 2022 start dates are listed in the "What's Included" section.
What's Included?
  • Expert visa guidance and SWAP support to have your UK visa approved
  • Our exclusive UK Arrival Guide, an essential, detailed guide that includes helpful information about your visa, pre-departure tips, and what to expect while living and working in the UK
  • Online pre-departure orientation with our UK team
  • 3 nights of hostel accommodation in London
  • Access to WhatsApp group with travellers arriving in the UK in the same month as you
  • Advice on temporary or permanent accommodation and information on red tape issues
  • Assistance setting up your UK bank account, SIM card, National Insurance Number (NIN)
  • Organized social events
  • Mail holding and forwarding service
  • London > Brighton return train ticket
  • Support from our local UK staff for the duration of your working holiday!
*Note: You will be responsible for paying the visa and biometric fees
Important Notes About the Visa and Extra Costs:
For your convenience, we have separated all visa and associated fees from the SWAP UK program, since they must be paid directly to the UK Government. Don’t worry though, we’ll still be there to help you figure this out during your application. The two-year visa is currently only £259!

Eligibility for a working holiday visa in the UK means you will be covered under its world-class National Health Service (NHS), paid through a one-time £940 Immigration Health Surcharge. This will cover you for up to two full years, and you'll be happy knowing that you have the best health care coverage at your service with the NHS, much like Canadian healthcare.

You’ll also need to attend an appointment in person at a UK Biometrics office, so make sure you can visit one of these cities when you apply: Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto, or Ottawa. There are also monthly appointments in Halifax and annual appointments in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Toronto appointments are free, but the other offices do charge a user fee which is currently $100 CAD, which will include priority delivery of your visa and passport back to your mailing address.

We will lay out each step of this process so that it’s easy for you to understand. This visa can only be acquired once, making it (literally) once-in-a-lifetime (and totally worth it)!
Upcoming Welcome Tour Start Dates
14 November
12 December
2023 Dates
9 January
13 February
13 March
17 April
8 May
12 June
10 July
14 August
11 September
9 October
Working and living in the UK is easy with SWAP! Feel free to contact us with any questions you have as you get ready to take your first step.
Step 1: Make sure you're eligible to apply.

Step 2: When you're ready to move forward, sign up here.

Step 3: SWAP confirms your registration and welcomes you to the program, sending you instructions on how to book the tour, apply for the visa, and what you need to prepare for your trip.

Step 4: We walk you through each step of your visa application, using our step-by-step instructions.

Step 5: You attend your biometrics appointment at your nearest VAC office.

Step 6: Your visa gets approved, and your visa is sent directly to you from the embassy.

Step 7: We confirm your tour start date and send you your pre-departure guide for you to review.

Step 8: You arrive in London, check in at the hostel, and get ready for Day 1 of your arrival itinerary.

Step 9: You have the best week of your life, make new friends, and learn everything you need to know about living and working in the UK!
Upcoming Welcome Tour Start Dates
2023 Dates
9 January
13 February
13 March
17 April
8 May
12 June
10 July
14 August
11 September
9 October
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