How to plan for a working holiday to Canada
Canada is an amazing country to visit; so much so that many people who go to Canada don’t simply want to visit for a holiday, they want to stay for much longer. However, unless you have the ability to save up a considerable amount of money for a trip, you are going to need to think about the possibility of planning a working holiday to Canada.
Working holidays are a great way to ensure that you can see as much as possible of a particular country, whilst earning money to cover your trip too. However, they do take some planning in order to make sure that you have everything that you need.
Pick your destination
Canada is a huge country and there are a variety of different types of destinations that you can choose to visit and work in. It is a good idea to make sure that you research your destination carefully before you leave. Understand what type of area it is, what the culture is like there and maybe even try to make some local connections, so you have some guidance when you land.
Give yourself plenty of time for your working holiday visa to be processed
It can take months for your Canadian working holiday visa to be agreed, so it is a good idea to make sure that you give yourself as much time as possible. In fact, you may find that it is the best idea to ensure that your visa is approved and ready to go before you even start to look at flights, accommodation and your job options. It is also a good idea to understand the process of applying for a visa, the things that you are going to need to include as well as anything else that you need to have completed before you travel to Canada. Check out our Canadian working holiday page here
Have a job and place to stay in place
It might sound obvious but it is all too easy to forget to try and do as much as you can for your working break before you go. This is definitely true when it comes to actually securing some work and a place to stay whilst you are there. The last thing that you are going to do is get there, only to find that you have to spend your first week or two trying to make sure that you have these things in place. We have employers in Canada we work with like ski resorts, every year we fly one or two of them over to interview our candidates and give them job offers. So if you are in looking for a job, we may be able to arrange it for you.
Do the boring stuff first
Although you can sort out many things before you travel to Canada, there are some things that you need to do when you get there. This includes sim cards, we provide Canadian sim cards before departure and assist with opening bank account and social insurance number which allows you to work and be paid. In order to do this you are going to find it much easier to be in a major city rather than out and about in more local areas, so aim to do this in Vancouver, Toronto or Calgary if you can.
Canada is amazing and it is a fantastic place to work, to explore and to discover. So, what are you waiting for? Want to have a holiday that you will never forget? Head to Canada and learn what it has to offer you!