Thousands of Canadian Students SWAP Their Lives to Work Abroad For a Year



    Recent grads planning a year abroad need to start planning now

    TORONTO, Oct. 25 /CNW/ - Every year the phenomenon of students spending a
gap year working abroad grows. And, with tens of thousands of Canadian
students trying to find their first 'real' jobs, the choice between working in
Sydney or Scarborough is something new graduates should consider! The appeal
of working at the local restaurant or office may be appetizing to some, but
Travel Cut's SWAP Working Holidays (SWAP) offers an enticing option for those
with a more adventurous spirit.
    "Working abroad is an option more and more Canadian students are jumping
at," says Lori Young, Manager of SWAP Working Holidays. "While the process of
finding a job overseas is daunting if you do it alone, Travel CUTS and SWAP
Working Holidays helps make the experience less stressful for all involved,
including anxious parents."
    In addition to booking all travel arrangements, the SWAP Team at Travel
CUTS helps students obtain the proper work visa, arranges accommodation for
the first couple nights, and has job postings at hosting centres in ten of our
international locations. Internet access is also provided to SWAP participants
so they can easily stay in touch with their loved ones back home. These are
just some of the SWAP services!
    "I would recommend the SWAP Working Holidays program for anyone who isn't
ready for the "real world" and are looking for a truly unique opportunity to
live and work abroad. It has been the greatest experience in my life; from
playing and teaching hockey overseas (which looks great on a resume) to making
new friends and experiencing different cultures. I would like to thank SWAP
Working Holidays for making my first travelling experience most memorable and
accomplishable." Luke McLeod, SWAP Australia
    Working internationally is a life changing experience and students are
finding that the benefits of the gap-year abroad translate back home in Canada
as well.

    
    David Smith, Director of SWAP Working Holidays offers the following tips
for planning a successful year working abroad:

    -   Plan ahead. Bank letters and work visas take time to acquire, so make
        sure you start the process sooner rather than later.

    -   Leave a photocopy of all of your important documents at home with
        your parents and leave a second copy buried in your suitcase.

    -   Live in the real world. Things will not be the same in Canada as they
        are abroad, nor is the Great White North perfect. Embrace your host
        country's culture including their food. For a tasty treat, try
        Lebkuchen in Germany, or if you're very adventurous, try some
        kangaroo in Australia.

    -   If you're lonely or having a hard time meeting people, go to SWAP
        get-togethers - they're a great way to meet and bond with other
        students having the same experiences as you.
    

    About Travel CUTS:

    Travel CUTS is Canada's student, youth and budget travel expert, with
over 70 offices in Canada and the USA. Since 1969, Travel CUTS has helped more
than 8 million students and budget travelers explore exciting, affordable
travel opportunities.

    Visit www.swap.ca or www.travelcuts.com for more details!





For further information:

For further information: Lori Young, Manager, SWAP Outbound Operations,
(416) 966-2887 ext. 236, lyoung@swap.ca

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