Canadian youth choose working abroad over grappling with the difficult Canadian job market

    TORONTO, April 14 /CNW/ - Many graduating students across Canada have
decided to head overseas with SWAP Working Holidays, Canada's largest youth
exchange program, to take advantage of their working holiday options while
they wait for the Canadian job market to open up.
    "We have seen an increase in registrations this month and we are pretty
sure that this is because students and other young Canadians see an overseas
working adventure as a perfect approach to the current financial crisis," said
Libby Law, the Deputy Director of SWAP Working Holidays. "The common theme
seems to be that many young people figure they will have to take casual jobs
in Canada because of the current economic circumstances so why not do this in
countries like UK, Ireland, or Australia where they can see the world and add
international experience to their resume while they work."
    Once enrolled in the SWAP program participants will receive a working
holiday visa, assistance in booking flights and travel insurance, pre-arranged
arrival accommodation, as well as pre-departure travel information to prepare
them for their trip. There is even a feature to allow participants to get into
contact with one another on-line prior to departing Canada.
    Upon arrival, SWAP participants attend an orientation where they are
provided information on how to find work and permanent accommodation,
obtaining a tax file number (like a SIN) and much more! The participants will
have access to computers, fax machines, printers and phones that will assist
them in their searches. Ms Law adds that "People tend to forget that not only
are the methods for finding jobs usually different overseas, but all sorts of
things are different from Canada from taking a bus to opening a bank account.
SWAP not only backs-up one's job and accommodation search, but gets one
through the inevitable culture shock of settling into another country."
    If you'd like to take advantage of the opportunities Canadians have to
work overseas, visit for more information or to order a free SWAP
brochure outlining the programs and services available to young Canadians.

    About the SWAP Working Holiday Programs

    Established in 1975, SWAP Working Holiday Programs assists Canadian
students and youth in arranging a working holiday to various destinations.
SWAP currently offers working holiday programs to thirteen countries - United
Kingdom, Ireland, Austria, Germany, France, Australia, New Zealand, USA,
Japan, and South Africa as well as Teach programs in Thailand and China. SWAP
is a not-for-profit program of the Canadian Federation of Students
administered by its majority-owned subsidiary Travel CUTS/Voyages Campus. For
more information, please visit

For further information:

For further information: David Smith, Director, SWAP Working Holiday
Programs, Tel: (416) 966-2887 x222,; Michael McClanaghan,
Marketing Coordinator, SWAP Working Holiday Programs, Tel: (416) 966-2887

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