Parents of Travelling Youth Experience Empty Nest Syndrome

TORONTO, April 16 /CNW/ - It's that time of year when young people turn their thoughts to seeing the world. Young Canadians seeking an international adventure have lots of options when it comes to working overseas. While these young adults are building up the level of excitement as they plan the trip, their parents, while supportive, are often very anxious about the entire idea.

Relief from much of this worry and concern is just around the corner through Canada's largest international exchange activity, SWAP Working Holidays. Since 1975, more than 50,000 young Canadians have used the services of SWAP to help them to adjust to the daily realities of life in countries ranging from Britain to Thailand.

Overseas, SWAP works with partner organizations which provide participants with everything they need to know about living and working abroad. These centres assist them with job and accommodation searches as well as explaining local labour and tenancy laws, securing the equivalent to a Canadian SIN Card, quick access to bank accounts, on-going social events and more. Support staff are both a practical and social resource, and offer guidance and support on any concerns, confusion, or in times of distress.

SWAP does not intrude into the lives of its participants and the services are there and can be readily accessed as needed. Any young Canadian who signs up is giving them self a real advantage and giving their families some peace of mind knowing their young adult has someone to whom to turn when the going gets rough.

    About SWAP Working Holidays

Established in 1975, SWAP Working Holidays 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 Travel CUTS/Voyages Campus, a division of the Merit Travel Group. For more information, please visit


For further information: For further information: David Smith, Director, (416) 966-2887 Ext 222; Libby Law, Deputy Director, (416) 966-2887 Ext 236; NOTE: Contact names and numbers are for media representatives only.

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