Am I eligible for SWAP?In order to work in Canada through SWAP, you must be a US citizen between 18-30 and be enrolled in an accredited high school or university. If you are on a study abroad or semester abroad trip away from campus, you may still apply with SWAP.
What kind of job can I get through SWAP?You name it and you can almost do it.* SWAP's material reads, "Most of the jobs advertised at the hosting centres are in the retail, clerical and hospitality/tourism industries because these are the industries that often hire seasonal staff."
Some SWAP job availability is government regulated. Fields in which you can work through SWAP in Canada:
- Agricultural Sciences
- Business Admin, Management
- Computer Science
- Graphic Design
- Hospitality (Hotel/Restaurant)
- Liberal Arts
- Marketing, Advertising and PR
- Museum Studies
- National Parks
- Ski Resorts
- State Parks
- Health Services
Through SWAP, you can work anywhere (as in geographic location) in Canada where you find a job!
Do I need a work visa?You'll receive a Canadian work visa through TravelCuts or BUNAC.
How long can I work and travel in Canada through SWAP?You may work and travel in Canada for up to six months through SWAP. You must arrive in Canada by December 31 of the year in which you applied; the six-month period begins when you arrive.
How much does SWAP cost?SWAP's program cost is $250. Currently, insurance is not mandatory -- if that changes, you will also have to pay for insurance (cost varies).
How will SWAP support me when I get to Canada?SWAP does not give you a job or a place to live, but you'll be helped with both. SWAP Canada Hosting Centers, located in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, provide you with:
- Job and accommodation advice
- Online computer facilities
- Mail drop and forwarding
- Arrival orientation (info is delivered on Canadian bank accounts, taxes, applying for a SIN, or social insurance number (a Canadian worker's ID number)
- 24 hours emergency SWAP assistance
- Phonecard (includes voicemail and fax facilities)
How do I apply?Click here to apply to work in Canada with SWAP -- you'll be walked through the application process and get links to neccesary forms.
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