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Work and Travel through International Experience

This article could CHANGE YOUR LIFE! Did you know as a young Canadian you can work in 32 countries as part of the International Experience Program?

When I travel with, I always meet people who have found programs or opportunities to have a life experience WITHOUT spending too much money. Folks – it is literally about keeping an open mind and giving things a shot. For example, if you have not heard about this program, you have been missing out on life experiences overseas that could actually PAY you money instead of spending it.

I met with Government of Canada officials to understand the details of the International Experience Program. It is truly an INCREDIBLE opportunity that could change your life forever. As a Canadian, it give me pride to  see that Government of Canada spends this kind of time and resources to make it easier for citizens to travel and work abroad. The program also enables youth from other countries to work in Canada. Having travelled to over 65 countries in the world, we can say from real experience that these opportunities are truly rare in the world.

International Experience Canada (IEC) provides young Canadians (18 to 35) the opportunity to travel and work abroad. IEC is available in countries that have a bilateral youth mobility arrangement with Canada. Depending on where you would like to go, you can choose from up to three travel and work experiences:

  1. Working Holiday: Fund your vacation with temporary work. The work portion of your trip lets you earn money, so that you can fund your travels during your stay. It is a great way to afford side trips, other excursions and accommodations while you are abroad.
  2. Young Professionals: Gain professional work experience abroad to better compete in a global economy. Widen your career horizons by working on teams from diverse cultural backgrounds, learn new approaches to doing business, experience a different country and learn another language
  3. International Co-op Internship: Acquire valuable overseas work experience related to your field of study. The International Co-op Internship is for students who intend to complete a work placement or internship abroad to fulfil part of their academic curriculum.

You can find an overview of the program at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/residents/iec/ and details at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/tools/temp/work/opinion/experience/bilat.asp

Also for young citizens from any of the countries below, there are bilateral agreements that will enable you to work and travel in Canada. Please visit the CIC website for details.

Below is a summary for Canadian youths:

Country Working Holiday Young Professionals International Co-op (Internship)
Australia Yes Yes Yes
Austria No Yes Yes
Belgium Yes No No
Chile Yes Yes Yes
Costa Rica Yes Yes Yes
Croatia Yes Yes Yes
Czech Republic Yes Yes Yes
Denmark Yes No No
Estonia Yes Yes Yes
France Yes Yes Yes
Germany Yes Yes Yes
Greece Yes Yes Yes
Hong Kong Yes No No
Ireland Yes Yes Yes
Italy Yes No No
Japan Yes No No
Korea, Rep. Yes No No
Latvia Yes Yes Yes
Lithuania Yes Yes Yes
Mexico Yes Yes Yes
Netherlands Yes Yes No
New Zealand Yes No No
Norway Yes Yes Yes
Poland Yes Yes Yes
Slovakia Yes Yes Yes
Slovenia Yes Yes Yes
Spain Yes Yes Yes
Sweden Yes Yes Yes
Switzerland No Yes Yes
Taiwan Yes Yes Yes
Ukraine Yes Yes Yes
United Kingdom Yes No No

 

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