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Life Swap: Working Holiday in Canada/Australia

International Experience Canada (IEC) provides young Canadians and Australians the exciting opportunity to travel and work in each other’s countries. For Canadians, IEC is available in 32 countries and territories that have a bilateral youth mobility arrangement with Canada.

Are you looking to challenge yourself, learn about a new culture, gain work experience, travel, and much more? Then a Working Holiday might be perfect for you.

The Life Swap video above shows you all of the benefits of travelling and working abroad through the IEC program, and the best part is that all of these fun clips were shared by current Working Holiday participants in Australia and Canada.

With a Working Holiday, you can fund your traveling with temporary work. The work portion of your travels lets you earn money, so that you can fund your adventures during your stay. It is a great way to afford side trips, other excursions and accommodations while you are abroad!

A fantastic free resource is the Working Holiday Job Bank, which aims to better connect Canadian Working Holiday participants with Australian employers. This great tool was set up by the Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce, in recognition of the importance of these opportunities, and in its support of IEC.

If you or someone you know has previously done a Working Holiday in Australia or Canada, we warmly encourage past participants to take part in the “Where Are They Now?” survey. The research is being conducted by the Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce and your feedback will help improve opportunities for young Canadians and Australians, as well as help inspire them to follow in your footsteps!

The survey only takes about 15 minutes to complete and is mobile-friendly. Click here to start!


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Canada Down Under is an on-line portfolio of Canadian-Australian stories produced by the Consulate General of Canada in Sydney and other contributors.

Canada Down Under est un portefeuille en ligne d'histoires canado-australiennes produites par le Consulat général du Canada à Sydney et d'autres contributeurs.

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