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    (Original post by shoegirl)
    When I pay the £90 do I get the bank to put all my details on the receipt or is it okay to write them on there?

    Also for you Canada residents - what happenened about references for the jobs you had? Did they follow them up by e-mail and how many do you need when you apply for a job? Thanks!
    Honestly, both of my jobs never even checked my references as far as I'm aware. I think if you just walk in there dressed smartly and are polite, you put out this good initial impression and people are more willing just to take a chance. My boss said that honestly, instead of going through all the work of emailing or calling an international reference and waiting for them to get back to her when she needed someone to start asap; it was less hassle for her to just give me a trial shift and see how I got on. YMMV though depending on what kind of job you're looking for there. If it's something professional then expect to have them checked, but if it's retail/store work I wouldn't be suprised if nobody bothers to follow up.
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    Thanks! I don't think anyone will give me a professional job (my job at the moment isn't really a professional one ).

    Paid my fee today, yay!
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    (Original post by Guitarless Hero)
    Honestly, both of my jobs never even checked my references as far as I'm aware. I think if you just walk in there dressed smartly and are polite, you put out this good initial impression and people are more willing just to take a chance. My boss said that honestly, instead of going through all the work of emailing or calling an international reference and waiting for them to get back to her when she needed someone to start asap; it was less hassle for her to just give me a trial shift and see how I got on. YMMV though depending on what kind of job you're looking for there. If it's something professional then expect to have them checked, but if it's retail/store work I wouldn't be suprised if nobody bothers to follow up.
    I had the same experience too applying for retail jobs when I was in Toronto. Bring a couple of names you can list anyway, but most places once won't to go through the hassle of contacting them. I agree - walk in and be smart and polite and you'll be fine. Also they will probably be more fascinated by your accent. I think my accent probably helped me get my job!
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    I used to live in Canada, Vancouver actually for about 10 years. It is a terrific place, I love it and actually have never heard of this programme before. I am in my second year at uni, so i finish next year (2012). I am hoping to go back to work there for about a year before i decided what i really want to do with my life. It sounds quite interesting.

    If anyone could offer tell me more about this, as in the jobs that will be undertaken perhaps? or pretty much anything really, I have only just started looking and obviously will keep on, but any advice would be great.
    In return I am willing to offer some advice and what-not into the type of city Vancouver is, if that is where you are going next year.

    Thanks
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    I used to live in Canada, Vancouver actually for about 10 years. It is a terrific place, I love it and actually have never heard of this programme before. I am in my second year at uni, so i finish next year (2012). I am hoping to go back to work there for about a year before i decided what i really want to do with my life. It sounds quite interesting.

    If anyone could offer tell me more about this, as in the jobs that will be undertaken perhaps? or pretty much anything really, I have only just started looking and obviously will keep on, but any advice would be great.
    In return I am willing to offer some advice and what-not into the type of city Vancouver is, if that is where you are going next year.

    Thanks

    Hi there,

    The SWAP offices in Toronto and Vancouver will help you with finding work and accommodation. They have exclusive access to local seasonal job listings, usually in retail or hospitality. Our members usually find a job within 2-3 weeks of arriving.
    They also organise social events to help you meet other travellers during your year in Canada. You can even get chatting to other BUNAC members before you leave the UK by taking one of BUNAC's group flights. For more info please feel free to give us a call on 02072510662

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    Has anybody else heard back? 5 weeks of waiting for me now!
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    (Original post by Burnsey91)
    I used to live in Canada, Vancouver actually for about 10 years. It is a terrific place, I love it and actually have never heard of this programme before. I am in my second year at uni, so i finish next year (2012). I am hoping to go back to work there for about a year before i decided what i really want to do with my life. It sounds quite interesting.

    If anyone could offer tell me more about this, as in the jobs that will be undertaken perhaps? or pretty much anything really, I have only just started looking and obviously will keep on, but any advice would be great.
    In return I am willing to offer some advice and what-not into the type of city Vancouver is, if that is where you are going next year.

    Thanks
    I did Work Canada in Toronto for a year 2009-2010. Absolutely fell in love with Canada - in fact I've just come back from visiting again!
    I went out there as a gap year after finishing uni, I wasn't particularly fussy about what work I was looking for as I just wanted something to tide me over for the year. After about 2 weeks of looking I got some admin work through a temp agency and then about a week after that I got a permanent job at a bookshop where I worked for the year. I was a bit terrified before I went incase I didn't find a job but me and the other people I met out there on visas just powered through the job applications from the swap office when we first arrived and we were all working within a few weeks.
    Worked out really well with housing too, ended up moving in with some fellow bunacers who I met in the Canadiana Hostel and we found a house after about a week. A tip for people going to Toronto - stay in the Canadiana Hostel, it's the best hostel I've ever stayed in, really homely!
    I'm back at uni now doing a postgrad, but planning to get another visa when I'm finished. What's Vancouver like? I quite fancy visiting the west coast.
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    (Original post by Brown56)
    I did Work Canada in Toronto for a year 2009-2010. Absolutely fell in love with Canada - in fact I've just come back from visiting again!
    I went out there as a gap year after finishing uni, I wasn't particularly fussy about what work I was looking for as I just wanted something to tide me over for the year. After about 2 weeks of looking I got some admin work through a temp agency and then about a week after that I got a permanent job at a bookshop where I worked for the year. I was a bit terrified before I went incase I didn't find a job but me and the other people I met out there on visas just powered through the job applications from the swap office when we first arrived and we were all working within a few weeks.
    Worked out really well with housing too, ended up moving in with some fellow bunacers who I met in the Canadiana Hostel and we found a house after about a week. A tip for people going to Toronto - stay in the Canadiana Hostel, it's the best hostel I've ever stayed in, really homely!
    I'm back at uni now doing a postgrad, but planning to get another visa when I'm finished. What's Vancouver like? I quite fancy visiting the west coast.
    Sounds awesome! That's the sort of thing I hope to do, though maybe not do the entire year in Toronto. I'm thinking 3-6 months in one place and jump around afterwards.

    GIVE ME THE VISA! ARGHGARHGARGH!!

    How did it feel to come back to do a postgrad? Are you out of touch with it all? I spent my summer in Oz and it's killing me being back for my masters - feels like I wasted a working visa too, having only worked for a month whilst there (travelled the rest of the time).
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    FINALLY got my letter of introduction!!!!

    It took something like 6 weeks 2 days, I was getting worried!

    But now- yaaaaaaaaayyyyy!!!!

    *happy dance*
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    (Original post by lazyswot)
    FINALLY got my letter of introduction!!!!

    It took something like 6 weeks 2 days, I was getting worried!

    But now- yaaaaaaaaayyyyy!!!!

    *happy dance*
    Congrats!!
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    Hmmm I'm torn between getting a cheap compact camera or shelling out for an entry level dslr... hmmm
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    (Original post by ChrisBan)
    Hmmm I'm torn between getting a cheap compact camera or shelling out for an entry level dslr... hmmm
    Mate, I bought a Lumix FZ40 in Toronto and I regret it. Sure, it's good but it's so inconvenient when you're travelling. So anything that isn't flat like a point and shoot camera I would advise against it. You can still get lots of point and shoots that have nearly as good quality as SLRs and bridge cameras.

    It's not just the space that a big camera takes up, it's the extra burden on your shoulders as well. You're constantly worried about it being broken or stolen or what have you. I don't know, I have a biggish camera and I'm hating it. It's frigging amazing for good pictures but it's not worth it.

    But that's just me.
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    (Original post by Brown56)
    I did Work Canada in Toronto for a year 2009-2010. Absolutely fell in love with Canada - in fact I've just come back from visiting again!
    I went out there as a gap year after finishing uni, I wasn't particularly fussy about what work I was looking for as I just wanted something to tide me over for the year. After about 2 weeks of looking I got some admin work through a temp agency and then about a week after that I got a permanent job at a bookshop where I worked for the year. I was a bit terrified before I went incase I didn't find a job but me and the other people I met out there on visas just powered through the job applications from the swap office when we first arrived and we were all working within a few weeks.
    Worked out really well with housing too, ended up moving in with some fellow bunacers who I met in the Canadiana Hostel and we found a house after about a week. A tip for people going to Toronto - stay in the Canadiana Hostel, it's the best hostel I've ever stayed in, really homely!
    I'm back at uni now doing a postgrad, but planning to get another visa when I'm finished. What's Vancouver like? I quite fancy visiting the west coast.
    Hey, how did you find the transition back to education after a one year haitus? I took a break between 2nd year and 3rd year and I'm returning to do my 3rd year in September. I'm really worried about the transition, adjusting back, forgetting all the stuff, etc.

    And, listen to this guy. DO NOT go to Global Village Backpackers. It's the one that's included in your BUNAC package. It's horrendous in terms of hygiene. Move out straight away when you arrive. I've never been in Canadiana but I've heard good reviews about it. I highly recommend the HI Hostels in Canada. They are simply fantastic. Some of them you won't even believe it's a hostel, you'd think it's a hotel or something. They have a $35 membership which if you get you save 15% for each night you stay. It adds up when you stay in a hostel a lot. You also get discounts for Greyhound buses which you will be using a lot if you plan to travel around Canada cheap, especially in the Rocky Mountains.
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    (Original post by ShaolinTemple)
    Mate, I bought a Lumix FZ40 in Toronto and I regret it. Sure, it's good but it's so inconvenient when you're travelling. So anything that isn't flat like a point and shoot camera I would advise against it. You can still get lots of point and shoots that have nearly as good quality as SLRs and bridge cameras.

    It's not just the space that a big camera takes up, it's the extra burden on your shoulders as well. You're constantly worried about it being broken or stolen or what have you. I don't know, I have a biggish camera and I'm hating it. It's frigging amazing for good pictures but it's not worth it.

    But that's just me.
    Yeah those were some of my fears. I suppose its just me being lazy in my research in that its so much easier to find recommendations for an slr than a compact :teehee:
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    (Original post by ChrisBan)
    Yeah those were some of my fears. I suppose its just me being lazy in my research in that its so much easier to find recommendations for an slr than a compact :teehee:
    Yeah, all point and shoots are the same :P

    I don't know. If you just want the pictures for memories then a point and shoot is good enough to bring you back to those places in your mind lol.
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    Got my letter of introduction! Woo!
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    (Original post by BillyM)
    Got my letter of introduction! Woo!
    Awesome, congrats!

    I just finished my degree so I'm now very excited for my July-October road trip around (mainland) Europe and then heading off to Canada on 10th November!
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    Congrats all you guys! I'm still waiting for mine and attempting to figure out some kind of plan. I just had some time off work and went away for a couple of weeks so am back to no savings again.

    Ditto the HI Hostels. I've never stayed in one in Canada but stayed in a few in the states and they are really nice.
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    (Original post by gemini89)
    Awesome, congrats!

    I just finished my degree so I'm now very excited for my July-October road trip around (mainland) Europe and then heading off to Canada on 10th November!

    T - 13 days for me to finish! YUS YUS YUS! Mainland Europe is awesome, I'm uncertain what I'm going to do between now and when I leave. I don't even know when I'm going to leave. This freedom is going to be so cool!
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    Has anyone had a medical or know anyone who has? I got my letter today about having one and I'm a bit reluctant to part with any more cash and to have a chest x ray, argh!

    Do you know if I would be able to work with children without one?
 
 
 

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