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    I applied for this & got accepted last year but still haven't left i have like a month left before i can go, so i'm gonna try & go soon, just wandering where did you all buy your year long insurance from? & how much was it? thanks.
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    (Original post by Vybz Kartel)
    I applied for this & got accepted last year but still haven't left i have like a month left before i can go, so i'm gonna try & go soon, just wandering where did you all buy your year long insurance from? & how much was it? thanks.
    I use ACE - one of the cheapest around (207 pounds for the standard, 168 pounds for the budget). It covers you for work (which a lot of policies don't), has unlimited medical coverage, allows you the option to extend it (if you don't know how long you're going for, just buy 6 months and then extend later if you stay longer, no point buying 12 months and returning after 2) and it also allows you to return home for a short stay. This could end up being really helpful if someone close to you got married or, worst case scenario, got ill/died etc.

    Definitely go!!! Don't waste one of the two Canadian work visas you can get in your lifetime.
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    (Original post by gemini89)
    I use ACE - one of the cheapest around (207 pounds for the standard, 168 pounds for the budget). It covers you for work (which a lot of policies don't), has unlimited medical coverage, allows you the option to extend it (if you don't know how long you're going for, just buy 6 months and then extend later if you stay longer, no point buying 12 months and returning after 2) and it also allows you to return home for a short stay. This could end up being really helpful if someone close to you got married or, worst case scenario, got ill/died etc.

    Definitely go!!! Don't waste one of the two Canadian work visas you can get in your lifetime.
    Thank you so much for your help!!

    You're so right, i'm going to book a flight real soon & trey & leave in a few weeks time, thanks again! +Rep
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    Hey, what did people do with the 10 year employment section in the application? You can only put 3 jobs in and I've had much more than that. Did everyone put ALL their jobs in?
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    Hi, do you know if the camp pays back the £600 we have to pay to BUNAC in advance? Because if we earn 1000 $ we would work for nothing, the money we spend before we go is exactly the same as we get.
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    (Original post by gemini89)
    I use ACE - one of the cheapest around (207 pounds for the standard, 168 pounds for the budget). It covers you for work (which a lot of policies don't), has unlimited medical coverage, allows you the option to extend it (if you don't know how long you're going for, just buy 6 months and then extend later if you stay longer, no point buying 12 months and returning after 2) and it also allows you to return home for a short stay. This could end up being really helpful if someone close to you got married or, worst case scenario, got ill/died etc.

    Definitely go!!! Don't waste one of the two Canadian work visas you can get in your lifetime.
    Heya

    Does the standard insurance cover things like skiing, sky diving and bungee jumping?

    Thanks for your help!
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    (Original post by Brap pap pap)
    Heya

    Does the standard insurance cover things like skiing, sky diving and bungee jumping?

    Thanks for your help!

    Yep, though on all three activities there is a increased medical excess (to 150 pounds on bungy jumping, to 300 pounds on skydiving and skiing) and reduced medical cover to a million pounds. And you can't be doing any of those three activities in a professional capacity i.e. can't be working as a ski/skydiving instructor - you'd have to get something way more specialist for that. As for bungy jumping, you can only do two jumps (I used the maximum during my first gap year ) Not many companies will cover any of these activities at all, so to find one that covers all three to a million pounds is pretty good really.
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    Agrh I can't decide what to do about next year! I really could see myself staying out here longer, BUT they changed the permanent visas, so you know have to have decent work experience or a Canadian phd to qualify under the experience class...neither of which I'm likely to have in 18 months time. It's probably more sensible to go home, get a good job and a professional qualification and then come back for my 2nd year and get a professional/managerial job and then apply for residence. Although that assumes that I'd find a good job back home, and those seem hard to come by tese days. Also, by the time I qualify I might be settled in the UK and not want to uproot to start from scratch again. I'd prefer to stay out here for now, quit the job I'm currently doing and go back to Toronto for the summer/fall and then out to Alberta and see what happens out there. That would mean going through the ****ty job hunt process all over again, which I hate and generally fail at. I was planning to use this year out to think about what I really wanted to do with the rest of my life, but have managed a bit too successfully to completely ignore the issue Oh decisions...

    (Original post by ShaolinTemple)
    Hey, what did people do with the 10 year employment section in the application? You can only put 3 jobs in and I've had much more than that. Did everyone put ALL their jobs in?
    I can't actually remember if this was for Canada or the US, but I've had more than 3 jobs too, and just wrote them on an additional sheet of paper. Doing that means you're covered either way - they don't need to look at it if they don't want to, but you won't be rejected for incomplete information either. Does it say anything in the instructions? I'm sure many people have had more than 3 jobs in 10 years.
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    (Original post by gemini89)
    Yep, though on all three activities there is a increased medical excess (to 150 pounds on bungy jumping, to 300 pounds on skydiving and skiing) and reduced medical cover to a million pounds. And you can't be doing any of those three activities in a professional capacity i.e. can't be working as a ski/skydiving instructor - you'd have to get something way more specialist for that. As for bungy jumping, you can only do two jumps (I used the maximum during my first gap year ) Not many companies will cover any of these activities at all, so to find one that covers all three to a million pounds is pretty good really.
    Ah right OK! So do you have to inform them when you're doing a bungee then? Otherwise how are they going to know you're only doing 2? Yeah sounds pretty good to me as well, especially seen as I seen for claims that aren't minor/low cost they pay out first rather than you having to pay and then claim as well which is something I am definitely looking for!
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    (Original post by Brap pap pap)
    Ah right OK! So do you have to inform them when you're doing a bungee then? Otherwise how are they going to know you're only doing 2? Yeah sounds pretty good to me as well, especially seen as I seen for claims that aren't minor/low cost they pay out first rather than you having to pay and then claim as well which is something I am definitely looking for!
    No, you don't have to inform them (as far as I'm aware!), I just took it to mean another clause basically stating that you shouldn't make a habit of it i.e. become a bungy instructor and be doing free bungees all the time! I was once told by a bungy jumping instructor (at the highest jump in the world, in China) that there are way more deaths due to that then skydiving so go figure To be honest, I've never thought about that specification too much! You could email them and find out the definitive answer though!
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    I got my insurance from Karma Insurance, they were the cheapest quote I could find and as far as I could tell gave the same cover as people like ACE. Even with the winter sports add on they were cheaper. Luckily I never had to use it, remember after a certain amount of time you will qualify for provincial healthcare as well.
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    Got my LoI today, yay =)
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    (Original post by Brap pap pap)
    Got my LoI today, yay =)
    Congrats!! I really need to apply for my 2nd year already....need to find a Canadian photo shop that will do British passport photos first though!
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    Taking a gap year next yest and have been thinking of things to do and this sounds pretty fantastic
    I'm and incredibly shy person with no work experience apart from the typical 2 weeks via school in lower years so I'm pretty nervous even thinking about something like this!

    Just wanted to say hi anyways
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    (Original post by Sockhead)
    Taking a gap year next yest and have been thinking of things to do and this sounds pretty fantastic
    I'm and incredibly shy person with no work experience apart from the typical 2 weeks via school in lower years so I'm pretty nervous even thinking about something like this!

    Just wanted to say hi anyways
    Hi! Good for you for thinking about it. A lot of people do the whole 'oh I'd love to do that...' but then never get past doing anything except just stating that fact! I would say though try and get some more work experience (voluntary or otherwise) before you come, just so you have something recent at least. Also, I think you should know that in my opinion (having lived in NZ, and now here) there are way more casual work opportunities for travellers in NZ and Australia, so have a good think, unless you're completely set on Canada. (Which is fine, but just a tip!!) Another tip would be that if you're thinking about working at a ski resort, you really need to go to the job fairs in September/October to get placed for the winter season, which starts in Dec usually.

    edit - PLUS if you want a Canadian working holiday visa, you really need to plan ahead. If you're on a gap year from this September (2012) to September 2013, you should probably apply for the work permit (visa) this cycle, rather than waiting for next year. The visas are released in Dec/Jan and generally last 6 months or so...and you need to allow a good few months for the application to process, just in case. Once you have it, you just need to enter Canada within a year that you were accepted. So if you applied in May (2012) you can enter until May 2013....if you're planning to go during 2012-13, waiting until the next cycle is cutting it a bit fine tbh.
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    Agarhhhh double post, but I've just started the application for my next year's visa. Feel like I'm going around in circles - not sure where to put my Canadian address or UK address.......confusing! It's really not made for people already IN Canada, even though you can apply from here. Also need a police certificate from New Zealand but the website isn't that clear what I do with the form to fill out for it. Didn't have to do that last year! At least I don't have to do that awful proof of funds thing again. I haven't got any UK passport photos either, so I will have to go and get some special photos for the ACPO and the actual application....should have thought ahead really and brought some just in case. AND I have no idea how I'm going to find two recent proof of address documents for my 'resident' address in the UK - I haven't lived there since July, so that was too long ago. Nightmare!!

    Anyone else applying for their 2nd year?
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    ^ Hope all goes well applying for your second year! I don't think I will apply for mine but confused about what is going on with my life . In some ways it would be good to stay but I also feel like I need to either live abroad somewhere new or go back home and work on career stuff.

    I think we should all feel proud of almost getting through the Canadian winter! Though apparently it's been mild here. I've actually quite like wearing snow boots. I'm enjoying my experience so far, the only downsides are having enough money to do stuff I want (would love to do more weekend trips and more skiing but so pricey) and I feel I could be more social. Have made friends here though and I think part of the not being social enough thing is that I would rather spending money on trips then going out for dinner and drinks.

    I am hoping to visit the east coast but again the price is crazy, wayyy cheaper for me to go to Las Vegas . I am rubbish at sports but feel 'inspired' to be more active here, though could do more exercise. I would def recommend the experience to people thinking about going. I've had friends come out to visit and skype with my friends and fam so haven't really been missing home.
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    (Original post by shoegirl)
    ^ Hope all goes well applying for your second year!

    I think we should all feel proud of almost getting through the Canadian winter! Though apparently it's been mild here. I've actually quite like wearing snow boots.

    I am rubbish at sports but feel 'inspired' to be more active here, though could do more exercise..
    YES to both the latter two statements!! Snow boots are awesome. I'd say winter has been very mild here, but maybe that's just cos I'm on Vancouver Island which is known to have the mildest winters in Canada full stop! I've never really been amazingly cold, but then I do spend 5 days a week up a mountain and I'm usually 'properly' dressed, with a proper jacket, snow pants (trousers! wow I'm turning Canadian) and snow boots. I'm awful at sports but am very proud that I've learned to snowboard in the short time I've been here, something I didn't think I'd be able to do at all. Sad that the season will be over in about 7 weeks, but that's still a little while. Hoping to get into kayaking this spring/summer, oh, and see some orca whales!

    My 2nd year application isn't going very well. I'm having trouble getting two proofs of my address here in Canada (don't pay bills, don't have an 'official' tenancy agreement, don't get bank statements). I sent off for some bank cheques about 3 weeks ago but they haven't come (must request more), and I need them to apply for my Drivers License. I also sent some UK style passport photos to my parents in the UK to apply for my police-check and I'm guessing they've been lost in the post, as it's been over two weeks now. So I'll have to go and have them done and sent again...another $20 or so. Frustrating! I'll be pretty choked (ok, gutted in British English!) to miss out on this visa.

    Where else would you think about moving? I'd highly recommend New Zealand - very easy and quick to get the visa and there's quite a lot of casual backpacker jobs around, far more than Canada. You might not make a fortune but lots give you accommodation/food so you can save your money or earn a little and save to travel Far cheaper to travel around the country too.
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    Hey all,

    I'm thinking about doing this from September 2012 (well more likely a few months later after I've earnt the required money in the UK).

    How did you all go about finding jobs and accomodation? I'm worried a minimum wage job won't cover rent and living expenses..

    Where in Canada would anyone reccomend, atm I'm thinking Vancouver
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    (Original post by gemini89)
    YES to both the latter two statements!! Snow boots are awesome. I'd say winter has been very mild here, but maybe that's just cos I'm on Vancouver Island which is known to have the mildest winters in Canada full stop! I've never really been amazingly cold, but then I do spend 5 days a week up a mountain and I'm usually 'properly' dressed, with a proper jacket, snow pants (trousers! wow I'm turning Canadian) and snow boots. I'm awful at sports but am very proud that I've learned to snowboard in the short time I've been here, something I didn't think I'd be able to do at all. Sad that the season will be over in about 7 weeks, but that's still a little while. Hoping to get into kayaking this spring/summer, oh, and see some orca whales!

    My 2nd year application isn't going very well. I'm having trouble getting two proofs of my address here in Canada (don't pay bills, don't have an 'official' tenancy agreement, don't get bank statements). I sent off for some bank cheques about 3 weeks ago but they haven't come (must request more), and I need them to apply for my Drivers License. I also sent some UK style passport photos to my parents in the UK to apply for my police-check and I'm guessing they've been lost in the post, as it's been over two weeks now. So I'll have to go and have them done and sent again...another $20 or so. Frustrating! I'll be pretty choked (ok, gutted in British English!) to miss out on this visa.

    Where else would you think about moving? I'd highly recommend New Zealand - very easy and quick to get the visa and there's quite a lot of casual backpacker jobs around, far more than Canada. You might not make a fortune but lots give you accommodation/food so you can save your money or earn a little and save to travel Far cheaper to travel around the country too.

    Your job sounds fun! I can't believe I own a ski jacket and snow boots! Though love, love the boots too, especially today in the slush! I remember checking the weather for Canada last year and thinking I would still be freezing in March and April yet I felt boiling today and tomorrow looks 'hot' too! Congrats on the snow boarding achievement! I will have to give it a try soon. I am happy I got to try skiing as never had before but too expensive to do a lot , was thinking about ski resort work but didn't end up doing it in the end. The ski instructor told me I fall really well though so that's an achievement - right ? Need to arrange going at the weekend again soon.

    Visa stuff sounds stressful . It was stressful enough in the UK let alone out. Hope you manage to get it sorted and send off soon to get that off your mind. I keep getting told I don't sound English at all! Many people think Australian which I haven't got outside Canada.

    Not sure where I will go. Been to NZ before and loved it (wish I'd worked there actually when I went before) so that sounds like a good option. I need to go back to England and save I think (plus pay off debts, ack!!!). Feel like I will be bored at home though. Yeah Canadian travel is tres expensive! I am planning a few trips at the moment, was going to go to Vancouver and Vancouver Island beg of April with a friend but it might not work out till later on. Though then it will be warmer which will be good but I really want to see Vancouver soon! Also a friend I've made is moving Halifax so I am trying to get time off to go on the drive with her and fly back.

    Got to experience Canadian healthcare today! REMINDER - sort out what you are entitled to before you get sick as it can be $$$$. The dr was lovely though and actually reimbursed me some of what I had paid. Now need to research my coverage options here and look over my travel insurance documents! Was trying to hold off going as I didn't want to pay but so much pain definitely worth it in the end. Even though I am now on a pasta diet for the rest of my time here .
 
 
 

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