Live and work in Canada for a ski season? Want to improve your French and earn a good wage? Oyster offers you the opportunity to do all three on our paid work programme at the world-famous ski resort, Mont Tremblant, Canada.
We have been sending people to Tremblant since 2006 and our participants have been working in bars, restaurants and hotels in a number of roles. You will have the full support of our team in the UK (including a pre-departure course) and our representative in Tremblant who will be a helpful friend to you.
We have a number of entry-level vacancies available at the Canadian resort of Tremblant for the coming ski season. Entry-level positions typically include 'back of house jobs' such as cleaning, washing up and food preparation. If you can speak French there may be an opportunity to work 'front of house'.
Canadian employers are proud of their reputation for high levels of customer service. All of our participants must expect to be employed in an entry level position. This gives employers the opportunity to see, first hand, how you perform. If you impress your boss, and learn enough French to converse easily, you may well be moved into different roles within the establishment. In the past, we have had people running a deli counter and speaking French all day long!
Standards are high in Canada and you’ll be expected to be punctual, smart and polite. If you don’t mind working hard you’ll have a great time – both at work, where you will be part of a busy team, and in the resort itself. The attitude in Canada really is ‘Work hard, Play hard’! By accepting a place offered by Oyster, you will be guaranteed a job and accommodation as long as you can provide a clean Police Check.
The programme requires you to have a Canadian Working Holiday Permit (the IEC). We can assist in helping you apply for this. Permits are released at the beginning of each year. Permits for 2017 have almost run out. If you already have a work permit, and want to get involved, do get in touch.
The good news is that we are taking applications for the following seasons (2018/19 and 2019/20). Apply now to take advantage of our advice and support. The earlier you book, the greater chance you will have of securing the IEC Work Permit.
If the work sounds appealing then you can expect to earn a good wage that is above the Canadian minimum wage. Most participants find the wage enough to be able to live comfortably, have a great social life and even save money for when they have finished the placement.
For novices and experts alike, Tremblant is the perfect Ski Resort. It offers a good variety of slopes that can help progress those that are still relatively new to winter sports whilst still challenging the more experienced amongst you. In the past our experienced skiers have taken their skills to new levels by doing extra courses and taking on the snow parks. If you have only been skiing a few times - spend your free time skiing and improving! Over 6 months you will become pretty good to say the least!
Oyster will secure good quality accommodation for you and your group in rented Condo’s (flats) and houses. You’ll live in a town a short bus ride from Tremblant. This is the best accommodation that we use anywhere in the world. All accommodation is self catering with cooking facilities provided and you should expect to share a room. Participants pay for accommodation whilst in Tremblant. This is great value and works out to be approximately C$400 per month (roughly £300)
What do I get for my money?
To participate in the programme there is a charge of £2250, this includes:
• Pre-arranged job in Tremblant before you leave home.
• Guaranteed accommodation ready for your arrival.
• Home country interview and briefing (either face-to-face or over the phone).
• Pre Departure Briefing two months before you head to Canada. For those based in the UK you will meet the group you are travelling with (this takes place on Skype for those from overseas).
• Assistance with organising the Work Permit (extra fee of $250 payable to Canadian Immigration).
• Support from our rep in Tremblant throughout your stay.
• Airport pickup in Montreal.
• Help organising Social Insurance Number and Canadian Bank Account.
• In-resort orientation.
• 10 French lessons with our local teacher.
• Monthly meet-ups with the group and our rep in Tremblant.
Working in Tremblant for a season is an amazing experience especially if you are keen to develop your French language skills. People come home saying that it was the best decision they have ever made! Not only is the social life great, the jobs fantastic but also the support and benefits that Tremblant gives its employees.
You spend 5 months in Tremblant with all this and more for just £2250!