BUNAC, the long-standing provider of overseas working holidays, is offering 18 to 35-year-olds the chance to experience an entire, adrenalin-fuelled ski season in one of the world’s top winter adventure destinations, with a job arranged before even leaving the UK. Boost your CV, your bank account and your ski skills all in one go!
Ski gappers can choose between top resorts in Canada, the world-famous powder of Japan or an active volcano in New Zealand – or experience all three, chasing the snow and moving from one destination’s ski season to the next.
Hundreds of winter hospitality and customer service positions are up for grabs in all three destinations, ranging from on-mountain Ski Concierge to Spa Attendant, Barista to Front Desk Staff. There are plenty of perks available, too, including free or subsidised accommodation, ski passes, lessons and activities. Once the snow has melted, most resorts re-open for the summer season with a raft of new job opportunities for those wanting to stay a full 12 months – or it’s entirely possible to work and ski all year round, in different hemispheres.
BUNAC will be hosting its annual Work Canada Winter Job Fairs in London on 9th, 10th and 11th August. Employers from the prestigious Four Seasons Whistler, Panorama Mountain Resort and Blue Mountain Resort will be interviewing and hiring on the spot. However, candidates need to apply now for an IEC work permit, before the current year’s quota runs out. Visas are going faster than ever, but BUNAC’s Work Canada Ultimate programme (£529) offers visa support and assistance as well as a pre-arranged job in Canada, two nights’ arrival accommodation, orientation and ongoing assistance with work and living arrangements for up to two years, with dedicated resource centres in Toronto and Vancouver.
A ski season in Japan is not only a chance to shred the legendary soft, deep powder but also a unique cultural experience. BUNAC’s NEW Work Japan Ultimate Ski programme (£899) is open to gappers aged 20 to 30, and includes a pre-arranged job, orientation and introduction to the Japanese way of life, airport meet-and-greet, accommodation for the first week and a year’s worth of support and advice from the in-country team. Jobs are available with Niseko-Hirafu’s largest and best-renowned snow sports school, plus a leading supplier of premier accommodation and a sophisticated boutique hotel founded on a natural hot spa. An optional language course is available. Japan’s ski season runs from November to April and the work visa lasts 12 months, so this is a great option for people wanting to also enjoy the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympics, both being held in Japan.
BUNAC’s Ski New Zealand programme (£499) is based amid the volcanoes, hot springs and emerald lakes of the North Island; the twin ski fields of active volcano Mount Ruapehu are an adventurer’s paradise with terrain ranging from green to double black runs. Skype job interviews are taking place between now and mid-March for the upcoming winter season, which runs from June to October. The programme for 18-to-35-year-olds includes visa support, a pre-arranged resort job, full-season ski pass, three nights’ arrival accommodation, an orientation and training week, plus 12 months’ access to BUNAC’s dedicated resource centres in Auckland and Christchurch. Optional group flights are also available, including a three-day stopover in Hong Kong, allowing ski gappers to meet like-minded travellers.
For more information, call BUNAC on 0333 999 7516 or visit www.bunac.org.uk.