The USA and Canada are popular destinations for career breakers - the USA for travelling about and summer camp work and Canada for seasonal work and ski / snowboard instructor courses.
USA & Canada facts for the career breaker:
- North America is a great place to travel to, because it has something to satisfy everyone - it's a hugely diverse continent. People are generally very friendly and helpful too, and most places are safe.
- Both the US and Canada have working holiday visa schemes. The USA has several different visas available and you can work for up to 12 months in Canada, or 4-12 months in the US (depending on the visa). Various restrictions apply, including age. There are organisations which not only help you get your visas, but also have programmes to help you settle in, find a job, and make friends!
- The USA has long been a popular destination for career breakers who want to work on summer camps. As well as camp counsellors (looking after and doing activities with the kids), support staff are also needed.
- Canada has some of the best ski and snowboard resorts in the world. If you've never skiied before, you can do an introductory course (in about 3 weeks) and more experienced snowsports enthusiasts can go straight into their instructor course. These have a very high pass rate, and many schools will help or guarantee you a job afterwards.
- There isn't much volunteer work in North America for career breakers, but some organisations do organise placements there.
- If you want to travel around the US or Canada you can go it alone, or go on an adventure tour. These will take you to some amazing and unusual places, will help you make friends, and often include extra activities as well, like cultural sites or adventure sports.