USA and Canada

Brooklyn Bridge - career break USA

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.

Career break organisations with opportunities in USA and Canada

Educating Adventures

Educating Adventures

Ski and snowboard instructor courses with a guaranteed job offer in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Japan.
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Paid work support programmes in New Zealand, Canada and Australia, paid summer camp work in the USA and volunteer placements in Asia, Africa and the Americas.
Go to BUNAC website Find out more
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Trek America

Over 50 unique North American road trips from 3 to 64 days - unique off-the-beaten-track adventure tours with tons of activities.
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i-to-i TEFL

i-to-i are a leading online TEFL course provider that are internationally recognised and accredited worldwide.
Go to i-to-i TEFL website Find out more
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Oyster Worldwide

Voluntary or paid work from 2 weeks to a year, including volunteering with animals, teaching English, medical placements, sports coaching, jobs in Canadian ski resorts and farm work in Australia.
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Simply Snowports

Simply Snowports runs ski instructor courses and snowboard instructor courses in Canada.
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Nonstop Snow

A range of ski and snowboard instructor courses and powder camps in Canada, France and New Zealand's best resorts - ideal for season-long stays and career breaks.
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Ski & snowboard career breaks in Whistler, Canada, including instructor courses (2 weeks to 5 months), improvement camps and off piste clinics.
Go to ALLTRACKS Academy website Find out more
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Flying Fish

Professional training and jobs for yachtmasters, superyacht crew, watersports and snowsports instructors.
Go to Flying Fish website Find out more