Stepwest Stories – Gema’s Working Holiday in Canada

October 24, 2014
Posted in Stepwest Stories, Working Holiday


We’re back with another Stepwest Stories! Stepwest Stories is an on-going feature series where we highlight our program participant’s experiences in Canada. It’s a great way to share their Canada Working Holiday experiences with others also thinking about doing a working holiday in Canada.

Gema’s Working Holiday Experience in Vancouver

Gema came to Canada in May 2014 through Stepwest’s Working Holiday City Job Program. She spent a year living and working in Vancouver before receiving the international job opportunity of a lifetime.

We first connected with Gema while she was still in Spain planning her working holiday. In her Working Holiday Consultation, we learned that improving her English and gaining work experience abroad was high on her list of goals and reasons for coming to Canada. We immediately knew this opportunity would be right for her!

After she arrived in Vancouver, Gema came into our downtown Vancouver office for her Welcome Orientation. We were so excited to finally meet her after many months of planning! During her orientation, we walked her through what her new life in Canada would be like. How to find an apartment, take public transit, the best place to buy groceries, go out for drinks, and much more. We also got her set up with a bank account, SIN number and a few other admin details.

Then she met with our placement team for her Interview Preparation Workshop. Here we prepped her for success in her upcoming interview at an Italian coffee shop located in Vancouver’s upscale Yaletown neighbourhood. After the preparation, she landed the job! Shortly after starting her new job, we were very impressed by how quickly Gema’s English improved. She got to know the regulars who would enjoy chatting with her, and learning a bit of Spanish too! Gema greeted everyone in the café with such a great smile and a cheerful attitude. It was easy to see why she was such a fan favourite! 

A Working Holiday is one of the most cost-efficient ways to travel to another country like Canada. You don’t need to save as much money before you leave because you can earn money while you live here. You will have a valid work permit during your entire stay. Work while enjoying all that Canada has to offer!

Gema highlighted that organizing her work experience with us and getting our help was a great choice. When she arrived, she said she felt well-prepared for the experience and even started making money faster.

Living and working in another country has its fair share of challenges and surprises, but if you are fully prepared for the experience, it can be one of the most rewarding travel experiences you can ever have! Gema confirmed to us that slowly things are falling into place: she is reaching her goals and is really happy and excited about her life and what comes next!

We’re so glad you enjoyed your working holiday experience in Canada, Gema!

The Job Offer that Took Gema Around the World

Gema was loving her experience living and working in Canada. Her English had improved a lot. She was trying to figure out what her plan was next. She saw a posting that Emirates Air would be conducting interviews in Vancouver and applied. One of the requirements for the job was previous experience working abroad – it was meant to be. Thanks to her experience working in Vancouver, she was offered the job! It was not long after she accepted the job that she took off chasing her love for travel all around the world!

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Sound like the experience for you?

With our Working Holiday Programs, we guarantee you a job. This means you have one less thing to worry about upon arrival to give you great peace of mind. Plus, by participating in our Working Holiday City Job Program, you will get other great perks included in your experience too. These include your first night’s accommodation in Vancouver, in-person orientations to help you get settled quicker, and the full support of the Stepwest team during your whole stay. On our program, you will feel more secure and welcome in a new city.

We want to connect with you before you pay for anything. Our goal is to make sure we can help you with a work experience that will match your expectations. We are very proud of our Google reviews!

Our Working Holiday City Job guarantees:

  • Assistance with your work permit application, documents, biometrics & more.
  • Guaranteed job in Vancouver or your money back!
  • Resume revision and preparation for your interviews with Canadian employers.
  • Pre-departure orientation to get ready for your arrival in Canada and receive your IEC work permit.
  • Welcome to Canada Orientation once you arrive in Vancouver: open your free bank account, get your SIN Number, and more.
  • Support from our Canada team throughout your work experience.
  • Plus many other benefits to help you settle into your Canadian work adventure!
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