Working for a Holiday Travel Company – Working Abroad Magazine #southall

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Working for a Holiday Travel Company

The best way to prepare for life as a holiday rep is to have some idea of their workplace which is why many reps have holidayed with their employers before as tourists.

Jack Kimber works as a Youth Rep for 2wentys in the Crete resort of Malia he was inspired to apply for the job after going on holiday with them. He said: I applied for a job when I got home I have always wanted to work abroad and I love partying. 2wenty s application process is quite simple: after applying, Jack attended an interview and had a weeks training before flying out to his resort at the start of the summer season.

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He loves his job, and is quick to sing its praises: It s the best job in the world a once in a lifetime opportunity! I spend my days looking after the young people who come on our holidays and organising excursions, and it s very social as you spend all day and night with the guests.

Daily flexibility is vital: it is not unusual to stay up until 5am seeing customers safely on their plane home, only to be needed at 10.30am welcome meetings for new guests. This grueling schedule makes days off a chance to relax. Jack said: We can get very tired sometimes, so spend most of our time off sleeping or chilling out, but with one and a half days off a week we could do sightseeing.

The unique demands of catering for adults under 30 make the role of Youth Rep both rewarding and challenging: The best bit is getting to meet loads of new people and entertaining all the guests. The worst parts are the long hours, late night airport pick-ups and drop-offs and being really tired.

Luckily, staff perks compensate the low basic wage : free accommodation and transport, as well as the opportunities for good bonuses and commission.

But the social side of the job does not only apply to the resort reps and guests can keep in touch after a season ends via the social networking site 2wentysworld.co.uk, reliving the good times, organising reunions and planning out next year s holidays. Youth Rep is rarely a job for life and most reps see it as casual employment, but it is possible forge a career with the company if you are determined.

Outdoorsy types might prefer campsites to hotels. Jim Rideout joined Canvas Holidays as a Camp Courier in 2005 after hearing about vacancies during his holiday. The role is similar to a holiday rep as your main concern is customer care, such as meeting and greeting, visiting them regularly, providing local area information and reception duties. You are also responsible for cleaning accommodation between customers and basic maintenance and administrative work on the site. The camping season runs from March to October and Canvas have sites in nine European countries including France, Italy, Holland and Sardinia.

At season bookends, teams of couriers are involved in montage – setting up campsites at the beginning of the season, and cleaning and preparing tents and mobile homes for the first customers. Demontage means getting the sites ready for winter by emptying and disassembling tents and storing equipment over the closed season.

Camp Couriers usually start at 9am, staffing reception for the first half an hour or start cleaning straightaway.  Cleaning can last up to five hours depending on how many customers arrive. If you are on arrivals duty you must meet and greet customers between 4pm and 8pm, and in the evening you visit customers to see if they need anything. Night shifts are occasionally necessary but this does not involve staying up all hours just being the first point of contact for any customer in trouble.

Canvas employs workers of all ages for a minimum of six weeks, and Camp Couriers can work alone or in pairs, making it ideal for a couple who want to work abroad together. Jim said: My wife and I intended applying after retiring but we decided I should try it on my own first. I wouldn t have missed my two seasons for anything it was an experience never to be forgotten.

Wannabe Camp Couriers can contact Canvas through their website www.canvasholidays.co.uk/about-us/recruitment-873-0.aspx/ and successful applicants are invited to a group interview. You must be over 18, with a UK bank account and national insurance number. Any previous customer service or travel industry experience is useful and language skills are definitely a bonus. Accommodation (a tent or mobile home), equipment, gas and electricity are all provided so your wages only need to pay for food and leisure. You get one day off per week plus an extra day off each month, so there is plenty of time to explore the surrounding countryside.

Jim said: The best things are making new friends, meeting and getting to know customers, being abroad and learning a new language, or improving existing language skills. If you enjoy cleaning there s plenty of opportunity for fulfillment!

The downsides are coping with customer complaints outside your control and the European heat!

Again, the roles are seasonal and some people return every year, working the winter ski season in between. Jim, who now works in Site Operations for Canvas, said: People do make a career of it and Canvas Holidays is always happy to promote people who make the grade within the company either to more senior courier positions (ultimately to Area Manager) or to head office.

Holiday reps are usually employed in short-haul package holiday resorts, but it is possible to work in long-haul destinations too. Kuoni specialises in exotic, luxurious and activity holidays and although most reps are employed locally, they have a small team of British Overseas Travel Reps too.

Because the resorts are long haul, potential reps need to be experienced at working alone and away from their families for a long time. Jemma Purvis, Kuoni s PR Assistant, said: At Kuoni we pride ourselves in customer service, and look for applicants that portray a professional image, whilst taking care of our clients needs. Resorts are often in remote locations and reps need to demonstrate the ability to think on their feet, respond to problems quickly and effectively. They will be required to make informed decisions based on their own initiative. Sales experience is beneficial, and someone that has lived away from home before is also desirable.

Kuoni recruits in January and February and reps are employed seasonally but tend to stay for several years so there is a low staff turnover. As a result, they accept CVs throughout the year and keep candidates on file for when a vacancy arises. The summer season lasts between four and six months depending on country and the winter season is split into two three-month blocks. Reps choose to work one of these blocks and have the other three months as holiday.

Overseas Travel Reps have similar tasks to all holiday reps they are the first point of contact for their customers. Meeting and greeting, welcome meetings, assisting with enquiries, airport duties and transfers, problem solving and checking bookings with agents and hoteliers are everyday responsibilities, as well as dealing with emergencies and crises as they happen.

You would be on call constantly with this job, but arrange your own time off around arrivals. As you would expect, accommodation is provided, but with Kuoni so is food, flights and visas! Reps attend a week long training course in the UK then two weeks training at their destination, as well as regular sessions throughout the season. Working for Kuoni is not suitable for inexperienced applicants, but seasoned reps who want to see the world could thrive on new challenges.

Jemma said: I would recommend the experience of being a representative overseas to anyone that enjoys being around people and wants to make a difference to our clients overall holiday experience. You will meet some wonderful people, visit some fantastic destinations, and really open your eyes to the world.

Using holiday rep work as a stepping-stone is a great way to build up contacts and experience for a long-term career. As it is easy to burn out after an exhausting few seasons, many reps move into less hectic roles. This does not mean returning to Britain for a desk job far from it. As we have seen, skilled reps are eligible for more demanding and responsible roles further afield. Resort management or PR roles abroad need experienced applicants to fill them, and a few seasons repping gives you an edge over others.

Alternatively, UK-based head office jobs are often filled by ex-reps who want a stable lifestyle, so the choice is yours. One thing is for certain in a role renowned for its long hours and repetitive schedules, no two days will be the same!

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15/11/2017

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Working at Gullivers Travel Associates #travel

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Gullivers Travel Associates Overview

Part of the Kuoni Group, GTA has succeeded in the business-to-business travel industry for nearly four decades. Trusted to deliver because of its wealth of experience, privileged relationships and on the ground expertise, GTA s technology-driven approach provides solutions to easily connect travel suppliers and travel sellers worldwide. Booking sites GTA retail and wholesale, TravelCube in Europe, Latin America and Australasia and Travel Bound in North America together process over 21,000 bookings every day, selling 12 million room nights in more than 25 languages online and throughout the world.” class=’tightBot cf floatLt margTop empDescription’> Powering global travel, GTA provides ground travel products and services for the fully independent travel (FIT) industry and is behind some of the biggest and best in travel.

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15/11/2017

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Working Holiday Visa Australia (417 – 462) – Tourism Australia #cheap

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Working Holiday Maker Program

Planning to stay and work while you’re visiting Australia?

Planning to stay and work while you’re visiting Australia?

If you’re aged between 18 and 30 and hold a passport for a country or region participating in Australia’s Working Holiday Maker programme, you may be eligible to apply for a 12-month visa which enables you to work in Australia while you are here.

The Australian Government’s Working Holiday Maker Programme, which includes the Working Holiday visa and the Work and Holiday visa, is a cultural exchange programme which enables young travellers to have an extended holiday and earn money through short-term employment. If you work in Australia’s regional areas, in certain circumstances you may even be able to extend your stay for an additional 12 months.

The Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection manages all permanent and temporary immigration matters for Australia including visa applications. Their website will tell you everything you need to know about how the Working Holiday Maker programme works, participating countries, the type of visa you need to enter Australia, your eligibility and obligations and how to apply: www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work

The Working Holiday visa (Subclass 417) Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462)

The Working Holiday Maker programme has two types of visas: Working Holiday visa (Subclass 417) and Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462) depending on your country of residence. See below for lists of countries eligible for each visa.

If you intend to participate in Australia’s Working Holiday Maker programme, you must apply for your visa before you arrive. These types of visas allow you to stay and work in Australia in all types of full-time, part-time, casual, shift and voluntary work for up to 12 months. You can leave and re-enter Australia any number of times while the visa is valid.

You can also study for a maximum of four months in Australia in addition to working during your holiday.

You will need to meet certain health, character and financial requirements and declare that you will respect Australian values and obey Australian laws before a visa is granted. You should also have a return or onward ticket or the funds for a fare to depart Australia. Health insurance from your own country is also recommended.

The Working Holiday Maker programme is not suitable for those seeking permanent employment or full-time study in Australia. If your primary reason for coming to Australia is to seek employment or study you should enquire about a business visa or student visa which may better suit your needs.

Read the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection visa requirements carefully to determine your eligibility and obligations before you apply. There is a non-refundable charge when you lodge your visa application.

Which visa should I apply for?

Apply for the Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462) if you are from:





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Electrician Salary Canada #electricians, #canada #jobs,jobs #in #canada, #jobs #canada,canada #wages,work


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Electrician (Except Industrial and Power System) Salary Canada

See table for salaries.

Average Electrician s Salary in Canada

The table below details the hourly wages for Electricians (Except Industrial and Power System).

The Canadian national occupation classification code (NOC) for this role is 7241.

Job titles and exact duties vary in this occupation and examples of some job titles are: electrician, construction electrician, wiring electrician, building electrician and apprentice electrician.

According to the latest figures, the highest hourly average (median) wages are earned in Calgary, Alberta at $38.13 per hour and the lowest average (median) wages are earned in Prince Edward Island at $21.00 per hour.

A typical full-time annual salary for this occupation is in the region of $42,000 $72,000.

Using government labour market indicators, it is expected that the number of job seekers will be sufficient to fill the job openings in this occupation for the near future. Employment prospects are expected to be fair in British Columbia and Ontario.

Average Hourly (Median) Wages for Electricians in Canada

Low Wage
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Average Wage
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Examples of duties include the following:

Reading and interpreting drawings, circuit diagrams and electrical code specifications

Installing, replacing and repairing lighting fixtures, switches, relays and other and electrical control and distribution equipment

Testing continuity of circuits and carrying out electrical safety checks and maintenance programs

Comparison with employment group

The 2016 full-time average hourly wage rate for industrial, electrical and construction trades, which includes electricians (except industrial and power system), is $28.00. The 2016 corresponding median weekly wage rate is $1,125, giving an approximate full-time annual salary for this employment group of $58,500.

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17/10/2017

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Funding Your Business. The Direct Way.

Your Funding Options

Small Business Cash Advance (MCA) is often referred to as a “Merchant Cash Advance,” which is not a loan. It is a discounted, prepaid purchase of future credit card receipts. Your Business receives the cash it may need for today in exchange for the sales Your Business will make over a specified period of time. A small percentage of your daily credit card will be applied towards your funding amount purchased until it is fully repaid.

  • Amount: $10,000 – $1,000,000
  • Term: 6 – 18 months
  • Repayment Option: % of Credit Card Sales

Revenue Based Factoring (ACH) Program is designed for businesses that derive little or no revenue from credit card sales. This flexible and unique program gives Your Business access to working capital based upon Your Business’s cash flow. Like a Small Business Cash Advance, this product is not a loan, but the purchase of future receivables. In this case, the future deposits of your business financing is based on the amount of cash flow through the businesses operating accounts and repayment is made by automated electronic (ACH) debits. This program enables Your Business to leverage future cash flow to obtain the working capital you need to grow.

  • Amount: $10,000 – $5,000,000
  • Term: 6 – 36 months
  • Repayment Options: Daily or Weekly ACH Debits

Asset Based Lending / Factoring (ABL) Program is designed for businesses to leverage their tangible assets and strong balance sheet as a means to accessing a revolving credit facility for working capital while pledging fixed assets such as purchase orders, accounts receivable, inventory, machinery and real estate. Payments are collected either electronically via ACH or through a ‘lock box’ controlled account.

  • Amount: $100,000 – $5,000,000
  • Term: 12 – 60 months
  • Repayment Options: Daily / Weekly ACH Debits or specified % of receivable via a ““lock box” controlled account

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How to Tell If Your Home Thermostat Is Bad #furnace #thermostat


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How to Tell If Your Home Thermostat Is Bad

Thermostats are typically reliable devices, but they can run into problems.

The thermostat controls both the heating and cooling systems of homes with central heat and air conditioning, or just the furnace in homes without air. The thermostat detects the temperature of the room and compares it to the desired temperature setting. If the room is too warm or too cold, the thermostat requests heat or air depending on the season.

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Set the thermostat at least 5 degrees higher or lower than your normal setting, depending on the season. Set it 5 degrees higher than normal during heating season, and 5 degrees lower during cooling season. Check that the appropriate device comes on.

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Determine whether another problem might cause the device not to work properly. Check that the thermostat is correctly set to “Heat” or “Cool.” Check that the main circuit breaker for the furnace or air conditioner is in the “On” position.

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Turn off the power for the furnace and air conditioning systems by switching the appropriate circuit breaker to the “Off” position.

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Remove the cover to the thermostat. They typically come off with gentle prying by hand.

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Check the wires, making sure each is attached firmly to its respective mounting screw. Reattach any loose wires and tighten loose mounting screws.

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Flip the breakers back on and determine whether the device runs by repeating Step 1. If it does not, turn the furnace and air conditioner power back off again at the breaker panel.

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Study the wires inside the thermostat. Choose the red and white wires if you are having problems with the furnace kicking on, or the red and green wires if you are having issues with the air conditioning system coming on.

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Unscrew the two appropriate wires from their terminals. As you loosen the screws, grip the wires with your other hand so they don’t slip behind the wall.

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Wrap the two wires together, and turn the breaker back on. If the blower comes on — for furnaces or air conditioning systems — the thermostat is bad.

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26/09/2017

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FAQS About Working From Home as a Disney Vacation Planner #best

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The perfect home-based business for Disney lovers!

If you re considering a new career in the exciting travel industry and you love Disney, Academy Travel s Home-Based Independent Travel Consultant program is for you. This highly rewarding, low-cost business opportunity includes everything you need to successfully operate your home based travel business, selling Disney vacations.

Do I need travel industry experience?

No travel experience is necessary. Academy Travel will provide you with complete training and support to help your business succeed.

Is there training?

Yes, Academy Travel offers a Sales and Marketing Guide that provides step-by-step instructions to book Disney vacations with the Walt Disney Travel Company through Academy Travel.

As a Disney Travel Consultant, you will be required to enroll in the College of Disney Knowledge online education program. Upon completion of the program, you will earn the designation of Disney Specialist. You may also enroll in the CLIA (Cruise Line International Association) online training.

Academy Travel also offers annual FAM (Familiarization) Trips at select Disney locations.

You will also have access to Academy Travel s Agent on-line guide.

What support will I have?

You will be assigned a Sales and Marketing Manager that will provide you with unlimited support during your training period and throughout your association with Academy Travel. All Sales and Marketing Manager shave extensive travel industry experience.

Is this a part-time or full-time business?

It is what ever you want it to be, some make it a full time business promoting themselves year round everyday, others just sell to family and friends for a supplemental income and great perks!

How much will I earn?

You will receive 60% of the total agency commission. For example, if the agency is paid the standard 10% commission on a $4000 vacation ($400), as the travel agent, you would receive 60% ($240).

How do I get paid?

Commissions checks are mailed monthly after you clients travel is complete.

Am I an Employee of Academy Travel?

No, you are an independent contractor. You will receive a 1099 Form each year with your earnings. You are responsible for filing this with your tax filings

Will I get leads? How do I get Clients?

Leads from our website are provided based on availability. You will also be provided with training, collateral and support to help you promote your travel business.

Can I Travel At A Discount?

Yes, you can travel at a discount. Certain industry restrictions apply.

Will I receive Travel Industry Accreditations?

You will have the opportunity to earn your CLIA Accreditations, after passing CLIA s online course and test. You will receive a valid ID card assuring that the highest professional standards are met and maintained.

Should I purchase Insurance?

Errors and Omissions insurance (also called E O ) is professional liability insurance. It protects travel agents against liability claims caused by errors (something the agent does) or omissions (something the agent failed to do). Most E O Insurance policies provide up to $1,000,000.00 coverage. E O Insurance is optional, but recommended as you grow your business. Rates vary depending on coverage and Insurance provider. Academy Travel will provide you with a list of E O insurance providers.

Can I sell more than Disney Vacations?

Yes, you can sell Universal Studios, Sea World, Florida and Cruise Line vacations. You must first complete training for Disney Destinations. All non-Disney vacations are commissionable at 50%.

Benefits include:

Product Sales Training

Unlimited Access to Agent Only Pages

Conference Calls with Industry Experts

CLIA (Cruise Line International Association) Card

Academy Travel Sale and Marketing Guide

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Adventure Travel Jobs, Working Abroad and Volunteer Opportunities #cheap #tickets #hotels

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  • AMA Torres del Paine needs volunteers to represent the environmental interests of the people and organizations that work and live in Torres del Paine through recovery efforts, training and conservation.
  • Serendipity Adventures is seeking guides and tour leaders for employment.
    Ecuador
  • Ecuador Explorer has a helpful “Volunteering and Working in Ecuador” page that provides tips for finding a job in Ecuador as well as a list of volunteer programs.
  • Equador Volunteer has a number of ecological projects.
  • Erich Lehenbauer provides board and food to travelers in exchange for help at his B




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    Because of temporary technical difficulties, the online complaint form cannot be electronically submitted. Please complete the form and submit it by mail or fax to the appropriate OFCCP regional office, or deliver it in person to any OFCCP district or field office.

    How to File a Complaint

    Do you believe that an employer doing business with the Federal Government has discriminated against you in hiring or employment? Do you believe that the reason for the discrimination was based on your race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran? Did you ask about or discuss your pay or that of a co worker and you were fired, demoted, or disciplined because of it? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you can file a complaint with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). An individual, organization, or group can even file a complaint on your behalf, or for anyone who may be the victim of employment discrimination by an employer doing business with the Federal Government.

    You must file a complaint alleging discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or based on compensation inquiries, discussions, or disclosures, within 180 days from the date of the alleged discrimination, unless the time for filing is extended for good cause shown. Some examples of what might be good cause include, the existence of some extraordinary circumstance that prohibited you from filing before the deadline such as a significant health issue, military deployment, incarceration, or possibly being unaware of the discrimination. These are only a few of the possible examples of good cause. If your complaint alleges a violation based on disability or status as a protected veteran, it must be filed within 300 days unless the time for filing is extended for good cause shown. Extensions of the filing time require approval by the Director of OFCCP.

    You should include a description of the alleged discrimination and any other related information that would help OFCCP investigate your complaint. OFCCP will be revising its complaint form and instructions because of recent regulatory changes. Until that process is completed, please mark the box next to sex to allege discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. If you are alleging discrimination based on discussing pay, please write pay secrecy in the place where the other bases for an OFCCP violation are listed and indicate that pay secrecy is the basis of the complaint clearly in the narrative section of the complaint form. As is always the case, you should describe the actions that you believe resulted in the discrimination in the narrative section.

    Complete and File the Complaint Form

    Step 1:

    Download the electronic Complaint of Discrimination in Employment Under Federal Government Contracts form. If you have difficulty downloading the form you may need to install free software that converts PDF files to viewable documents. For your convenience, we have provided a link to software provided by Adobe Systems Incorporated . This link is in no way an endorsement of either Adobe Systems Incorporated or Adobe Software.

    Step 2:

    Complete the Complaint of Discrimination in Employment Under Federal Government Contracts form and submit it by:

    • filing the complaint form electronically with the appropriate OFCCP Regional Office ; or
    • mailing or faxing the complaint form to the appropriate OFCCP Regional Office ; or
    • filing the complaint form in person with any OFCCP District or Area office .

    The appropriate OFCCP regional office location is the office that covers the location where the alleged discrimination occurred. Your signature is required on the complaint form, if it is not on the form when you submit it, we will ask you to sign your form later. You may also submit a complaint by letter that includes all the information requested on the complaint form.

    We will review your complaint form, or letter of complaint, and contact you if we need more information.

    Step 3:

    Call or visit any OFCCP District Area office if you have questions about the complaint process, want to discuss your complaint, or would like to learn where to file a complaint.

    We Want to Know What You Think

    OFCCP continues to be interested in improving its relationship with its customers, improving the technical assistance and outreach materials we provide to the public. If you have interacted with OFCCP through any of the ways listed below and you see areas where we can improve, please let us know by sending an email with your comments and suggestions to OFCCP s public mailbox .

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    Working your way round Australia #travel #air

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    Working your way round Australia

    The gap year spent travelling around Australia is an increasingly popular rite of passage. Last year, the Australian government issued 113,936 working holiday visas, with nearly 30,000 of them going to British applicants. It’s a big adventure, but doesn’t have to be a complicated one. It’s simply a case of knowing where to look.

    The working holiday visa

    The Working Holiday Visa allows holders to stay in Australia for up to a year, working for a maximum of six months with any one employer. During this 12-month period, holders may leave and enter the country as many times as they wish.

    The visa must be applied for outside of Australia, and applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30. Evidence of having sufficient funding for the trip is also required – a certified bank statement showing AU$5,000 ( 2,120) in your account and a return plane ticket. Applications can be made online at the Australian Immigration Department’s website. The visa costs AU$185 ( 80).

    Note: Visa eligibility requirements, costs and entitlements are subject to change – check before applying.

    Getting there

    The simplest way is getting a return flight, with the best value coming from the less prominent Asian airlines, such as China Eastern. Malaysia Airlines and Royal Brunei. Most airlines will include a free stop-off on the way, as it is inevitably two flights rather than one. Rock bottom prices start at around 550 return, although in practice expect to pay 700 to 900.

    Round-the-world tickets are also worth considering – they work out slightly more expensive, but include a series of stop-offs. Expect to pay between 900 and 1,300 with specialists such as STA Travel and Roundtheworldflights.com.

    One thing to bear in mind is the destination city. Many fly into Sydney, blow most of their money there and end up staying for most of the year. It’s worth considering flights into Darwin, Cairns or, particularly, Perth. The latter tends to be slightly cheaper. Another potentially cheaper option is getting a return to Thailand or Singapore then using a budget carrier such as Tiger Airways to get to Perth or Darwin.

    The more adventurous can go the long way, over land and sea from London to Sydney. Oz Bus runs a mammoth 12-week tour through 20 countries for 3,750.

    Getting around

    Most Australians fly between the major cities, which is unsurprising given the vast distances – it’s roughly as far from Darwin to Sydney as it is from Oslo to Istanbul. The main airlines are Qantas (plus its budget subsidiary, Jetstar ) and Virgin Blue. The same theories apply to these as to European budget airlines – flights are cheaper booked in advance and at unpopular hours of the day.

    However, flying from place to place somewhat defeats the object – much of the country’s character is unveiled in the long journeys through country towns and pure nothingness.

    In terms of freedom to explore, buying or renting a car or van is the best option. The cheapest cars can be found advertised by fellow travellers on hostel notice boards, although the safer bets are sold and hired by specialist companies such as Travellers Autobarn and Wicked Campers. Prices range from AU$1,000 to AU$10,000, depending on vehicle type, age and roadworthiness.

    The other option is the bus. The Greyhound network covers most of the country, and sells passes based on either route or distance. It’s the cheapest way to get from A to B to Z, but it can be a pretty unexciting way to travel. Then there are tour companies such as Oz Experience. Adventure Tours and Wayward Bus. Geared to the backpacker, these prove more expensive, but can be more fun and informative.

    Package deals

    Many of the more popular destinations and activities are bundled together in package deals by specialist backpacker travel agents. These include Backpackers World. Adventure Travel Bugs. Wanderers Travel and Peter Pans. Generally these deals will represent a considerable saving on buying the components (usually a Whitsundays sailing trip, Fraser Island 4WD safari and numerous free nights’ accommodation in hostels) individually. However, there are usually extra costs involved – insurance, park entrance fees etc – and there is often very good reason for a bargain basement price. The included hostels can sometimes be miles out of town, while the baseline Whitsundays yachts tend to be very crowded, with poor catering and facilities. It pays to investigate exactly what is provided for the price.

    Accommodation

    Australia has the most geared-up, extensive hostel network in the world. Some are still very basic, but the sheer level of competition means most have had to buck up their game. This has led to many resort-style one stop shops (particularly in the north), and more upmarket flashpacker hostels, such as those in the Base chain. Bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better, though – many of the larger complexes are utterly lacking in charm. Word of mouth is the most reliable indicator, especially in the smaller towns.

    Very few people continue to stay in a hostel if staying in a city (usually Sydney, Melbourne or Perth) to work for a while. Estate agents usually insist on six-month contracts at the very least, and properties usually come unfurnished. As a result, many backpackers end up in (not entirely above board) shared flats, the new person handing their bond money to the person leaving. These are particularly prevalent in Pyrmont, Sydney and St Kilda, Melbourne, and are generally found through word of mouth and notice boards. Expect to pay between $100 and $250 a week in rent, depending on the quality of accommodation.

    Backpacker magazines such as British Balls! and TNT are also good sources of longer-term accommodation.

    Work

    If blessed with specialised skills and qualifications, finding work is a doddle. Tradespeople and nurses are always in demand, while gold can be struck in IT and accounting. Otherwise, the work on offer is generally poorly paid and not particularly glamorous – welcome to call centres, fruit farms and bars. Again, the backpacker magazines have good job listings and contacts, while agencies such as Work And Travel. Freespirit and Geoffrey Nathan specialise in placing backpackers. It’s not worth bothering with the more mainstream agencies – unless you meet their requirements, they generally couldn’t care less.

    Many jobs – especially in bars and restaurants – aren’t advertised. A bit of legwork, nipping in and dropping off a CV can pay dividends. There may not be any vacancies at the time, but when there are, your name is down.

    If struggling to find work, it’s worth moving to another city. In November and December, for example, Sydney is crammed with backpackers, all looking for temporary work.

    Money

    The cost of living in Australia is slightly cheaper than it is in the UK, but not by much. The days of three dollars to the pound are long gone – expect an exchange rate of around 2.4.

    It is possible to get off the plane with hardly anything in the bank and walk into a job within a few days, but unlikely. The Australian government figure of AU$5,000 is a little over-cautious, but it’s worth having enough to live on for at least six weeks. How much you need depends on spending habits and (largely) alcohol consumption.

    Pay rates are very ordinary – expect AU$13-$17 per hour in bars and restaurants, $20-$30 an hour for accounting work, for example.

    The base tax rate for non-residents is 29%. In some circumstances, it is possible to get a partial refund at the end of the financial year. Try companies such as Taxback.com to check eligibility. Be warned, however, that non-residents without a tax file number are taxed at 46.5% – get one as soon after arrival as possible.

    Tried-and-tested destinations

    By far the most common route is up the East Coast from Sydney to Cairns. Chilling out in Byron Bay. driving and camping on Fraser Island and sailing around the Whitsunday Islands on the Great Barrier Reef are practically obligatory activities. Most will visit Melbourne and Darwin too. For tours, the big four tend to be Cape Tribulation in Far North Queensland, The Great Ocean Road in Victoria, the Red Centre and Kakadu National Park.

    Other destinations

    The West Coast is becoming an increasingly popular (and far less crowded) alternative. It even has its own reef – the Ningaloo. For somewhere completely out of the way, there is Kimberley in the north-west, while up-and-coming spots on the East Coast include Coffs Harbour. the Town of 1770 and Mission Beach.

    Staying longer

    Other options for staying include sponsorship. for which applicants must have an Australian company willing to back their application, and permanent residency for those with skills in high demand. The Immigration Department website has the details and eligibility requirements, which are frequently subject to change.





    08/07/2017

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    Working at Gullivers Travel Associates #travel #agencies

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    Gullivers Travel Associates Overview

    Part of the Kuoni Group, GTA has succeeded in the business-to-business travel industry for nearly four decades. Trusted to deliver because of its wealth of experience, privileged relationships and on the ground expertise, GTA s technology-driven approach provides solutions to easily connect travel suppliers and travel sellers worldwide. Booking sites GTA retail and wholesale, TravelCube in Europe, Latin America and Australasia and Travel Bound in North America together process over 21,000 bookings every day, selling 12 million room nights in more than 25 languages online and throughout the world.” class=’tightBot cf floatLt margTop empDescription’> Powering global travel, GTA provides ground travel products and services for the fully independent travel (FIT) industry and is behind some of the biggest and best in travel.

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    I applied through other source. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Gullivers Travel Associates (New York, NY) in April 2014.





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    Working for a Holiday Travel Company – Working Abroad Magazine #cheap

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    Working for a Holiday Travel Company

    The best way to prepare for life as a holiday rep is to have some idea of their workplace which is why many reps have holidayed with their employers before as tourists.

    Jack Kimber works as a Youth Rep for 2wentys in the Crete resort of Malia he was inspired to apply for the job after going on holiday with them. He said: I applied for a job when I got home I have always wanted to work abroad and I love partying. 2wenty s application process is quite simple: after applying, Jack attended an interview and had a weeks training before flying out to his resort at the start of the summer season.

    Travel and Holiday Rep Jobs Abroad

    He loves his job, and is quick to sing its praises: It s the best job in the world a once in a lifetime opportunity! I spend my days looking after the young people who come on our holidays and organising excursions, and it s very social as you spend all day and night with the guests.

    Daily flexibility is vital: it is not unusual to stay up until 5am seeing customers safely on their plane home, only to be needed at 10.30am welcome meetings for new guests. This grueling schedule makes days off a chance to relax. Jack said: We can get very tired sometimes, so spend most of our time off sleeping or chilling out, but with one and a half days off a week we could do sightseeing.

    The unique demands of catering for adults under 30 make the role of Youth Rep both rewarding and challenging: The best bit is getting to meet loads of new people and entertaining all the guests. The worst parts are the long hours, late night airport pick-ups and drop-offs and being really tired.

    Luckily, staff perks compensate the low basic wage : free accommodation and transport, as well as the opportunities for good bonuses and commission.

    But the social side of the job does not only apply to the resort reps and guests can keep in touch after a season ends via the social networking site 2wentysworld.co.uk, reliving the good times, organising reunions and planning out next year s holidays. Youth Rep is rarely a job for life and most reps see it as casual employment, but it is possible forge a career with the company if you are determined.

    Outdoorsy types might prefer campsites to hotels. Jim Rideout joined Canvas Holidays as a Camp Courier in 2005 after hearing about vacancies during his holiday. The role is similar to a holiday rep as your main concern is customer care, such as meeting and greeting, visiting them regularly, providing local area information and reception duties. You are also responsible for cleaning accommodation between customers and basic maintenance and administrative work on the site. The camping season runs from March to October and Canvas have sites in nine European countries including France, Italy, Holland and Sardinia.

    At season bookends, teams of couriers are involved in montage – setting up campsites at the beginning of the season, and cleaning and preparing tents and mobile homes for the first customers. Demontage means getting the sites ready for winter by emptying and disassembling tents and storing equipment over the closed season.

    Camp Couriers usually start at 9am, staffing reception for the first half an hour or start cleaning straightaway.  Cleaning can last up to five hours depending on how many customers arrive. If you are on arrivals duty you must meet and greet customers between 4pm and 8pm, and in the evening you visit customers to see if they need anything. Night shifts are occasionally necessary but this does not involve staying up all hours just being the first point of contact for any customer in trouble.

    Canvas employs workers of all ages for a minimum of six weeks, and Camp Couriers can work alone or in pairs, making it ideal for a couple who want to work abroad together. Jim said: My wife and I intended applying after retiring but we decided I should try it on my own first. I wouldn t have missed my two seasons for anything it was an experience never to be forgotten.

    Wannabe Camp Couriers can contact Canvas through their website www.canvasholidays.co.uk/about-us/recruitment-873-0.aspx/ and successful applicants are invited to a group interview. You must be over 18, with a UK bank account and national insurance number. Any previous customer service or travel industry experience is useful and language skills are definitely a bonus. Accommodation (a tent or mobile home), equipment, gas and electricity are all provided so your wages only need to pay for food and leisure. You get one day off per week plus an extra day off each month, so there is plenty of time to explore the surrounding countryside.

    Jim said: The best things are making new friends, meeting and getting to know customers, being abroad and learning a new language, or improving existing language skills. If you enjoy cleaning there s plenty of opportunity for fulfillment!

    The downsides are coping with customer complaints outside your control and the European heat!

    Again, the roles are seasonal and some people return every year, working the winter ski season in between. Jim, who now works in Site Operations for Canvas, said: People do make a career of it and Canvas Holidays is always happy to promote people who make the grade within the company either to more senior courier positions (ultimately to Area Manager) or to head office.

    Holiday reps are usually employed in short-haul package holiday resorts, but it is possible to work in long-haul destinations too. Kuoni specialises in exotic, luxurious and activity holidays and although most reps are employed locally, they have a small team of British Overseas Travel Reps too.

    Because the resorts are long haul, potential reps need to be experienced at working alone and away from their families for a long time. Jemma Purvis, Kuoni s PR Assistant, said: At Kuoni we pride ourselves in customer service, and look for applicants that portray a professional image, whilst taking care of our clients needs. Resorts are often in remote locations and reps need to demonstrate the ability to think on their feet, respond to problems quickly and effectively. They will be required to make informed decisions based on their own initiative. Sales experience is beneficial, and someone that has lived away from home before is also desirable.

    Kuoni recruits in January and February and reps are employed seasonally but tend to stay for several years so there is a low staff turnover. As a result, they accept CVs throughout the year and keep candidates on file for when a vacancy arises. The summer season lasts between four and six months depending on country and the winter season is split into two three-month blocks. Reps choose to work one of these blocks and have the other three months as holiday.

    Overseas Travel Reps have similar tasks to all holiday reps they are the first point of contact for their customers. Meeting and greeting, welcome meetings, assisting with enquiries, airport duties and transfers, problem solving and checking bookings with agents and hoteliers are everyday responsibilities, as well as dealing with emergencies and crises as they happen.

    You would be on call constantly with this job, but arrange your own time off around arrivals. As you would expect, accommodation is provided, but with Kuoni so is food, flights and visas! Reps attend a week long training course in the UK then two weeks training at their destination, as well as regular sessions throughout the season. Working for Kuoni is not suitable for inexperienced applicants, but seasoned reps who want to see the world could thrive on new challenges.

    Jemma said: I would recommend the experience of being a representative overseas to anyone that enjoys being around people and wants to make a difference to our clients overall holiday experience. You will meet some wonderful people, visit some fantastic destinations, and really open your eyes to the world.

    Using holiday rep work as a stepping-stone is a great way to build up contacts and experience for a long-term career. As it is easy to burn out after an exhausting few seasons, many reps move into less hectic roles. This does not mean returning to Britain for a desk job far from it. As we have seen, skilled reps are eligible for more demanding and responsible roles further afield. Resort management or PR roles abroad need experienced applicants to fill them, and a few seasons repping gives you an edge over others.

    Alternatively, UK-based head office jobs are often filled by ex-reps who want a stable lifestyle, so the choice is yours. One thing is for certain in a role renowned for its long hours and repetitive schedules, no two days will be the same!

    Recommended Holiday Companies





    06/04/2017

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    Working Holiday in Australia – Work and Travel with farm jobs

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    Dreaming of a Gap Year? Combine Work and Travel in Down Under

    You’re planning a Gap Year in Australia and a Working Holiday is what you’re after – we know how to make it happen. We offer you an Outback Work and Travel program in the rural areas of OZ with guaranteed work and good wages for up to a year or more.

    We look after everything from the time we pick you up from the airport, give you time to get over your jet lag with four days of relaxation at the beach, then get you ready for work with a week’s preparation on our training farm. You will then be offered a range of farm jobs to suit your skills and experience, all over regional Australia.

    We put you in control of your Working Holiday in Australia experience – where you decide where and when you work, move from job to job or any mix of work and travel that suits you – with support from us for the duration of your working holiday visa. We can even help you extend your stay if you want!

    So if having a gap year and going to Australia, making good money and experiencing the outback is what you have been dreaming about – this is your opportunity!

    Not only farm jobs available

    Our training farm works closely with over 1,800 farm businesses across Australia that are looking for suitably experienced young people for both short and longer term farm work. With over 20 years of experience, the training farm makes sure you are job ready and matches your skills and interests with the many hundreds of jobs available.

    We have work on cattle and sheep stations, horse studs, cropping and mixed farms as well as country pubs, roadhouses and hotels in rural areas. The training you receive will prepare you for most of the farm jobs on offer and if you already have a technical trade, we have well paid jobs for a range of trade skills as well.

    If farm work isn’t what you’re after you can do domestic work, help with children or get a job in one of the many outback hotels or roadhouses.





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    Working Holiday Visa Australia (417 – 462) – Tourism Australia #travel

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    Working Holiday Maker Program

    Planning to stay and work while you’re visiting Australia?

    Planning to stay and work while you’re visiting Australia?

    If you’re aged between 18 and 30 and hold a passport for a country or region participating in Australia’s Working Holiday Maker programme, you may be eligible to apply for a 12-month visa which enables you to work in Australia while you are here.

    The Australian Government’s Working Holiday Maker Programme, which includes the Working Holiday visa and the Work and Holiday visa, is a cultural exchange programme which enables young travellers to have an extended holiday and earn money through short-term employment. If you work in Australia’s regional areas, in certain circumstances you may even be able to extend your stay for an additional 12 months.

    The Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection manages all permanent and temporary immigration matters for Australia including visa applications. Their website will tell you everything you need to know about how the Working Holiday Maker programme works, participating countries, the type of visa you need to enter Australia, your eligibility and obligations and how to apply: www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work

    The Working Holiday visa (Subclass 417) Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462)

    The Working Holiday Maker programme has two types of visas: Working Holiday visa (Subclass 417) and Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462) depending on your country of residence. See below for lists of countries eligible for each visa.

    If you intend to participate in Australia’s Working Holiday Maker programme, you must apply for your visa before you arrive. These types of visas allow you to stay and work in Australia in all types of full-time, part-time, casual, shift and voluntary work for up to 12 months. You can leave and re-enter Australia any number of times while the visa is valid.

    You can also study for a maximum of four months in Australia in addition to working during your holiday.

    You will need to meet certain health, character and financial requirements and declare that you will respect Australian values and obey Australian laws before a visa is granted. You should also have a return or onward ticket or the funds for a fare to depart Australia. Health insurance from your own country is also recommended.

    The Working Holiday Maker programme is not suitable for those seeking permanent employment or full-time study in Australia. If your primary reason for coming to Australia is to seek employment or study you should enquire about a business visa or student visa which may better suit your needs.

    Read the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection visa requirements carefully to determine your eligibility and obligations before you apply. There is a non-refundable charge when you lodge your visa application.

    Which visa should I apply for?

    Apply for the Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462) if you are from:





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