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SWAPPERS Get Work Faster

When you arrive in your destination country our partners are there to help, and make sure you secure the type of job you want. The hosting centres constantly update their job boards, and have strong employer contacts. They host resume workshops so that your resume is polished and fits the format (of the country you are in). Our partners will also advise you on the country's specific Do's and Don'ts for interviewing, securing a job, and working in your destination. The vast majority of our participants find work within two weeks of arrival.

SWAP does not place you in a job, but rather provides you with all of the resources and insider-advice needed to find work in your destination. We believe in giving you total freedom in realizing exactly the working holiday adventure that suits you best as an individual. No two SWAPPERS are exactly alike, and life is not about being given a job that someone else chooses for you.

What type of work can I get?

SWAPPERS work in all types of different lines of work- it is really up to you and what you are most interested in doing. The overseas hosting centres will be able to advise you on work in all sorts of different fields- however, you might also want to do a little research on your own ahead of time on places you might be interested in working in if your field is very specific. Then when you arrive our hosting centre can give you advise and help you format your resume for your chosen destination.

Be prepared and open to taking temporary casual work if you are searching for more career-specific jobs. The casual job market is much easier to find work in and is a great option while you continue to search for a more professional job.

Types of Work SWAPPERS Do
  • 31% Office work
  • 21% Career-specific
  • 14% Restaurant
  • 12% Pub/Bar work
  • 12% Hotel / Recreation
  • 10% Retail Sales
Check Out Past SWAP Participants' Jobs
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Hair Dresser
  • Lifeguard
  • Photographer
  • Journalist
  • Park Ranger
  • English Tutor
  • Research Assistant
  • Web Designer
  • Barista
  • Bartender
  • English Teacher
  • Pastry Chef
  • High School Music Teacher
  • Fruit Picker
  • Hotel Receptionist
The Average # of Days to Find Work
  • UK: 5-10 days
  • Ireland: 7-20 days
  • France: 7-10 days
  • Germany: 5-14 days
  • Austria: 5-10 days
  • Australia: 7-14 days
  • New Zealand: 5-10 days
  • USA: 5-7 days
  • South Africa: 14-21 days
  • Japan: 7-14 days
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Check out these current jobs that are available through our partner Ultimate OZ. These jobs are available right now and could be yours so apply to SWAP today! You'll have unlimited access to our partner resources in Sydney. Remember: you are not restricted to these jobs, you are free to apply and work anywhere.

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