Where do I start? In Boston singing Happy Birthday Ole, Happy Birthday from Harry’s, Happy Birthday Ole.
Is as good a place as any.
It’s the rite of passage for British and Irish university students to go and work in North America after finishing their degrees.
For fear of spooking you I’ll maybe skip the story of me being chucked out of the YMCA after nicking the bed of a Colombian.
I think he was called Escobar.
USIT www.usit.ie are the people to go to for students, teachers and trainees.
And here are the options:
•Camp USA or Canada and work as a counsellor anywhere from Calgary to California.
•Coaching soccer with the chance to work in Chicago, Atlanta or Boston.
•J1 Summer work in the USA in San Diego, Montauk or Myrtle Beach.
•Intern in New York or San Fransisco on a grad visa.
•Interrail across Europe from Copenhagen to Bucharest in one adventure.
•Volunteer or travel to Vietnam, Thailand or Laos.
Our friends at USIT in 19 Aston Quay sent me a brochure of their wares, and seeing I’m a caring, sharing sort…
So let’s start in North America.
You’ll be looking for a one-year graduate USA visa which is the only option where you don’t need a job before travelling.
And here’s one I’d do if I fell between the age range of 18-35, Coach Soccer USA.
After wowing them in The Campus in Quinto da Lago www.quintodalago.com.
For Canada it’s the two-year IEC Visa. Applications open but don’t hang about. Visit www.usit.ie.
For Australia you can decide to stay on for another year.
And take up a third year visa you will need to do six months of regional work in your second year.
For New Zealand and a tip here. If you’ve used up your one-year working visa you can now apply for…
The New Zealand Skilled Visa.
And also check out the Land of the Long White Cloud for teaching jobs – they’re crying out for us.
The Rest of the World and try out volunteer jobs in:
Thailand, Nepal, India and Vietnam.
And again http://www.usit.ie is where to visit.
Now let’s talk Interrail… we did a thing called Transalpino after school, down to the French Riviera.
You can get a range of trips with USIT.
I’ve just got back from the Balkans so I’m pushing this:
The Balkans for Beginners: Ten days pass from €277.
You’ll take in Genoa up through Austria, down through Slovenia and Croatia and into Bosnia & Herzegovina.
And you’ll love Sarajevo and Dubrovnik. Visit www.interrail.ie.