I guess I've been around this site for a few weeks now but I never saw this forum. But, ya, I'm 18 and a college student from Saskatchewan, Canada. My travel history consists only of Hawaii a few years ago and everything between here and the west coast. Uhh, well I plan on backpacking NZ for four months starting Jan '06 via the SWAP programme. That's about it I guess.
Oh yeah, am I the only Sask'er on here???
Hi Jordan and welcome!
This is a great place, as i'm sure you are now aware! hope to see you in the forums!
There are 2481 Canadians (as of present time) signed up on TravellersPoint, but not all of them post. I am sure you are not the only one from Sask. I am not aware, though, of any regular posters from Sask.
I, by the way, am from Toronto. However, my mother was born and spent the first 6 months of her life in Scott, Saskatchewan, so I am, I suppose, 1/2 Saskatchewanian.
Welcome to Travllerspoint!
Welcome to TP, Moose Jaw is an interesting name for a town mind you, you might say that about a few of ours when you get down here.. tell us more about Swap, what sort of work do you get to do?
Welcome to TP!
I can see that you're already passionate about this site.
Welcome to TP and glad you stepped out of chat to introduce yourself to those who haven't already met you!!!
Brenda(n) spent a year there - does thst make him an honorary Saskatchewanian (or Saskaberian)?
Welcome again and hope to see you in the forums - along with chatting this is!!
An official welcome to you, Jordan!
Saskatchewan - I can spell it without looking! Yippee!
The Swap programme is similar to BUNAC, if you know what that is. You just pay them some money and they give you:
"one-year New Zealand visa
our expert SWAP materials: acceptance and final packages to assist with trip preparation
two-night accommodation at a hostel in Auckland
airport pick-up for groups; airport transfers for individuals
arrival orientation in Auckland
Work in New Zealand handbook provided at the orientation
SWAP hosting centre with phone, fax and computer services
ongoing support services of the hosting staff in Auckland
after-hours emergency line
mail-drop and mail-forwarding services in Auckland
fast-track service to open bank account in Auckland
fast-track service to obtain Tax Number in Auckland
excellent budget travel advice and access to our unique SWAP South Pacific Airfares
exclusive membership to the SWAP Exchange on this web site
portable SWAP CD holder
travel and tourist materials "
Normally I wouldnt pay as much as they are charging for these things but my sister is a travel agent for the company so I get deals . So the work would be the same as any other backpackers. I thought I might look into WWOOFing a little too.
Welcome, and hurray for introducing yourself. Good luck on the long walk around NZ....better check with FionaNZ about where NOT to walk.
Beerman suddenly realizes that this sounded like Finz knows all the wrong places...oops, didn't mean it that way....must control self in future...