United Kingdom
Location
3-10 months
Duration
18-30
Age
Youth Mobility Visa
Visa
February – November
Dates

Life-enriching adventures for memories that last a lifetime!

UK Holiday Resort Program

Whether you are looking for a career in the outdoors, a gap year job, a seasonal job or a career break – we have the opportunity for you! This program is your chance to meet like-minded people from all over the globe, share an experience that you will never forget and make life long friends while making a beautiful part of the UK your home.

 

GO International will provide you with a pre-arranged paid job at a holiday centre in the UK, where you will take care of seasonal campers, work in retail or hospitality or exercise maintenance duties for the resort. Staff housing and meals are offered on-site, and you will have guaranteed free time and holidays. This gives you the chance to travel and explore the UK with your fellow team members!

Application season for 2023 has started and we are accepting applications. Monthly start dates will be confirmed soon.
2023 Season Promotion: You will receive 250 GBP towards your visa fees after you have finished one month at a Holiday Centre.

Perks of Joining the Program:

  • A guaranteed job placement before you arrive in the UK: This means no stressful job search – concentrate on exploring the UK and making friends!
  • On-site shared staff accommodation and meals: No commute, but also the experience of a real community spirit. Plus, you can use all the amazing facilities available at the resort.
  • Diverse job positions: Choose from a variety of fun job opportunities according to your preferences and skills. An extensive training course is included in your program fees.
  • 15 stunning Holiday Resort locations: All resorts are located close to the most well known areas and attractions of the UK – meaning there is always a new place to explore in your free time!
  • Fun and memories to last a lifetime: This is a great program if you are looking for a combination of trying out new things, making friends and earning money on the side.

TYPES OF JOBS:

Activity Instructor: As an Activity Instructor you ensure that campers have a fun and safe time at a variety of outdoor activities, such as biking, fencing and climbing.
Group Leader: Group Leaders take care of the kids outside of activity sessions. Your duties will include playing games, singing songs and organizing evening entertainment.

Minimum duration: 3 months (ideally longer), either ending end of August or end of October
Experience: Previous childcare experience is recommended

Supporting the centre chef and assistants, you will be responsible to prepare food in the kitchen and serve canteen-style meals during breakfast, lunch and dinner shifts.

Minimum duration: 3 months
Experience: No experience needed

As centre support assistant you make sure that all hygiene and maintenance standards are met – on the outside ground and in the buildings. Daily duties depend on the centre’s needs.

Minimum duration: 3 months

Working in pairs, you are responsible for cleaning guest bedrooms and bathrooms, changing bedding and to keep all the communal and accommodation areas clean and tidy.

Minimum duration: 3 months
Experience: No experience needed, full training will be provided

All holiday centres have small shops, selling souvenirs and candy, as well as on-site bars open to adult guests and staff. As retail assistant you take money, serve alcohol and keep the shop/bar clean.

Minimum duration: Full season
Experience: Hospitality experience is preferred

TRAINING

All staff in customer-facing roles will take part in a 5-day training course that provides you with the skills and information you need to do the Activity Instructor or Group Leader role.

Training will include:

  • Planning and delivering an activity session
  • Evening entertainment sessions
  • Introduction to outdoor activities
  • Customer service
  • Child protection
  • Health & safety
  • First Aid
  • Receiving feedback and managing your own learning

PROGRAM DATES:

Season: February to November
Duration: 3 months (though a longer duration is preferred)
Available start dates in 2023:

Month January February March April May June July
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Step-by-step guide on how to apply for the Working Holiday visa

Assistance from GO International Travel experts for the whole duration of the program

Interview with partner in the UK

Placement in Holiday Centre in the UK

Orientation meeting & training upon arrival in the UK

Pick up from train station at placement location

Help with setting up UK bank account

Staff Accommodation on site

Three Meals per day

Work uniform

Full support throughout your stay in the UK

What’s not included:

Working Holiday visa fee (included for 2023 season!)

National Health Insurance Surcharge

Additional Medical Insurance if needed

Airfare

Transportation from airport to train station at employment city

Personal expenses

TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE PROGRAM:

  • You are a Canadian citizen residing in Canada
  • You have a valid Canadian passport
  • You must be between the ages of 18 and 30 (and must not turn 31 before the UK issues your working holiday visa)
  • A clean police record
  • Be eligible to apply for a working holiday visa (we’ll help you apply) and the funds to apply
  • A bank statement that certifies you have access to at least $2,530 GBP (ca. $4,300 CAD) in available funds
  • You must pay for the National Health Insurance (NHS) for 2 years
  • You must attend a “Biometrics Enrollment Appointment” in Canada (available in Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, Ottawa, Halifax or St. Johns)
  • You must have never previously held a UK Working holiday visa
  • Medical insurance for the duration of your entire trip
  • Meet health and personal character requirements
  • You must not have any dependent children

With the Working Holiday visa, you are eligible to stay in the UK for up to 24 months.

TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE PROGRAM:

  • You must be eligible for the UK Working Holiday visa
  • B1-C1 Level of English required
  • Be available for a minimum of three months
  • Be able to provide two references current within the last 2 years

LOCATIONS:

Operating out of 15 stunning education camps across the UK, many of the camps are located near some of the most well known tourist attractions in the UK, and many of the staff take the opportunity to explore the UK during their time off.

Please note that we can’t guarantee a placement at a specific location since this depends on your start date, duration, job position and general availabilities. You can choose your top 3 and our partner organization will discuss your best options during your interview.

Facilities:

Archery, Beach walks, Indoor climbing, Climbing tower, Dragon boat racing, Sensory trailing, Street surf, Team games, Fencing, Giant swing, Hiking, Jacob’s ladder, Kayaking, Low ropes course, Trampolining, Trapeze, Mountain biking, Orienteering, Problem solving, Quad biking, Raft building, Rifle shooting, Tunnel trail, Zip-lining

* These are just examples for facilities and activities available at many of the centres, but not all will be available at all locations.

Start at 8am: Set up equipment

9am: meet first Group of Children for Activity Session 1

10:30am: Activity Session 2 begins with a different group of children

12pm: Lunch Break

2pm: Activity Session 3

3:30pm: Activity Session 4

5pm: Pack away equipment for the end of the day

Around 8am: Collect group from their guest accommodation and take them to breakfast according to their dining hall slot.

9am: Take group to the Activity meeting point and hand them over to the Activity Instructors for their morning activities.

Time off

12pm: Collect your group from the Activity meeting point and take them to lunch according to their dining hall slot. If there is free time before or after lunch, keep them entertained with games or take them to the onsite gift shop for their scheduled shop time.

2pm: Take group to the Activity meeting point and hand them over to the Activity Instructors for their afternoon activities.

Time off

5pm: Collect group from Activity meeting point and take them to evening meal according to their dining hall slot. Shop time may be after evening meal.

6:30pm: Deliver an evening entertainment to the group such as camp fire or disco.

9:30pm: Guests are usually in bed by this time and it is the end of the working day.

The majority of the summer centre guests are school and youth groups accompanied by Adult Leaders (Teachers/parents/youth workers etc.). During the Easter and summer holiday periods the centres cater for families and children travelling individually without parents or teachers.

Guests can range from 7-17, but are predominately 9-13 years of age. The different needs and requirements of each group will be explained to you during your training periods and at your centre of work.

Living and working on site certainly has its perks. For starters, there’s no need to get up too early as the commute to work is usually in the region of 30 seconds to five minutes. However, the actual benefits of living on the site go far beyond this. There is a real community spirit and a fantastic sense of camaraderie amongst the staff team. Living onsite gives you the opportunity to socialise with your work colleagues and enjoy the centre’s facilities.

Type of room:

  • Dorm-style double rooms with shared bathrooms
  • Extras provided free of charge: Bedding, TV and a small kitchenette for tea and toast

You will be offered a competitive wage, paid monthly, into your UK bank account.

The amount you receive will depend on your position and your age. Deducted from your salary will be taxes, as well as a small fee for your accommodation and meals.

Salary (per month, including accommodation and meals):

Catering/Housekeeping/Retail:    £272.94 pre tax

Age 18-20    £184.80 pre tax
Age 21-22    £283.50 pre tax
Age 23+       £317.94 pre tax

Activity Instructor & Group Leader: 42h over 5 days per week (including 7 hours of hospitality work)
Catering, Housekeeping, Retail, Centre Assistant: 37.5h over 5 days per week

You will receive 2 days of vacation for every month that you worked at a centre. You will be able to take your vacation days in accordance with your supervisor.

A small fee will be automatically deducted from your salary for your accommodation and meals. It’s very cheap in comparison to other board and lodging, and you will be able to save money for your free time or travels throughout Europe.

The application season for the next year usually starts in August. The earlier you apply, the more options you have regarding your location and job preferences. There might still be some open positions in January, but everything has to be arranged by the start of the season in February and therefore, this is usually the deadline to apply for the same year.

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