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Visit beautiful Canada and take to the slopes on a pulsating 3 week ski or snowboard instructor course high up in the Canadian Rockies. Use your time overseas wisely and develop your skiing or snowboarding to a high level under the expert tuition of our professional instructors, whilst gaining a recognised Level 1 instructor qualification along the way.

Ski and Snowboard Instructor Courses in Canada
Canada is one of the world’s most sought after destinations for ski and snowboard enthusiasts, providing an amazing platform for those looking to travel and explore a fascinating country, take on some new challenges, find some employment on a Working Holiday, and embrace the crazy, powder loving atmosphere that living in a Canadian Rockies resort brings. Take your place on this awesome instructor course, and take some steps towards a new career, or just improve on your current skiing or snowboarding technique, by obtaining a CSIA (Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance) Level 1 instructors qualification.

3 week Ski or Snowboard Instructors Course
This amazing opportunity to gain an accredited qualification within an incredible 3 weeks is open to all who have a bit of ski or snowboard experience under their belt, for those looking to dramatically improve their riding style and technique in a fast paced adrenaline fuelled environment. All of our course instructors are highly trained, to CSIA Level 3 or 4, and many of whom have experience of some quality competitions such as the X Games and Interski. Over this awesome 3 weeks on the slopes they will put your skills to the test, and you will see some fantastic improvements in your ability as they transfer their skills onto you, and give you the platform to succeed in an instructor’s environment.

You will spend the first week working on your own technique, ironing out any bad habits that you have picked over time, and arming yourself with the knowledge to tackle the powder on any terrain on any mountain. After your technique and understanding is to a good level, our team will start running through the best ways to share your knowledge and skills with others, and teach a new generation of skiers or snowboarders. Your final week will be focussed on some free skiing, building on your coaching style, and then you will take your CSIA Level 1 instructors exam.

During your free time you will have plenty of opportunities to get to know the local area with your fellow skiers and snowboarders. Our in-country staff will be there to show you all the highlights of the local area, and organise some cracking social activities to keep you all entertained, such as cat-skiing, carving up some untouched powder, watching an ice-hockey match, nights out with the other participants or maybe putting your snow pass to good use and popping on your boots for some night skiing!

The course is available in the month leading up to the ski season, so this is a great way to gain some experience, and a much need qualification, to take into the rest of the season and find some paid work, possibly in one of the local ski schools. Whether you aim to use your new found qualification to start on the road to becoming a recognised ski or snowboard instructor, or just want to pick up some useful tips from some professional instructors, this is the course for you!

Location of Your Instructor Course
We currently have two available locations for our 3 week ski and snowboard instructor courses, each of which have benefits for different people. The first and primary location for the course is Fernie, British Columbia. Fernie is one of the most sought after snow holiday destinations, with its epic powder and the huge snowfall, Fernie also has the longest vertical in the Canadian Rockies.

The second location and the most popular for gap year participants is Banff, Alberta. Alberta has a drink age of 18yrs+, so our gap year participants can be safe in the knowledge that they will be able to go out with their fellow participants and have a good time with no constraints. Banff has 3 separate resorts, and on our 3 week course you will have ski pass access to all three sites, Lake Louise, Sunshine Village and Mount Norquay.


Gap Year and Career Break Instructor Courses in Canada
Challenge yourself this year and take your interest in skiing or snowboarding to the next level on our Level 1 instructor course. CSIA Level 1 is recognised throughout Canada, and is the perfect way to take that crucial first step towards employability within the snow sports sector. This is the gap year or career break experience of a lifetime for a snow sports lover, so let’s hit the slopes and churn up some of Canada’s famous powder!

Quick Facts

Trip Name
Ski and Snowboard Experience
Trip Code
CAQSI2
Continent
North America
Country
Canada
Airport
Calgary International Airport (Airport code: YYC)
Minimum Duration
3 Weeks
Minimum Age
18
Trip Type
Courses & Qualifications
Activity
Sports, Winter Sports
Cost
From £2895 for 3 Weeks
Deposit
£ 195.00
Preferred Duration
This is an 3 week course, so participants are required to take part for the full 3 weeks.
Pre-requisites
This course is aimed towards those who have had some experience skiing or snowboarding, however participants are put into a group to match their level. You should have a keen interest in skiing or snowboarding.
Ideal for
Ski and Snowboard Gap Year and Career Breaks; Ski and Snowboard Instructor Courses; CSIA Level 1 Qualification; Winter Ski Seasons in Canada; Holidays in Canada; Ski Resort Work in North America.
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Arrival Dates

Course Dates 2016

Fernie 
12th March - 2nd April 

Room Options and Prices 
Twin Room: £3195 
Single Room: £3450

Visa

British Nationals will not require a visa to enter Canada for up to 180 days. You can check your visa requirements by visiting the Canadian Government website by clicking here.


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Included

Accommodation
All Changing Worlds instructor course participants will be accommodated in either a ski lodge, hotel or hostel, depending on course location. Facilities include, shared rooms, kitchen and lounge, hot tub, sauna and bars & restaurants.
Food
Breakfast (continental) is provided 5 days per week, Monday - Friday. Dinner is provided 4 days per week, Monday - Thursday. You will have to budget for lunches and weekend meals. We recommend a budget of approx. $230 per week to cover basic food costs, however this could be cheaper if participants make packed lunches using the kitchen facilities provided in accommodation.
Airport Pick-up
A member of our in-country team will be there to meet you at the airport on arrival and transfer you to your accommodation. Airport transfers are only available on the start date provided and leave the airport at a specified time. Ask us for details.
Professional Coaching
3 weeks of professional coaching and one-to-one sessions, technical sessions, video analysis, career advice and ski season job assistance, and coaching experience.
Exam Fees
The CSIA Level 1 examination fees are covered.
Lift Pass
Lift pass for the duration of your course is provided for your resort locations.
Training
All pre-departure advice is provided, as well as a comprehensive orientation and induction on arrival in-country.
Support
24 hour support and guidance from our in-country team.
Equipment and Medical Discounts
Changing Worlds customers will receive 10% off Travel Equipment, Medical Supplies and Vaccinations from Nomad Travel Store.
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Not Included

Flights; Insurance; Ski/Snowboard kit; Lunches and Weekend meals; Working Holiday Visa (required if planning to work after the course); Any additional spending money for social activities.
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Locations
We offer our incredible Ski and Snowboard Instructor Courses in two of the most sought after destinations in the Canadian Rockies. Each of the awesome towns that we run our courses in are famed for being a true part of the snow culture, that Canada has gained worldwide recognition for. We currently operate in two distinct locations in Canada, each offering the same amazing courses, in a different setting with different benefits that will attract a different type of person.

Fernie, British Columbia
Fernie is top destination for skiers and snowboarders, and is regularly the most popular destination for course participants of all ages and levels of experience. Fernie is famed for its outstanding powder, steeps and trees to get your heart racing, and a beautiful laid back culture due to the un-commercial, friendly nature of this dazzling ski town.
• Fernie regularly has the highest level of snow fall in Canada, with an average of 29ft per season, which is the reason that world famous Fernie powder!
• Fernie has the largest single resort ski area in the Canadian Rockies, and also the longest vertical so hold onto your hats!
• Fernie has won a host of accolades, such as Top North America Resort, North America’s Coolest Town, and Best Ski Town in Canada.

Banff, Alberta
Banff is a fantastic, lively ski town which is nestled deep in a beautiful national park setting in Alberta. Making for some stunning scenery as well as some of the top slopes in Canada, this fun-loving town is truly alive. Banff is made up of 3 separate ski resorts, Sunshine Village, Lake Louise and Norquay, and combined these 3 resorts make up the largest ski area in Canada.
• On a Changing Worlds instructor course in Banff you will have the unique opportunity to train at all 3 ski resorts, making for a hugely diverse and exciting experience.
• Due to the 3 resorts, Banff has a lively, party town atmosphere with lots of fun and interesting things going on.
• The drinking age in Alberta province is 18yrs+, which makes Banff an excellent location for gap year travellers looking to enjoy a bit of freedom and to let their hair down on their time off.

Accommodation
Fernie, British Columbia
Accommodation in Fernie is located at a purpose built 40+ bedroom ski lodge in the heart of the town. Participants taking part in the instructor course in Fernie will have their own queen size bed in a comfortable 2 or 4 person bedroom. All the rooms are en-suite, and all participants have access to a range of awesome facilities, such as restaurant, lounge, kitchen, bar, movie room, games room, sauna, and a ski lodge would not be complete without a hot tub for relaxing those aching limbs after a long day on the slopes.

Banff, Alberta
The accommodation in Banff is located in hotels and hostels in the town centre. Being centrally located the accommodation provides easy access to the local amenities in the town centre, and also provides a great base for nights out and partying with your fellow participants. Participants on the instructor course in Banff will be placed together in either the hotel or the neighbouring hostel, so you will never be on your own in this buzzing ski town. You will be sharing a dorm style/shared room, with a range of facilities and amenities close to hand including, WiFi, kitchen, lounge, swimming pool and laundry facilities.

3 Week Course Structure
Week 1 - Settle in to your new surroundings, explore the area, meet your professional instructors and build on your skiing or snowboarding skills
Week 2 - Perfect your personal skiing technique and ironing out any bad habits, and begin introducing instructing / coaching techniques.
Week 3 - Free skiing on the resort(s), followed by CSIA Level 1 assessment exam and partying to celebrate the success on this whirlwind course!

Work Experience and Job Prospects
During your time on your ski or snowboard instructor course in Canada you will have a range of opportunities to gain experience in an instructor’s environment as part of the local community days that give our course participants the chance to coach kids on the slopes.

As part of the package all participants are invited to attend job seminars which will outline the options available to qualified ski and snowboard instructors post course completion. For those taking part in the 3 week Level 1 Instructor course, the course takes place in November, before the season begins, so this will give you plenty of opportunities to find some paid work in Canada for the remainder of the season.

Extra Excursions 
Your time in Canada is about much more than gaining your instructor qualification, and we have developed a wide selection of extra excursions to make sure you experience life on the slopes to the max! Depending on availability and the timing of your trip excursions may include: 

Banff
• Cat Skiing/ Boarding
• Avalanche Safety Training
• Snowmobiling
• Night skiiing
• Support Local Hockey Team at Hockey matches

Evening Courses 
• Yoga 
• Indoor Climbing

Fernie
• Cat Skiing/ Boarding
• Split Boarding
• Back Country Ski Touring
• Avalanche Safety Training
• Winter Camping
• Snowmobiling
• Night skiing 
• Lake Ice Skating
• First Aid Course
• Photography Workshop
• Support Local Hockey Team at Hockey matches
• Build your own ski's workshop

Evening Courses 
• Yoga 
• Sports Massage
• Language Courses 
• Indoor Climbing

Canada Map

As the second largest country in the world Canada certainly does not disappoint, offering an impressive variety of breathtaking landscapes, wildlife and social events throughout the year. With lush rainforests, rugged beaches, glistening glaciers and snow capped mountains to keep you busy it is the perfect destination for wildlife lovers and adventure seekers alike!

It’s all about the outdoors in Canada, and whether you fancy skiing, snowboarding, hiking, cycling, surfing or spotting some iconic wildlife such as Bears, Caribou or Moose there is something for everyone after an action packed gap year or career break!


Quick Facts
Name
Canada
Location
North America
Bordering Countries
United States of Amercia
Capital City
Ottawa
Government
Constitutional monarchy, Parliamentary system
Population
35 million
Language
English and French
Currency
Canadian Dollor (CAD)
Name
Canada
Poverty
9.4% of population live below the poverty line
Main Exports
Motor vehicles, Aircraft, Industrial machinery, Chemicals, Crude oil, Natural gas, Electricity, Wood, Aluminium.
Climate
The climate in Canada varies dramatically depending on your location within the country. In winter, temperatures fall below freezing point throughout most of Canada. But the south-western coast has a relatively mild climate. Along the Arctic Circle, mean temperatures are below freezing for seven months a year. During the summer months the southern provinces often experience high levels of humidity and temperatures that can surpass 30 degrees Celsius regularly.
Time Zone
GMT -8 to -3.30
Flag
Canada Flag

Fun Facts
• At 3,855,103 square miles, Canada is the second largest country in the world, behind Russia.
• Canada’s capital, Ottawa, has the coldest average temperature of any capital city in the world.
• Canada has its own mysterious lake creature, Ogopogo, who reportedly lives in Lake Okanagan, British Columbia.

Travel Highlights
• Feel the almighty force of the Niagra Falls on a trip on the Lady of the Mist
• Take a trip to Banff National park, learn or improve your Skiing or Snowboarding, or just take in the amazing mountain scenery
• Visit the only fortified city in North America, the city of Quebec, and take in the atmosphere of the old town area
• Visit the World's largest fresh water lakes, Lake Superior. With some amazing fresh water beaches, and high summer temperatures in the south, this is a fantastic area for a spot of sunbathing
• Marvel at the cityscape views from one of the World's tallest towers, the CN Tower in Toronto

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Where is Canada?
Canada is one of the largest countries in the world, second only to Russia in terms of territorial size and consisting of a total of 3.8 million square miles. Located in the Northernmost part of North America Canada is the neighbouring country of USA, Greenland, Saint Pierre and Miquelon. With such a large landmass Canada has the longest coastline in the world, touching three oceans, The Atlantic, The Arctic, and The Pacific, it also has the largest land border in the world with the United States.

History of Canada
The first inhabitants of Canada were Native Indian peoples, primarily the Inuit who migrated across a land bridge between Siberia and Alaska around 12,000 years ago. The native people lived off the land, some by hunting and gathering and others by raising crops, there was a large amount of warfare between Aboriginal groups as they competed for land and resources. When Europeans, such as missionaries and soldiers explored Canada they brought with them many European diseases that the Aboriginals were not immune to, and subsequently many of them died. Despite this the Aboriginals and Europeans formed strong economic and religious bonds in their first 200 years of coexistence. The French settled here in the 16th and 17th century and continuing to trade much of their land with the British and following the American Revolution many Britain’s also settled in Canada. In 1867 the passing of the British North America Act from the British government granted the French and English leaders of the colony of Canada the status of a self governing  country. In 1969 French was made equal to English throughout the Canadian national government.  

Climate in Canada
Due to large landmass Canada's climate varies dramatically depending on your location in the country. Generally Canada follows four very distinct seasons, particularly along the US border. Summers tend to be hot and dry on the prairies, hot and humid in central Canada and mild on the coasts. Autumns are often cool and crisp across the country and Spring a pleasant temperature while winters are generally very cold with plenty of snow, with it being milder and wet along the West Coast. 

Language in Canada
English and French are the most widely spoken languages in Canada and are recognised as the ‘Official’ languages of the country. The five most widely spoken ‘non- official’ languages are Chinese, Punjabi, Spanish, Italian and Arabic. 

Food in Canada
Canada’s cuisine is a mix of many cultures with many influences from American diets. There are a few uniquely Canadian meals that may take a bit of getting used to! ‘Poutine’ is probably the most popular of these, which consists of french fries, cheese curd and gravy which originates from Quebec. Thick pea soup is a popular comfort food across the country and of course ‘Sugar Pie’s’ and ‘Butter tarts’ made with Canadian maple syrup

Festivals in Canada
Canada hosts a whole array of festivals and events throughout the year and if theres an opportunity to have a knees up you can count on a city, town or village to arrange one! The world famous Montreal Jazz Festival which showcases some of world’s top jazz musicians is probably the countries most famous event, however there are plenty more to keep your eyes open for as well. Visit the largest winter carnival in the world in Quebec which includes plenty of parades, ice sculptures, music and dancing. Or how about the Caribana festival in Toronto which has been running for 40 years as a reminder of the ethnic diversity of the city. This energetic and colourful festival spans over three weeks and attracts over one million visitors each year to get involved in the colourful costumes, music and food of Jamaica, Guyana, the Bahamas and Brazil. 

Travelling in Canada
With so much land to travel across you will undoubtedly find yourself taking advantage of many types of transport. 

Bus and trams: Buses and trams are the cheapest and most popular way to travel around Canada as they tend to be clean and comfortable and run very regularly. ‘Greyhound’ Canada is the most used bus company due to it’s extensive network around the country and even into the US. 

Train: Most of the major cities and towns are connected by train and in some remote parts of the country they provide the only overland access. The train is a more expensive option than the bus but tends to be popular for long journeys due to the speed and comfort it offers. It is cheaper to buy return tickets than one way, and buying your tickets days in advance could make you significant savings. 

Bike: During the warmer weather cycling is a particularly popular way to travel and great for experiencing the countries beautiful landscape (esspecially for those on a budget!) Many cities have dedicated bike routes and there are plenty of quiet back roads to take if you plan ahead. 

Boat: With it’s huge coastline and abundance of lakes and rivers boats are a common form of transport in Canada. There are regular ferry services between the mainland and surrounding islands.

When you choose to further your career and give you CV that added boost by gain qualifications and completing courses overseas, the costs incurred go towards setting up your chosen course, and giving you a great environment to live in for the duration of your time overseas. Your money goes on many benefits around your placement, to make sure you have the best experience possible.
 
Placement Assessment
Before you see a placement on our website, a lot of background work has gone on. We have met with local organisations, vetted in-country staff, conducted rigorous safety assessments and thoroughly evaluated the benefits of the placement. Only then do you get to see the placement on our website and book or apply for your place, safe in the knowledge that it is well-structured and beneficial to your career development.
 
Help Choosing Your Placement
If you are not sure which course, qualification or country to choose, our hugely informative Travel Advisors are here to help. They are a friendly bunch, have all travelled extensively and can offer lots of advice on choosing the right placement for you. This makes the task of deciding to work in a foreign country much less intimidating, and far more exciting.
 
Pre-departure Advice
Once you have booked your placement, you will be assigned a dedicated Travel Advisor to offer essential pre-departure advice on vaccinations, visas, kit lists and more. They will also be on call to answer those important last minute questions like “how many pairs of socks do I need?” and “can I take my mobile phone with me?”
 
Help with Flights and Insurance
We do not include flights and travel insurance in our placement fee. This avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. It also gives you flexibility to plan any further travel before or after you have completed your course or been awarded your qualification. We do, however, offer lots of help on this through our leading flights and insurance partners, providing you with an easy booking facility and the best prices around.
 
Airport Pick-Up
Landing in a foreign country for the first time can be daunting. This is why we ensure our in-country staff are there to meet you on arrival in your chosen destination and help you settle in. And once we have given you a warm welcome, the in-country staff will take you back to your accommodation so you can get used to your new home.
 
Arrival Orientation
We will take you through a local orientation and course induction on arrival. This will introduce you to any useful amenities and local customs, and it will also show you how to stay safe while abroad. Our team also have lots of handy travel tips and advice if you are thinking of exploring the country in your spare time.
 
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is included in all of our placements. Our houses, lodges, hotels and hostels are comfortable and very sociable places to live while overseas. In some destinations, you may be able to upgrade to alternative accommodation. Just contact us for details. We endeavour to supply food on all of our placement’s, however in some cases this is not always be possible. Please see the Project Summary tab for further details.  
 
In-Country Staff
Your safety and enjoyment is extremely important to us. That’s why we have dedicated in-country teams to look after you throughout your placement. Our in-country staff members live nearby, can be reached 24-hours a day and will check-in with you throughout your placement to ensure everything is running smoothly, and you are happy on your chosen course.
 
24-Hour Emergency Support
In addition to our in-country staff, you will benefit from our international support network. You will be given emergency contact details before you leave which you can call in the event of a crisis. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Giving Others Similar Opportunities
In order to provide a reliable flow of participants to our courses and qualification placements overseas, we have to spend a chunk of money on giving other people like you the same opportunity to bolster their CV with a new qualification. It costs to maintain a website, an office, phone lines and a team of dedicated Travel Advisors to answer all your questions!
Canada Flights Travellers

There are quite a few things to consider and to organise before you travel to your chosen destination to take part in your placement, trip or tour.

Flights and insurance are not included on your placement which means you will have to arrange them before you leave. But don't panic this can be simpler than you may think! To make life much easier for you, we offer a free, personal booking service through our chosen flights and insurance partner – STA Travel. They will guide you every step of the way. If you would like to talk with one of our STA Travel advisors to get a quote then either call them on +44 (0)333 321 3102 or email changingworlds@statravel.co.uk

In many cases your chosen destination country will have requirements with with regards to visas, which will depend on the purpose of your visit, and there will be recommended and required vaccinations to make sure you are protected against any possible health issues that you may face in specific areas. Changing Worlds is here to help and we are on hand to provide you with advice on visas and vaccinations.

Flights
Booking your flights is an essential part of your trip. That's why we have teamed-up with STA Travel. This means that once you have reserved your place on your chosen placement, trip or tour, you will have a dedicated booking agent on hand to talk through your plans.

Travelling after your project? Need a round-the-world ticket? Not a problem. Your booking agent will work with you to find the most suitable and flexible flights possible. And remember, the sooner you book your tickets, the better the price will be.
 
STA Travel is also one of the world’s largest flight providers specialising in adventure travel and can therefore offer some of the cheapest prices around. They have over 700 branches worldwide, which makes them easy to contact wherever you are in the world. They also hold an ATOL licence through the Civil Aviation Authority, meaning you can book in confidence, secure in the knowledge that your flights are fully protected.
 
Note: If you choose to book your tickets through another flight provider, you must ensure that they hold a full ATOL licence.
 
Why are flights not included?
By not including flights in our placements, trips and tours, it avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. This keeps the cost of your trip lower and also means you have the freedom to search around for the lowest fares and most flexible tickets that fit your travel plans. It also means you can benefit from the expertise of our preferred partner – STA Travel.
 
Insurance
We take the safety of our travellers very seriously. You must therefore book adequate travel insurance before you come away with us – you simply won’t be able to participate in your placement, trip or tour if you don’t. Although policies vary, your insurance must include emergency medical expenses, personal accident cover, and repatriation. We also recommend that you book baggage, personal liability and cancellation cover.
 
To help you navigate through this confusing world of insurance, we have partnered with STA Travel to offer you a specialist insurance service. Your personal advisor will find out exactly what you’re planning to do, from scuba diving to jumping out of planes, and tailor a policy specific to your requirements. In addition to this personal service, some of the other benefits of booking with STA Travel are as follows:
 
• Access to a network of over 700 branches in over 40 countries worldwide
• Advice and assistance over the phone from a travel help facility, available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year
• Access to a 24-hour multilingual emergency telephone number for medical help, hospital treatment and/or repatriation
• A choice of 3 levels of cover to suit your needs – budget, standard and premier
• A range of durations, from 4 days up to a maximum of 24 months
• A simple extension service that gives you the flexibility to extend your 4-week volunteer project while in-country (up to 24 months!)
• Cover for over 100 adventure sports and adrenalin activities, including black water rafting, bungee jumping, elephant trekking, heli-skiing, kite surfing, scuba diving, shark cage diving and sky diving
• Peace of mind – STA Travel is an Appointed Representative of Towergate Underwriting Group Limited and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority.
 
Note: You must provide us with details of your travel insurance before you leave as you will not be permitted to participate on your placement, trip or tour if you do not have adequate cover. It is also advisable to book your cover as early as possible to make sure you are insured for cancellation of your trip due to illness, serious accident or any other insurable reason.
 
Why is insurance not included?
Each of our volunteer’s plans are different, and while STA Travel can provide adequate cover for the vast majority of our travellers, there may be some activities or destinations that cannot be covered by STA Travel. It is therefore important to give you the freedom to choose the insurance that covers your plans and that you feel comfortable with. It also saves us from having to pass on extra admin costs to you.

Visas
Different destination countries have different visa requirements depending on things such as your length of stay and your reasons for entering the country, and whether you will be gaining paid work during your time in the country. Changing Worlds will supply you with any advice you need with regards to the visas you require for your chosen destination, and we will make information available to you to assist with your application.

It is important that you check your visa requirements well in advance of your travel date, as with many tourist and working holiday visas you will need to submit an application to the relevant consulate, embassy or high commission before your travel date. In some cases entry to your destination country will be granted at immigration on arrival without having to apply for a visa before the departure date for your travels.

With all visa applications it is important that you have sufficient space available in your passport for the relevant visas required for your travels, and that your passport is valid for at least six months after your planned date of return.
Speak To Us
If you have any questions or would like some more information, simply contact one of our friendly Travel Advisors. You can give us a call, request a call back or drop us an email and they will be able to answer any questions you might have.

Book Your Place
Once you have decided to travel with us, you can secure your place by paying a small deposit. You will then be able to pay the rest of your placement fee in easy-to-manage instalments.

Welcome Pack
Once we have received your deposit, we will send you a welcome email confirming your booking. This will contain your personal login details for your Travel Centre – an online account full of useful information about your destination, you chosen project and all the things you need to do before you depart.

Personal Information
We will ask you to provide some key information to help us create the best overseas experience for you, such as medical and dietary requirements, any previous language lessons you have done, and what you’re hoping to get out of your time abroad. We may also ask you to complete a police background check.

Flights and Insurance
You will need to book your flights and travel insurance before you leave, and then provide us with these details. We do not include flights and insurance in the project fee (to avoid passing on extra admin costs to you) but our partners will help you find the best options around.

Visas
Next you will need to get your visa for your trip. British citizens do not require visas unless they are planning to work before or after the course, in which case a Working Holiday Visa will be required. We will also provide you with lots of information to make obtaining your visa very straightforward.
 
Final Payment
We will ask you for your final payment 90 days before your scheduled departure date. Once paid, you will be ready to pack your bags, grab your passport and get on the plane!

"The experience of becoming a ski instructor was out of this world. The group bonded and we all met friends for life! The local people were the friendliest and most welcoming people I have ever come across."

Samantha Platt
1) What is the minimum age restriction?
The minimum age restriction for this course is 18. 

2) Are meals included in this trip? 
A continental breakfast is provided 5 days per week from Monday - Friday and Dinner is provided 4 days per week, Monday - Thursday. You will have to budget for lunches and weekend meals and we recommend a budget of approximately $230 per week to cover basic food costs, however many participants make packed lunches using the kitchen facilities provided in accommodation to save money.

3) What accommodation is provided?
Fernie, British Columbia.
Accommodation in Fernie is located at a purpose built 40+ bedroom ski lodge in the heart of the town. Participants taking part in the instructor course in Fernie will have their own queen size bed in a comfortable 2 or 4 person bedroom. All the rooms are en-suite, and all participants have access to a range of awesome facilities, such as restaurant, lounge, kitchen, bar, movie room, games room, sauna, and a ski lodge would not be complete without a hot tub for relaxing those aching limbs after a long day on the slopes.

Banff, Alberta
The accommodation in Banff is located in hotels and hostels in the town centre. Being centrally located the accommodation provides easy access to the local amenities in the town centre, and also provides a great base for nights out and partying with your fellow participants. Participants on the instructor course in Banff will be placed together in either the hotel or the neighbouring hostel, so you will never be on your own in this buzzing ski town. You will be sharing a dorm style/shared room, with a range of facilities and amenities close to hand including, WiFi, kitchen, lounge, swimming pool and laundry facilities.

Are there laundry facilities available at the accommodation?
Yes, laundry facilities are available at the accommodation. Laundry costs are included in your course price. 

What rooms are available? 
There is the option to choose a private "single room", twin room or quad room which all vary in price. If you choose to stay in a twin or quad room you will be asked to fill in a mini questionnaire before your trip to help pair you up with somebody similar. 

4) How often will I be Skiing or Snowboarding?
You will receive 4 full days of ski or snowboard instruction each week. This split of 4 days on /3 days off gives you the chance to spend the weekend participating in our program of extra
activities. Each week you will have the opportunity to experience different instructors on the course, which is particularly useful if you plan on becoming an instructor as it will expose you to different teaching styles. 

5) What experience do I need?
This course is aimed towards those who have had some experience skiing or snowboarding, however participants are put into a group to match their level. You should have a keen interest in skiing or snowboarding and as a rough guideline we suggest a minimum of 5 weeks previous experience would be suitable. 

6) What support will I receive in country?
Our in country team of coordinators and instructors will be on hand to support you throughout your trip, whether it’s to do with the course itself or arranging extra excursions in your spare time. You will also receive a careers seminar at the end of your course which is hosted by the technical director of the resort, including advice on successfully looking for an instructor job, applying for a working holiday visa, and a manual with useful tips such as a sample CV, contact details for ski schools and info on where your qualification is recognised.

7) What can I do in my free time? 
Your time in Canada is about much more than gaining your instructor qualification, and we have developed a wide selection of extra excursions to make sure you experience life on the slopes to the max! Depending on availability and the timing of your trip excursions may include: 

Banff
• Cat Skiing/ Boarding
• Avalanche Safety Training
• Snowmobiling
• Night skiiing
• Support Local Hockey Team at Hockey matches

Evening Courses 
• Yoga 
• Indoor Climbing

Fernie
• Cat Skiing/ Boarding
• Split Boarding
• Back Country Ski Touring
• Avalanche Safety Training
• Winter Camping
• Snowmobiling
• Night skiing 
• Lake Ice Skating
• First Aid Course
• Photography Workshop
• Support Local Hockey Team at Hockey matches
• Build your own ski's workshop

Evening Courses 
• Yoga 
• Sports Massage
• Language Courses 
• Indoor Climbing

There is also plenty to keep you busy in the local towns including restaurants, bars, coffee shops and many local attractions. 

8) What Qualification Will I gain?
The ultimate goal of this course is to get your CSIA level 1 qualification. This is the entry level certification to the Canadian system and can be used to work throughout Canada as well as further afield. 

9) How Easily Can I Get Paid Work After the Course?
Every year Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (RCR) employ hundreds of ski instructors at their four Western Canada resorts: Fernie, Kicking Horse, Nakiska and Kimberley and due to their confidence in this ski or snowboard instructor course they guarantee interviews to participants that have passed. There is a high demand for level 1 instructors to fill the rookie instructor positions in Canada, so you can be confident that you will secure a job. 

10) When can I arrive? 
You will need to arrive on the start date provided in order to receive transport from the airport to your accommodation.

11) Will I need a Visa?
If you plan on just completing the instructor course you will not be required to apply for a visa. Most international visitors, including those from the UK, do not require a visa and can stay in Canada for up to 6 months with a valid passport. However, if you wish to gain paid working after completing the course you will need to apply to a working holiday visa, which will allow you to work in Canada for up to 12 months if you are between the age of 18-30. Over 30’s will need to be sponsored by a ski school. 
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