My experience working at a ski resort in Whistler
Work Canada BUNACer Elisha lived it up doing a ski season in Whistler on our Ultimate Canada program. As well as landing Employee of the Month, her story is one of friendships and adventures. Life is all about balance, after all.
Why Canada and why BUNAC
I enjoy hikes, snowboarding, mountain biking, canoeing and photography, so I wanted to see what Canada had to offer. I decided to take the leap and apply for my Canadian working holiday (IEC) visa through BUNAC, and their team helped me out so much with the application. They also discussed job roles with possible employers. They are such a great support system and helped me out with the stressful tasks of the application!
How did you get your job in Canada?
After speaking with the team, I thought it was best to attend BUNAC’s Work Canada Ultimate Job Fair. They flew employers from huge ski resorts in Canada to London to hire international staff – it was such a great way to actually meet with the employers before starting my ski season. My first choice of employer was Four Seasons Resort in Whistler. I applied to be a hostess and was successful in the interview. I was really pleased as I knew my Canadian adventure was just about to start within a matter of months.
How’s it been do far?
Even though it's so cliche to say, I'm literally living a dream! Whilst in Vancouver I stayed in a hostel that BUNAC organised for me and I was able to go on day trips within the hostel. I visited places such a Lynn Canyon, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Granville Island and Stanley Park. I even got to watch my first ever hockey match which was Vancouver Canucks vs Las Vegas Knights.
What job did you do at the Four Seasons?
I worked as a hostess at The Sidecut restaurant at the resort. The job was very rewarding and I enjoyed greeting and making the guests feel welcome. Also, always delivering five-star service of course. I thoroughly enjoy my job and I received Employee of the Month as well which was really rewarding. My team are so wonderful to work with and I'm incredibly lucky to have made some really good friends so far on my Canadian journey.
Inspired by Elisha’s ski season? The Ultimate Canada includes visa assistance to secure that all important visa, two years of job support, arrival accommodation, a pre-arranged ski season job and more. Book now with a deposit, start planning your trip and interviewing for jobs.