Summer Hospitality work in Tremblant
Live and work in the beautiful year-round resort of Mont Tremblant. Improve your French and work in hospitality in one of the resort’s many bars and restaurants, making the most of the amazing opportunities in your free time. From water sports to hiking and from white water rafting to golf, there is almost too much to do!
Working the summer season in French-speaking Tremblant is an unforgettable way to enjoy the mountains and all of its free time pursuits. We will find you a job with one of the top bars or restaurants in the resort, starting at entry level with the opportunity of moving up as your French improves. Positions include dishwashing, basic food prep and even bar work in restaurants.
Entry level jobs tend to involve working ‘back of house’, meaning that you do not have too much customer interaction. This is a great way to get to know how the business works from behind the scenes, all whilst improving your French speaking with your colleagues. If you have a good understanding of French already let us know as we may be able to find you a role where you interact with customers straight away. French speakers have worked as deli counter assistants, restaurant hosts and waiters/waitresses in the past.
You should expect to earn around C$11.25 (approx £6.50) per hour before tips, averaging 30-40 hours a week. You’ll be paid fortnightly. Hours vary with the season and guest numbers; however the hours are more reliable in the summer than the winter. From mid June through to early September the resort will be at its busiest and you could be getting 5 days work per week. This leaves an average of 2 days per week for you to experience all that the resort has to offer, from hiking, biking and water sports to being a spectator at the IRONMAN events. This renowned endurance race is amazing to watch, as well as being great for the resort as it brings thousands of athletes, families and fans to the area. This will mean lots of hours at work and a great pay cheque during those weeks!
The employers we work with aim to pay enough to cover your accommodation, food and fun. Each pay cheque will be different so there will be times you need to live on a budget.
You don’t need to be able to speak much French to get along in Tremblant as we give you lessons on arrival. On arrival you will meet Helene, our French Tutor, who will talk to you about your level of French and arrange a series of lessons for you and your group that will take place over your first weeks in Canada. Everyone has been impressed with these lessons and we find that they really help you to settle into life in Quebec. Even people with a limited knowledge of French at the start of the season have returned home able to speak French fluently!
Please note: We ask for a £180 payment when booking this programme. If, in the event you are unsuccessful in the interview, or we cannot find a job for you before you leave home, the money that you pay Oyster is fully refundable.
Accommodation and Food
Instead of basic staff housing, we think you will be more comfortable living together in a Duplex (Canadian flat). This means that you will be living in the best accommodation that we send anyone to anywhere in the world! The cost is pretty comparable to what it would cost to live in staff accommodation. You pay roughly C$375 per month per person.
The Duplex has all that you need, including cable TV and internet, with all bills included in the rent. You will have a kitchen and laundry facilities as well. Expect to share a room and be self catering.
The accommodation is based in the quaint town of St Jovite – just outside the resort of Tremblant. There is a bus that takes you to the resort in about 30 minutes.
- Benefit from our included French lessons to improve your language skills.
- Guaranteed job in the hospitality sector before you leave home.
- Gain great work experience for your CV – Canada has an international reputation for exceptionally high levels of customer service.
- Take part in monthly meet-ups with Margo, our country rep, and the rest of the group.
- Become part of the local community, making friends for life along the way.
- Try out mountain biking and water sports in your free time, and experience the buzz of the IRONMAN competitions.
- Great location for further travels – Ottawa and Montreal are less than 2 hours by coach and you can even get to New York in less than a day.
Whyshould I do this?
This programme not only gives you the experience of living in a new country and gaining work experience for your CV, you can also learn a new language!
Since 2006 this programme has been popular with University students who want to do something different with their summers. Modern language students in particular find our Tremblant programme to be very useful as part of their degree. The Canadian dialect is different to the French that we are taught in Europe so this gives an added dimension to the language which is particularly useful and interesting to people with a passion for language.
If you are not currently a French speaker or not planning to go to University, don’t be put off by this programme. We have had participants over the years who have gone to Tremblant, fell in love with learning French and continued with their studies when home.
If you are flying from the UK we will see you and your group off at Heathrow Airport. On arrival, Margo will pick you up at Montreal Airport and drive you the 90 minutes to your accommodation. The next day, Margo helps you arrange your Social Insurance Number, bank account, shows you where to buy your groceries and where the medical centre is located.
If you are travelling from outside the UK we will arrange for you to meet up with your group on arrival in Canada.
Margo joined Oyster as our Tremblant representative in the summer of 2011 and is already well known to us as one of our best employers in Tremblant. Margo and her husband Luigi set up Coco Pazzo Restaurant in December 1995 and have employed a number of Oyster workers since 2006.
Margo is originally from Montreal, Quebec, and having lived in many regions of Canada calls Tremblant her home. Margo and Luigi really enjoy the area and all it has to offer: golf, skiing, lakes and festivals, as well as its proximity to Montreal, Ottawa and the U.S. Margo is looking forward to welcoming you to Tremblant!
Margo will be in close contact with you over the first couple of days. As time goes on, she will take more a back seat and be there as a helpful friend should you need any help or advice.
Once a month Margo hosts a meet up with the Oyster group where we provide a few drinks and snacks and the chance for you to talk through any issues you might have. Margo likes to mix these up a bit and for recent groups have taken them out on day trips to Ottawa or Montreal so that people can learn more about the culture and history of this part of Canada. Margo is a local expert on where to go and what to see in the area.
Our representatives are there to be a helpful friend to you and steer you through difficulties of any kind. Margo will keep us updated on your health and welfare throughout.
What is provided
- One-to-one interview and informal briefing
- Access to your personal ‘My Oyster’ account – our online portal where you can find out much more about the programme and manage your booking.
- Hotel based UK briefing day covering employment issues and work advice
- Help and advice from our UK office before departure and whilst in Canada
- Work Permit application advice
- A suitable job, liaising with employers and obtaining job offer letters etc. Please be aware some employers like to conduct their own interview on the phone
- Arranging suitable accommodation for the season (you pay for this at approx $375 per month)
- Optional flight with fixed return date. Total cost including flight £1995 (if you want a more flexible ticket this can be organised).
- Your money is protected with Oyster. We have ATOL Protection (as long as we book your flights) and a bond with IPP (if we don’t book your flights)
- Arrangement of transportation to your accommodation from the airport
- Orientation on arrival
- Assistance and support from our representative throughout the programme including regular social ‘meet ups’
- Wages (approx. £120 per week, before tips)
- 10 hours of French lessons from Helene, our local tutor
- Oyster luggage tag
On your return:
- Welcome home pack
- Certificate of Recognition (on request)
- References (on request)
What do I need
- Be eligible for the Canadian IEC Working Holiday Program (sign up for our free application guide)
- A passport valid for a minimum of 6 months after your return date
- Insurance (covering adventure sports and any planned independent travel)
- Independent travel costs and cost of journey back to the airport at the end of the summer
- All home-country travel costs (to the interview, briefing day and airport)
- Accommodation and food costs, approximately C$15 (£8.50) per day
- Police Check for Immigration Purposes (approx. £45)
- Cost of IEC Working Holiday Permit – C$250