Winter Hospitality work in Tremblant
Improve your French, earn money and ski during your season-long stay in the French speaking resort of Tremblant. Depending on your language level you could be working in a wide range of jobs, from dishwasher to bar tender.
Oyster have been sending hard working participants to work in a wide range of hospitality roles in the scenic year-round resort of Mont Tremblant since 2006. We will find you a job with one of the top bars or restaurants in the resort, starting off in an entry level role within the food and beverage industry.
Entry level jobs tend to involve working ‘back of house’ and not dealing too much with customers. This is great for those of you who want to get more confident with your French! Working back of house is a good way to get to know how the business works and improve your French with your colleagues. Positions include dishwashing, basic food prep and even bar work in restaurants.
If you have a good understanding of French 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$10 (approx £6.50) per hour before tips, working for 30-40 hours per week. You’ll be paid fortnightly. Hours vary with season, snow conditions and guest numbers; normally you get two days off to ski per week. During peak times such as Christmas you may be working 6 or even 7 days per week. You should always expect to work during the busy times of the season, as this is when you are needed most! In the quieter times you may only work 2-3 days work per week. Each pay cheque will be different so there will be times you need to live on a budget.
The employers we work with aim to pay enough to cover your accommodation, food and fun. Mont Tremblant is a beautiful resort with amazing skiing, cross-country, snowboarding, skating and sledging, so winter sports enthusiasts will have no problem making the most of their days off.
You don’t need to be able to speak much French to get along in Tremblant as we give you lessons on arrival and you can practice at home. However, the better your French, the better your chance of moving to front-of-house roles.
On arrival you will meet Sonia, 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 French-speaking Canada. Even people with a limited knowledge of French at the start of the season have returned home able to speak it fluently!
The season runs late November through to late April. Many of our participants choose to extend their stay in Canada and work through the summer as well.
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, cable TV, internet and all bills are 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.
- Learn or improve your French with our included lessons
- Gain great work experience for your CV – Canada is known internationally for exceptionally high levels of customer service.
- Receive full support from Margo, our country rep, through monthly meet-ups with her and the rest of your group.
- Discounted local resident season ski pass available so you can enjoy winter sports in your time off in the beautiful resort of Tremblant.
- Great location for further travels at the end of the season – 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 amongst students either planning to study French at university, or who have just graduated with a languages degree. The Canadian dialect is different to European French you may have learned 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, 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 then changed their degree choice to add a joint honours with French.
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 skis/passes and where the grocery store and medical centre are 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!
On arrival, Margo will arrange a short orientation course helping you to arrange bank accounts, Social Insurance Numbers, cell phones and buy skis. She will be in close contact with you over the first couple of days. As time goes on, Margo 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.
“Margo was fantastic and always on hand to help us” – Patrick, winter 2014/15
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
- 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 £3050 (if you want a more flexible ticket this can be organised).
- ATOL Protection (as long as we book your flights)
- Arrangement of transportation to your accommodation from the airport
- Orientation on arrival
- Assistance and support from our representative throughout the season, including regular social ‘meet ups’
- Wages (approx. $300 per week, before tips)
- 10 hours of French lessons from Sonia, 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
- Passport valid for a minimum of 6 months after your return date
- Insurance covering winter sports and any planned independent travel, we can introduce you to a policy
- Independent travel costs and cost of journey back to the airport at the end of the season
- All home country travel costs (eg to the airport)
- Accommodation and food costs, approximately C$15 (£8.50) per day
- Optional – 6 month off peak ski pass – approx £300
- Police Check for Immigration Purposes (approx. £45)
- Cost of IEC Working Holiday Permit – C$250