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!
Duration: 14 weeks (the summer season)
Dates: Late May to early September each year 29th May – 4th September 2019
Arrival day: Wednesday
Return day: Wednesday
Eligibility: Good level of fitness, French language and relevant work experience required
- Boosting your language skills as you immerse yourself into French-speaking Canadian life
- Earning money working in a guaranteed hospitality job, organised before you leave home
- Enjoying an awesome social life and outdoor activities on your days off
- Experiencing the buzz in the village during the IRONMAN competition
- Exploring the area – Ottawa, Montreal and even New York are easily accessible
Working in Mont Tremblant in the summer is an unforgettable way to enjoy the mountains and all of its free time pursuits. If you are looking for summer hospitality jobs and want to improve your French in this French-speaking part of Canada, this is a great option for you.
You should expect to earn around C$12.50 (approx £7) per hour before tips, averaging 30-40 hours a week. You’ll be paid fortnightly.
We work with a number of employers in the resort. Many are bars and restaurants but we also work with the Tremblant Luge during the summer season in Canada. Our participants work as Luge Operators which involves working outdoors in the glorious summer weather, working with customers and maintaining the safety of the environment.
For jobs within the bars and restaurants, you should expect an entry-level position dependent on your level of French and work experience.
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.
- basic food prep
- deli-counter assistant
- bar work in restaurants
- restaurant host
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.
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!
You don’t need to be able to speak much French to get along in Tremblant as we give 10 hours of French lessons during the season.
During your first few days, you will meet 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!
- Live in the quaint town of St Jovite or in Tremblant village – a bus ride from the main resort
- You’ll live in a comfortable Duplex (Canadian flat)
- Expect to share a room
- Kitchen and laundry facilities are provided
- Rent, including WiFi, is approx $500 per month
- You’ll be self-catered in your accommodation and have access to a fully equipped kitchen
- There is a supermarket in St Jovite where you can buy all you need
- Plenty of options to eat out in both St Jovite and Tremblant
Airport: Montreal (YUL)
Arrival day: Usually a Wednesday – this will be confirmed before you book your flights.
Transfer details: Assuming you arrive with the rest of the group, we will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation.
Departure day: Usually a Wednesday. You will need to organise your own transport back to the airport.
As an ATOL bonded company we can book flights for you from the UK or elsewhere. If you are flying with the group from London, we will see you off at Heathrow on departure day. On arrival, our rep Margo will pick you up at the airport.
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, having been an employer herself, is very experienced in supporting our participants.
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 of 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.
- Access to your own personal ‘My Oyster’ account – our online portal where you can find out much more about the program and manage your booking
- Dedicated contact time with an experienced destination manager to discuss the project, answer any of your questions and for us to find out more about you
- Help and advice from our UK office before arrival and whilst you are away
- In-country support
- Pre-departure information covering medical, safety and project advice
- Financial protection: ATOL (if we book your flights); IPP (if we don’t book your flights)
- Thorough orientation on arrival
- Accommodation (see the ‘accommodation’ section above for details)
- Advice on visa requirements
- Oyster plants a tree in Africa with TreeAid to help offset your carbon emissions
- UK briefing day covering employment issues and work 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
- Optional flight with fixed return date. Total cost including flight £1995
- Arrangement of transport to your accommodation from the airport
- Assistance and support from our representative throughout the programme including regular social ‘meet ups’
- Wages (approx. £200 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)
- Flights – as an ATOL bonded company, Oyster can book flights for you
- You need a valid passport that meets the requirements of the country you will be travelling to
- Insurance (covering your time with Oyster and any planned independent travel)
- Any costs associated with changing your return flight date if you need to
- Independent travel costs
- Home country travel costs
- Spending money for additional trips, food and entertainment
- Be eligible for the Canadian IEC Working Holiday Program (sign up for our free application guide)
- Cost of journey back to the airport at the end of the summer
- Accommodation and food costs, approximately C$25 (£15) per day
- Police Check for Immigration Purposes (approx. £45)
- Cost of IEC Working Holiday Permit – C$250
“Whenever I visit Tremblant, I’m really pleased to receive such positive feedback from the employers we work with. We’re proud of the fact that employers choose to work with us we’ll continue sending well selected and prepared participants every year.” Says Jon, Destination Manager
Once the summer season really gets going, it is busy from mid June right through to early September. You should expect to work 5 days, 30 hours, a week on average across the whole season. There will still be some peaks and troughs to this. You should also expect to work weekends as this will be when the resort is at its busiest.
Working in bars and restaurants involves shift work. You could be working a morning shift starting at 7am and finishing mid afternoon, you could be doing a day shift of roughly 9am -5pm or you could be doing a night shift possibly 4pm -midnight. All of the employers are different and will have different ways of scheduling people.
The season in Tremblant is approximately 13 weeks long and runs from late May to early September.
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.
The Mont Tremblant summer weather is really good with temperatures easily getting into the mid 20’s.
It can take up to 6 weeks before your first pay cheque arrives so you will need to arrive in Canada with enough money to feed and entertain yourself. We would suggest having a minimum of £1000 available. Once you start earning money, you should be able to live on the money you earn day to day. You might want savings in place to cover any extra trips or outings that you want to do.
You will be able to set up a Canadian bank account with the help of our local representative, which you will be able to get a card for. Credit cards are advised for emergencies, as well as enough cash to see you through the first few days, and there is easy access to ATM’s in the village.
You will need to apply for a Canadian IEC Working Holiday permit before you go. To be able to qualify for the working holiday visa, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30, and hold a passport from one of the eligible countries stated by the Canadian Embassy: Australia, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea Rep, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom. This costs C$250 approximately (£125).
You will also need a Police Check for immigration purposes and this costs approximately £45.
We will help with this once you have booked a place on the programme.
You need to make sure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months after your return date (any less can be possible but is likely to cause problems at immigration).
Most people book with Oyster on their own and travel with the rest of the group. The group meets at a UK briefing course before you go to Canada. You will be able to travel with a friend if you wish, please state this on your booking form.
You should visit your doctor or travel nurse to find out what vaccinations you will need. It is likely that only your routine vaccinations will need to be up to date.
There are doctors, health clinics and pharmacies in Tremblant, the main hospital is 15 miles away.
Health and safety at work standards are very high in Canada. You should always follow advice given to you by your employers. Tremblant is a very safe village but it is always advised to keep valuables secure and stick together when you first arrive.
You will be living in a small town outside Tremblant called St Jovite which is a 30 minute bus ride away. A monthly pass on the bus between Tremblant and St Jovite costs $30 per month. A bus to Montreal costs $65.
The duplex (apartment) in St Jovite has 3 bedrooms, a lounge and a large kitchen. It is the best accommodation that we send anybody to anywhere in the world. We took the decision that people would be happier living in accommodation that is privately owned as opposed to staff accommodation. The rent is comparable to staff accommodation in The Rockies and Whistler and is very good for what you get. Each month you will pay C$500.
Tremblant and Quebec are well known for their production of Maple Syrup. For a few weeks in the spring, people in Tremblant celebrate the Syrup harvest by putting Maple Syrup on pretty much everything they eat! The other local delicacy in Quebec is Poutine. Poutine consists of chips, gravy and cheese curd on top. You can buy this anywhere in Canada but the Quebec way is the original and best! You will be self catering in your accommodation and close enough to a supermarket to buy any food that you need. There a plenty of restaurants, to suit all budgets, offering cuisine from around the world in Tremblant and St Jovite. A sandwich will cost you around C$8 and a meal out would cost around C$15 plus tips.
Included in your monthly rent is the cost of WiFi in your apartment so using the internet at home is your best option. Most bars/restaurants offer free WiFi in the village.
You should take an ‘unlocked’ mobile phone with you to Canada (or you can buy a cheap Canadian one) and purchase a local ‘pay as you go’ SIM card. This is useful for contacting the representative and the rest of the group as local calls are very cheap. You can buy international phone cards to call the UK for $10+tax from any supermarket/phone shop this will give you hundreds of minutes to use any way you like, including calling the UK.
Tremblant is in the Eastern Canadian time zone which is 5 hours behind GMT (GMT -5).
Canada, like the US, operates on 110V, 60 cycle electric power. You should bring an adapter with you that has a two (flat) pronged plug.
In the summer, Tremblant is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. There are plenty of walks in the mountains, mountain biking, climbing, water sports and even tobogganing to enjoy.
Expect to work 5 days a week on average with 2 days of free time. Bear in mind that your days off will not necessarily be consecutively, and may not be weeekends.
You will get to know our representative well in the first few days as they help you settle into life in Canada. You will go through an induction that involves a tour of the resort, assistance with setting up Social Insurance Numbers, bank accounts and mobile phones. You will also be introduced to your employer.
Once you start work, the representative takes more of a back seat role but is there as a helpful friend should you need assistance. Once a month, they will run a meet up with you and the rest of the group. Day to day, you will be under the supervision of your manager and supervisor at work.
Staff at Oyster’s head office and in-country will be responsible for your safety and welfare while you are on our programme. This will start from the moment you are picked up from the airport until the end date of the programme, when you will make your own way back to the airport. If you are arranging your own flights and arriving earlier or later than the rest of the group, you will be responsible for yourself until meeting up with the rest of the group. Before and after the Oyster programme, you will be outside Oyster’s responsibility and should make sure that you act safely and avoid risk. This is also true if you choose to get involved in activities during your time off. We will give you plenty of guidance and advice about this.