Europe North America

start date

Varies depending on which course - generally November for Canada and November, January or March for Austria



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Oyster Worldwide offer a very personal service with detailed preparation and support before, during and when you return from travel. Pre-departure services include a phone or skype interview and full briefing on what to expect. We advise on safety, cultural issues, flights, what to take, currency and what life will be like in your chosen destination. Oyster Worldwide pride themselves on selecting projects that we believe are genuinely worthwhile. Every project has been visited by a member of the Oyster team and vetted for excellence.

typical day A Typical Day in the Job

Qualify as a ski instructor on one of our instructor programmes before going on to teach skiing for the season. Course length varies depending on the programme that you apply for and how much experience you have prior to joining the programme. Generally the season runs between November and April each year. Following your training you will be given the opportunity to gain a paid teaching job either at the resort or another resort in the same country. Be prepared to teach children who may require extra supervision and care, as well as adults who may be a little nervous! Days will be long and cold and you will be expected to work hard as well as play hard!

ideal candidate Who are we looking for?

It is important that you have relevant experience to take part in these programmes. You may be teaching and looking after other people’s children and this is a big responsibility. Ski experience is essential and level of skill varies depending on which programme that you are applying for. Working visas are required for Canada.

our offer What we can offer you

Comfortable accommodation is provided in Whistler staff housing and privately rented apartments in Kaprun, Austria. Expect to share a room and enjoy excellent communal living areas. WiFi is provided and you will have access to a fully equipped kitchen for self-catering. You will be living in a world class resort in either Canada or Austria and will be able to enjoy the mountain during work and on your days off. Whether you are in beautiful Kaprun or breathtaking Whistler, you will be able to make the most of the local tourist activities which are plentiful.
Your money is safe with Oyster, we have financial protection through IPP and our ATOL. Both destinations have hosted Oyster participants for many years and have been regularly visited by our UK staff.


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