Kathleen’s Story Working and Traveling Abroad With International Experience Canada

Kathleen explains that anything good in your work and travel experience like visiting countries and making new friends is worth the effort despite not knowing what will always happen. The world has a lot to offer to those who are willing to take the chance.

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Transcript: “Kathleen’s story working and traveling abroad with International Experience Canada”

Video length: 1m 33sec

The video opens on a hand-drawn image of the earth and four travel photos from around the world.

Text displays: International Experience Canada

Narrator: I booked a one-way flight, so I didn’t know how long I was going to be gone for.

It cuts to a woman talking in front of an off-white background, with her name and origin in a text box in the bottom left-hand corner.

Text displays: Kathleen – Calgary, AB

Narrator: I knew I was going for school and I knew that the school semester would be a minimum of 5 months, but I was essentially away from home for a year.

Picture of Kathleen at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin – Germany

Text displays: My Travel Memories

Narrator: I could spend all day talking about all the countries I visited. On weekends I would go away to England. I went to Belgium a lot; I loved it.

Picture of Kathleen with the Leaning Tower of Pisa – Italy

Narrator: I went to go visit some friends in Italy. I ended up making some friends in France. I ended up spending St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland.

Picture of Kathleen with friends at Disneyland Paris – France

Picture of Kathleen with friends on a city street – Ireland

Narrator: We went to Poland and visited Auschwitz as well, so I did kind of a World War II tour before working at Vimy for World War I.

Picture of Kathleen by the ocean – Ireland

Picture of Kathleen with friends in front of the Vimy Memorial – France, Vimy Ridge

Narrator: I went to every country that touched each other in Europe, so I went everywhere.

Picture of Kathleen in an alley – Netherlands

Narrator: And so I spent 4 months working there as a student guide.

Picture of the Vimy Memorial – France, Vimy Ridge

Narrator: We worked in the preserved tunnels and the preserved trenches from World War I. Working with 15 people from Canada in a foreign country was just a really unique experience, because we could all relate on a different level than most of the nationals there.

Picture of Kathleen in Paris in front of the Eiffel Tower – France

Picture of Kathleen with a friend in front of stone columns – Italy

Narrator: One of my biggest moments was when the grocery store clerk started to recognize me, and I was like, “Ok, I’m in it for good now, this is now my way of life.”

Picture of Kathleen with a friend on a city street – Italy

Picture of Kathleen in front of the Colosseum – Italy

Cut to Kathleen talking in front of an off-white background.

Narrator: Nothing’s ever going to be easy or handed to you; it’s gonna be, it’s always gonna be hard. There’s always gonna be a little bit of this anxiety towards something, but if I were to think or if you were to think back in your experiences, some of the greatest things come from that uncertainty.

It then transitions to the text “International Experience Canada” and their tagline, with the logo of the Government of Canada at the bottom of the screen.

Text displays: International Experience Canada – Connecting you to a world of opportunities.

Finally, it transitions to a slide with the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada bilingual logo and a copyright notice at the bottom of the screen.

Text displays: Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, 2020.

It ends with the Canada wordmark on a black background.

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