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Old Jun 12th, 2007, 03:26 PM
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Alrighty so on the 8th of July I'm flying to Vancouver. I have 2 nights accomodation at Global Village Backpackers...and thats it.
I don't know anyone of anything really, but will I need to book more nights accomodation in advance? How hard is to find living arrangements and work?
I have admin and customer service experience and can really do anything - but am thinking about just doing a few days in Vancouver then heading to Victoria so whats the work like there?
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Old Jun 12th, 2007, 11:33 PM
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Heya back acha.
The Thorn tree site at Lonely Planet is what you are looking for.
This site is more geared to 3* hotels.
Do not mean to put you off, but working under the table is not what we are best at. Drinking under the table, well for some of us, but that is a different story.

Having said that, google the ocean island ( either hostel or backpackers inn) in Victoria. They are plugged into the agrotourism thing.
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Old Jun 14th, 2007, 02:52 PM
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Haha thanks for that - just to clear things up, I do have a working visa for a year! So i won't be doing any of the shady business! But cheers for your help!
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Kelly services is by far the biggest temp office services type org. You might be able to line something up before you arrive through their website.

There is a real labour shortage here right now, so most stores have a now hiring sign in the window. Most are minimum wage ($8 per hour) but you can subsist on that. I hear that KFC has upped the ante to $10.43 per hour, so maybe others are following suit.

An admin assistant position would pay more than that.

Accomodation is trickier in that we have a 0.4% vacancy rate. There are few furnished apartements to rent, but they would all have websites. The Ocean Island place I mentioned does daily/weekly/monthly rates in dorm like conditions.
July is summer hols, so the University of Victoria should be renting out dorm rooms until September.

Anything else?
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Old Jun 17th, 2007, 07:08 PM
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Thanks a bundle for that.
Was a big help, i think thats all I need to know! Just starting to freak out about everything now... Everythings starting to sink slowly in!
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Good luck. Enjoy your year. Maybe I will see you on the sidewalks of victoria.
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Old Jun 18th, 2007, 08:13 AM
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I think UBC does summer rentals as well - or you can check out the Fraternity houses out there - we used to rent out our rooms in the summer as well, but there are new houses and I'm not sure if they're still doing it.
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"Maybe I will see you on the sidewalks of victoria."

That is not a compliment(!)
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I guess everything is open to misinterpretation.
I pass by Ocean Island every day.
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