IENA

International Exchange of North America

About

IENA (International Exchange of North America) provides affordable, fully supportive work, travel and internship abroad opportunities to Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Colombia. Our overseas resource centers provide full on-the-spot assistance with jobs, accommodation, banking, taxes, social events and much more. Gain independence and experience personal growth by doing something different - step outside of your comfort zone! IENA is your safety net while abroad so you don't have to go it alone!

Website
www.iena.org
Founded
1995

Reviews

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Brian
10/10
Program:
Work in Canada

I believe one of the most unique experience was finding love. I found love in a country with such a warm embrace, and never in a million years would think to meet someone in such a cold country like Canada. The United States and Canada have shared common interest for centuries. We attract the best and inspire the greatest. Canada, much like the United States has incredible landscapes. Every day in Canada is an adventure. Every corner your turn is just stunning. Nature brings communities together and that makes for a great picture. The diversity and cultures here in Canada shine a light on how we as humans can come from all over the world to find a middle ground and share what we love about our home lands. I’m excited to have gone on this trip thru Canada to learn and to grow and to hopefully bring people together and find love and happiness like I have.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Shaswath
10/10

I found out about the Working Holiday program in New Zealand from Deborah Kahn (IENA). She was my point of contact the whole time, and she was great! She was very clear about the steps and process, and made sure she provided me everything I needed. Whenever I had questions or concerns before and during my travel, she was prompt in responding to me, and making sure my experience was as smooth as possible. I really recommend this program to others because many people are afraid of travelling and living abroad, but IENA makes it so easy and seamless. You can forget the hassles, and just focus on the travel experience!

How can this program be improved?
I don’t think anything needs improvement, but IENA should try and create more exchange programs for US citizens.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jennifer
9/10
Program:
Work in Canada

The agents made the application process easy and stress free!! I actually got an email from one of them yesterday just wanting to check in and make sure I was doing okay. And living in Canada... It's freaking amazing!! I cannot think of a better place to learn about the natural beauty and history of Canada than Banff. I got to go on hikes, go white water rafting, ride around on wildlife safaries, eat poutine, and spend my time with Canadians and travelers who want to make the most of their time in the world's first National Park. The adventures, the history, the culture; I could not be happier with the choices I made or the program that made it all happen.

How can this program be improved?
The application process was a bit tedious but the staff really helps you get through it.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Michael
8/10
Program:
Work in Canada

Hiya,
IENA helped put me on the path of the gaming industry not long after I had finished up my schooling in the states and Canada. It's a wonderful program full of helpful people who want young adults like myself succeed in the workplace and life!

I stayed in Vancouver for the duration of my work visa, and soon after arriving obtained a contract with a gaming company. Not only have I met and held on to such wonderful friends around the city, but I also have made many new friends who I can tell will be great people to know in the industry and a great support network for years to come.

How can this program be improved?
While I didn't need to stay at a hostel, having some support for housing outside of that would be great. Additionally, assistance for Permanent Residency and/or additional work permits would be greatly appreciated!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Liz
9/10
Program:
Work in Canada

I had already arranged a research internship but had a substantial amount of difficulty obtaining a work permit. Applying through IENA turned out to be a lifesaver and made obtaining a work permit and completing my internship possible when all other avenues failed. The representative I spoke to from IENA was invaluable in helping expedite the process.

How can this program be improved?
I thought that the price was a little high, considering I only needed an organization through which I could go to obtain a work permit. The insurance was helpful, though.
Yes, I recommend this program

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