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Most of us are born with the intense passion to travel the world from the day we first learned there were other countries outside of our own backyard. Travel visas are fairly trivial to obtain, as are working visas, if you work for a company that handles them regularly. A working holiday visa is a bit less common, but these allow for one to work in a foreign country for an extended vacation’s worth of time, but less than a more typical permanent working visa.

grape pickingThese types of visas are ideal for those who want to travel, but stay in a country long enough to experience more than just a selection of popular tourist attractions. They say you don’t truly get to appreciate the world until you’ve lived shoulder to shoulder with the people, shop at the same markets, and had a few beers at the local dives. Memories are created that extend beyond the snapshots posted on Instagram, they’re friendships and insights into what makes a culture unique.

Qualifying for Working Holiday Visas

Obtaining a working holiday visa is subject to the specific country-to-country relationship qualifiers agreed upon to allow citizens from each country to travel and experience each other’s cultures in a more authentic and accessible nature. Most of these qualifications are universal, with some variation in things like age and accepted business industries.

For the most part, working holiday visas are limited to younger and middle-aged persons between most countries. This is based around the concept that younger people tend to get into more service oriented sectors, retail, and other industries that contribute to the host country’s economy. Working holiday visas are beneficial to both the employer and the employee, of course. You get the mental and environmental vacation, and it shows the employer that you are career-driven and can maintain a strong work ethic throughout.

Start Planning Early

The best way to position yourself for working abroad is to be financially solid at home and have enough money to cover everything thing you will need when you’re living abroad. It’s a good idea to research all the intangibles as well as unforeseen expenses that might occur while you’re away from home. You can find some helpful message boards and websites that are ran by ex-pats from your home who have the best information that was earned through lots of trial and error.

We highly recommend you do join these ex-pat communities, as they will give you tons of useful info while you’re staying overseas; everything from shopping tips, travel directions, important documentation guides, and more.

What Countries are Available?

Your selection of countries to work abroad will vary based on your home country. Besides the United States, you have the best selections available in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The list of countries to choose from isn’t set in stone, though, so you should try to plan ahead as early as you can, then visit the official travel information pages for your government visa website to see undated information on working holiday visas.

Here is a list of countries and territories offering working holiday visas working holiday visas.

Africa: South Africa

Asia: Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam

Europe: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom

North America: Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, United States

Oceania: Australia, New Zealand

South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay


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