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Alex Concepcion

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What are your experiences with work-holidays and working abroad?

What is a good strategy to find work abroad? I've heard work-holidays are a good option. Has anybody had experience with these?

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  • Skeeter Stopher

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    I traveled to New Zealand for most of a year on a Working Holiday visa. It was great. I had to get a tax id number once I arrived (really easy) so that I could work with my visa. I see you are in Miami, so I'm making an assumption that you're an American...if that's correct, there are a few countries where working holidays are easier than others. New Zealand is one of them. The job I had paid $15 NZ an hour and I got paid time off. I didn't have any trouble finding a job, and the country is beautiful, and the people are friendly. The visa was simple and free to apply for. I think I had a response within a week or two of applying. Let me know if you have any questions about this one, I'm happy to help!

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      Gaia Z.

      Hi, so you left without having a job? Can you ask when you did it? Because I was thinking about doing the same experience. Thanks! :) · (0 likelikes)

    • Skeeter S.

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      Sure, of course. It was in 2010. I got a job in a town called Whitianga. It was a small resort town, so they were used to seasonal help. Before I left I had inquired about a few jobs that I saw posted and had a few responses, but most people were hesitant to offer a job to someone who wasn't there yet. I actually had two job offers after only being in Whitianga a few days. One at a coffee shop and one at resort. I took the one at the resort, but both would have been good. I'd say about 1/3 of the staff were travelers. I found people to be really nice to me as a foreign job seeker. Kiwi's are super friendly. Let me know if you have any questions. I did need to set up a NZ bank account to have my paycheck transferred into. And after I arrived I had to get a tax id number before I could start my job. But that only took a short while, I did it all through the mail, and it was free. · (1 likelikes)

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      Gaia Z.

      Grazie. One last thing: how did you find those job offers? Gaia · (0 likelikes)

    • Skeeter S.

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      The coffee shop job was listed in the local newspaper. I started out just going in to all the local shops and asking if they were hiring. One of them happen to mention that they heard the resort was hiring. Which was super nice of them since I was obviously not from around there. http://www.trademe.co.nz/ is a good website to use too for local job listings. · (1 likelikes)

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      Gaia Z.

      I can't thank you enough! :) If you ever pass by Chicago, hit me up! · (0 likelikes)

    • Skeeter S.

      Skeeter S.

      No problem, it's my pleasure. I hope you have a great time! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Lizzie Clawson

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    I did a working holiday in Dublin when I was in my 20s, young enough to qualify for their under-30 working visa. I set it up through the Bunac program, which required a lot of forms and logistics in advance, but it turned out great. Through a temp agency I got a long-term placement as a medical secretary in a children's hospital and loved it. It did take me a couple weeks of one-day temp stints before that came through, though. The pay (in euros) was good and the workweek was very reasonable: 35 hours instead of 40 in the US. My visa was valid for 3 months; after it expired I could have traveled around the country--I just wasn't eligible to work above-the-table anymore--but I opted to go home. If you're young enough to qualify for the Ireland working visa and don't mind jumping through some hoops, I highly recommend it.

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  • Immi and Greg

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    Hi Alex,

    I've never heard of a work holiday but I guess what you're getting at is that you want to earn money while you travel.

    In most countries you'd probably need a tax number and a work permit etc. - you can kind of skip that by going on a trip using Working Holiday or Work and Holiday visas. There's a load of countries offering those visas. You only have to be under a certain age and possess a minimum amount of money (which you can transfer back to your parents after the immigration officers checked you in case you don't have that kind of cash).

    I did this in Australia and found it to be amazingly easy. In Oz you're allowed to work for one employee for up to six months in a position and you can work EVERY position you want. Applying for a job is a bit of a hustle because you have to go after them every day - so be prepared for some hard work in the beginning. Once you had a job in an Australian company it will be more easy for you to find a similar job. For new jobs you sometimes need experience which can be gathered through WWOOF or Helpx jobs.

    If you need any help, just let me know.

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  • Jenna Davis

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    I have been trying to answer this question myself for the passed two years and the straight forward answer is that there is no straight forward answer. Where are you looking to work and travel? So much of it depends on where you're willing to go.

    For example, China and Hungary are two super great and easy places to get an English teaching job abroad where as Italy and Greece aren't so easy but are much easier to find field labor jobs in exchange for accommodation and food.

    Greece
    At the moment, I'm teaching English in Germany and working as a freelance travel writer. How often do you travel? Have you considered writing a blog? Here are a few tips from my personal experience -- blogging is a great way to travel on a budget: http://giveforgranted.com/2014/05/how-to-create-your-own-blog/

    All the best,

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  • Ben Lee

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    My first experience with working holidays was in Canada where I got a year work visa & then worked in Whistler Blackcomb for the winter & then a chef in Montreal. There was an abundance of work out there and the biggest move tends to be just doing it.

    I appreciate luck does come into also though. When I moved to Budapest I had no job plans and simply fell into it by chance when I was on a walking tour which led to my job in the city and directly led me to my job as a European Tour Manager that I had for 3 years!

    Official work holiday programmes would be an easy option though from what I understand of it

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