Working holidays abroad are an option to enhance your gap year or fill your spare time by doing new activities. Or if you are not usually working during your holiday it might be a new experience altogether.
However, if you want to experience a global event like the Rugby World Cup or the 2020 Olympics in Japan – without paying a ticket to attend – obtain a working holiday visa to immerse yourself into the culture. You could find yourself guiding spectators to venues, transporting medication to known athletes or even supporting photographic and video recordings of the Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games itself!
Depending on the country, you have the flexibility to work during the summer holidays or do a working winter holiday at a time that suits you.
Working holiday benefits
The main benefits of booking a working holiday are that…
- a working holiday overseas is a great adventure!
- You can gain incomparable experience
- you will meet people from all over the globe.
- your cross-cultural awareness will improve.
- you can offset costs by earning.
- unique skills can be picked up along the way.
Working holidays are not just for students
If you are not on a student but would still like an adventure from the nine-to-five you’re not alone, working holidays are a great way to break from routine and learn about the world and yourself. The maximum duration of any individual trip we cover is six months (for persons under 65). That’s six months’ worth of once in a lifetime activities to enjoy with peace of mind – or with your parents peace of mind! If you want to work and take part in a range of activities with friends, we can cover groups of any number with discounts of up to 20%.
Travel to these contrasting working holiday destinations…
Depending on where you decide to go, there are many working holiday packages and programmes to choose from.
Working holidays in Japan
Journey to Japan to see the mystical mountains in the north, tropical islands in the south and of course Tokyo, which is known for its fashion and quirky character!
Working holiday Japan jobs include:
- Language teachers
- Photo models
- Au Pairs
- Factory workers
Finding a job in Japan may be a challenge if you do not know basic Japanese, so check out a language course pre trip or attend Japanese language lessons at a school in Tokyo.
The documents you need to acquire a Japan working holiday visa are:
- A valid Passport
- Visa application form
- Passport sized photo
- Justification for applying for the Working Holiday Visa.
Your application will also require an outline of your intended activities, which could include:
- Martial arts
- Whale watching.
You will also need to save quite a lot of money for a working holiday in Japan because it is one of the most expensive countries in the world.
A working holiday in Canada – eh?!
Canada is the second biggest country in the world and has a range of working holiday programmes to choose from. Live and work with a back drop of snow-capped mountains in the North West or within a vibrant city like Vancouver, Montreal or Toronto.
A Canadian working holiday may embrace roles in top mountain resorts, such as:
- A ski concierge, spa attendant or barista
- Line cooks, cashiers and front of house
- Bartenders, guest service agents, servers and more.
You can also do an intern Canada placement in common industries, where your ‘working holiday hours’ can be from 16-30 each week.
An avalanche of activities are available:
- Snowboarding in the Rockies
- Ice hockey
- Hiking around Ontario.
If you aspire to be the next Bear Grylls, there is plenty of open country to enjoy. Part A of our insurance, taken on its own can cover you for search and rescue costs of up to £50,000.
Maaaate! A working holiday in New Zealand!
Said to be the most beautiful place in the world; seek out the beauty and get in on the action in New Zealand. With its national parks and culture New Zealand is a country of contrasts, from laid back to action packed.
Popular New Zealand working holiday jobs include:
- Administration workers
- Retail assistants
- Kitchen staff.
Adrenaline filled activities include:
Working holiday accommodation in New Zealand can include hostels with daily breakfasts where you can make new friends. However, if your accommodation is not available on arrival, as a result of fire, flood, earthquake, explosion, tsunami, landslide, avalanche, hurricane, storm or an outbreak of food poisoning or an infectious disease affecting accommodation or resort after a 48 hour journey you can avoid this by taking out part C of our policy to insure you have a good night’s sleep.
Go down under for a working holiday in Australia
Working holiday packages in Australia are like no other because Australia is one of few countries with yearlong sunshine, in the majority of its states. So with the sun in your face and the wind in your hair plan your Australian working holiday.
Popular working holiday jobs in Australia include:
- Office work
- Bar work
- Labour and farming.
Once in a lifetime activities to enjoy:
- Shark diving – organised activity
- Scuba diving.
Can’t travel too far for your working holiday? No problem.
Working holidays in the EU are still popular. Some travel agents offer summer holidays that let you escape to paradise around the Mediterranean Sea, so why not take a working holiday in Zante, Ayia Napa, Kavos or magic Magaluf?
Ace European working holiday jobs include:
- Bar and restaurant staff
- Public Relations
- Ticket Sellers.
Sunny activities you can enjoy:
- Banana Boating
- Jet skiing
Do I need a working holiday visa when working in Europe?
If you are an EU citizen from an EU country you only need to have a valid passport for 90 days or under and to obtain a work permit for over 90 days just contact the country’s embassy. On the flip side, if you have too much fun and end up losing money or worse still – your passport- part B of our policy will cover any slip ups. We do offer cover for lost or stolen passports and money but only subject to a written policy report, which has not been obtained within 24 hours of discovery and you exercise reasonable care for the safety of your property as if uninsured.
Looking for a working holiday in the UK?
Bagsy a working holiday with The National Trust in Britain
Believe it or not there are over 170 working holidays offered by The National Trust but while travelling in the UK we offer no medical cover, if you become unexpectedly ill or are injured outside your home area.
Pick a weekend break or one week away and choose from a long list of different activities.
National trust working holiday jobs and active pursuits include:
- Wild swimming
- Digital photography.
Don’t forget your working holiday insurance
One week you might be working behind a bar, the next practicing your new found ski skills or simply sunbathing at a working holiday retreat. Whichever activity you want to tick off your list, make sure our activities travel insurance is ticked off pre adventure, or the night before.
Adventures specialist sports and activities travel insurance covers over 400 jobs and activities such as those included in this blog. All that is required is for you to let us know which ones you intend to participate in while you are travelling.
To view and download the full list of activities we can cover click here.