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Working Holidays

Working holidays offer the chance to travel the world while still earning money.

Living and working in a country for an extended time also provides unique perspective on a place that you simply wouldn’t get from a short holiday.

With the experience of six working holidays in four different countries, JR and I have plenty of tips and advice to share. We actually met via the New Zealand working holiday program, way back in 2009.

Our move to Canada in 2011 was possible thanks for the IEC working holiday program. I later became a permanent resident in 2014 and a Canadian citizen in 2018.

Working holidays in Canada

I’m a little biased, but I believe that Canada is a perfect choice for a working holiday. Whether you want to live in the mountains or work a professional job in a busy city, Canada has it all.

The easiest way to try out living in Canada is with the International Experience Canada (IEC) program. Citizens of participating countries have the chance to live and work in Canada for up to 24 months.

Application guides

Moving to Canada

Travel insurance

Life in Canada

Filing taxes

Staying in Canada after a working holiday

Other working holidays

Gemma’s first working holiday experience was in New Zealand at the tender age of 18.

This small but perfectly formed country provided the perfect introduction to independent travel.

As with Canada, citizens of participating countries can live and work in New Zealand for up to 24 months via the working holiday program.

Find out more:

The Complete Guide to a Working Holiday in New Zealand

The Best Working Holiday Travel Insurance for New Zealand

JR is a Canadian citizen and has participated in working holidays in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. The latter allows citizens of participating countries to live and work in the UK for up to 24 months.

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