Which Countries Offer Working Holiday Visas for Canadians?

Original Post is from Global Goose, don´t miss it! It is really with it to take a look if you are a Canadian between 18 and 35 years old and want to see the world!

AUSTRALIA

Canada and Australia have signed a mutual agreement that allows young Canadians between the ages of 18 and 30 to travel and work in Australia for up to 12 months. 

The fee to apply for Australian working holiday visas for Canadians is $350. You must show proof that you have a minimum of $4,792 in your bank account. Also, although the program is usually only one year, you can be granted a second year if you do three months of specified work in regional Australia.

Helpful Links:

Australian Department of Immigration – Working Holiday Visa

Seven Reasons to Do a Working Holiday in Australia

CHILE

Canada and Chile have a working holiday agreement, which allows Canadians between the age of 18-35 to travel and work in Chile for 12 months. The fee for this program is $160 and you must show proof that you have $2,500 in your bank account.

Stretching across the southern half of the west coast of South America, surrounded by the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, Chile is famous for its excellent wine, absolutely mind-blowing landscapes and an ecosystem that ranges from arid desert to glacial fields and everything in between.

Helpful Links:

Apply via The Embassy of Chile in Canada

KOREA

Living abroad in South Korea will be a truly memorable experience, whether you are exploring the busy urban chaos of Seoul or the peaceful countryside and beautiful mountain ranges. Of course, there is also the wonderful pleasure of Korean food, including kimchi, bulgogi, and much more.

There is a bilateral agreement that allows Canadians to travel and work in Korea for up to 12 months, as long as they are between the ages of 18 and 30. It costs $80 to participate in the program and you must show that you have at least $3,000 in your bank account.

Helpful Links:

Apply at the Embassy of Korea in Canada

Read this Vancouver Observer interview with a Canadian couple living in Korea – creators of the “Eat Your Kimchi” website

SPAIN

Why not say goodbye to Canada for a while and live abroad in Spain? Endless sunshine, gorgeous beaches, tall glasses of sangria, great night-life and afternoon siestas are calling you.

There are working holiday visas for Canadians available in Spain, allowing those between the ages of 18-35 to travel and work in Spain for up to 12 months. The fee to apply is $150 and you must hold $2,100 in your bank account prior to departure.

Helpful Links:

Apply for your Working Holiday Spain

My Spanish Adventure – A great blog about living abroad in Spain

At Stepabroad, we guarantee your job position and we make sure you have the easiest start to your international experience abroad! Get to know more about our Working Holiday Program and don’t hesitate to Contact us if you are thinking about applying for a Working Holiday Visa in 2016! You still have time to take your Step Abroad!!!

Pre-Departure Tips for Living in Europe!

Take a look at this great blog post shared originally in Interexchage blog, we thought it is a really worthwhile read if you are already planning your step abroad! This post shares advice from a Teacher Assistant who moved to Italy for her teaching experience abroad. If you already registered or are planning to register in our Internship Program in Spain, read it carefully. You will thank Christine, the author of this article, once you land in Europe!

International Packing Basics

Luggage

This one seems obvious, but make sure you have a suitable suitcase (or two) that will be appropriate for your trip. I brought a large checked bag, a small carry-on bag, a backpack and a small purse. The small bag and backpack have been perfect for shorter trips, and the purse is great for day trips and nights out. Make sure to check with your airline to see what its size requirements are for checked and carry-on bags, as well as potential fees.

Clothes

Try to pack as light as you can, but bring the essentials appropriate for your season. For my February-through-April trip, I brought one heavy jacket, a few pairs of jeans, a couple casual tops, one dressy outfit, comfy pajamas and a few accessories, including scarves and jewelry. As for shoes, I'd recommend a pair of boots, a pair of sneakers, a pair of dressy shoes and slippers for lounging around at home. If you won't have access to laundry facilities abroad, make sure to bring extra clothes.

Toiletries

Make sure to bring all the basics: toothbrush, toothpaste, face wash, soap, shampoo, conditioner, makeup etc. If you are particular about your products, bring extras - I haven't been able to find many of my favorite American brands here in Italy, and it's very expensive to ship them from home. If you are less picky about products, pack light and buy replacements in your host country. One item I would recommend bringing is a nail kit and/or polish. It can be hard to find nail salons abroad and they can be expensive.

Electronics and International Travel

Cell Phone

There are a few options for using a cell phone abroad, which all seem equally confusing at first, but make sense once you finally arrive. These options may vary from country to country, but here in Italy and in many other countries, there are three main options:

  1. International Plan with your current phone and provider. Call your provider to find out your options - many times you can get an international plan for a reasonable rate.
  2. SIM Card for your current phone. This is also a good option, but you need to get your current phone unlocked to be able to use the foreign SIM card. First, call your provider to find out if you are eligible for an unlock. Then, buy a SIM card for your phone online or in your host country. One website that you can use to order a SIM card is www.ekit.com.
  3. Prepaid Phone with SIM Card. This is a good option if you can't get your current phone unlocked. You can purchase a small phone for a fee and buy a foreign SIM card to go with it. Again, you can purchase these online or once you arrive to your host country.

Laptop

I brought my laptop and it has come in very handy here (how else would I write this blog post?). However, if your host family or school has an accessible computer or your laptop is too bulky to lug around, you may want to leave it at home.

Backing-Up

I highly recommend backing up your phone and computer before you leave. I wish I had backed up my computer beforehand so I could delete files to free up space. Also, once I arrived in Italy, my phone quickly ran out of photo storage. I recently backed up all of my photos to www.dropbox.com, which offers a cloud-based service for free! Losing your phone or laptop in a foreign country is bad enough - you don't want to lose all your contacts, photos etc. too.

Adapter/Converter

An adapter and converter for electrical appliances is a must-have when traveling abroad. Adapters merely allow you to plug your U.S. appliance into a foreign electrical wall socket, while converters actually change the electrical outlet voltage from one level to another. Converters are necessary for single-voltage appliances. Check beforehand to see what type of electrical outlet your host country uses and what type of device you need for your appliances. Be prepared, however, to encounter electrical problems even when using these devices. I learned the hard way that cheap U.S. hair straighteners are NOT Europe-friendly. Sidenote: Apple iPhone and MacBook chargers are dual voltage - meaning all you need in order to use them abroad is an adapter.

Smartphone Apps

To save money on cellular data, or if you're like me and will be turning off data abroad, download useful apps on your phone prior to leaving. Some applications that have come in handy for me include an offline map of Italy, an offline Euro-to-Dollar converter, an offline reading app such as Nook, an offline Italian/English dictionary and a few communication apps like Viber, Whatsapp and Skype for use in Wi-Fi areas.

Planning Your Budget for an International Trip

Budgeting beforehand is essential in order to make sure you are able to do everything you want to do in the limited time you have. After I arrived to Italy and started spending all my pocket money on gelato, I soon realized I had to be extremely conscious of my spending if I wanted to do all the things I had planned. Try to research before you leave to find out how much money you'll need per week in terms of:

  • Transportation - Bus prices vary, and in my experience, trains to cities such as Rome and Venice can cost anywhere from 50-100 euros round-trip.
  • Hotels - Nightly rates are great to split with two or three friends when traveling on weekends. So far, my share of the hotel room has ranged from 25-40 euros per night.
  • Food - Find out beforehand how many meals your host family or school will provide and how much you will be eating out. After arriving in Italy I quickly became a cappuccino addict, which unfortunately was reflected in my bank account.
  • Other Expenses - Set aside some money for shopping, sightseeing and social events.

Gifts for Your Host Family

This is optional, but I think it is a nice gesture to bring something to represent your hometown or state. I brought my host family chocolates, a coffee table book of California and a Cars toy for my host brother. Other ideas are wine (if they drink alcohol), signature foods from home (e.g. maple syrup, toffee), souvenirs (e.g. mugs, picture frames) or decorative objects for their home.

Teaching Materials

I brought several teaching materials to Italy, which have been extremely useful during home lessons. I brought a book of English grammar, a picture dictionary and a book of educational games. If you have time, try to pick a few up before you leave.

Other Suggestions for Living Abroad

  • Start learning the language early. If I could go back in time, I would have started learning Italian months before my trip so I could communicate easier in my first several days. However, you will quickly pick up a foreign language by listening to it 24/7. Now after my second week, I am able to get around and communicate without any problems, but a head start would have definitely been nice.
  • Get in touch. Contact your host family prior to your visit and develop a relationship. I kept in touch with my host family via Skype and email, which made for an easy transition and transport from the airport.
  • Notify your bank of your upcoming trip. Sometimes, banks will see foreign charges and shut down your credit card. To avoid that from happening, call your bank and notify them of your travel itinerary. I use Wells Fargo, and was able to create a travel itinerary with them using a completely automated service.
  • Make sure that your credit/debit card will be functional abroad. Some banks have small service charges for credit/debit card usage or ATM withdrawals abroad, so be aware. If you can't use your cards abroad, make sure you bring enough cash on hand or make sure there is an ATM nearby.
  • Bring cash! Even if your credit/debit card works abroad, bring some spending money in the currency of the country you'll be living in. This will come in handy when you first arrive, and some smaller stores don't take credit or debit cards.
  • Buy a travel book. I bought a small Italy travel book from Lonely Planet that has been extremely useful so far on my trip. Look for one with information about your country as well as a dictionary and list of phrases. If your electronics die or you can't find Wi-Fi, a book is always a safe backup.
  • Bring photocopies of important documents. Bring photocopies of your passport, immunization records and proof of insurance and keep them with you during travel.

Author: Christine

Christine is a Teach English in Italy School Teaching Assistant.

Stepwest launch new Outbound Department website: Stepabroad.ca

Stepwest Work Experience Providers is proud to launch a website of its outbound department: Stepabroad

Stepwest is a Canadian work experience provider. Since 2010, we have been dedicated to providing the highest level of service in our work and travel experiences in Canada. We provide 5 programs with participants from more than 60 countries to Canada and in 5 years we have placed over 1,000 young internationals in hundreds of internships and seasonal jobs in British Columbia and Alberta, Canada.

We have become a leading internship & working holiday placement agency passionate about helping you obtain personal and professional growth with guaranteed work experiences in Canada. For the last 2 years, we´ve been nominated for an ST Star Award by Study Travel Magazine.

Right now we are ready to launch our Stepabroad website, outbound department, that the Stepwest team has been working on since December 2013. We want to focus on serving Canadians who want to have the adventure of their life abroad while working, teaching or having an international professional experience out of Canada. We want to make things easier for Canadians, making traveling to countries like Spain, Chile, USA, Australia or Korea more accessible and meaningful to Canadian youth.

Through the Stepabroad website we want to invite Canadian youth to explore its information and discover the options of traveling in a completely different way. The new website has been designed to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality throughout, allowing customers to access detailed program information and videos with the option to share information across all major social networking sites. So far, Stepabroad was a company pretty much offline and now we are ready to start our path in the online world!

If you're ready to take off on an overseas experience, simply browse our program offerings.

We're looking forward to hearing from you.