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The reason gap years lend themselves so beautifully to Working Holidays, is that they commonly span a 12-month period of time — you can squeeze them or stretch them out depending on the way things roll, but for all intents and purposes, they're a year crammed with new and exciting experiences.

What are Working Holidays?

Gap Year jobs, surf instructorWorking Holidays usually consist of two things: work and holiday. That's the rocket science out of the way; so let's delve a little deeper.

The main thing you need to kick-start your Working Holiday in Australia or New Zealand is a special type of visa; it's called (wait for it, this is good), a Working Holiday Visa. At a basic level, it's a country's way of saying, "Sure, come on over. We'll let you stay and work for a year or so, but any more than that, and we'll need to talk it through."

Once you've got the Working Holiday Visa, it's time to start thinking about the type of work you'd like to do; and that's where Working Holidays really start to fizz. You see, we're fairly confident that if you approach Working Holidays in the right way, you can find work that will enhance your skills in specific areas, which will boost your career prospects for the years to come. Fancy working as a marine biologist? Start researching relevant organisations, and ram your foot in the door. Feel a need to boost your communication skills? Get yourself a job which brings it out of you.

Where can I take a Working Holiday?

We currently offer Working Holiday schemes in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada. Both of Gap Year jobs, NZthese countries are well-versed in welcoming UK citizens to their shorelines, and providing them with the tools they need to shine.

Aside from the Working Holidays themselves, we offer a few alternative options for your gap year:

• TEFL: (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is a popular qualification to gain access to schools around the world, to teach English Language to students.
• Teaching Internships: A step further than TEFL; our Teaching Internships bag you the qualification and a paid internship.
• Volunteering: considered splicing a little selfless volunteering into your gap year, with some of the world's most fulfilling projects.

What's involved in a Working Holiday?

There's a fair bit to consider when planning your Working Holiday, aside from your visa. Some of it can be overwhelming, but with a little forward thinking you can tie it all down months in advance.

Here's a run down of the main components, which you can find in our Working Holiday Section:
Finding a job | Tax | Bank Accounts | SIM Cards

Why take a Working Holiday?

Aside from the fact that Working Holidays will boost your skill-set, career prospects and overall outlook on life, they're also the perfect way to travel on a budget.
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While many travellers choose to work in the UK, saving enough money for the trip of a lifetime, a Working Holiday is a blend of both worlds. It gives you the opportunity to secure a regular income, and as soon as you're ready, you can jump the fence and soak up the travel adventures which will be right on your doorstep.

If you'd like to know more information about Working Holidays in Australia , New Zealand and North America or the opportunities available to you as a volunteer or a teacher then book an appointment at your local branch today, or give one of our expert travel advisers a call!