Do you daydream of a carefree life of meeting interesting people, seeing new sights and enjoying each new day as it comes? The idea may provoke a mixture of excitement and uncertainty, but such an experience is now easier than you think!
Stop daydreaming and start planning your working holiday.
Europe, the UK, USA and Canada are amazing destinations with so much to explore and see. The different lifestyles and cultures are so vast, different and excitng which is why these countries are such a hugely popular traveller destinations.
What is a working holiday?
The reciprocal work and holiday scheme is a great opportunity for 18 -31 year-olds to travel internationally, become immersed in the destination country's culture, and experience life as a citizen of that country. Maybe you have always dreamt of travelling to the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada.... working and playing in London, skiing the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb, or partying in Ibiza? If so, you’ll be glad to hear the program permits citizens from reciprocal countries to legally work in these destination countries for up to 24 months in any occupation (country specific rules apply).
However, no trip would be complete without the time to travel at your own pace or pursue your own interests. Whether you want to visit Europe, experience the London night life, emerse yourself in the rich English culture, or climb the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the working holiday visa permits unlimited travel throughout your stay.
So why not work and play across the world!
What is a working holiday package?
Typically working holiday packages are designed for young travellers on a working holiday visa who may be travelling for the first time internationally and without parents / guardians – freedom….!
Working Holiday packages are for 18 – 31 year olds wishing to travel to reciprocal countries such as Australia, the UK, USA & Canada. The services are tailored to the international working holiday maker specifically designed to provide the youth traveller with all they need for their arrival and best start to their working holiday. These services may include; flights, visas, jobs, insurance, accommodation, arrival / orientation and settling in services, and ongoing support throughout their stay.
It might seem daunting to start up in a brand new, foreign land, but it’s also the most fun you’ll ever have. There is no doubt that a working holiday will be the experience of a lifetime.
Why am I paying for somebody to help me to find a job and accommodation overseas?
For some first time travellers, the idea of having to navigate the visa application process / biometric testing…. then having to find accommodation and secure commitment from landlords and employers within the destination country…and all this before you even depart ...!
Understandably, this may create anxiety and concerns…” will I be able to find work?” …” will I have enough money…?” …” will I find accommodation?”
Over the years, due to world events such as 9/11, there have been a number of legislation changes in these destination countries. More recently in the United Kingdom, February 2016, there have again been some additional legislative changes. These changes are making it increasingly difficult for travellers destined for the United Kingdom to obtain the very basics required to live and work there. These include; a working holiday visa, employment, accommodation or a bank account.
As an example; The objective of the Jumpstart London program is to get you established in London in the shortest amount of time. That means getting you; into a house as soon as possible, so you can get your UK bank account, so you can start work and be earning pounds…! As you can see, it is becoming increasingly difficult to get the basics required for a successful start to your UK based working holiday yourself – it’s not impossible but this new legislation makes it somewhat of a maze.
First and foremost, by joining the Jumpstart London program, you can bypass all this new red tape which can certainly delay your departure if not stop you going altogether. Additionally, because of our extensive network, we can springboard any of your previous work experience in the UK.
Overseas working holiday services such as the Jumpstart London program are designed to ensure you arrive with the confidence, knowing that all your basic necessities are arranged and prepared for your arrival. This preparation by experts should alleviate any anxiety or stress and provide the first-time traveller with all they need to make the move and go overseas to work and play!
What is the responsibility of the Working Holiday Service Provider?
Typically, companies who provide these services, have established relationships with employment and accommodation partners in the destination country. These partners are willing to accept individuals on working holiday visas without any country specific references (employment and letting). These employers & landlords commit to accepting these applicants, offering accommodation and employment, based on the established and trusted relationships with the working holiday service provider such as The Working Holiday Club™. Most importantly, the employment and accommodation partners guarantee priority to individuals that come via these working holiday packages.
For example; By taking the Jumpstart London program, The Working Holiday Club™ will set you up in an events catering company in London to work in five-star hotels. The relationship between the events companies and The Working Holiday Club™ is quite simple, anyone arriving on the Jumpstart London program must get priority shifts every week, be offered minimum hours on contract and allow the client to travel without losing their job. On top of this, making friends is a priority for you to get settled into your new London life!
Because of our steadfast business relationships and partnerships built over the last ten years, we have been able to establish the Jumpstart London program which guarantees; a working holiday visa, employment, accommodation and a bank account. As these relationships mature and grow stronger, we will continue providing these same services for the next ten years!
“Can I get this type of job & accommodation myself?”
Yes you can, simply go online and search for jobs in your destination country. Depending on your preferred detination, you will find thousands of opportunities. If you feel certain that, before departing your home country, you can apply for any of these positions, receive a Skype interview, and a guaranteed job contract,...then there is no need for you to consider ta working holiday program.
Based on over 10 years experience, we recommend that even if you are fairly confident of finding work in London, why not take the Jumpstart London program like so many others have already done. Use the program as a safety net, should either, you not find work as quickly as you imagined, or should the work you find, not quite work out.
Now for the big important question. "Is this financially viable?"
All working holiday programs must save you time and money.
As an example, we will focus on The Jumpstart London™ program. The Jumpstart London™ program service level agreement ensures and guarantees that you are provided with the following services within 10 days of your UK arrival / program activation;
- Bank account opened
- National Insurance application submitted
- Pub crawl & city walks with other new arrivals
- Received a list of suitable rooms to view
- Arranged and attended viewing of these accommodations
- Moved into your chosen accommodation
- Attending training at a 5-star hotel
- Purchased your uniforms
- Selected and received your work shifts
- Started your new job
So, considering the time saving factor alone, this program is certainly a financially viable option for you.
What you should take into consideration when you're thinking about using a Working Holiday Service Provider.
Research and planning is everything!
Do some research and make sure you select reputable organisations with established industry references. You want to ensure that the working holiday organisation has established and reputable service / employer partnerships.
Make a plan and work out what it is you would like to achieve on your working holiday. Everyone has access to the Internet, search for jobs and accommodation, and make your own enquiries. if you engage overseas employers, always check that they are willing to commit to the minimum hours you need to sustain yourself in the destination country - living costs at a minimum. If you're dealing with landlords / letting agents, make sure they can provide a room ready for your arrival and ensure they can provide recent pictures. Make sure you fully understand what references, documentation and upfront costs are required.
Some useful information to consider when doing it all yourself. Because you can!
- Do people have to share a room in London?
- 5 Great Myths about living and working in London
- Video tips for renting me London
- Video from traveller - great advice about rooms in London ( cost and expectations)
- London area guide
- Renal advice everything you need to know
- How to get a UK work visa
- How to get a National Insurance number
- Cost of renting a house with group of mates
- Top 10 tips to find room to rent
- Tips for keeping your deposits safe
- Can I afford to live & work in London
- How to open a UK bank account with Lloyds
We hope this helps you to better understand the Working Holiday concept and the associated services.
The Working Holiday Club is an international working holiday company that has been successfully providing working holiday programs for over 10 years. As an organisation, we sit within the Flight Centre Group as their global preferred and only Working Holiday provider. We are also partners with the likes of Kilroy in Europe, Go Overseas & Gap Year in UK, USA & Canada.
The Working Holiday Club will help you plan everything if you are wondering where to start.
The Working Holiday Club™