So you’ve decided that you’re sick of the same old, same old and want to go on an adventure but don’t know where to start? In this post, I’m going to share with you which countries offer Working Holiday Visas for Canadians!
A working holiday visa is a perfect way to travel for really cheap or even travel for free, get immersed in a culture and really get to experience more of a country is to work abroad.
You may not have realized it but there are so many ways to live and work abroad – that don’t include teaching! For some ideas, check out this post on Jobs that allow you to travel the world for free.
In 2017, we decided to save money, quit our jobs, travel the world before landing in Australia to live and work with the working holiday visa. It was one of the best decisions of my life and I’m STILL traveling! Read more about that experience here.
Some people think that working holiday visas are for young people doing gap years, but this isn’t true! We left when I was 29 turning 30. It was actually the motivation since I didn’t want to miss my chance to experience living abroad. (Australia recently raised the age limit for Canadians to 35, woohoo!)
You’re not too old!
Generally, if you’re under 35, there are many countries where you can get a Working Holiday Visa!
What’s the difference between a work visa and a Working Holiday Visa?
To qualify for work visa:
You’re normally required to secure a job and get an employer to sponsor you before going there. There’s usually no age requirements.
With a working holiday visa:
You can arrive in the country, travel a bit if you want and then apply for jobs when you get there! There are typically age requirements that usually range between 18-35.
Countries that offer Working Holiday Visas for Canadian citizens:
There are 32 countries that young Canadians can work abroad in, each has different requirements which you can learn about here.
*Due to exchange rates, these prices are all close to the approximate amounts
|Country||Age Limit||Duration||Visa Cost|
|Austria||30||12 Months||Check Here|
|Costa Rica||35||12 Months||$120|
|Czech Republic||35||12 Months||Check here|
|France||35||12-24 Months||$0 FREE|
|Germany||35||12 Months||$0 FREE|
|Hong Kong||30||12 Months||$15|
|Japan||30||12 Months||$0 FREE|
|Latvia||35||12 Months||$ 100|
|Norway||36||12 Months||$0 FREE|
|Portugal||35||12 Months||Check Here|
|San Marino||35||12 Months||Check Here|
|Slovakia||35||12 Months||$0 FREE|
|Taiwan||35||12 Months||Check Here|
|United Kingdom||30||24 Months||$315|
Since information is always changing, make sure to do your research to find out exactly what you need to successfully apply for each visa.
Typically, you’ll need to have at least 3 months worth of living expenses saved so they know you can support yourself while living there before getting a job.
The official Government website will have up to date information and outlines exactly what you need to apply for each of these working holiday visas.
Working Holiday Visa Limitations
1. To qualify for most, you must have a university degree.
2. Limits the amount of time you can work at one Employer.
Every WHV has different rules, but for Australia, we could only work at one employer for a maximum of 6 months. This can have a huge impact on the amount of money you can make, so prepare for it!
TIP: Three months into your first job, start looking for your next job! It’ll be easy to negotiate a start date since you’ll know when your first contract end. Alternatively, travel between jobs!
3. Limits the type of jobs you can get.
Since the amount of time you can work at a job is limited, the types of jobs you can easily get are also limited. But it’s not IMPOSSIBLE to get professional jobs! Andrew landed a job with the Australian Government and I got a job as an account manager for a Marketing company!
4. You need to have a decent amount saved.
As mentioned above, you should have a minimum of 3 months living expenses saved but this amount varies depending on the country.
Remember, you don’t have to be rich to do it either! We saved $30K in 8 months to travel the world before landing in Australia to work and start making money again!
To prepare for your trip you’ll need to save money, so check out some of these resources to learn how to save more money and also ways to make more money.
benefits of Working Holiday Visas:
- You get to truly understand the country and live like a local, build real friendships and find places you never would have known of
- Make money to fund your travels!
- You have more time to explore the country in depth
- International Experience always looks good on a resume.
- Cheaper than Study Abroad Exchange programs and gives you work experience
- The amount you need to have saved is relatively small compared to doing a RTW trip for a year. You only need a fraction of that amount and can be on your way to a new destination!
- You get to try jobs/gain work experience in a different field than what you do back home. I went from managing a Starbucks to working in event marketing!
- You will come out of your shell, adapt and grow SO much.
- You will be forced to be social, make friends and you’ll eventually find your community. Once you do, it starts to feel like home.
- You get to appreciate your friends and family at home and realize who your real ride or dies are
I hope this post helped you see which countries offer working holiday visas for Canadians and has opened your eyes to just how many opportunities you have to work abroad!
I lovedddd working in Sydney, Australia because the weather was amazing, beaches, the pay was great, the work l-life balance is amazing and so laid back compared to Toronto and did I mention the pay was amazing?!
You can make upwards of $60 an hour if you land a professional job or luck out like Andrew did and get a job with the government!
Happy travels! If this post helped, let me know in the comments below, I love hearing from you guys! <3
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