Five of the best places to work and study abroad
Fed up of the daily grind and want a change of scene from the ordinary nine-to-five?
Working holidays and study-abroad programmes are a great way to earn money, improve your CV and live abroad for a year or more in far-flung places around the globe. What’s not to love?! Below is a list of five of the best places to either work or study abroad. The best part? All of them have included a discount of 10% off when booked using your ISIC card. Winner winner, chicken dinner.
1. Work in Japan
From the new world fluorescence of Tokyo’s high-rises to the massive powder bowls of Hokkaido in the north, a working holiday in Japan will switch your life into the fast lane, with or without a ticket for the bullet train! Konnichiwa to Japan indeed. This awesome programme gives you the chance to live and work in Japan for up to 12 months and is valid for all Brits between the ages of 18 and 30. You’ll discover high-octane cities like Tokyo and Osaka and will get the chance to work in picturesque ski resorts if you choose the ‘Ultimate Ski’ option. With jobs ranging from teaching English to hospitality roles, you’ll have plenty of scope to find something suited to you. Opt to learn the lingo with language lessons while you’re there and choose between a week or a month’s worth of included accommodation on arrival. And the best part?
2. Work or Intern in New Zealand
New Zealand is where the great outdoors reigns supreme, and getting a job might be the only way to sustain a year of skydives, bungee jumps, Fergburgers and white-knuckle triathlons. If you’re aged between 18 and 30, you can easily secure your visa and spend up to 12 months working and travelling in NZ for the adventure of a lifetime. Sign up as a barista, fruit-picker, labourer or even as a hobbit (yes, really) and get saving those dollars for the weekends! Looking for something slightly more geared towards your career? Choose the Intern New Zealand programme and enhance your CV by interning in the industry which suits you. Opportunities range from marketing and events to engineering and architecture. BUNAC will take care of the essentials and that all-important internship, so you can cram as many Kiwi road trips as possible into your spare time. For both these options, you’ll get 10% off when booking with your ISIC card and will also receive plenty of adventure-fuelled discounts when showing the card in the country. Far out man.
3. Summer Camp USA or Work America
Strap in and live the American dream, cowboy! Whether you want to work with kids in a summer camp or find a regular job in hospitality or admin, BUNAC’s work abroad programmes can help you to discover the real USA, well away from the tourist trail. There are two different kinds of work programmes; different strokes for different folks! Summer Camp USA is open to both students and non-students alike and lets you spend up to four months working with kids in a typical American summer camp. On the other hand, Work America allows full-time uni students the chance to work for up to four months in seasonal jobs across the country. Both programmes give you a month at the end of your contract to go travelling. A road-trip along Route 66 perhaps?
4. Work or Intern in Australia
There’s plenty to be thankful to Australia for: epic beaches, rad surf spots, shrimps on barbies, the Hemsworth brothers, Neighbours, Nicole Kidman… you name it, Oz has provided it. What better place than to live and work for 12 months?! Whether you choose to head to Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin, or even to the middle of the Outback, BUNAC will be on hand to help you with all the essentials. From helping with the application in the first place to securing yourself a job, they’ll help with all the boring stuff, so you can just get planning your new life! Looking to ease yourself in rather than just plunging into the deep end? Opt to join with added accommodation, airport transfers, social events and help throughout your first year. You can also opt to join with an intern, giving you a tailor-made placement in a multitude of industries. You’ll be saying “g’day mate” to the laidback Aussie lifestyle in no time!
5. Work in Canada
Looking for a new place to-ron-to (get it)?! Live and work in the ‘Great White North’ for up to 24 months with the right visa and working programme. Join one of two programmes designed by the team at BUNAC to get you living and working in Canada for up to 24 months. The ‘Essentials’ programme ties all the basics into a bow, whereas the ‘Ultimate’ programme offers more guidance to secure you that perfect job. The real clincher? Both give you support throughout the International Experience Canada (IEC) visa process, increasing your chances of getting your work application accepted the first time!
Remember that all of these different programmes have a 10% discount when booked with an ISIC card, and there are tons of discounts available when in each country. No matter where you go, you’re guaranteed the adventure of a lifetime.
Author: Sam Hopkins
Sam is a writer living in South East London. Obsessed with travelling, films, running and sharks (not in a weird way). Has a penchant for pubs and 90’s hip-hop.
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