Have you ever dreamed of taking a year off to travel and work abroad? If so, a working holiday program might be just what you’re looking for – and 2023 is the year to go for it.
These programs allow Canadians (like you!) to work and travel in participating countries for an extended period of time, giving you the opportunity to experience new cultures, learn new skills, and make some money while you’re at it. If you need any more convincing, we’ve rounded up the best countries to work and travel abroad in 2023.
Wondering what a working holiday program is? Basically, Canada has an agreement with over 30 countries allowing Canadian youth to travel to a participating country and work while they and there to supplement their travels. Each country has its own requirements, such as age bracket and funds, but we’ll cover that in more detail below.
So, now that you know the intel, discover the top 7 places to travel and work abroad in 2023:
With the UK Youth Mobility Visa, Canadians can travel and work across England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales in search of what is truly great in the UK: creative cities, charming countryside and cozy pubs; historical landmarks and a thriving arts, music, beer and culinary scene – whatever floats your boat, the UK has it. Plus, the UK Youth Mobility Visa allows you to work in most jobs (with the exception of being a professional sportsman), making it one of the most flexible visas out there. Ergo, you can gain work experience and build your career while experiencing the best of British culture.
To see the full working holiday visa requirements, check out our UK Working Holiday Program page.
There is so much to see and do in Japan in 2023, we’ve written a dedicated blog post on why you need to travel to Japan on a working holiday in 2023. From truly unique culture to rich history, breathtaking landscapes, futuristic cities and iconic food, Japan is a great destination for those who want to experience something different.
To see the full working holiday visa requirements, check out our Japan Working Holiday Program page.
A working holiday in Spain will give you ample time to uncover this country’s culture, history and, of course, sunny beaches. Not only that, but it can also be a great opportunity to learn Spanish or improve your existing language skills – all best practiced over tapas and sangria, naturally. Plus, Spain has some of the best festivals in Europe, including our personal favourites: Sónar Barcelona and La Tomatine Festival.
To see the full working holiday visa requirements, check out our Spain Working Holiday Program page.
Home to some of the best beaches in the world, surfing, the Great Barrier Reef, rainforests and deserts; unique wildlife, festivals, Sydney and Melbourne… life in Australia is top-notch. There’s still time to swap Canada’s brutal winter for life under the Aussie sun, check out our Australia Working Holiday Program page to find out how.
France is a great destination for those who love art, food, and culture. And quite frankly, who doesn’t? Spend a year perfecting your French surrounded by the stunning architecture of Paris, in the beautiful countryside of the Loire Valley, on the glamorous beaches of St, Tropez… you get the gist.
Want to travel and work abroad in France? Check out our blog on How To Apply for the France Working Holiday Visa.
Aside from being the birthplace of pizza and pasta, there are so many other reasons to travel and work in Italy in 2023. From Renaissance towns and dramatic peaks to the Italian Riviera and postcard-perfect road trips, it’s hard to beat Italian living. And we haven’t even touched upon the history, the art, the people and the culture…
Wondering how to get a working holiday visa for Italy? Check out our blog on How To Apply for the Italian Working Holiday Visa. Bellissimo.
The home of Middle earth, New Zealand lives up to Tolkien’s imagination. Spend a year uncovering unspoiled natural wonders, experience Maori culture first-hand and take your pick of extreme sports (think: bungee jumping, sky diving, rafting and mountain biking). If you need any more reason to go, New Zealand is also set to host the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in July. Plans sorted.
To see the full working holiday visa requirements, check out our New Zealand Working Holiday Program page.
Whether you want to experience the charm of Europe, the unique culture of Japan, the beauty of Spain, the art and culture of France, or the natural beauty of New Zealand, our working holiday programs will set you up for success. From guiding you through your visa application to providing personalized job support, here are just a few of the perks of using our programs:
All you have to do is decide where you want to go.
Get in touch to learn more about our working holiday programs and start planning your epic adventure abroad.
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