A working holiday is an extended trip where you can get a job in your destination country to help pay for your travels. You can travel for longer than a tourist, earn money to cover your living costs abroad, and gain experience for your resume. Stepabroad provides Canadians with personalized working holiday support and helpful resources for a safe, seamless, and fun transition abroad.

Why do a Working Holiday?

Working holidays give Canadians the unique opportunity to experience living like a local in a foreign country. The permit that allows you to stay longer than a tourist, called a working holiday visa, also gives you permission to get a job. This helps you to fund your trip and travel for longer! Forget draining your savings like you would on a backpacking trip. Working during your trip helps you pay for your rent, food and travel adventures! Doing a working holiday also means you can leave for your trip sooner because you will be making money as soon as you start working – no need to save for an extended period of unemployment. This opportunity is limited to Canadians between the ages of 18 and 35 – so do it while you still can!

Discover the World

Your dreams to travel to new places is possible on a working holiday because you don’t need to drain your savings account. See the world while you work and live like a local!

Make Money While Traveling

Earn money while you work in a working holiday job. The amount you make on your trip depends on how much you choose to work and spend on traveling.

Meet New Friends

Make friends with like-minded people from all over the world. Sharing amazing memories together will quickly create strong bonds giving you even more places to visit!

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Life Changing Experience

You will come back more self-aware, independent, motivated, open-minded, confident, happier and with a clearer picture of what you want for your future.

Am I Eligible?

In order to move abroad on a working holiday, you are required to obtain a working holiday visa for your destination country. In your program, Stepabroad will walk you through this application. These visas allow you to reside in the country for longer than a tourist and work, and are granted by the government of the country you are planning to travel to. In order to apply for a working holiday visa, each country has a set of specific requirements you must meet. Among others, these include that you:

  • Are a Canadian citizen
  • Hold a passport that is valid for the duration of your working holiday
  • Are between 18 & 30 years old (some cases 35)
  • Have proof of financial means to support yourself
  • Are in good health and fit to travel abroad
  • Do not have a criminal record
  • Have not previously held a working holiday visa for that country (you only get one working holiday visa for each country in your life)

Working Holiday Programs

Working Holiday FAQs

      • Who can apply?
        Canadians citizens across Canada that are between the ages of 18 and 35 inclusively are eligible to apply to our working holiday programs.
      • Do I have to be in Vancouver to participate?
        Nope! Our participants reside across Canada from coast to coast. All of our services are conducted online via email and video call. We also use WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook and Skype for check-ins and to answer quick questions from our participants. If you do live in Vancouver, or happen to be passing through, you are welcome to pop into our office, we’d love to meet you!
      • Do I have to be a student?
        No, you do not have to be a student to participate in any of our programs. Our programs are for all Canadian citizens between the ages of 18 and 35, no matter if you are working, studying or doing both!
      • How long is a working holiday?
        This is completely up to you! We typically recommend going on a working holiday for at least three months and up to one year to make the most of your time living, working and traveling in your destination country. You only get one working holiday visa for each country, so it’s worth it to make the most of it!
      • Can you guarantee me a job?
        This depends. In some of our programs, we will arrange your job before you leave Canada so you arrive with a job guaranteed. In other programs, we will help you in your job search after you have landed in your destination country. Let us know how much support you are looking for and we will recommend the right program for you!
    • Why should I choose Stepabroad?
      We’re a small team crazy about travel, and more importantly, helping Canadians go abroad on life-changing working holiday experiences. With Stepabroad you’re not just a number, you become a Stepmate and receive one-on-one support every step of the way in your preparations before leaving Canada, and throughout your entire working holiday. We love what we do and are proud to be helping build the next generation of global citizens across Canada. Check out our Google Reviews to hear from our participant’s experience with us.

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