8 Reasons to do a Working Holiday

1. Work in a foreign country.

Americans can get a working holiday to Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.  Most people enter the business world with a college degree, work experience, and references. But what most people don’t have is working experience in a foreign country. How cool would it be to be in an interview speaking with a potential employer about your year working in Australia?! That could be the one bit that puts you apart from all the other applicants.

Also, working in other countries can give you an entirely new perspective on life in that country. You’ll learn quickly that Americans make their coffees one way while literally the rest of the world makes them another way.

4th of July with CoWorkers :D
4th of July with CoWorkers ๐Ÿ˜€

2. Travel.

That is all. Travel. You can travel wherever your passport allows you! I have been in Ireland for a year, and in that time I have traveled to eleven different countries. You may come and go from the host country as much as you see fit.

Think of it this way, if you’re in Australia, why the hell wouldn’t you also go to Bali? Or Thailand? You’re down there and may never get the chance to go again!!! GO! Go go go!!! Travel! See that world!

View from the Mount of Olives
View from the Mount of Olives

3. Friends from all over the globe.

I have met people from almost every continent (I’m looking at you Antarctica!!) in one year. My best friends in Ireland are from South Africa and Sweden. I have lived with people from Romania, France, Sweden, Spain, Australia, and Ireland. Words cannot describe how wonderful all the holidays have been this year learning about each of their nation’s traditions.

The Flatmates - America, Sweden, Spain, Australia, and Romania all represented
The Flatmates – America, Sweden, Spain, Australia, and Romania all represented

4. Experiences beyond belief.

My year in Ireland has been one for the books. If you’ve only recently found my blog, please have a click around to see some of the crazy things I have gotten myself into. It’s been on hell of a ride. Christmas Markets, skiing in Norway, being homeless in Norway, kayaking the Liffey in Dublin, pilgrimage to Jerusalem, etc. The list goes on and on.

Even if I hadn’t traveled so much, my experiences in Ireland would be enough. I’ve learned so much about myself and people. I’ve truly grown as a person. Think of what you could do, see, smell, touch, taste, learn in a years time.

Skiing for the first time EVER! - Tromso, Norway
Skiing for the first time EVER! – Tromso, Norway

5. Lasts up to one year.

The working holidays last UP TO one year. This means that if you only want to go away for a few months, that’s just fine. I remember two of my friends from when I first arrived in Dublin were only here for four months, and they left for home right before Christmas.

I would recommend committing at least six months. It can take a couple of months alone to get really settled into an apartment, fill out all the tax forms, find a job, and get used to the routine. But, the amount of time you commit to is your own choice!

Bray, Ireland
Bray, Ireland

6. Won’t be alone.

Countless kids do these programs every year! I wasn’t sure how many people I would meet here in the same boat as me, but I met a lot of people doing this program. It’s so nice to be able to meet up with them every now and complain about the struggles we are facing or guiltily go to KFC. The first few days might be a little difficult, but once you get out there and mingle, you’ll see that everyone is in the same boat as you.

USIT Work in Ireland Participants - Dublin
USIT Work in Ireland Participants – Dublin

7. Time of your life.

Whether you commit to one year or six months, whether you’re in Australia, New Zealand, or Ireland, whether you travel a lot or a little, your time abroad will be the time of your life. It probably won’t go as you planned it to, but it will be well worth it.

I have no regrets about doing a working holiday in Ireland, and I hope to be able to do another one in Australia.

Marian and I - Mountains of Mourne, Northern Ireland
Marian and I – Mountains of Mourne, Northern Ireland

8. Why not do a working holiday?!

I got nothing. Just go do one already!!  ๐Ÿ˜‰

Americans, check out THIS WEBSITE for information on working holidays, interning and volunteering abroad.
Travel - flying

21 thoughts on “8 Reasons to do a Working Holiday

  1. From one southern girl in Ireland to another, I have absolutely loved exploring your blog! It reminds me a lot of my own adventure as a student teacher in Kerry 10 years ago, though my memories are recorded in a paper journal – so old fashioned! Thank you for sharing your experiences – the writing is such a great mix of humor & wit. I hope to read a lot more of your stuff!!

    1. Exactly!!! It’s been the best experience of my life. That’s one of the main purposes of my blog. I want to inspire other people to get out there and see the world. I know it isn’t east for everyone to do, but if you have the opportunity, why not take it? Sometimes those chances only come around once.

  2. I would love to live in Ireland. I’m currently working as an au pair in France and I’d love to go to Ireland afterwards. However at that time it’ll be too far after I’d have graduated from school for me to do this kind of program. Maybe there are things like this for folks a little bit older?

    1. Ireland you can enter on the WHA for up to one year after graduation. After that, I’m afraid Ireland isn’t of much use. BUT!!! You can go to New Zealand and Australia until you’re like 30. Sooooo Kiwi anyone? lol

  3. You know, I would love to have this option available for me but unfortunately, it doesn’t apply to my nationality. Oh well….I’ll have to travel in other ways instead…:)

    1. Gosh I know!!! It’s so unfair that moving around the world isn’t easy for everyone. Irish and people from the UK have all kinds of programs open to them. Canadians can get a 2 year visa to Ireland, but the USA can only get one. ๐Ÿ™ I’m sorry that it’s not open to your country. But like you said, you get to find new and other adventurous ways to get around the world ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. Hahaha thanks for the concise answer to my very vague question! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m currently a student, and I dream of traveling and teaching English in another country once I’m done college, so I’m very envious of you and your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I was recently recommended your blog from an expat friend and i just have to say- she did me biggest favor.. I am in the process of getting my Austrailia working holiday and am nervous about taking the leap (mostly job wise). I feel like just in the few posts I’ve read of yours, I identify with you. I’d love to contact you or email you if you don’t mind with some tips.. Ps- I am a LSU fan, but I promise I won’t hold a grudge if you don’t! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. yes!! Glad we share the same thought process there! ๐Ÿ™‚ I will be emailing you soon!! Thanks Morgan!! I have been swamped with working and haven’t had time to catch up on your blog. Doing it now!! Thanks, Brittany!

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