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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
8. Why not do a working holiday?!
I got nothing. Just go do one already!! 😉
Americans, check out THIS WEBSITE for information on working holidays, interning and volunteering abroad.