Lush greenery. Clear, blue waters. Gradient sunset. Travel photos flood your social media feed and sometimes, you wish you could be in these sceneries instead of seeing them on your smartphone’s screen. If given the opportunity, many would jump on board a work-and-travel experience. You’ll get to see a different part of the world while you make a living on the side – what’s not to love?
20 years ago, clinching a work-and-travel experience might have been an unattainable dream for many Singaporeans in their 20s. But now, much has changed and Singaporeans can get the opportunity to travel while they work with a Working Holiday Visa!
What is a Working Holiday Visa?
The name of this visa is pretty self-explanatory – those who have the Working Holiday Visa get to find work and earn some income while they travel the country. It’s a great way to satisfy your wanderlust without worrying about going broke. That being said, there are some conditions to this visa: you have to be below the age of 30 to be eligible and you’re only allowed to get part-time or temporary jobs. Right now, New Zealand is one of the two destinations (the other’s Australia!) that are open to Singaporeans looking to apply for this visa.
Here, we show you reasons why you should apply one:
Every Nature Lover’s Dream Destination
New Zealand is full of natural wonders and is the perfect destination for city dwellers who want a break from the hustle and bustle. Surrounded by mountains, foliage, and seemingly endless pastures, driving along New Zealand’s highway is a completely breathtaking experience.
For the adventurous, Great Walks that take up to a week to complete could be right up your alley. You’ll be surrounded by greenery and you’ll get to see amazing views from a high altitude and milky blue lakes, making it an experience unlike any other.
But if you prefer a more slow-paced and relaxing activity, visiting New Zealand’s beaches would be perfect for you. Their black beaches are especially beautiful and definitely different from the usual beaches Singaporeans are used to. At some beaches, like Farewell Spit, you’ll even get to see wild seals roaming around and sleeping on rocks.
Extraordinary Farm-Life Experience
With the Working Holiday Visa, you can choose from a range of jobs to earn some pocket money. Some farms might pay you the minimum wage of NZD15 per hour, but more commonly, they let travellers WWOOF – this means they provide food and shelter in exchange for a few hours of your help on their farm. You’ll probably work as a fruit picker, especially during the summer when fruits are in season. If you happen to be in towns known for wine production, you’ll also get the chance to help out at vineyards.
Working on the farm can be a pretty eye-opening experience, especially since Singaporeans don’t get to see the in and outs of farm life on a day-to-day basis. Most of us get our pre-packed food from the grocery store. We don’t normally see how fruits are harvested or how livestock are reared before they are processed and sold in the supermarket.
Staying Connected To Home
Travelling for a few months in a different country can be an exciting experience. Nonetheless, it’s also times like these when you miss the comfort and familiarity of your own home. The good news: New Zealand is one of our newest ChangiWifi destinations. Which means you can easily connect with loved ones back home even while you’re on the road. The portable ChangiWifi is convenient to bring around and can help you keep in touch with family and friends even in farm areas where 3G reception is poor.
It’s easy to rent a ChangiWifi device (get yours here). All you need to do is to make a reservation on the Changi Recommends website and collect your device at the airport. Data plans in New Zealand can be expensive and furthermore, it’s not always stable. Having a ChangiWifi device with you can give you a peace of mind.
Here, we show you the easy application process for a working holiday visa:
The period of application is usually held in November and lasts for around two weeks. You can apply and submit all your documents online during this period and you’ll be notified within the next few days if your application gets through.
Deciding on a working holiday in your 20s is definitely an experience you won’t forget and definitely makes for a fine grad trip. Not only will you enjoy New Zealand’s natural wonders, you’ll also get to interact with all kinds of travellers and locals you meet along the way. If you have the opportunity, why not sign up for a chance to work and travel a completely different part of the world?
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