Top 10 Countries to Visit on Your Next Working Holiday

Do you want to travel extensively, experience a foreign culture in depth, and not spend all your savings? 

As a traveler, a working holiday gives you the opportunity to experience the best of both worlds: prolonged travel that immerses you in other cultures while earning additional money to support your travels. On top of all the cultural exchange opportunities on Workaway you could choose from, you can also find work and get paid if you have a working visa, which you can get before departing on a working holiday. It sounds great, doesn’t it? 

Earning money and traveling to new places are two appealing ideas, but where do you even begin and where should you go first? No worries—this guide is here to answer all your questions and provide you with inspiration to take the first steps toward your next adventure!

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Why a Working Holiday?

Maybe you're wondering what the general advantages of taking a working holiday are. After all, it’s a lot of time, effort, and things to consider. Let’s break down the main benefits of a working holiday to help you make a decision.

1. Money

A working holiday can be a budget-friendly option to regular vacation. Unlike a tourist visa, a working holiday visa actually permits you to earn money legally for the hours working in your destination country. The main advantage of this is that you don't run out of money as quickly as you would normally, even if you are traveling across the nation! This opens up a bunch of possibilities as far as your creativity can reach. On the weekends or in between work agreements you can easily fit in a lot of sightseeing, making long-term travel possible.

2. Community Involvement

Being in a foreign country and new environment for a longer term enables you to go beneath the surface of the culture and get a glimpse into what daily life is like. Seeing a destination from such a different perspective brings new insights that wouldn’t have been found through your regular holidays. It can bring about deeper connections with local communities, broadened cultural understanding, and often leads to personal growth and memorable experiences that reshape one's worldview.

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3. Cultural Immersion

Spending a significant amount of time in the same community during your working holiday gives you a fantastic opportunity to build more genuine and profound connections with people. For those of you that are trying to learn a new language, this is a perfect opportunity to hone your conversational skills through practicing speaking in authentic settings.

4. Career Development

Living and working abroad contributes to personal growth through learning experiences and opens up a network of people to your professional life. Not only that, but such an experience looks great on a resume, showcasing adaptability, cross-cultural communication abilities, and the capacity to flourish in a variety of settings— all of which are highly prized by employers in the globalized world of today.

5. Fun, adventure, and exploration

Maybe too obvious to be stated, but traveling and working abroad is just plain fun! No matter where you decide to go, activities and new experiences await you, both on and off working hours. Are you ready to dive in? 
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How to Apply for a Working Holiday VISA?

So, you’ve made up your mind– a working holiday is for you! But how do you go about obtaining a visa? 

There are a couple of steps involved in applying for a working holiday visa. The exact process and details vary greatly depending on the country. Some countries, like Australia, have minimal requirements and a swift process, while some require a bit more documents and homework, including some East Asian countries. Usually, you will need to provide your passport details, a bank statement to prove you can finance yourself during the time abroad (the amount varies), a clean criminal record, and any necessary licenses if you plan to work in teaching or other specialized occupations. 

Most countries want you to be between the ages of 18 and 30, and most allow stays between 12 and 24 months. It's also vital to verify the specific lists of countries that offer a visa for each destination before deciding on one, as some have longer lists than others. 

Every country has its own official web page with information on visa requirements and application procedures. Here, a fast Google search will be your best friend! Just be careful to do your research on time, as some nations have lengthy application processes (and fees!). 

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What Kind of Work Can You Do?

Deciding on what to do for a working holiday can sometimes be the most challenging part! The list of possibilities is seemingly endless, ranging from bartending to kid camp leader to horse caretaker. Where you go has a big impact on what you can do, so if you aren't sure what to do for work, consider choosing a destination first and take inspiration from what’s around. 

Generally, bigger cities are good for hostels, bars, and other hospitality-related jobs, while Asia is known for happily hiring English teachers. You can find farm work practically anywhere in the world. If you enjoy snowboarding, surfing, or other weather-related sports, you might check to see if any camps or resorts in the appropriate weather zones have paid positions.

Here on Workaway you can find listings for paid positions from all over the world. Simply keep an eye out for the banner when browsing hosts! 

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What Are Some of the Best Countries for a Working Holiday?

Alright, we know why we should go, and how to do it. But… Where to go? I’m glad you asked! Here’s a list of the top 10 countries to visit on your next working holiday. From the laid-back countryside to adventure-filled, vibrant cities, you can be sure to find whatever your heart desires among these diverse options. 

Let your mind's imagination be sparked through the included Workaway host listings– who knows, it might just be lifelong friendship and endless learning experiences that wait on the other side!

OCEANIA

1. Australia

It's easy to see why Australia has long been one of the top choices for working holidays. The visa requirements are straightforward including nearly 50 eligible countries, and the country truly offers something for everyone, no matter if you’re in for an adventure or a grounding experience. In the bustling metropoles, there's plenty of work in bars, hotels, hostels, and other customer-service roles, perfect for meeting new people. For a more quiet but adventurous vibe, Australia's vast landscapes offer all kinds of rural experiences, from farming to agriculture. 


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Re-wild and Re-earth with us in the depths of the Daintree Rainforest, Australia
We are a family run eco lodge in the Daintree Rainforest ) providing adventurers with a jungle experience like no other. Set on 21acres of rainforest our place allows our guests and you to sleep right under the rainforest canopy experiencing the ......
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Join our cozy relaxed family run hostel in Northern Territory, Australia
Seb and Miriam welcome you to the smallest hostel in the Alice Springs (central Australia), we are tucked away in a quiet street just opposite arid bush land and Botanic Gardens, yet only a five minute walk from the town centre. Being the smallest, ......
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2. New Zealand

New Zealand boasts some of the most amazing and clean nature in the world, well-known for its adventurous atmosphere and places for extreme sports like rafting and skydiving. It offers everything from beaches to mountains, leaving you with no shortage of options. Though the cost of living can be quite high compared to other countries, minimum wages are also on the higher end, and you get a safe and friendly atmosphere in exchange. Just like Australia, it is relatively easy to get a working holiday permit here, and many countries are on the eligible list.

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 New Zealand

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Come and experience the Kiwi farming lifestyle at the foot of Mount Taranaki, New Zealand
Come and experience the kiwi farming lifestyle. The farms run by a kiwi Irish couple. Accommodation available and every day farming chores milking 400 cows. With the cows only weeks away from calving there's a great opportunity to enjoy Spring life ......
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Are you 25 years old or mature enough? Help with weed control and learn about farming in Karikari, New Zealand
Hello, we are looking for somebody to help this coming few weeks to help do some weed control on farm and around the house, quite an easy job no brain power needed you just have to like yellow flowers. We supply a cooked meal in the evening however ......
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workawayers volunteering on a farm in new zealand with an alpaca

NORTH AMERICA

3. Canada

If mountains, snow, and hiking is your thing, then Canada is a must-go. During the high season, there is no shortage of ski resorts looking for seasonal workers in exchange for accommodation (and even ski passes!). If winter sports isn’t something for you, Canada is known to offer positions helping out in children’s summer camps, providing you a chance to be engulfed in nature while contributing to a larger community. There is also an abundance of possible experiences waiting for the true nature lovers including incredible wildlife, hiking, lake activities like fishing and canoeing, and so much more. 

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Children's summer camp and laid back resort on Elephant Lake in Ontario, Canada
KITCHEN HELP NEEDED Dishwashers and Prep!!!!! Spring, summer and fall season :) (May-October) 2024 We are right on the beautiful Elephant Lake in Ontario, 140+ children and over 70 acres, the scenery is stunning and we'd love to share the property ......
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Experience Canada's Wild and beautiful with paid hospitality positions north in the Yukon , Canada
( Cooks Needed Especially! ) Paid Positions served with a big dose of Yukon culture and opportunity to experience our way of life in this wild and majestic wilderness. ( And we wouldn't do this if we didn't really enjoy all the international friends ......
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EUROPE

4. Spain

Browsing through colorful streets, eating tapas after sunset, drinking red wine with the locals, and basking under the Spanish sun… What doesn’t sound great about that? With a working holiday in Spain, that’s what your free hours could look like! Popular experiences in this southern European country include hospitality during high seasons, especially in hotels and bars, as the south of Spain is home to some of Europe's favorite parties. Fruitfarms also see plenty of working travellers during the year, and for those looking for language practice, language teachers are sought all over Spain. 


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Spanish speakers welcome to our traditional Sevillian hostel in sunny Seville, Spain
*WE ARE LOOKING FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN STAY AT LEAST 2.5/ 3 MONTHS* *WE DO CONTRACTS SO WE NEED PEOPLE WHO HAVE EUROPEAN PASSPORTS OR RESIDENCE IN SPAIN* *THIS IS A PAID POSITION, CONTACT WITH US AND WE WILL GIVE YOU SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE ......
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Help around the house, garden and with our horses in the centre of Ibiza, Spain
Please make sure you read the description carefully. We have a minimum stay and a minimum age for workawayers. We discovered a ten acre piece of paradise in the centre of ibiza , with 200 year old spring , orange grove , woodlands and set up a ......
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5. France

Renowned for its romantic landscape, France offers quaint villages and pastures on the countryside and beautiful rivieras with bustling tourism on the coasts. Here, you’ll find the chance to immerse yourself in French beauty and culture while lending a hand in places from vineyards in Bordeaux to cafes in Paris or mountain lodges in the Alps. Join in, learn, and make memories in this charming country while learning the beautiful french language all the while.

Just like its neighbor Spain, France allows citizens of the Schengen area to work without a visa in the country, however, you might need to register your address and personal information if you plan to stay longer than 3 months. A one-year working holiday visa is obtainable for 16 non-Schengen countries.

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Help with a variety of tasks on a campsite in the Cévennes National Park, France
We are a campsite in the beautiful mountainous region of the Cevennes in southern France. A little about us: George is Scottish and Virginie is French. We lived in London for over 25 years and decided to leave London 17 years ago to settle in the ......
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Join our Yoga and Activity holiday retreat in Midi Pyrenees, South West of France
URGENT ‼️ Due to being let down at the last minute, I am currently looking for someone for the month of July. If you think you could help, please get in touch asap! Due to one staff member deciding to move on, we now have an opportunity for ......
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ASIA

6. South Korea

Feel like teaching English is your thing? Then South Korea might be your perfect next working holiday destination! The country’s dynamic economy provides various job opportunities with competitive wages, especially in education and hospitality. From delicious food to k-pop, there is no shortage of culture to explore in South Korea.

Though full-time work is currently (2024) not possible, South Korea’s working holiday visa allows for earning enough money to still be able to finance touristic activities in the country, which can otherwise be quite pricey.

Journalism, law, and entertainment including music and dance is forbidden to do on their working holiday visa, so maybe reconsider if you’re more of an aspiring musician. ;)

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 South Korea

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Please come and enjoy wonderful Korea at the hot center of Seoul, South Korea
Thank very much you for your kind interest in our Culture/language exchange Program!!! We are looking for Workawayers who can help us!!! You can share your wonderful experiences and culture/language exchange with Korean local people. Our community ......
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Volunteer at a permaculture project in Cholla-nam-do, South Korea
The long-term goal is to design and build an inspiring permaculture project that demonstrates on a small scale how to create a resilient life style coexisting with nature. It is a challenging aspiration as the reality of construction material costs ......
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7. Japan

Japan has recently boomed in popularity, and it’s understandable why. A blend of tradition and modern technology, rich culinary landscape, massive metropoles, and vast, fresh nature, this country is bursting with things to see and do. With a great public transport system, it is also cheap and easy to get from place to place. The country offers diverse job opportunities, especially in education and hospitality, with competitive wages. No matter if you are a winter or summer person, the varying geography of Japan offers something for both. 

If you choose Japan for your working holiday, a vibrant cultural immersion awaits you, with chances to dive deep into history and explore its beautiful landscapes.

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 Japan

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Come to our mountain village and ski resort in Nozawa Onsen, Japan
Based in Nozawa Onsen a very Traditional Farming village and Ski Resort town in the mountains of Nagano Japan. It is also one of the most famous hot spring towns in Japan with 13 free onsens to enjoy all year round. In Winter it is a mecca for ......
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Help us at a beachside hostel in the picturesque west side of Izu Peninsula, Japan
Thanks for watching this information. This account is managed by Tomohiro, Tetsuya and Yukimi. We are a hostel, which is the survivor hostel from pandemic in the bay area of Heda, Shizuoka prefecture. West Izu, where our hostel is located, has both ......
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LATIN AMERICA

8. Peru

Peru, with its rich Incan and pre-Columbian history, allows for deep cultural exploration. Peru's diverse landscapes, including the Amazon rainforest,Andes mountains, and iconic sites like Machu Picchu, provide endless travel opportunities.

The lower cost of living makes travel and accommodation more affordable. For those eager to learn Spanish, Peru is a wonderful destination to dive into language immersion, offering rich experiences with permaculture, animal preservation, and farming in its lush landscapes.

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Creating a space for permaculture, art and medicinal plants in the rainforest, Tarapoto, Peru
English/Spanish/French __________________________________ -- English -- *Latest news* As you might know if you already have contacted us recently we didn't receive volunteers for some months as we started to work with local people from the ......
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 Peru

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Help out within our ecological park in Machu Picchu, Peru.
Hello! My name is Erwin, with my mother and brother we are a local family living in the cloud forest near Machu Picchu. In our property we are developing an eco tourism project with trails to waterfalls, mountains and botanical gardens. Our project ......
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9. Mexico 

Mexico has a vibrant culture packed with varying cuisine, ancient Mayan ruins, tropical beaches, deep jungels, and everything in between. As the world's 15th largest economy, industry is booming. Be prepared for a lot of fun if you decide to go to Mexico: they love to dance, sing, make friends, and everything else that makes life colorful. Though a huge country, transportation is cheap and convenient, allowing you the possibility to see much of the country during your time here. 

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Improve your Spanish and teach French in the beautiful city of Escuintla in the southern state of Chiapas, Mexico
Due to a new peoject we are seeking for English and French teachers to start at the beginning of September, it will be a paid job so the minimum stay is 3-4 months. *We are seeking someone who can help us with marketing and Photography for 2 ......
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Help out with rescue animals, in Teopisca Chiapas, Mexico
[Please contact host in Spanish] * We have the option of long-term paid volunteering, with a minimum stay of 7 months or more, request more information * ️️We are an A.C. newly constituted dedicated to supporting temporary homes that rescue dogs ......
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10. Chile

Chile, home to Patagonia and the Atacama desert, is a dream destination for hiking and nature lovers. Here, you can find experiences on farms or in community projects. Beyond beautiful landscapes, the vibrant capital of Santiago provides opportunities in hospitality and tourism. An affordable country with rich culture, Chile is a great choice in Latin America to embark on your working holiday.

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 Chile

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Come help out at our hostel in Providencia, Santiago, Chile
ENGLISH: A hostel, located in a beautiful house in the heart of Providencia, Santiago. We have a a fun, youth and good energy hostel. If you want to be in Santiago for a while, this is for sure the place to stay! We are looking for a person that ......
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 Chile

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Help with an ecological garden space, languages and our home in Coquimbo, Chile
We are a family that works with wood recycling, we live in Coquimbo, a city in the north center of Chile, the place is quite comfortable and is close to many places of interest such as beaches and mountains Hola ! somos una familia que trabaja con ......
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Setting out on a working holiday is more than just an opportunity to explore new destinations; it’s a chance to immerse yourself in different cultures, gain invaluable work experience, and create lifelong memories. Whether you’re drawn to the bustling streets of Tokyo, the breathtaking landscapes of New Zealand, or the vibrant nightlife of Buenos Aires, each of these destinations offers its own unique benefits and experiences. So pack your bags, open your mind to new adventures, and let the world be your office. Your working holiday awaits!

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About Julia

Meet Julia, a passionate artist, writer, and advocate for sustainable living. After graduating in Cognitive Science from Denmark and Singapore, she set out to backpack across Asia, Europe, and Central... show more...


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