How does this program work?
Though working holidays aren't a widespread concept in the United States, they are a long-standing tradition for students and young adults in countries such as the U.K., Canada, and many others. With a New Zealand Work and Holiday Visa, U.S. citizens between 18 and 30 are able to take on seasonal work as a way to help fund travels in a new place. The InterExchange Work & Travel New Zealand program gives you a leg up and transitional support. It's generally not difficult to find short-term positions if you're pro-active, professional, and a bit flexible. You can read more on the concept of a working holiday or drop us a line - we're happy to guide you through the process!
How do you help me find a job?
Our partner agency posts job leads from businesses seeking short-term, temporary employees in its online jobs database. They also have relationships with recruitment agencies seeking temporary office workers. You'll join a members website that keeps you up to date on job opportunities throughout your time in New Zealand. If you need extra help, staff are available to speak with you in person, through email, or by phone. They can also help you locate other resources like working hostels, which offer job support of their own!
How long will it take me to find a job?
If you are proactive, professional, and open to various types of jobs rather than a specific position, you can find a job quickly! There are many jobs available and most of our participants land their first position within their first or second week.
Can I get a job placement before I get to New Zealand?
Generally, employers won't hire before your arrival in New Zealand.
How much will I earn in New Zealand?
The amount of money you earn depends on the type of job you do, but hourly pay is often much higher in New Zealand than the U.S. Certain jobs, like farm work or resort work, also come with great perks.
The minimum wage is reviewed every year - as of April 1, 2017 the minimum was NZD $15.75 per hour before tax. You can expect to receive around $12.00 NZD after tax at the minimum wage rate, but many jobs pay significantly higher.
What are the dates of the program?
There is no set start or end date. You'll decide your exact program dates and you're permitted to stay in New Zealand for up to a year. Most participants purchase a one-way ticket initially. You'll appreciate the flexibility to plan one last camping trip or a stopover in Fiji before your flight home!
How does the application process work?
Our online application is free to start; with just a few forms and document uploads, it's easy to complete. We are always here if you have any questions.
What are the chances that I'll be accepted?
Our Work & Travel New Zealand program is more of an enrollment than an application. As long as you meet the general visa eligibility requirements, you're likely to be confirmed for the program.
What happens after I apply?
After you submit your application, we'll make sure your documents in order and reach out to you for an informational call.
Once you've been accepted into our program, we'll advise you on getting your visa and set you up with our international partner, who will be there to support you on the ground throughout your adventure in New Zealand.
Can I travel with friends or family?
Absolutely! We often have friends, relatives, or couples travel together on our Work & Travel program. If you go solo, you're bound to meet other working holiday participants from around the world - this is one of the best parts of the program! Your orientation will take place in an upbeat office in the heart of Auckland, where there are many participants connecting with each other about travel plans, jobs, and apartment hunting.
Can I leave New Zealand and re-enter?
Yes. The Working Holiday Visas is a multiple-entry visa, which means you can leave the country and come back during the 12 months your visa is valid.
Do I have to stay in New Zealand for 12 months?
No. You can stay as long as 12 months, but there's no minimum stay. We recommend staying for at least six months in order to get the full experience.
Can I extend my Working Holiday Visa?
No, U.S. citizens are only eligible for the Working Holiday Visa for New Zealand one time.
Can I take classes while on a Working Holiday Visa in New Zealand?
Yes, you can study or train for up to six months.
What happens when I arrive in New Zealand?
You'll be transported from the airport to your hostel in Auckland, where you'll get four nights to recover from your journey and connect with your fellow travelers. You'll then choose an orientation time that best fits your schedule in those first four days. Generally, orientation sessions take place Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, but the hostel desk will be able to confirm all upcoming sessions.
Can I work for the same employer the entire time of my stay?
Yes. You can work for the same employer for up to 12 months on the New Zealand Working Holiday Visa, but many jobs are very short term.
How much does housing cost in New Zealand?
It depends on where you live, but you can expect to pay at least $150 NZD per week for a shared apartment/room in a house.
What other costs are there to consider?
- Airfare - most participants buy a one-way ticket initially.
- Support funds of NZD $4,200 is a visa requirement. It's important to have savings especially during your first month in New Zealand.
- Travel medical insurance. We will gladly suggest a few options if you need them!