Working holidays are an excellent way to visit a new country for an extended period of time. They enable you to live in the country of your choice and experience the life style in a completely different way than you would as a tourist. Being an expat has so many advantages to typical tourism. Of course you are still a tourist and a traveller within the country but with each new day you become more of an expert.
If you are unsure if you would like to live for a whole year in a country, ESL summer camps are a great way to get a taster. They are typically a month long and depending on the company you work for you will be given a one of two day weekend to look around and decide for yourself if it is a place you could see yourself staying for an extended period.
Living in the country of your choice enables you to fit in an extensive travel plan as opposed to trying to jam in as much as possible in the few weeks or days you may have as a tourist. When I lived in South Korea I travelled to Wanju for skiing, Gyongju to bike around the ancient capital, Sokcho for the snow, Boryeong for the mud festival, Yang-yang and Yang-gu for English camps, Jeju island for a relaxing break, the DMZ and went camping at a couple of remote beaches, not to mention explored extensively within Seoul and Bundang. If I had only visited as a tourist I probably would have only made the trip to Jeju island and looked around Seoul.
It was a little difficult obtaining information on the visa application process when I was initially deciding on going to Germany. There is a lot of information on the NZ embassy website for individuals wishing to gain a New Zealand working holiday visa. You need to do a search for the embassy of the country you wish to visit within your country. The German embassy in Wellington were very helpful whenever I had any questions and the processing of the visa itself took just two days.
The beauty of working holidays is that (as New Zealander at least) you have so many options of countries that offer working holiday visas. The following countries have agreements with New Zealand offering citizens aged between 18 and 30 to work in their country for 12 months:
Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Malta, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Poland, Singapore, Sweden, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, Uraguay, Vietnam and USA.
This list is always being updated as New Zealand establishes ties with new nations.
That’s a pretty broad list and a lot of really attractive countries there with great diversity of continents. A working holiday visa means you can go somewhere as awesome as Thailand for a whole year! Admittedly you would probably earn very little but somewhere like Thailand where prices are notoriously low you would be able to enjoy an exciting lifestyle with lots of travel opportunities.
Essentially, working holidays are more about taking a year out to experience something new, save the money making ventures for later on in life.