Working Holiday Blog
Looking for jobs in Melbourne?
No worries - the best place to look is in GUMTREE. Heaps of adverts. If you want to catch a job here, you need to be quick though. Reply to an ad as soon as you see it because you can be sure that hundreds of other people are gonna reply as well - seriously. It helps if you have your CV or resume ready to send by email before searching through all the jobs listed. Do you have a working holiday resume?
...and remember, minimum wage in Australia is $15.51, don't accept any payment less than that. And don't work any trial shifts at restaurants or cafes for free. They have to pay you if you work !
For more advice about finding jobs in Melbourne, have a look at this info about Melbourne Working Holiday Jobs
On the 8th of November 2011, the Israel Working Holiday Scheme opened for the first time allowing 200 young Israeli travelers the opportunity to travel to New Zealand to live and work for up to 12 months. Currently, this is the only working holiday visa available to young Israeli travelers.
You can find out more about the agreements here.
Well kinda new...
On November 2nd, 2011 Australia and Argentina signed a Work and Holiday (subclass 462) visa agreement, allowing young people to enjoy an extended holiday in the two countries. Australia and Argentina are now working towards putting in place the administrative and legal processes that are necessary to bring the agreement into effect. Since Argentina is in the 462 group, this means they are only allowed one year in Australia unlike those countries in the 417 group who are allowed 2 years...bummer.
But one year is still plenty of time to do a lot, see a lot, and make some good money while meeting other travelers from around the world. If you're from Argentina and want to go to Australia, check out this page to find out how - Working Holiday Visas for Citizens of Argentina
If you didn’t already know, young travelers from four more countries were added to the list of countries available for working holiday visas to Canada in 2011. They are:
- Costa Rica Working Holiday Visa - came into effect July 2011
- Slovakia Working Holiday Visa - came into effect July 2011
- Croatia Working Holiday Visa - came into effect May 2011
- Mexico Working Holiday Visa - came into effect November 2011
In return, young Canadians can now qualify for working holiday visas to these countries too. Not bad if you got a Canadian passport, huh?
You can find out more about the agreements here (agreements are at the bottom of the page)
If your headed to Canada on a working holiday, check out some of the destination guides for various popular Canadian working holiday cities.
If you're headed to the Australian outback to visit Uluru (also called Ayers Rock), you have a few different options to consider for getting there since it is literally in the middle-of-no-where
Most people travel from Alice Springs as its the nearest town, although about 5 hours away on the main highway (theres a shorter route but its over an unsealed road so can be risky). If you don't have your own camper van/car that your traveling around in, then your two best options from Alice Springs are:
- Rent a car from Alice Springs and drive to Uluru
- Take a tour
One major problem with renting a car is that no car rental agencies in Alice Springs will provide you with insurance coverage for driving from "dusk until dawn". This means that you have no insurance when driving in the dark. The reason for this is that there is a high risk of hitting wildlife on the road after night fall. Its a real danger as there are heaps of kangaroos, wild horses, and wild camels that live in the outback and are quite active at night. And since its roughly a 10 hour return trip to Uluru from Alice, you'll most likely have to stay overnight somewhere if looking to do a quick trip, and this is going to cost extra in addition to the rental car fees, food, and petrol.
The most practical way, and cost efficient, is to simply take a tour. One price covers your food and accommodation...and you don't even have to drive - you can relax and keep your eyes out for wildlife and scenery.
Out of the all the tour providers in Alice, Emu Run Tours offers the best Uluru tours. Why? Because they are in the same price range as the other "budget" tours, but the food they offer is much better quality and you get complimentary champagne when watching sunset at Uluru. its a nice way to watch the sunset, I guarantee...
Other tours include The Rock Tour and Adventure Tours, but the reason I suggest Emu Run over these two is because the quality of food on Emu Run is better and sometimes the swags on the camping trips of The Rock Tour and Adventure Tours are not so "clean" or warm enough in the winter time. How do I know this? I lived in Alice on my working holiday for quite a few months and heard a lot of "cheers and jeers" from other travelers about the tours they went on. I also did both the Rock Tour and Emu Run, so I can personally vouch for the quality of food. Since the prices for similar tours are usually around the same, the differences are in the little things - like food and sleeping comfort.
If you want an idea of what the Emu Run tour is like, check out this movie I made from my 3 day camping tour with them. If your headed to Alice Springs for a working holiday, check out Working Holiday Alice Springs.