A working holiday visa is like an extended version of a tourist visa, but with the right to work and earn money as well as to study, without having to acquire work sponsorship or be accepted into an academic program ahead of travelling; it is granted to youths of less than 30 or 35 years of age, with slight differences between various countries that have signed the Working Holiday Association Agreement or the Youth Mobility Scheme with each other. Nearly sixty countries offer the working holiday visa, but each country has to sign a reciprocal agreement with another in order for their citizens to have chances to apply for the working holiday visa to the other country.

Australia and South Korea are two of the nations to have agreed on such terms that have proved to be reciprocally very popular working holiday destinations. South Korea has lots of employment opportunities for English teachers from Australia, in its many schools, specialized schools, colleges, English kindergartens, international schools and academies. The Korean English academy is a systematic school-like institution that can be found in dozens in almost every street in any town, and many of them employ American, British or Australian teachers, usually for good money. Australia, on the other hand, has plenty of opportunities in the many businesses, offices, farms and factories that require workers, many of whom do not need to be fluent in English.

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Even though the Korean factories and farms employ foreigners most of the time, the wage per hour for manual or technical jobs is not on par with the wage offered by equivalent jobs in many Western countries; so there is practically no possibility at all for foreigners from those countries to apply for working in a Korean factory or farm. But Australia, which pays a lot more money for those kinds of work, is a popular destination for young people who want experience as well as the chance to improve their English a little. The desire to learn and improve English is another crucial factor that makes a big difference in the choice of work. Whereas Korean youths will have a much better chance of becoming employed by bigger and better companies if they have English skills, Australian youths don’t need to know anything about the Korean language, unless for academic or personal reasons. Because of this difference in the work choices of the two nation’s youths, it is the Korean youths who are confronted with more physical and financial risks; often they work in very remote places, with no chance of immediate help or support: working, yes, but not much of a holiday.

Still, many Koreans are easily well-informed, through reviews and experiences on the internet, of possible situations during a working holiday. Some of them gather information to get as savvy as the regular smsf review writing Australian; they are often familiar with Australian stocks and funds, and looking into investing into Australian funds for a little profit. They would usually opt for less-paid but safer and more comfortable jobs and spend spare time on actually learning English by enrolling in a course or making Australian friends. These are usually the ones without the need to make money fast and well-financed; for them staying in Australia can truly be a working holiday.


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