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Working holidays - Canada or New Zealand?

Travel Forums General Talk Working holidays - Canada or New Zealand?

1. Posted by jakubminarik (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y

Hi,

I would like to take part in the working holiday visa programme next year after I graduate uni.

However, I am not quite sure where to go. Could anyone please share their experiences working in Canada or New Zealand?

Thanks

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 2y

I've done working holidays in both countries and although I loved Vancouver and the other parts of Canada that I saw, my time in New Zealand was even more enjoyable and I feel that it has more to offer as a country. I also think you're more likely to meet people in New Zealand, as it's more geared up towards working holidays and there are so many people doing the same thing.

Let me know if you want any more tips or info.

3. Posted by jakubminarik (Budding Member 2 posts) 2y

Quoting bex76

I've done working holidays in both countries and although I loved Vancouver and the other parts of Canada that I saw, my time in New Zealand was even more enjoyable and I feel that it has more to offer as a country. I also think you're more likely to meet people in New Zealand, as it's more geared up towards working holidays and there are so many people doing the same thing.

Let me know if you want any more tips or info.

Thanks for the reply bex76! You're definitely someone I want to speak to! :)

The reason why I want to do the working holiday thing is to get a "taste" of one of the countries before hopefully settling there permanently. While I realise that my stay would probably be more eventful in New Zealand, I am still not convinced whether the place has a lot to offer in the long term, particularly in terms of work opportunities. I enjoy a big city lifestyle but at the same time I want to have good outdoors on the doorstep.

I believe that Vancouver or Toronto would have more opportunities in my area of study (marketing and PR) and would eventually sponsor me for a permanent residence visa. What do you think?

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 2y

Vancouver definitely fits your criteria as it's a great city with fantastic scenery close by. Auckland also has fantastic surrounding scenery too, although it might not have quite the same big city feel, even though it has a larger population than Vancouver.

I'm not sure about opportunities in your specific profession but it would be worth checking the immigration sites of both countries, because visa sponsorship can often depend on whether an occupation is in demand or on their 'shortage skills' list. The NZ immigration website has some good info on this.

5. Posted by aliciadr (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y

It depends where you live as if you are living in Europe or Australia then I would say go for Canada as it will be a totally new experience. If you are living in Asia then go for New Zealand.