I am a 30yr old Canadian girl...
I am considering a one year working holiday in The Netherlands - I can speak Dutch!
My concerns are how easy it will be to find accomodation outside of Amsterdam, I am thinking of Gouda.
Does anyone have any experience of renting as a visitor?
How easy is it to find work? What are basic wages?
Any info apreciated - Thanks for you time!
Hey whussup ? I never knew the netherlands had a workin' holiday maker visa unlike UK. Well , thatz a beautiful country to stay ....well really dunno abt workin' and I can't even speak dutch. What documents do ya need for applyin' for the dutch holidaymaker visa ? Just outta curiosity , never know , I might switch on to netherlands if I think UK is gettin' way tooooo expensive....
Finding a place to life is hard in The Netherlands. Really hard. You have to be a bit lucky. Outside of the student cities it can be a little easier. Be aware that because of this you probably have to pay a lot of rent. The good thing for you is that we have a higher minimum wage than Canada. Minimun wage lies around €6,50 after tax per hour. Especially if you come during the summer there shouldn't be a problem finding a job. Good luck maybe some other person can help you a little bit more.
Canada and The Netherlands have an agreement to allow "youth" 18-30 yrs old a once only working holiday visa in the other country. Check with a netherlands Consulate in your area - it should have web info as to wich countries have an agreement.
The most expensive good in the Netherlands is...."space", so expect rents to be very high. On this tiny surface,16 million people are living. This is more then Portugal, Greece, and Austria.
A minimum wage of 6.5 euro is pretty good, but if rents will be not much lower then 300 a month (for a 1 person small student rooms) it will eat most of your wage.
I don't know your reasons to go to Gouda, but it would not be my first choice. To be honest, i've never been there, but i think it's a sleepy town. If you want to skip student cities, I'd go for Haarlem, or Den Bosch. Both are beautiful, not too big but still very old.
Veel plezier tijdens je werk. Ik zou graag een keer naar Canada gaan. Ik ben pas 23 dus, ik heb nog 7 jaar
Canada is awesome. I'm in Banff at the moment and I'm having the best travel experience ever. Haarlem is indeed a good choice. 10 minutes away from Zandvoort (that's the beach ) and 15 minutes away from Amsterdam. Very good for public transportation too. If you miss the cold you can even go to an indoorskihall near in Spaarnwoude. :P
Forget to tell you things all the time too. If you're going for the summer or after Februari and gonna live in Haarlem, check out the bars on the beach in Zandvoort. Hard work, but best time ever, Have done that last summer. If you want to know more about that just send me a line.