What is a Working Holiday?
This is a unique program offered by the Canadian Government with many names (Working Holiday/Youth Mobility/Work and Travel), but the same amazing premise:
As a Canadian citizen, you are able to live and work abroad in another country while meeting locals, exploring the culture and earning your living and travel costs. True to the motto: Be more than a tourist!
It has never been easier to enjoy a paid holiday in one of the world’s most popular destinations, such as Australia, Germany and New Zealand.
Easy visa application process
Flexible duration, location and schedule
Low-budget program opportunities
Job guarantees through GO International’s partners
At Go International, we’ll take care of the boring processes so you can spend less time being confused about admin, and more time earning money and enjoying the sun. We’ve done the all the hard work for you. Reputable employers, interviews lined-up for you once you arrive, accommodations, best places to eat, and opportunities to meet new friends.
As part of our program, our Australian team will help you find a place to call home, make friends and find a job QUICK.
With one-year access to a ton of job leads and personal job coaching from our staff, you’ll find yourself working in no time! The best part: We have an exclusive in-house recruitment agency in Sydney and Melbourne ready to offer attractive backpacker jobs!
Through our program, you will also meet plenty of friends during your travels, find a place to live, and get help with your visa application and all the other administrative paperwork you will need to have while you are there. Join our weekly social activities in our offices in Sydney and Melbourne and make tons of friends from around the world.
Partner's Office in Melbourne
* will reopen in 2023. We recommend an arrival to Sydney.
Partner's office in Sydney
GO INTERNATIONAL RECOMMENDS:
Australia Platinum Adventure Package
Join other fellow backpackers for a week of fun, excitement and the chance to make new friends at the very start of your working holiday in Australia.
This package includes 7 nights of accommodation in a hostel, as well as a 7-day adventure-packed program in Sydney.
- Day 1 (Mon) – Arrival day, chill out and prepare for the week ahead / Welcome dinner and drinks with the group in Scary Canary ($10 cost payable per pax onsite)
- Day 2 (Tues) – Full WTC Welcome Orientation (am) / Private Sydney Harbour Cruise (BBQ lunch included / BYO drinks at pax own cost)
- Day 3 (Weds) – Sydney City Tour (am) / Travel Talk (pm) / Group Night Out (venue entry + 1 drink included)
- Day 4 (Thurs) – WTC Job Seminar (am) / Bondi Coastal Walk and BBQ (pm – lunch included)
- Day 5 (Fri) – Blue Mountains Day Trip (all day – lunch included)
- Day 6 (Sat) – Sydney Tower Eye Observation Deck Experience (self- guided / day) / Group Night Out (venue entry + 1 drink included)
- Day 7 (Sun) – Travel Planning and Appointments (day) / Group Farewell Dinner (dinner and a drink included)
” TRAVEL FAR ENOUGH TO MEET YOURSELF. “
7-day adventure package
7 nights accommodation (incl. breakfast) at a 4.5 – 5 star hostel and priority check-in
Airport pickup and transfer
Step by step guidance on how to apply for a Working Holiday Visa
Help opening an Australian Bank account (pre-arrival)
Australian Orientation and information session upon arrival
12 months guaranteed job assistance with CV writing and Job Interview guidance
12 months full access to Members only in-house Recruitment Agency (Sydney and Melbourne)
Exclusive access to our Online Job Board and Online Members Portal (log in provided 3 weeks before your arrival)
Toll-free 24/7 Emergency Support for any accidents (so your parents don’t lie awake at night worrying about you)
FREE city tour, beach walk, pub crawl and drink vouchers
FREE Ice Breaker meeting with welcome snacks and drinks (attend as many times as you want!)
Social Activities Program for getting to know your fellow backpackers
Assistance with finding long-term accommodation (Sydney and Melbourne)
Tax File Number Registration
2nd year work visa information pack
In-house travel shop with members-only discounts, offers and regular travel assistance
Private mailbox with mail holding and forwarding (Sydney and Melbourne)
Access to our offices and facilities in Sydney and Melbourne (free internet access, free use of phone, fax, photocopying and scanning)
What’s not included:
Flight tickets and other fees
Visa fees (approximately $435 CAD)
Travel insurance (mandatory)
TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE PROGRAM:
- You are a Canadian citizen residing in Canada
- You have a valid Canadian passport
- You must be between the ages of 18 and 35 (and must not turn 36 before Australia issues you your working holiday visa)
- A clean police record
- Intermediate or better working knowledge of English
- Be eligible to apply for a working holiday visa (we’ll help you apply) and the funds to apply (approximately $435 CAD)
- A bank statement that certifies you have access to at least $5,500 AUD ($4,700 CAD) in available funds
- You must have never previously held an Australian working holiday visa
- Medical insurance for the duration of your entire trip
- Meet health and personal character requirements
- You must not have any dependent children
With the Working Holiday visa, you are eligible to stay in Australia for up to 12 months. During this time, you are allowed to work for one employer at the same location for up to 6 months.
Seize Your Moment in the Sun with Your Australian Working Holiday!
If you are already packing your bags, why not travel Down Under?
Australia is the most popular backpacking and working holiday destination out there. This means, you will easily make contact with other international travelers and find friends to go on a road trip or share a flat with.
As an English-speaking country, Australia is easy for most Canadians to navigate. The Australian economy relies on work and travelers looking for temp jobs in hospitality, tourism or on their farms. For those seeking a career boost, Australia’s travel and hospitality industries are known throughout the world for their excellence in service. After you’ve completed a job stint in Australia, you’ll be set to continue your education or jump start your career.
If you want to add a study component to your travels, you can do that too! Your Australian working holiday visa allows you to study for four months if you’d like to extend your stay on your own.
You will start your Working Holiday adventure in one of Australia’s popular metropolis:
The most populous city in Australia, known for its distinctive harbour front with the Sydney Opera House and continuously voted one of the most livable cities in the world.
A hub full of culture and arts, where you can find a vibrant scene of cafes, bars, plazas, restaurants and museums.
And with all the beautiful Australian beaches and sunny weather, It’s a great time to escape the Canadian cold to experience a new adventure in a land known for its relaxed lifestyle and beach culture.
Overall, Australia offers an excellent opportunity for young Canadians looking for a working vacation they’ll remember for the rest of their lives!
If you’re travelling for the first time and would like more support, you’ll never feel alone in a new country with our program. Whether it’s a list of all the things you need to do at tax time or simply a friendly face… Our program is ideal for Canadian travelers moving to Australia for the first time, just like the well-traveled explorer.
If you’re looking for a memorable travel experience that connects you with employment opportunities and provides 24/7 support, then you need to consider an Australian Working Holiday Program with Go International.
This totally depends on your own preferences. All our packages include the service and assistance from GO International before your departure and our Australian partner in Sydney and Melbourne.
Silver Package: Service and Assistance only.
Gold Package: Service and assistance, plus airport shuttle and first 2 nights in the hostel.
Platinum Package: All above, 7 nights in the hostel and a fun-filled week of adventure!
We can’t guarantee you a job, however GO International and our team in Australia will do everything to assist you with finding one as soon as possible!
The three magic words for finding a job in Australia are: Flexibility, openness and initiative. As long as you are open to making small compromises, potentially move to a different place for your dream job and put yourself out there, your chances of getting a job quickly are very high!
We have a database of reputable employers in the Australian travel and hospitality industry who have a great reputation for providing travelers with rewarding work experiences.
You will receive access to the online job board 21 days before your arrival in Australia.Once in Australia, our team will help you with your CV, cover letter, and with coaching on job-hunting skills, which means you will have a better chance of receiving job offers in your current and future job searches.
In our offices in Sydney and Melbourne, we also offer an exclusive in-house job recruitment service. Simply leave your resume with our job placement experts and they will call you back with your next money-earning opportunity.
The Working Holiday visa is an open work permit, which means that you can apply for any job you are interested in and qualified for. However, Australia has the special regulation that you are only allowed to work with one employer for up to 6 months – out of the 12 months you are allowed to stay in Australia. This makes it very difficult to get a skilled job.
Australia is still the most popular Work and Travel destination in the world and an amazing destination for your work abroad, but if your goal is to gain work experience in your field, then we recommend looking into our Working Holiday Program in New Zealand.
Australia is the perfect working holiday destination to make friends easily! You will meet fellow backpackers at every corner, potentially already on your flight to Down Under – just keep your eyes open for the wanderlust in their eyes.
With our Platinum package, you will spend 7 adventure-filled days together in a closed group of international participants. These could be your new best friends from day 1! When you book our gold package, you will stay with your fellow working travelers in our hostel for the first two nights. This means, you will be able to make connections right away! You will meet your new friends again during the orientation session and hopefully, saved their phone numbers by now. Because chances are, you will find a lot in common with many of your fellow backpackers.
Also at work, you will develop close bonds with many of your workmates— friendships that will last for a lifetime.This is your time for an adventure, to invent yourself new and to determine the path of your next 12 months. Just try to be open and you will have new friends before you realize it!
This will vary across different employers. Our employment partners will provide you with at least a minimum wage salary (minimum wage in Australia is $19.84 AUD/hour).
The minimum wage in Australia is rather high (ca. $19 CAD at the moment), however remember that the living costs are also higher in comparison, even to Canada!