Gain international career experience while also having the freedom to travel. Experience a new culture with new friends from around the world!
Work Abroad Program Manager
We provide scholarships each year of over $12,000 to those who are considered First Time Travelers.
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Work & Travel programs are designed to help support our travelers who elect to travel on a temporary work visa. The idea behind the program is to help our travelers secure employment so they can fund their travels and cultural immersion experience.
These programs provide an ample amount of support and are a service for those who don’t feel comfortable finding work on their own. Programs often include arrival orientations, job and housing support, 24/7 in-country staff and other perks like insurance, visa assistance, and an alumni community. Each program has its own inclusions, so be sure to read the specific details for the program you’re interested in.
What is a Working Holiday Visa?
This is a visa that allows individuals to work (and sometimes study) without undergoing the process of employer sponsorship. In other words, those who enter a country utilizing a working holiday visa are not tied to a single employer.
Am I Eligible?
These are the visa eligibility requirements mandated by most government entities (this may vary based on citizenship):
***Your citizenship country must have a standing Working Holiday Agreement with the country you intend to work in (i.e. New Zealand, Australia, or Ireland).
***If you are unsure if you are eligible for the Working Holiday visa, please email us!
How long is the validity of the visa?
This visa is valid for up to a year!
When Should I Apply?
You should apply for your Working Holiday visa at least two months before your program start date to give the consulate enough time to award your work permit. It is great to apply in advance, but also note that in most cases after the visa is awarded, you’ll have 6-12 months to enter the country and activate the visa. If you apply too early, your visa can expire.
Don’t worry! We have built the timing of the visa application process into your Work & Travel program; we will advise you when to apply!
These types of programs don’t have direct government funding, so travelers who want to work abroad must cover some of their own expenses. When programs cost money, we do try to keep them as cheap as possible (we are a non-profit!), but there are some costs associated with running a program when it does not have any direct funding. Depending on the country and program you choose, you could make money in the end, it all depends on what type of experience you want to have.
Program fees also go toward you! We have airport pickups, orientations, and a pre-departure package with some Greenheart swag and other perks depending on the program. Program staff will be available to answer any questions before and after arrival. Read more here.
Can I bring a pet or child?
No, you cannot bring your children or pets. The programs are not structured to accommodate dependents as there are many other logistics to keep in mind that we cannot guarantee we can meet. If you are bringing a pet or child with you abroad, it may be best to consider finding work on your own so you can guarantee proper housing, childcare, schooling, etc.
Can I apply with a friend, spouse, or significant other?
Yes, you can apply together! However, whether you will end up being placed together depends on the country and your flexibility. We guarantee that can place people together for Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland.
Will I be alone?
This depends on the program.
Australia and New Zealand are designed as group experiences with large Welcome Weeks. Of course, when you begin working it is your choice whether you would like to stick with friends or pursue your own travel experience solo!
Ireland and Argentina Work & Travel are programs that are designed around the individual. Start dates are largely determined around when the traveler is able to arrive in the country, which means you may arrive alone.
The Thailand Marketing program is a competitive internship with limited placements. How many interns we accept depends on how many available positions we have; you can be the only intern.
Can I choose where I’d like to work in the country I’m going to?
Most Work & Travel programs allow you the flexibility to choose where you’d like to live and work. In the case of Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland Work & Travel you may choose where you’d like to be based. You can even move and work in multiple areas throughout the country!
We understand that a Work Abroad experience is a big step for everyone involved. For this reason, upon acceptance to all Greenheart Travel programs we provide the following support materials that we encourage our travelers to share with their loved ones: program orientation packet (includes all details of the program), emergency contact numbers, and insurance documents.
How do I contact my loved one who is working abroad?
In most cases, our programs include a local SIM Card for your loved one’s smartphone. The SIM card will allow for purchasing of data, text, and call plans. Additionally, mediums like Facetime, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, and Skype are widely available in all Work & Travel locations so you and your loved one can stay in touch!
Can I visit my loved one during the Work & Travel program?
This is a program-specific answer. For Work & Travel Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland you are more than welcome to visit your loved one as these programs run for longer durations (up to a year).
For programs such as Argentina and Thailand, we recommend planning your visits for the end of the 3-month work program when your loved one is likely to have more free time and is likely to do a bit of traveling.
My loved one is a young adult applying for a Work Abroad program, can I attend the interview or call in for my loved one?
Like any travel abroad experience, Work Abroad programs are challenging and do require our travelers to be independent critical thinkers. Greenheart Travel applicants will interview with employers abroad face-to-face, so the initial program interview with Greenheart Travel should be seen as preparation for work interviews abroad. Applicants must prepare and attend this alone (without friends, family, or loved ones) as they would with any job interview.
Work Abroad Q&A calls are reserved for potential Greenheart Travel applicants who are eligible only when they are an adult (18+). In our experience, chatting with both a loved one and applicant separately can lead to miscommunication. Additionally, if an applicant is to work abroad, this individual needs to have a complete understanding of all the steps we took to get there and must be able to communicate with our staff directly.
If you are a loved one of a current applicant and you have questions that have not been addressed, please ask the applicant to email Greenheart Travel directly with those questions.
Every year we offer scholarships for our Work Abroad programs!
Please note the process is a little bit different for each program. For most programs, however, the process is as follows.
1. Start Your Application Here. You will be sent more information as well as the link to our application portal to begin your formal application.
2. Submit Basic Program Information: The first step in our application portal will be basic things like your chosen start date, etc.
3. Submit your deposit: A $300 deposit is required in order to apply for the program. This is subtracted from your total program fee. If we are unable to accept you following your interview (very unlikely!) we will refund your deposit in full.
4. Complete Application & Documents: Provide more detailed information about yourself in Part 2 of the application. In this section, you’ll tell us more information like your work history, motivations for joining the program, travel history, and emergency contacts. You will also submit your documents (below) within your portal account.
5. Skype Interview: Once you have submitted your online application and paid your application deposit, you will be asked to schedule a video interview with a Greenheart Travel representative.
6. You’re Accepted! Woohoo! We are usually able to accept people within 1-2 weeks of their interviews.
7. Commitment Deposit: Once you are accepted to the program, you will need to submit a $300 commitment deposit within 14 days to confirm your spot on the program. Once you submit your commitment deposit you will unlock the acceptance portion of your portal, which includes things like pre-departure videos, travel and arrival information, the Greenheart Travel Atlas, and more.
9. Book your flights, and get ready for your adventure! Your final remaining balance will be due 60 days before you leave.
Want to chat with your program coordinator, Zoe? Set up a time to chat with her about our program options here: