Holidays in Ireland

Holidays in Ireland

Ireland is a popular destination for travellers who are seeking the experience of working abroad. With beautiful scenery, friendly locals, and great nightlife there is a lot for the young traveller to enjoy. If you want to take your time and truly experience the culture of Ireland, taking a year-long working holiday is a great option. You will be able to live in Ireland and explore the country in depth, while working to fund your travels.

Who is eligible for a working holiday in Ireland?

A Working Holiday Authorization or (WHA) is available to any young person who is a citizen of Australia, Argentina, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand and the Republic of Korea. The WHA allows you to stay in Ireland for an extended holiday and work casually to fund your stay. You must be between 18 and 30 years of age and be able to demonstrate that you have the minimum amount of funds to support yourself during your travels. You are not eligible for the visa if you have held an Ireland Working Holiday Visa before.

The Working Holiday visas are restricted in numbers, for example only 400 are issued to South Koreans and 100 to Argentineans per year, so it is important to get going on your application as soon as possible!

What kind of work can I do?

When you are on a working holiday in Ireland, you will be able to work in jobs of a casual or temporary nature, such as retail, customer service, serving food, working in a bar, or seasonal work. Australian passport holders are not allowed to work for any one employer for more than six months.

You will not be able to seek employment for anyone else other than yourself. Be aware that the job market for this type of work in Ireland is very competitive since there are many school leavers and young Irish people looking for the same jobs. For this reason, you will need to have enough funds to support yourself throughout your holiday because there is no guarantee that you will find a job.

Your best bet is to register with a temporary employment agency, as these services can help you find short term jobs which are reasonably well paid.

How can I apply?

The application process for the Ireland Working Holiday visa will be different depending on which country you are from. In most cases, you will have to apply for the visa in advance from your home country before arriving in Ireland. However, Australians can enter the country first and travel for up to 90 days before starting work. The process will likely involve filling out forms, submitting your passport, and providing proof that you have enough money in the bank to meet the requirements. It can usually take around two months, so make sure that you allow yourself lots of time!

So what are you waiting for? Ireland is waiting to be explored!