Why Every Young Adult Should Take a Working Holiday

Why Every Young Adult Should Take a Working Holiday

A working holiday is a great opportunity for college kids who wish to spend 6-12 months working in another country.

The working visa you can apply for allows you to travel and sustain yourself while you experience a new culture and people.

Does a working holiday sound appealing to you?

This ESL lesson will develop your English conversation skills and help you evaluate the reasons why you might like to take a working holiday.

Part I: Let’s Chat about the Photo

Working Holiday 1

1. What’s the woman doing with her hands?

2. What do you think is in the small red basket?

3. Do you think this kind of work is hard on her back and legs?

4. Why is she wearing a long sleeved shirt?

5. Do you think she’s working abroad?

Part II: Take the Survey and Talk About It

1. Have you ever thought about applying for a working holiday visa for 6 months to a year?

Yes
No

2. Do you know anybody who has been on a working holiday?

Yes
No

3. What year of university would be the most convenient time for you to go on a working holiday?

Freshman year
Sophomore year
Junior year
Senior year

4. Which of these jobs would you most likely want if you had an opportunity to work abroad as a student?

Server at a restaurant
Barista
Bartender
Front desk (hotel)
Room cleaner (hotel)
Tree planter
Fruit picker
Farm worker
Construction worker
Factory worker
Nanny (au pair)

5. Which of the jobs below would be least desirable to you if you had the opportunity to work abroad as a student?

Server at a restaurant
Barista
Bartender
Front desk (hotel)
Room cleaner (hotel)
Tree planter
Fruit picker
Farm worker
Construction worker
Factory worker
Nanny (au pair)

6. What would be your dream job if you were working abroad?

7. Would you go abroad alone on a working holiday?

Yes
No

8. Would you feel uncomfortable doing a home stay with a host family if you worked abroad?

Yes
No

9. What working holiday opportunities are there for foreign students who want to visit your country?

10. To which country would you choose to apply for a working holiday?

America
Australia
Canada
Europe
New Zealand
South Africa
Other

Part III: Share Your Opinions

Working Holiday 2

Discussion Activity

Below are some of the reasons students choose to work abroad

Read through each of them and rank them in order of importance to you.

Put a 1 beside the most important reason to work abroad down through 8 for the least important reason.

Once finished compare and discuss your choices with your instructor and classmates.

Reasons to Work Abroad
  • Earn and save money
  • Language acquisition
  • Immerse yourself in a new culture
  • A chance to gain work experience
  • Add something of value to your resume
  • Make new friends
  • Affordable travel
  • Learn more about yourself

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