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November 14, 2012

Working Holidays

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 1:02 am

supplement(verb) : to add something to something to make it larger or better.
locals(noun) : a person who lives in the particular small area which you are talking about.
abroad(adverb) : in or to a foreign country or countries.
unemployed(adjective) : not having a job that provides money.
unlimited(adjective) : having the greatest possible amount, number or level.
foreign(adjective) : belonging or connected to a country which is not your own.
issue(verb) : to produce or provide something official.
invaluable(adjective) : extremely useful.

We will present about Working Holidays.
Do you know what a working holiday visa is?
A working holiday visa allows travelers to work in the country issuing the visa for the purpose of supplementing their travel funds. [1] Also people who have a working holiday visa can study English and experience other countries’ culture. According to an article about working holidays, more than 44,196 Korean people were abroad for working holidays in 2011.[2]

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People usually go to the USA, Canada or Australia for Working holidays. Especially, many people go to Australia. That’s because, there are many cities to enjoy working holidays in Australia. Among them, Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne are well known for working holidays. So if you have a chance to go to one of them, you can meet many Korean people enjoying Working Holidays there.

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Who goes abroad for working holidays? University students, employees who want a break, job seekers, and unemployed people get working holiday visa and go to other countries. However, since there is a restriction that people who are more than 30 years old cannot be issued the visa, it is said that mainly university students have been issued the visa.

Do you know why people go abroad for working holidays?
At first, people want to work for a long time to earn a lot of money to pay for school. People who have a working holiday visa can work for unlimited hours, unlike people who have a student visa.
Secondly, they want to live with foreign people and to experience foreign culture For example, people who have a home stay can eat that country’s own foods which are made by locals. Finally, they can visit many tourist attractions without worrying about money for traveling. That’s why people who have a working holiday visa can work part-time when they need money.[3]

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What kinds of jobs do they do usually?
Most of them work in restaurants. Some people who want a second visa work on farms. In addition, people make some products in factories and clean the street or buildings to earn money. However, no matter the job, generally you can earn more than 10,000 won per an hour.[4]

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How to prepare for working holidays?
The easiest way to prepare is to visit the agency because it prepares all of the things you need instead of you. Actually, many people visit the agency to prepare it. However, most people prepare by themselves because people visiting the agency have to pay for it. Since there is a lot of information about working holidays on the Internet, it wouldn’t be difficult to prepare by yourself. If you want, you can find a house and get a job in Korea before you leave for working holidays.[5]

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We strongly recommend you to take a chance to make your life more enjoyable by going abroad for working holidays. I am sure that you can get invaluable experiences from it.

[3] Kang Taeho,”호주 워킹홀리데이 완전정복 Q A 그리고 그에 관한 독설”,고려원북스,2009
[4] Han Yongseok,”내인생을 바꾸는 호주에서 홀로서기”,국민출판,2011

#Discussion Question
1. Would you like to go abroad for working holidays?
If so, which country do you want to go to?
2. How long do you think you need to stay for to get all of the things you want from working holidays?
3. What are the important things which have to be prepared for working holidays?
4. Which would be more helpful for you, going abroad for working holidays by yourself, or with your friends?
5. Do you think it is important to have experiences abroad?
If so, why do you think so?

#Class 57
#Group 8
#Group members:
12061192 정동훈
12120669 김동영


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