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How To Get The Youth Mobility Scheme Dream

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The UK working holiday program is very popular for people from all over the world who want to leave their home countries for a while and experience a short-term working experience abroad.

England, and London in particular, is a place known for cultural diversity, history, and acceptance of other cultures – so no matter where you’re traveling from, you’ll fit right in, in England.

We personally used a UK Working Holiday Visa, now called the Youth Mobility Scheme, to live and work in the UK. It’s a great way to work abroad, save using a strong currency, and travel the world due to its close proximity to Europe.

In this guide, we share our tips and advice on how to make your Uk working holiday dream a reality.

Our Experience on the UK Working Holiday Visa

Caz worked in London for 2 years through the working holiday UK program, known as the Youth Mobility Scheme, prior to us getting married.

She taught primary school in East London, lived in homes filled with up to 25 international backpackers, and had an amazing time traveling around the UK and Europe!

Teaching in London, 1997

After we got married, we both got a visa to live and work in Ireland for 1 year. Once again Caz taught, and Craig worked in construction.

We had a great time traveling around Ireland and saved up some great cash to go backpacking for 5 months in East Africa.

The UK Working Holiday Visa was a way for us to make travel more affordable and interesting.

The opportunity to get a working holiday visa for another country gives you the greatest immersion into its culture.

You will develop a deeper understanding of the people and their day to day lives, you’ll get a real feel for the heartbeat of the country and what drives it, you’ll get out of your comfort zone by trying different and unusual jobs.

And it’s a great way to meet the locals and form lifelong friendships.

Episode 1 of our Travel Podcast

We talk about our experience about our UK working holiday visa in more detail in our travel podcast. You can learn more about the podcast and subscribe here, or click play below to listen.

How to Get the UK Working Holiday Visa

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Getting a working holiday visa for the UK largely depends on where you are traveling from. For us as Australians, we entered via the Youth Mobility Scheme, which is eligible for:

  • Australia
  • Andorra
  • New Zealand
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Japan
  • Monaco
  • South Korea
  • San Marino
  • Taiwan
  • Uruguay

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