ImAGINe a holiday where you could actually come back with more money than you spent on the trip. UCsI University mass communication student Nick seah, 23, almost managed that when he went for a four-month working holiday in Ohio, the United states less than two years ago.
Working holidays are programmes that allow malaysians to obtain visas to work in certain countries for a period of time, during which they get to travel around a bit if they want.
Nick did just that with the help of Out of the Box (www. outofthebox.com.my), a company which helps malaysian students apply for the Work and Travel UsA working holiday programme.
After four months of working at the world-famous roller-coaster heaven Cedar Point amusement park — where Nick was allowed to go on all the rides for free — and a month of travelling around the country, he still returned to malaysia with savings of around Us$2,500 (Rm8,750).
Nick said the whole trip cost him around Rm11,000, which including airfare, visa application and OOTB’s Rm3,000 fee. he earned over Us$6,000 (Rm21,000) working at Cedar Point, and after deducting his travel expenses, he still had the Us$2,500 left.
“I could have saved more, but I did too much shopping!” said Nick. “The factory outlet store in New York was just too good.”
even better than the shopping, says Nick, is the chance to live in a different country and meet new people.
“I didn’t just have American friends, there were students from all over the world working there because it’s an international programme. I learned some spanish from the south Americans,” he said.
Out Of The Box director Lee siew Yeen explained that students who want to join the programme will be given a list of jobs available throughout the Us, and they can decide which one they want to apply for.
“They’re usually simple holiday jobs that don’t require training. They work in theme parks, national parks, restaurants, resorts and things like that. They get to travel for a month after they finish working.
“And it’s good for the students. many of them have never worked and lived on their own before. With this programme, they have to learn to be independent, save their own money and plan their own holidays,” said Lee.
Another popular destination for working holidays in New Zealand.