Work­ing hol­i­days

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - R.AGE -

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.

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