New Zealand offers working holidays
HA NOI — Viet Nam and New Zealand have agreed on a working holiday scheme which would allow people from each country to spend working holidays in the other country for up to 12 months, under an agreement that took effect yesterday, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and the New Zealand Embassy announced.
"The main purpose of the scheme is to create opportunities for young people in the both countries to stay as visitors with the possibility of working, enabling them to experience and gain a better understanding of the cultures, lifestyles and languages of the host country," said Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen at the launching ceremony of the working holiday scheme in Ha Noi yesterday.
The scheme would mark Viet Nam's first such exhange programme with another country, although New Zealand already has over 30 working holiday schemes in effect with other nations.
Under the agreement, signed last December, up to 100 people from each country, between the ages of 18 and 30, would be granted visas in the other for up to 12 months allowing them to accept temporary employment to supplement travel funds and enroll in short-term training or study courses.
Criteria for Vietnamese applicants would include completion of a degree from an institution of higher education, proof of English ability to IELTS 4.5 level, and proof of at least NZ$4,200 (US$3,400) available to support the holiday.
Criteria for New Zealand applicants include possession of a National Certificate of Education Achievement Level 2 or higher and proof of the same amount of funds to support the holiday.
While encouraging applicants to look for temporary job opportunities to support their stay, the applicants' primary intention should be to enjoy a holiday rather than to work or study, said New Zealand Ambassador in Viet Nam Heather Riddell. — VNS