On 28 September 2016, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Australia signed an agreement on a 'work and holiday' programme giving 100 young Luxembourgers (between 18 and 30 years old) and 100 Australians the opportunity to spend a year in the partner country. A similar programme with New Zealand is to begin in April 2017.
The aim of the 'work and holiday' programme
The 'work and holiday' programme is a fantastic opportunity to spend a year in another country in order to discover and absorb a different culture.
Students on the programme will be able to immerse themselves completely in the other country, with the possibility of travelling between both countries as often as they want, for one year. To make it easier in the other country, students will be able to work on a short-term or casual basis, or to enrol as a student for the year. It is the students' responsibility to pay their own living costs throughout the year.
How to take part in the programme
A 'work and holiday visa' may be requested from the Australian Embassy in Berlin (Germany). Young people wishing to take part in the programme must meet a number of general conditions, including: being between 18 and 30 years of age, having sufficient personal funds to take full advantage of the programme, not having taken part in the programme already.
There are a number of other conditions, depending on which host country is chosen. Full information is available on the dedicated site for these new cultural exchange programmes, at www.workandtravel.lu. The site also provides information and contact details to help the young people plan their stay.
Don't put it off any longer - it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
(article written by the editorial team of the portal at 'luxembourg.lu'– Source: press release from the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs)