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Work Exchange New Zealand

Program Overview

Work Exchange NZ (also Singapore Work Exchange Programme) offers the opportunity for young Singaporeans who are either undergraduate students or graduates of a Singapore university or polytechnic to travel around New Zealand, taking up temporary work while they are there. The visa enables you to undertake casual work and travel around New Zealand for up to 6 months, and you are also allowed to enroll in one training or study course of up to three months during your visit.

Types of Work You Can Find

Fruit-Picking
The classic backpacker job in New Zealand is fruit picking and packing. The job involves pruning fruit trees, picking fruit and packaging into boxes. Make no mistake this is hard work for low pay but you usually get to have a laugh with other travellers and get a tan along the way!

Hostel Work
Many travellers work in a hostel cleaning or on reception in return for free board and some spending money. A great way to meet people and become part of a small community of travellers.

Hospitality/Hotel Work
Due to the booming tourist industry there are lots of opportunities to work in hotels, bars and restaurants throughout the year. If you can get some experience before you leave home it will help in the job hunt!

    For example:

  • Housekeeping
    Location: Various hotels/resorts in New Zealand
    Wage: Approx. NZD12 per hour
    Duties: Cleaning of rooms, changing bed linens and others
    Duration: At least 3 – 4 months

  • Food & Beverage
    Location: Various food stores/restaurants in New Zealand
    Wage: Approx. NZD12 per hour
    Duties: Taking orders, serving food, cleaning tables and others
    Duration: At lease 3 – 4 months

  • Shop Sales
    Location: Various retail stores in New Zealand
    Wage: Approx. NZD12 per hour
    Duties: Cashier, stocking, sales, general cleaning and others
    Duration: At lease 3 – 4 months

Duration of Program

  • The visa allows you to undertake casual work and travel around New Zealand for up to 6 months, and you are also allowed to enroll in one training or study course of up to three months during your visit.

Eligibility Requirements

You must:

  • be an undergraduate or a graduate of a Singapore university or polytechnic
  • have a passport from Singapore that is valid for at least three months after your planned departure from New Zealand
  • be at least 18 and not more than 30 years old
  • not bring children with you
  • hold a return ticket or sufficient funds to purchase such a ticket*
  • have a minimum of NZ$2,250 available funds to meet your living costs while you are there
  • meet our health and character requirements
  • hold medical and comprehensive hospitalisation insurance for the length of your stay
  • be coming to New Zealand to holiday, with work being a secondary intention for your visit
  • not have been approved a visa or permit under a Working Holiday Scheme before

AND
If you are already in New Zealand you also need to hold a valid temporary permit.

*You are required to hold sufficient funds for the duration of your visit and for the purchase of an outward ticket from New Zealand. Such evidence may be requested on arrival at the border.

If you are an undergraduate wanting to gain work experience in New Zealand before completing your study in Singapore you must:

  • be registered with a Singapore university or polytechnic
    and
  • be a participant on an agreed exchange between your university or polytechnic in Singapore and a New Zealand university or polytechnic
    or
  • arrange your own employment directly with a New Zealand employer.

If you are a graduate of a Singapore university or polytechnic you must:

  • apply for a Work Visa or Permit under this program within three years from the date of your graduation
    and
  • meet the same conditions for undergraduate students above.

When Is the Program Available?

Program runs all year round. Applicants are advised to apply at least 3-4 months before their intended date.

What Is Included in the Program?

Speedwing administers this program in partnership with our New Zealand partner – Internship New Zealand. Participants receive the following:

Before Departure

  • Job Placement (Hospitality & Tourism only)
  • Legal Documentation for Visa Sponsorship
  • Assistance in Visa Application (preparation of documents and interview if required)
  • Compulsory Orientation
  • Orientation Package

Upon Arrival

  • Support Services from New Zealand Partner Office
  • 24-hour Emergency Assistance
  • Arranged Airport Transfer on Arrival to Pre-Arranged Accommodation
  • 2 Nights of Accommodation at a Budget Hotel
  • Assistance with getting Tax Number
  • Arrangement of Bank Account
  • Welcome Pack inclusive of Participant Handbook and Lonely Planet Guide for New Zealand

For information about the New Zealand partner – Internship New Zealand, please visit Internship