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Old 03-21-2009, 12:08 PM
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Hi everyone!!!

My name is Aurélie, I'm 26 since few days, and I'm from Paris in france.
How to exlpain why am I here. Well, since Im 18 I dream about leaving France, travel and discover new countries. I never had the chance before last year. Last summer I spend 3 months in Phoenix, Arizona, it's was just the best experience I ever had, but cause of some medical issue I got to come back in France. I'm in my last year of studies, and i'm planning on going to Australia in September with a whv. So I came here in order to have all the informations I need to be prepared, to meet some new people who are already in Austalie or people who have the plan to go and live there...

Anyway, I'm not going to tell everything about me right now, I have to keep some for later

So, nice to meet you guys!!!!

P.S: hope my english isn't so bad.

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Old 03-21-2009, 01:44 PM
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Hi Lilou, welcome to the forum and your english is pretty good, listening to strange accents and then conversing comes a little harder - I know from times in Europe and as you probably do from your Pheonix experience.

The WHV does offer a great opportunity but good that you finish studying first, and I imagine you haver already had a look at the regulations on the immi site and perhaps even know that you can do some work that would entitle you to apply for a second WHV, giving you more opportunity to look at what Australia has to offer.

Plenty of travel info/links in the travel section for you and though we have much larger distances than France and other European countries there are reasonably cheap means of transport available.

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Old 03-21-2009, 02:41 PM
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That's true, speaking and improving your english when you are in an english country it's pretty easy but improving your written english it's kinda of different, mostly when like me you've been to a US community college but just to take acting classes, oups!

I think that the WHV is the best fit for me, as I gonna be done with school in may and that my first interest in going to Australia is to discover a new country, a new culture and of course to have a job. We all need that!
So, yes I've had a look at the regulations on the immi site, but to be honest I don't really understand the "if you have completed three months of specified work in regional Australia on your first Working Holiday visa" What are those specified works that would entitle me to apply for a second WHV??

In France I'm a checking agent working for United Airlines at Paris Airport, but I really don't know if once in Australia I can directly go to the airport and try to find a job there, and above all I really don't know if that kind of job could be one of those whom can help me to apply for a second WHV...

I'm planning on leaving France at the end of september in order to have the time to plan everything, try to find a place to leave and everything... And of course save some money, cause if I'm not wrong I have to prove that I have enough money on my account to leave in Australia.

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Old 03-22-2009, 01:43 AM
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The specified work you'll find linked in this section: Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417) and other eligibility requirements similar to for the first WHV.

Getting work with an airline here in Australia would I think not likely seeing as there are more and more people out of work all the time with global economic conditions and airlines get affected just like all companies.
In fact it is a brave move on your part to go travelling but then you are only young once and have to apply for the WHV before you turn 31.

The specified work you'll see is about working in regional areas, it being designed initially to help farmers get people to help during crop picking/packing seasons, some of that being hard work too, but now you'll see on the link that there is quite a range of work to be had and a September arrival being a reasonable time for crops work would already be available in Queensland before it gets too hot and then you could also do some down in southern states.

The three months/13 weeks or 88 days does not need to be done all at once and you could do a couple of weeks in one place, have a couple of weeks break, a few more weeks somewhere else etc., and then if you found something you liked doing, you could still do it all at once if you wanted to, but best to not put it off for too long on arrival for then you may have trouble getting the work near end of the WHV 12 months to make up the three months.
If paid work was not readily available, there is also WWOOF Australia or Help Exchange work for accommodation and food in Australia New Zealand Canada Europe not wwoof that can qualify you for the second WHV and they are in a lot of different countries, also likely in France too so you could enquire to see what it is like.

And yes, the immigration regulations say you have to have A$5000 plus money for a return airfare but most people do not ever get checked and if you're working and have a credit card, even your CC limit can serve to show funds available.
But certainly sensible to save as much money as you can and have something of a plan for what you want to do.

The specific work and travelling about could certainly give you some chances for experiences away from what you might normally do, Pearling at Broome [Though season is May to September] and you'll have to wait until near end of your first year for that but some good money can be earnt to set you up for more travel, and then perhaps working on cattle stations so a lot of different things.

You do not have to take the second WHV straight away either and so if you have been able to get some good paying work and saved plenty you might want to spend a few months in Asia, a completely different culture and very cheap living there, and then you could come back on a second WHV or even apply for a WHV in New Zealand, maybe to some pacific islands or back to Asia and then the second WHV, so possible to have three or four years away travelling as long as you can earn some money while you go.

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