Work and Travel Programs for Malaysians

Tired of your mundane everyday life? Take a break and get paid to be on your getaway.

Oh, to travel the world; it’s everyone’s dream but unfortunately, it comes with a hefty price tag. Well, what if we told you that you can work and travel at the same time? It’s nothing like KayLi Lum’s job as a Travel Presenter but it still brings you places while covering your daily expenses in the form of little job opportunities here and there. It’s called the Work and Holiday Visa (Australia) and the Malaysia Working Holiday Scheme (New Zealand).



Yup, the only places that currently offer working holiday visas to Malaysian passport holders are Australia and New Zealand. FYI, UK no longer offers their working holiday visas to Malaysians as it is now a point system and our country is not eligible for nationality points (you need 50). Also, most teaching jobs (for English) requires you to be a ‘native English speaker’ and that usually means you have to hold a passport from a native English speaking country.

But don’t despair, Down Under and Middle Earth are pretty awesome possum too if you’ve never thought of conquering those places. So, are you eligible for it? Well, generally, you must…

  • Be between the ages of 18 to 30 years old
  • Possess a valid passport
  • Not bring children with you
  • Hold a return ticket or have sufficient funds to purchase a ticket
  • Have sufficient funds for the initial living costs
  • Meet their health and character requirements

And of course, like most visas, there’s more to that, but you get the gist of it. The next thing you might be wondering is, wait, what kind of little job opportunities? Well, one of the conditions for this visa is that you can’t be employed by the same employer for more than six months. So that probably means no office jobs. More like…



 Fruit picking 

From apples to strawberries to kiwis, depending on the season you’ll be in when you arrive, there are plenty of jobs for you to help out at in the horticultural industry. You might even get to snack on them after!

 Ski Resorts 

If tons of snow, skiing and snowboarding sounds like your perfect holiday, this is the place to have fun AND earn your keep. Of course, your work tasks won’t all be outdoors so expect some housekeeping chores. Just be sure to start applying a few months before ski season.



Time to put the waitressing lessons you got from Penny (Big Bang Theory) or Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls) – or maybe not. But either way, work as waitresses, kitchen helpers or restaurant staff is relatively easy to find. Just look through the local papers or walk-in.


Or motels/hostels. Either way, the jobs here are similar to those of a restaurant’s or ski resort’s – the only extra advantage is that they usually provide accommodation as well with the job.


Photo: Au Pair Link @ Facebook

 Au Pair 

If you love working with children, this is THE job for you! Besides taking care of children, you’ll get accommodation matters settled as you’ll be staying with a host family!

Psst… you can apply to be an Au Pair in the USA too! Get the deets at

Retail staff 

If you’ve worked part-time as a retail staff during your college years, this should be easy peasy for you! They’re the perfect kind of work to sign up for when you first arrive and need time settling down.

Of course, there are other types of jobs you can apply for but this is just to give you a general idea. It’s also pretty easy to find work; just Google for the respective country’s job sites and there’ll be a whole list of short-term and casual jobs you can apply for.

Interested? For more info, you can head over to:


New Zealand:

*The NZ Malaysia Working Holiday Scheme only allocates 1,150 places each year and the applications for the 2016/2017 quota will open in January 2016, so be sure to mark your calendars!


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