South America has a number of working holiday visas available. The countries that currently have a working holiday visa available include: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay. Each country offers a unique experience. Here is a quick lowdown on the working holiday visas available.

 

Argentina

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Australia, Denmark, France, Ireland and New Zealand
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Argentina.

 

Brazil

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: France and New Zealand
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Brazil.

 

Chile

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Canada, France, Germany and New Zealand
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years (up to 35 years from some countries)
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Chile.

 

Columbia

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: France
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years 
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of the Republic of Columbia.
Citizens of Chile, Mexico and Peru can apply to the Pacific Alliance work and holiday visa.

 

Costa Rica

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Canada
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 35 years 
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Costa Rica.

 

Mexico

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Canada, France, Germany, South Korea and New Zealand
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 29 years 
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Costa Rica.

 

Peru

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: New Zealand
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years 
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Republic of Peru.

 

Uruguay

Visa: Working Holiday
Available to citizens of: Australia, France and New Zealand
Length of stay: 12 months
Age: 18 to 30 years 
Contact: your nearest Embassy or Consulate of Uruguay.

 

As You can see there are a number of working holiday visa options so you can live work and play in South America. Most find work teaching English in the major cities in an English language school. Some find hospitality work in bars, cafes and restaurants in the popular tourist areas. There are also opportunities to find work in the South American ski resorts. Yes, there is snow in South America.

 

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10 Comments

  1. Cierra

    Thanks for the information Sharyn! I’m bummed that none of the countries have agreements with the U.S but I guess only the U.S is to blame..haha, anyway great article!

    Reply
    • Sharyn McCullum

      I do believe that you can get a working holiday visa for some countries. They currently include Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and Ireland. You should check them out.

      Reply
  2. Kayla

    I’ve always wanted to work abroad. Great info! And who knew you could ski in South America?!

    Reply
    • Sharyn McCullum

      Well now is the time to work abroad. There are so many countries that have a reciprocal working holiday agreement. And yes, South America has ski fields where you could get work.

      Reply
  3. Olivia

    Thanks for sharing such useful information, I’m hoping to visit Colombia soon but sadly wouldn’t be staying long enough to work there.

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    • Sharyn McCullum

      That’s a shame you won’t be staying long enough to work. At least you know you have the option to do so in the future.

      Reply
  4. Sandra

    Thanks for this article, that’s useful info!

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    • Sharyn McCullum

      Glad you found the info useful! It’s good to have the heads up before you go.

      Reply
  5. Jen Ambrose

    This is so useful! I’m still bummed I had barely even heard about working holiday visas before I was too old for most of them! 🙁

    Reply
    • Sharyn McCullum

      Don’t be bummed, there are opportunities available to those aged over 30. You just need to be a little more creative but there are opportunities to work on cruise ships, teach English or WWOOF for instance. Check out my blog on this.

      Reply

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