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Working Holiday and Volunteer Work

WorksUP: WU6, WU8, WU12 (6, 8 or 12 weeks full time English + Working Holiday experience)

Course content:  
a) 6, 8 or 12 weeks EnglishPLUS Intensive, AND
b) An offer of your first paid working holiday job placement

Course achievement: English Language Level Certificate of Achievement

Course times: Monday - Thursday: 9am - 3:30pm & Friday: 9am - 12:15pm

Course start dates: You may begin your course on any Monday (except public holidays).

Course length: 6, 8 or 12 weeks at Crown + Working Holiday Placement

English entry level: Intermediate, IELTS 5.0, TOEIC 550 or Crown entry test. If you are below this level, you should follow an Intensive English course until you reach the right level.

HandsUP: HU6, HU8, HU12 (6, 8 or 12 weeks full time English + Working Holiday experience)

Course content:  
a) 6, 8 or 12 weeks EnglishPLUS Intensive, AND
b) An offer of one or more volunteer placement AND
c) 12 month Volunteer Registration

Course achievement: English Language Level Certificate of Achievement

Course times: Monday - Thursday: 9am - 3:30pm & Friday: 9am - 12:15pm

Course start dates: You may begin your course on any Monday (except public holidays).

Course length: 6, 8 or 12 weeks at Crown + Working Holiday Placement

English entry level: Lower intermediate, IELTS 4.5, TOEIC 450 or Crown entry test. If you are below this level, you should follow an Intensive English course until you reach the right level.

Examples of WorksUP jobs: fruit picking, office and clerical work, dishwashing, cleaning, waiter, barista, nanny/child-care (you must hold registered qualifications for this work), au pair, labouring, house-keeping, call centre, telephone sales, distributing leaflets and many more. Current NZ minimum pay rates are NZD 15.25 per hour. This is taxed at a rate of approximately 18-22% per hour.

Examples of HandsUP volunteer work: wildlife conservation, habitat conservation, endangered species conservation, pest control, tree planting and maintenance, team leadership, ecology education, protection fencing, track conservation. Please note that most HandsUP work is outside.

Notes and Conditions

WorksUP and HandsUP do not guarantee:

  • The type of work or volunteer project that you will be offered. You must notify us at the time of your application if you have a disability or health problem that may affect your work
  • The number of hours of work per week. These are determined by your employer and will typically be 20 – 40 hours per week
  • The length of employment or project work. Your Working Holiday visa usually limits each job to a maximum of 12 weeks. Your employer will usually ask you to work for 12 weeks. Your volunteer work may be from a single day up to several weeks
  • The days or times of work. These will vary according to the type of work
  • Your job or volunteer project’s location. It may be in a rural area or another city or town
  • That the work you are offered will be to your complete satisfaction.

Crown cannot be held liable if you:

  • Are not satisfied with the type of work offered
  • Are unable to fulfil the requirements laid out by your employer
  • Are dismissed (‘fired’) or made redundant from the working holiday position offered
  • Enter into a dispute with your employer
  • Are not able to extend your visa or remain in New Zealand for the full length of your employment or volunteer work.

By participating in the WorksUP or HandsUP, you agree to indemnify Crown against any claims, liability or costs arising (directly or indirectly) from your participation in these courses. If for any reason we are unable to place you into paid employment (WorksUP) or volunteer project (HandsUP) after you have been accepted and have paid your full fees, you will receive a reimbursement in full and final settlement of NZD 570. Your Crown tuition and other fees will not be refunded.