Take the plunge and go on that Working Holiday!

Take that chance

I finally wanted to try out my own wings and fly all the way from my home country Finland across the world to New Zealand. When leaving Finland I also left the comfort zone of my family, my friends and almost everything I know so far. Leaving from my comfort zone was hard at first. The idea that I wouldn't see the people whom I have been surrounded by for my whole life sounded horrifying.

I also knew that this journey would be good for me and in Finland, I would feel like I was trapped in a dark hole. I always knew that I wanted to do, go and experience when I got the chance. Then finally after summer 2019, I had the chance right in front of me when I got a call from Global Work & Travel. Of course, I took that chance and started planning my trip and putting aside more money.

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Time to go

I didn't actually realize that I would be really coming here until I was at the airport and said goodbye to my family. I spent a week in Auckland and I was so proud of myself because I knew that I could do this all by myself. I also feel very lucky because I know many people don't have a chance or interest to leave anywhere from home.

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My new life!

Now I get to wake up every day next to New Zealand's highest mountain, Mount Cook. I get to work here as a receptionist without any previous work experience in this field. I get to meet people from around the world every day thanks to my job. Our staff here are very international and I get to know new cultures and learn new languages whenever I want. I have made friends for life here. I also get to see New Zealand from the locals' eyes and that is a very special thing. I don't just get to see places, I get to really understand the meaning and history of many things while living here.

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If you keep putting it off, it’ll be too late before you know it. Bite that bullet, take that plunge, pack that bag and get over there!

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