The Working Holiday Scheme (WHS) in the Netherlands

The Working Holiday Scheme (WHS) in the Netherlands

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People between the ages of 18 and 30, from the countries Canada, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, can travel and work in the Netherlands for a maximum of one year, under the Working Holiday Scheme (WHS).

This way, you’ll have plenty of time to get to know the Dutch culture and society, as well as gain work experience abroad!

Why should I go on a working holiday?

A working holiday gives you the opportunity to work in another country, earn money for your travels and be on an adventure, all at the same time. Generally, you will need quite a lot of money to support yourself whilst travelling, but with this type of visa/permit, you can make money during your stay.

Also, a working holiday experience could set you apart from other candidates when you are interviewing for jobs. It could give your future career the boost it needs!

And, if you have ever thought about moving to the Netherlands, a working holiday experience could be the perfect step before applying for a permanent residency or a permit for highly skilled migrants.

How much money do I need to save?

It’s always a good idea to save more money than you think you’ll need, especially as it may take you a few weeks to get settled in and find a job and a place to stay. When you come to the Netherlands, you should make sure you have at least 5000 euros in your bank account and 500 euros with you in cash, until you have had time to set up your BSN and local bank account.

As for flights, you can either book a one-way flight or a round-trip and then change the return date as needed. One-way tickets aren’t cheap, but they’re often less expensive than the re-booking fee.

One more thing to take into account is your travel insurance. You must have some form of coverage during your trip, as your health insurance from back home often won’t cover all medical costs you may incur whilst being abroad. There are many types of travel insurances out there, so make sure the one you choose fits your specific needs.

What type of job should I look for?

Working holiday jobs vary, but typically involve manual labour since the Dutch government doesn’t want you getting too attached, or taking well-paying jobs from its citizens. Suitable jobs range from bartending, working in a shop where they need bilingual employees, working in a hostel, as a barista etc.

You could also visit an employment agency to look for temporary jobs. They can often assist you with getting the right legal documents in place to get paid.

Furthermore, it’s a good idea to have a CV printed and ready, so when you get to the Netherlands you can start your job search straight away. There are several websites where you can find an overview of all job vacancies, meaning you could even do some research before starting your travels.

Where do I start?

First, you will need to find out if you are eligible to travel and work in the Netherlands. Multiple countries allow foreigners to participate in the Working Holiday Scheme, so check the website of your local government to be sure.


Requirements are listed as followed:

  • You need to be between the ages of 18 and 30.
  • You do not bear responsibility for dependent family members.
  • You either have a return ticket to your country of residence or have sufficient financial means to buy a return ticket.
  • You have to prove that you have adequate health insurance, including insurance for care in a sanatorium or psychiatric facility.

The cost of this particular visa is 51 euros. Please check the official website of the Dutch government for more information.

To find out more about the WHS (Working Holiday Scheme) feel free to contact Dutch Umbrella Company using the form below.

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