All about – Working Holidays in the UK

For many students, a working holiday abroad during Summer holidays, or taking a longer working holiday as part of a gap year, are a right of passage – a really important part of growing up and becoming independent.

What we forget sometimes is tat the UK itself is also a popular destination for working holidays for the young, with bar work, working in house as a nanny, temping in offices, teaching and construction work amongst the most popular of the many professions which overseas students partake in. These allow young people to contribute to the society they are living in by working and paying taxes.

The Old Working holiday Visa is now called the Youth Mobility Scheme and is operational between the United Kingdom and many different countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan and Taiwan. It allows youngsters between the ages of 17 to 30 a 24 month Visa, for 12 of those months they are allowed to partake in paid employment. Many find this a great way to fund their gap year or further travel, whilst gaining valuable experience as they live and work in the UK.

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There is currently a wealth of information about working holidays in the United Kingdom on the Lebara website. They have a great article that is totally dedicated to all the information you need on Working holidays in the United Kingdom. (Click HERE to read the article in full.) You can find out about the full list of nations that participate in the Youth Mobility Scheme, as well as opportunities to work with organisations and establishments like the National Trust, or Conservation Programmes.

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If you are considering a working holiday in the UK this summer, or think this is something you might consider anytime in the future, you will find all of your questions answered on the Lebara website.

 

Making the Miles disappear with Lebara

In these days when migration is such a potent news story, it is sometimes very easy to forget that we are talking about people, who are faced with a new life, in a strange land, often leaving all family and friends behind. For those people, having the means of communicating with their loved ones is an important part of being able to successfully find that new life. That is why the work and services now being offered by international telecommunications brand Lebara is so, so important and vital.

Lebara started as an international communications company in 2001, but in recent years the services they have offered have become crucial to the migrant communities in the UK and beyond. They offer an excellent phone service which includes a free SIM for high-quality, low-cost international calls, including free Lebara to Lebara calls. They also have an award-winning multi-lingual customer service, something else that is so important, especially for those speaking English as a second language.

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Being able to keep in touch with your roots, with your loved ones, and just being able to talk in your native tongue is just so important when you are living and working overseas. How many of us cherish a phone call to our loved ones when we go on holiday for just a couple of weeks? So a service that can re-connect you without extortionate costs is a great innovation. Lebara is just that.

My father-in-law was an Italian immigrant to the United Kingdom in the early 1960s, leaving behind his parents and siblings. Over the years he has made numerous trips home, and takes a real pleasure in phoning home and being able to chat to his family in Italian (this is even more important as his children do not speak the language.) The main problem with phoning Italy more regularly has always been the cost of the call, which means real news sharing and in-depth chatter is not always an option. This is true of today’s migrant community, so having a service that also allows you to buy minutes that you can send abroad, so your family can contact you, is also a pretty fantastic idea, and yet another string to the Lebara bow.

My boy Joe with his Italian grandad Den

My boy Joe with his Italian grandad Den

In Sorrento, Italy the last time we visited.

In Sorrento, Italy the last time we visited.

Lebara has just launched a new website aimed at helping people connect and are continually launching new products, with an entertainment service to view content from home launching very soon. This new site targets 20 different country experiences in 11 different languages. So now had never been a better time to check out all the company has to offer