Length: 3 minutes 32 seconds
Upbeat music plays throughout
Valerie is on a ferry looking at the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Valerie: Travelling, in a certain way, became a lifestyle for me.
View of the Sydney central business district and the Parramatta River. Valerie waves from the ferry. Ferry arrives at the Manly wharf.
Valerie: I like to travel, but I especially like to settle down for long periods in certain countries to have a better taste of the daily life of where I’m staying.
Valerie walks by the beach and then towards the apartment where she stays.
Valerie: The Working Holiday allows me to do so.
Sequence of shots: Valerie at the Manly Wharf entrance with people walking by, photo of Valerie standing under a Japanese arch gate, a Japanese Bullet train, Valerie eating with chopsticks, a field with a herd of elephants and water in the background, Valerie performing a Japanese tea ceremony, Valerie in an auto rickshaw (a small motorized three-wheel taxi) with 2 other people, and Valerie parachuting with an instructor.
Valerie in her apartment, sitting in front of her surfboard.
Valerie: It also allows me to visit the surrounding countries, which enriches my cultural experience even more.
My name is Valerie and I come from Rouyn-Noranda, in the Abitibi region in Quebec.
I used the Working Holiday in France, England and now in Australia.
Valerie is standing in the middle of a shopping mall with people walking by. A map of the world with green pins on various countries that Valerie has travelled.
Valerie: As of now, I can say that I’ve been to 29 countries.
Valerie walks down a street. Photo of her kneeling in front of a monk. Another, of her and a family. Valerie standing on a pier by water with a flag of Vietnam flapping in the wind. Valerie surfing. Photo of her on a beach.
Valerie: I normally work in Canada or abroad for certain periods of time and then use my savings to buy a flight ticket to my next destination, or to return to Canada.
Three successive polaroid photos: Valerie with a surf board on a beach, with an elephant, and by the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia. Background is a collage of passport stamps.
Valerie on a ferry waving as they pass another ship, as an outline map in the shape of Australia is drawn beside her on the screen. Valerie shopping, holding a candle holder. She sits on a mountain overlooking a valley. Valerie on a beach with her surfboard. Valerie standing by a cliff overlooking the water. Two consecutive photos of Valerie surfing. Valerie wearing a hat by the water. Photo of Valerie feeding a kangaroo. Image of a cityscape.
Valerie: After shorts stays in Sri Lanka, Kuala Lumpur and Bali, I started my trip in Australia as I wanted to make the most of the Working Holiday before it was too late. I just turned 30 years old, which is the cut-off age in Australia to have one. I especially wanted to add new professional experiences to my CV at the same time as living my new passion: surfing.
Shots of Valerie in Canadian film and arts festivals in Germany, Australia and France. Valerie sitting and eating on her balcony. Valerie walking on glass display case, with a city model underneath. Valerie standing with a group of people taking a picture. Photo of her walking down a set of stairs, then admiring a piece of art. Photo of a band playing music. Valerie in a car, riding with friends. Image of four British “red coat” guards marching – an outline of the United Kingdom is drawn beside the guards.
Valerie: During my last employment in Canada, I was looking after promoting Canadian films in foreign film festivals. In Australia, I now have the opportunity to promote Canadian culture through various arts festivals, visual arts, readings, which is truly exciting.
Three polaroid photos of street with cars, food, and street with people. Background is the collage of passport stamps.
Shot of buildings. Photo of a palace in England.
Photo of her at an evening event with a lot of people. Shot of greenery and a city in the backdrop. A shot of her walking down a street.
Back to Valerie inside her apartment followed by photo of her walking along a railroad track.
Back to Valerie inside her apartment then a photo of a palace in England.
Shots of Valerie in an elevator and then talking to a colleague.
Shot of Valerie’s walking out onto a balcony.
Photo of Valerie in Paris with the outline of France drawn on the side. Then a shot of her working in her office.
Shot of Valerie in front of a computer at her work place.
Three Polaroid photos of Valerie. One with her smiling at the camera, second of her with 3 friends, and the last with her looking at food being cooked. Passport stamps collage in the background.
A shot of pastries.
Shot of her outside on a patio, then of her sitting and reading. A photo of her standing by a London Underground (subway) sign saying “Hammersmith”
Valerie: Prior to coming to Australia, I used the Working Holiday in England as I wanted to live a new cultural experience and improve my English. Over there, I worked for a marketing and digital media company where my proficiency in French was a major asset as the company was starting to do business in France. I had the opportunity to be trained and to work with prisoners in a prison, which turned out to be an incredible experience, one that I never imagine I could live in my whole life. The company I worked for was employing prisoners in rehabilitation.
Three polaroid photos of Valerie in France, of mountains and snow with the collage of passport stamps as a background. A shot of her back in her unit. A shot of her walking into a building.
Valerie: My first work experience with the Working Holiday was in France. I just completed my Masters’ degree and felt like taking a 1-year break before starting to work in my field. I lived in a charming little town in the French Alps, where I worked in a hotel, in a restaurant located right on a ski slope. I had to put on my skis to go to work and come back from work.
Valerie working on her computer.
Valerie buys some patisseries at a French bakery. Picture of her sitting in a park with reindeer. Shot of a river with a cityscape in the background.
A shot of 3 travel books; New Zealand’s South Island, Central Australia and Australia. Valerie speaks from inside her apartment.
Valerie: I have learned so many new things and the whole experience has opened my mind in so many ways, but it has mainly contributed to building my self-confidence. It’s still ongoing. So if you’re thinking about applying for a Working Holiday, don’t hesitate!
I’m already thinking about my next one: Chile, Portugal, Costa Rica and New Zealand. There are so many choices, and you can carry on until the age of 35.
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France Working Holiday
United Kingdom Working Holiday
Australia Working Holiday
International Experience Canada
Expérience internationale Canada