Fancy working in the land Down Under

Are you fed up with the 9-to-5 routine in the drizzly UK? Australia is offering British citizens aged between 18 and 30 the chance to go on a working holiday to take “unusual, exciting and potentially life-changing jobs”.

The job posts advertised by the South Australian government include “beach babes judge”, “koala catcher”, “beer taster”, “shark tagger”, “penguin home re-modeller” and “roo poo picker” (a job consisting of collecting kangaroo manure) .

These jobs may not necessarily be “life-changing”, but one thing’s for sure, all of these jobs are set in exotic locations, somewhere far away from a dark and confined office in Britain.

But why are these positions advertised at all, in a country where immigration policies can be so tough?

South Australia’s economy is currently booming, mainly thanks to the state’s mineral wealth, and more than 180,000 new workers will apparently be needed there by 2015.

But these job offers aren’t all about tempting workers to Australia. They will probably also help promote tourism in the area, as South Australia’s agent general Bill Muirhead said: “This isn’t about one job that everyone has to compete for, but rather about showing people that South Australia offers more exciting work and travel options than anywhere else in the world.”

Source: Yahoo Travel

Working whilst on a gap year can earn you money to fund your trip and might even let you stay away for longer. Not only will it give you valuable work experience, it is a great way to meet new people.

Don’t forget to pack your Gap Year travel insurance!
You can purchase great value Gap Year insurance direct at 24/7 travel insurance. For a 2-month trip in Australia, will cost you just £19.63* – a small price to pay to really enjoy your working gap year all the more!

*Premium £19.63 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on an individual aged under 36 taking out a ‘Standard’ Backpacker 24/7 travel insurance policy for 2 months in Australia. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (September 2010) and are subject to change.