On 24 October 2017, the Austrian Ambassador to Chile, Joachim Öppinger, signed a Working Holiday Programme (WHP) together with the Chilean Foreign Minister, Heraldo Muñoz. The WHP serves to promote mutual understanding by offering young Chilean and Austrian nationals the opportunity to get to know the culture, everyday life and working life of the other country during a holiday stay. Young people between the ages of 18 and 30 will be able to (co-)finance their stay by working as well as to use the educational institutions abroad.
The program is the first of its kind between Austria and a Latin American country, enabling young people, inter alia, to learn Spanish, one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is to be hoped that this will also contribute to strengthening economic relations between Austria and Latin America. There is high potential in this respect, since only about 1% of Austrian exports go to Latin America.
To date, Austria has signed similar agreements with New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Japan and Israel. An agreement with Australia was signed on 19 October and, like the agreement with Chile, is due to enter into effect in the first half of 2018, at which time visa applications may be submitted. A WHP with Canada is about to be signed.
You can find information on the abovementioned Working Holiday Programmes – already in force – on the website of the Austrian Foreign Ministry.