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Work in New Zealand

Work in New Zealand

With a good English level and a ‘can-do’ attitude, many NZLC students have successfully found jobs during or after their studies.
It’s a great idea to find a job in NZ to help you support your studies, practice your English and meet new people!

NZLC classes are very interactive too so you will get the chance to do role-plays to improve your conversational skills, pronunciation and learn how to interact with customers and employers in English before you start your job search.

Visa Requirements

If you want to work in NZ, it’s very important that you have the correct visa.
NZLC is a Category 1 school so when you enrol for a 14 week full-time course on the Student Visa, you can get a 20 hour per week work permit.

You may also work on the Working Holiday Visa or a Work Visa however you cannot work on a Visitor Visa!

A Variety of Opportunities

•    Work Experience / Internships.
•    Café & Restaurant work.

•    Farm Stay or Fruit Picking.
•    Volunteering.

•    Au Pair.
•    Casual / Seasonal / Part Time / Full Time work.

Daniel found a job as a bartender in an events company 1 week after completing the NZLC English + Cocktail Making course!

Bruna works part-time as a waitress in a Brazilian café close to the school. She found the job a few weeks after she started searching.

Setsuko found a job as a waitress a few days after she went to the NZLC job preparation workshop!

NZLC Job Search Assistance

Free after-school Job Prep Workshops
See the after-school monthly NZLC Activity Calendar for dates and times.

•    CV writing assistance.
•    Job interview practice.
•    IRD Number application assistance.
•    Tips on searching for jobs in New Zealand.


Work Experience and Internship Placements
We can help place you in a variety of work or volunteer opportunities in New Zealand.

•    Volunteer Work Placement.
•    Internship Programme (unpaid) *.
•    Job Placement (paid) *.
•    Seasonal Work/Vineyard Work Placement.
•    WWOOF Organic Farms Registration (approx. $40 registration fee).
•    Au Pair / Demi Pair Placement *.


Working Holiday Visa Holders
Students can work full-time.


Student Visa Holders
Work up to 20 hours per week while studying a full-time NZLC course for at least 14 weeks.

The minimum hourly rate for adults is NZ$18.90**

* Placement in paid or unpaid positions: $350 – $800 placement fee may apply.

This service is available for students from 18 years and over.
In order to get a paid job, it is essential to hold a valid work permit or working holiday visa. Student visa holders must study for a minimum of 14 weeks to be allowed to work up to 20 hours per week.

The type of work experience assigned to each student depends on the student’s English ability, employer’s requirements, experience and interest.

We will try our best to find work experience which matches the specific requirements of each student, but a placement cannot be guaranteed.
** As of April 2020.