How to apply

The application is processed in two stages. 

Step 1

Choose your IENA program and submit the online application.  After we have reviewed your application you will be contacted for payment. 

Once payment has been received and you are accepted to the program you will be emailed Step 2

Step 2 includes the following: 

  1. Applying for your visa - don't worry, IENA will provide complete step by step instructions on how to secure your visa!
  2. Booking your flight - IENA's preferred travel provider can assist with booking flights.
  3. Purchasing travel insurance - it is a visa requirement that you have adequate medical coverage (including medical evacuation and repatriation of remains) as you will not be covered under the socialized medical system in place in New Zealand.  You can purchase a policy from IENA with $1,000,000 in medical coverage and $0 deductible or provide your own coverage, either way please upload the insurance declaration form.
  4. A reference from a previous or current employer or a professor who has known you for at least six months.


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“Best work experience ever!  I got to meet and work with people from all over the world – a situation that I will never experience again!”  SG, Work & Travel New Zealand
“I loved the opportunity to take a job for as long as I wanted, and then travel before finding more work.  I earned more than expected and was able to go to Australia and Fiji which was not part of my original plan!” EF, Work & Travel New Zealand