Portugal signs Working Holiday Scheme with New Zealand

Young Portuguese will soon be able to discover the delights of ‘Hobbit country’: New Zealand.

Secretary of State for the Communities Abroad José Luís Carneiro has been in New Zealand recently to sign a reciprocal working holiday scheme that will allow up to 50 young nationals from both countries to spend up to a year experiencing a very different culture.

For “young Kiwis” Lees-Galloway described it as a “great opportunity to widen their horizons” while young Portuguese people will get the chance to enjoy New Zealand’s warm hospitality and incredible environments”.

“Portugal is an important partner for New Zealand on a wide range of international issues, and a strong supporter of the effective rules-based international system that underpins our security and prosperity,” said Lees-Galloway.

“It’s important that our political relationship is complemented by strong links between our people, and especially our young people.

“The new working holiday scheme will help to strengthen these links, and to deepen the relationship between New Zealand and Portugal still further over the years to come.”

The scheme will be opening on March 20, and is available to Portuguese and New Zealand nationals from the ages of 18 to 30.

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