The Working Holiday Visa (WHV) program is a bilateral governmental agreement between dozens of countries. It offers 18-35 year-olds the opportunity to live, travel and work abroad for up to one or two years (depending on the destination).
Unlike most immigration visas, the WHV is a flexible work permit with a straightforward application process—candidates are not selected based on their education, training, skills or experience even though a few basic requirements must be met. Applicants are selected on a first-come, first-served basis or randomly from a pool.
However, information is key to success—there are deadlines to meet, supporting documents to provide, and several popular destinations set up an annual WHV quota so there’s little room for error.
The WHV program’s popularity has been growing over the years, but back in 2005, there was little to no info about the application process and the various destinations available. This is when two French citizens, Julie Meunier and Mathieu Lam, were planning their WHVs to Canada. They sourced and collected info they couldn’t find easily online, and created pvtistes.net to share it.
Julie went on other WHV adventures, Mathieu settled in Canada, and together they built a community of new and expert travellers trading tips, news and feedback.
Today, pvtistes.net is a busy hub with hundreds of free articles to plan a WHV project from start to finish—step-by-step application guides with screenshots, Q&As, news, testimonies and more. It’s also a helpful community where members can post classifieds or questions in the forum, find travel mates and provide feedback. Staying connected is easy with the pvtistes.net app, available for iOs and Android devices!
“Pvtistes managed to make a dream come true—it offers complete transparency and info anyone can access. It’s the kind of open-data website where everybody can enjoy the same info.” – Mouv’ (French radio station part of Radio France)
“Pvtistes is a community website for 17-35 year-olds going abroad with a Working Holiday Visa. With its step-by-step guides, it’s a gold mine of information.” – Ouest France (daily French newspaper produced in 47 different editions)