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Kiwi OE rolls out programme to deliver Overseas Experience to Queenstown

Kiwi OE rolls out programme to deliver Overseas Experience to Queenstown
December 7, 2020

With international travel restricted due to COVID, Kiwi OE has rolled out a program for New Zealanders to work and experience Queenstown thereby helping employers get the staff they need during the holiday season.

Supported by the Business Response Group (Queenstown Lakes District Council, Queenstown and Wānaka Chambers of Commerce, Destination Queenstown and Lake Wanaka Tourism), Kiwi OE is aiming to attract Kiwis to the district with the promise of guaranteed work and accommodation.

Overseas Experience (OE) is a New Zealand term for an extended overseas working period or holiday. Sometimes referred to as "The big OE" in reference to the extended duration of the travel - typically at least one year, and often extended far longer.

Kiwi OE  is offering a streamlined process that makes things as easy as possible: after signing up online, interested parties travel to Queenstown, get picked up at the airport, taken to pre-booked accommodation, and meet their employer before their work and the fun begins.

Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult said the programme would provide a boost to the local economy while encouraging Kiwis to get a taste of life in the Queenstown Lakes district.

Mayor Boult notes “with international travel off the table for the time being, now’s the perfect time to experience our beautiful part of the world.

“Kiwi OE gives Kiwis everything they need to make the most of their time in our district. It’s a win for everyone; Kiwis can experience the area with all the tricky details taken care of, while employers get the staff they need at this busy time of year.”

Kiwi OE co-founder Ed Stott said the Queenstown Lakes was an obvious choice to mark the rollout of the programme, with its strong work/life balance and reputation as the world’s adventure capital.

Stott adds “with Kiwis unable to go overseas, this district is one of the natural choices for stepping outside of your comfort zone and experiencing the thrill of a new environment.

“And we’ve got plenty of work for those interested. Kiwi OE’s built a network of businesses all supporting one another and keen to help get people into work.”

Kiwi OE’s packages last from two weeks to six weeks. Participants can try a new job if their skills are a better fit for a different role, and there’s a potential for longer-term placement if things do work out. The scheme is currently underway, just in time for the busy summer season.

Mayor Boult thanked Stott and Remarkable Labour for facilitating an initiative that will benefit many in the district and from all over New Zealand.

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Image courtesy of Queenstown Lakes District Council 


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