IENA’S WORK ABROAD programs enable participants to explore and experience other countries and cultures from the inside in a way that a casual visitor never can. US students and other young people can choose from exciting destinations – Australia, Canada, Colombia and New Zealand – for an affordable, challenging, fun, once in a lifetime experience of living, working and traveling overseas.

IENA provides full help and support before you go and for the duration of your stay via our partner organization in each country so you won’t have to go it alone.

Through working abroad in another country, you can expect to get to know that country in depth, make new friends, gain independence and self-knowledge and add valuable qualifications and international job experience to your resume!


Explore IENA Programs:

New program - IEP Work Exchange Program to New Zealand.  IENA has partnered with IEP in New Zealand to offer this exclusive visa available to US citizens aged 18 to 35 years. Limited spaces available! 


Work in Canada offers you the opportunity to combine work and travel in a different North American setting.  On this program you can spend up to 12 months living and working in Canada.  Gain the international experience of working abroad without actually having to go overseas!  Work in Canada   is a program authorized by the Canadian Government to allow US citizens aged 18-35 to travel and work in Canada for up to 12 months. 2017 Program is now Open! Start here.
Work & Travel New Zealand - live and work in Aotearoa – ‘the land of the long white cloud’ for up to 12 months and you don’t have to be a student to be eligible! Any US citizen aged 18-35 can apply. Check out the various options here.
Work & Travel Australia program - experience all the exciting possibilities of living and working ‘down under’! Explore the outback, dive at the Great Barrier Reef or enjoy the vibrant city life of Sydney or Melbourne  or the more laid back style of the coastal cities, Brisbane and Perth.. There are several program options - click here.
Intern in Colombia/Prints of Hope  Take a paid internship in the unique and magical country of Colombia for up to 12 months! No student status or Spanish language skills required!  Find out more here.


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“I greatly improved my French skills working in Montreal.  I was also lucky enough to see Paul McCartney play on the Plains of Abraham for free.  I also joined a band in Montreal for the summer and got to play a few gigs.  It was the greatest experience ever!” WC, Work in Canada
“The process for getting a visa was made so simple!  Very nice!” AC, Work in Canada
“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
“This experience has been everything I hoped it would be, and more.  Thanks  for a life-changing experience!” AW, Work & Travel Australia
“I really liked traveling the country and seeing all the amazing beaches and landscapes.  I enjoyed working as well because I was able to meet a lot of Australians and get a real feel for their culture.  I loved living in a shared house as I was able to make friends with people from all over the world.” LK, Work & Travel Australia
“I think this program is an amazing opportunity for inner growth and I would recommend it to anyone who wants a life-changing experience.” KT, Work Ireland
“I really appreciated the fact that the program cost is reasonable and that you have the freedom to structure your own experience.” SB, Work Ireland